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International Students

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Students from around the world choose Delaware State University for its small, family-like campus and welcoming spirit. At DSU, we offer opportunities for international students to pursue their degrees here or attend our USA Culture Enrichment Program, a non-degree program. Home to hundreds of international students, DSU has a supportive international affairs staff to help you adjust to life in the U.S. We even match you with an ambassador to ease the transition. Plus, you’ll enjoy many opportunities to make friends outside of the classroom, both on campus and as you explore nearby Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington, D.C.

Following are the steps you’ll need to take if you are a non-U.S. student seeking admission to DSU:

  1. Start admissions process no later than 90 days prior to start of classes.
  2. Review the DSU International admissions requirements to determine eligibility.
  3. Create an account to get started on your online application.
  4. Forward all test scores, including TOEFL, to the admissions [at] desu.edu (Office of Admissions.)
  5. Have your academic transcripts evaluated by a DSU recognized credential agency. (if applicable)
  6. Submit all required financial documents to the admissions [at] desu.edu (Office of Admissions.)

Admissions for International Students

International students are encouraged to begin the admissions process no later than 90 days prior to the start of classes for the semester for which they are applying. Applications submitted less than 90 days before the start of classes may take longer to process.

International students interested in applying to DSU should:

  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required if English is not your native language. Submit a satisfactory score of a minimum of 550 (paper-based test), or a 79 (new Internet-based TOEFL).
  • Have a 6.5 minimum IELTS score or documentation (i.e., a transcript, certificate of completion of a program, etc.) showing satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction (however, if English is the official language of your country of origin, SAT and/or ACT test scores will be acceptable).
  • In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS exams, students can enroll in Delaware State University’s English Language Institute (ELI).  Upon successful completion of the ELI program, students will receive a certificate that fulfills the University’ English language requirement for enrollment into a regular degree-seeking program.  For more information, please visit the English Language Institute.
  • Submit the three-section test. DSU requires test scores of 800 on the SAT (math and critical reading combined), test scores of 880 or above on the 2016 redesigned SAT, or a 17 or better composite score on the ACT. Please note: As of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign, please visit the College Board website.
  • The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test. Applicants must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission.
  • Have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and then forwarded by the evaluating organization to the admissions [at] desu.edu (subject: International%20Transcripts) (Office of Admissions.) All academic records must be converted into their U.S. education equivalents by a University-recognized credential agency, to obtain transfer credit for education completed at non-U.S. postsecondary institutions. Please note that a course-by-course evaluation needs to be completed which provides the US equivalency of your credentials and US GPA.  Transcript evaluations must be submitted either: sealed or electronically sent directly from the evaluating organization.  PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request that transcripts from international English-speaking institutions be evaluated by WES or any of the other recognized credential agencies if educational equivalency cannot clearly be determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Submit an I-20 Application, a F-1 Student Seeking Financial Statement and an Affidavit of Support for Free Room & Board to: Delaware State University, Office of International Affairs, Grossley Hall-Room 115A, Dover, DE 19901.

If you are an international student seeking graduate admissions, please visit Graduate Admissions.