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All University College students are expected to read, write, and speak English fluently. International applicants must comply with all requirements set forth for domestic applicants and supplement their application with additional requirements. It is mandatory that all international students have health insurance. Learn more at DU Student Health Insurance. University College reserves the right to request a current English proficiency test score, writing sample, or personal interview from any applicant.

Please note that admitted international students whose native language is not English are required to attend University College International Preparation Week prior to attending courses at University College. Learn more about International Preparation Week.

University College will consider graduate applicants who have earned three-year baccalaureate degrees from 15-year education systems. The school from which the applicant has earned the degree must be a formally recognized or regionally accredited institution of higher learning, as determined by the University of Denver Office of International Student Admission. Admission policy and procedures for applicants holding three-year baccalaureate degrees is the same as for other international applicants with one exception: applicants with a three-year degree are not eligible for English Conditional Admission. Priority consideration will be given to those with a minimum of three years' work experience.

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Fall 2014 −
Winter 2015 −

Please note that all items must be received by posted deadlines. The application deadline for international applicants is earlier to accommodate the extra steps required for evaluation and to allow admitted applicants to participate in the International Student Preparation Week.

How to apply for a student visa

All visa applicants are required to be interviewed; make an appointment with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an in-person interview as early as possible. The officer is required to consider you a person who intends to stay permanently in the United States; it is your responsibility to show that you intend to return to your country. You must show that you have strong ties to your country and will return after completing your studies. Take as much documentation as you can, including:

  • Passport
  • Financial documents
  • Admission letter
  • I-20 form
  • Copies of all educational documents you presented to the University of Denver in order to be admitted

Additional Admission Requirements

1. English Proficiency

All internationally educated students whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency regardless of citizenship and/or U.S. residency.

Specific language requirements for graduate students



  • TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (Internet based) is required for admission consideration. Generally, applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. When requesting official TOEFL scores, please refer to institutional code 4842 and department code 02. TOEFL score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for DU admission consideration.
  • Academic IELTS: A score of 6.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher. IELTS score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for DU admission consideration.
  • Possible exemptions: Possible Exemptions: International applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/Academic IELTS requirement if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is in English.
  • English Conditional Acceptance (ECA): Master's degree applicants who do not meet the required level of English proficiency may be considered for conditional acceptance if all other admission criteria are met. Prior to enrolling in any graduate-level coursework, ECA requires an evaluation by the University of Denver's English Language Center (ELC) and successful completion of intensive ELC English courses including the Graduate Preparation Program. The University's English Language Center's full-time intensive language courses may take between 10 weeks and 18 months to complete depending on placement test results and individual student progress. Academic classes may not be taken while students are enrolled at the English Language Center. Graduate certificate students may not be admitted through ECA. As an alternative to the English Language Center, if a student is admitted ECA, he or she may become fully admitted by submitting sufficient TOEFL/Academic IELTS scores, however, please note that the following deadlines apply:

    Start Term: English Proficiency Scores Must be Received by:
    Fall Quarter August 1
    Winter Quarter December 1
    Spring Quarter February 1
    Summer Quarter May 1

  • Graduate Preparation Program: Admitted international students whose native language is not English are encouraged to enroll in the University of Denver's reputable Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) one quarter prior to the start of graduate study. English as a Second Language(ESL) instructors provide international studies free tutoring sessions for writing, speaking, and reading. Students may sign up at the International House. For more information, please visit www.du.edu/elc.

Specific language requirements for undergraduate students



  • TOEFL: A minimum score of 570 (paper based), 230 (computer based), or 88 (Internet based) is required for admission consideration. Generally, applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. When requesting official TOEFL scores, please refer to institutional code 4842 and department code 02. TOEFL score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for DU admission consideration.
  • Academic IELTS: A score of 6.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher. Academic IELTS score reports older than two years from the date of application are not acceptable for DU admission consideration.
  • Possible exemptions: At least one year of credit (30 semester hours/45 quarter hours) from a U.S. college or a university where English is the universal language of instruction and examination.

2. Official Transcripts and Translations

International applicants should submit official transcripts printed in the official language of instruction of their institution. All transcripts must be submitted in hard copy format unless the institution only offers electronic transcripts. If the official language of instruction is not English, official translated copies should also be submitted by a qualified educational translation service.

3. Photocopy of Diploma/Degree Certificate and Appropriate Translations

Please submit a copy of your diploma or degree certificate along with all appropriate official translations.

4. A photocopy of your current passport

Please provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. This can be uploaded and attached to your online application. If you currently do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver (the government document that allows a student visa to be granted). If you are submitting the online application prior to obtaining a passport, please email a copy of your passport to Ucolintl@du.edu once you have received it.

5. The Supplemental Information Form (SEVIS supplement)

Please complete the Non-US Citizen section of the online application, as this will complete the SEVIS Supplemental Information Form. If you do not answer the questions completely, the SEVIS Supplemental Form will be emailed to you.

6. A financial verification form

If it is your intention to apply for a student visa, we will also need a financial verification form in order for the University to issue you an I-20. This typically takes the form of an official bank letter, and is used to verify that the student has enough financial resources available to cover the cost of attendance. For the 2014-15 academic year, financial verification forms for graduate students must reference a specific amount in excess of US $32,192. For undergraduate students, financial verification forms must reference a specific amount in excess of US $36,404. The letter should be original and have the signature of an officer of the financial institution. Please note, if you have dependents coming with you to the U.S., your bank letter should reflect an additional $3,960 per dependent.


All materials submitted as part of any application for admission to the University of Denver become property of the University. Materials will not be copied, returned or released to the applicant or any third party.

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