University of Delaware

International Students

Students from every corner of the world are welcome members of the University of Delaware global community. International students choose Delaware (UD) for our location, prestigious academic programs, and successful, respected alumni. We are an East Coast Classic -- an historic campus cited by The Washington Post as a top destination -- that is located at the very center of the U.S., within driving distance of New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts.

The University of Delaware is a Tier I Research Institution and is internationally known for our programs in Chemical Engineering, Business, and Environmental Sciences, and more. Explore our more than 145 academic programs to find the right fit for you. Our discovery learning experiences, including Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Internships, ensure that our students are competitive for top graduate programs and careers upon graduation from UD.

Among our faculty and alumni are Nobel Laureates, Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Goldwater Scholars, as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences. You will find Delawareans as leaders in politics, industry, and the arts, including U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Renren, Joseph Chen, Broadway Producer Susan Stroman, member of the International Olympic Committee, Laurence Probst, and game changers in the world of art conservation, solar energy, cognitive development, and itouch technology.

Pathways toward Admission

There are multiple ways for students to apply and be admitted as undergraduates to the University, including direct admission as a freshman or transfer student, conditional admission through the University's well established English Language Institute (ELI), and admission to the Intensive English Language Program at the ELI. All students that apply for direct admission as freshmen by January 15 and furnish us with SAT or ACT scores are automatically considered for scholarship awards. We invite you to explore our world and consider joining our academic community!




Complete the Common Application


Summary of Educational Experiences

Confidential Financial Information Form

The Confidential Financial Information form must be e-mailed or mailed, not faxed, to the Office of Admissions.  PDF version

Official Bank Statement

Bank statements must be on official bank stationary and show the total amount held in U.S. dollars.  Both of these documents must be mailed, not faxed, to the Office of Admissions.  Your acceptance letter and student visa will not be issued without the bank statement and the Confidential Financial Information form.

Copy of Your Passport and Current Visa

If you reside or attend school in the United States

Original transcripts/examination results for all secondary and post-secondary work 

(or copies attested by the U.S. Embassy, a notary public, or a school official) and official English translations. We require an English translation of most coursework completed in another country. International and IB secondary schools may be exempt. For more information regarding evaluation exemptions, please e-mail  (Please note that transfer students should also submit syllabi from coursework completed at previous institutions in order to be eligible for receiving credit toward your University of Delaware degree.)

TRANSFER APPLICANTS and FRESHMEN with Non-U.S. college coursework:

You must submit your academic credentials for evaluation to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). This includes freshmen participating in Gap Year programs outside the U.S.  Please select the University of Delaware from the dropdown menu. Transfer applicants should request the Course-by-Course Evaluation. We must receive ORIGINAL Credential Evaluations or files directly from AACRAO.

For complete information on how credits from institutions outside of the U.S. may be transferred, please visit the Registrar's Office page.

Official TOEFL Score Report or Official IELTS Report

All applicants for international admissions must take the TOEFL, unless English is your native language.  The minimum TOEFL score required is 90 (TOEFLibt) or 570 (paper).  Applicants to the Nursing major must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (TOEFLibt) or 600 (paper). An IELTS score of 6.5 or better may be submitted in place of a TOEFL score. The TOEFL code for Delaware is 5811. Students who do not meet the minimum score requirements or who believe they need additional help with their English skills may wish to apply to the University's Conditional Admissions Program(CAP). Students who enroll in the Conditional Admissions Program are NOT required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam score.

Official SAT or ACT Score Report

Students wishing to be considered for scholarship awards should submit an official SAT or ACT score. Test scores without a writing component will not be accepted. Two SAT Subject Tests of the student’s choosing are recommended, especially for Honors Program applicants. We will combine the best individual scores from tests taken. Weight given to the SAT or ACT depends on the strength of the student’s high school performance. Excellent grades in a challenging curriculum may compensate for somewhat weaker scores. The SAT code for Delaware is 5811 and the ACT code is 0634.


University Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of Delaware is one of the oldest in the U.S. Enrolling approximately 400 freshman each year, UD's Honors Program is for students who have excelled in high school /and/ want to stretch themselves academically during their college career. A typical Honors applicant has taken advantage of opportunities for further engagement and is looking to continue those experiences in college. In Honors courses students are expected to be active in their own learning and to be far-reaching and demanding of themselves in their efforts. Honors faculty have higher expectations of them, creating a culture of academic debate and achievement. The students themselves -- an interesting mix of talents and intellect -- are the heart of the program.

To be considered for admission to the Honors Program, students must complete the Common Application, answering "yes" to the Honors interest question in the "Academics" section, and penning an additional essay within the "Writing Supplement."  The essay is a written response is to one of the following questions with a 250-word minimum/500-word maximum response.

Question #1: The University of Delaware Strategic Plan emphasizes the role of the University in addressing the grand challenges of our time. Identify one or two grand challenges that you believe are most significant for your generation. What recommendations do you have for addressing these challenges and what outcomes do you hope to see? In what ways will your college experience be relevant?

2. Wallace Bacon, an eminent literary scholar, wrote that the liberal arts, or humanities, "are concerned with the question of what makes life worth living." In light of this, tell us about a meaningful work of literature (poetry or prose), piece of music, or work of art, and describe how it illustrates Wallace's point. What is its significance to you personally and/or academically?

Question #3: What are you optimistic about? Why?

It is also highly recommended that Honors applicants take two SAT subject exams. If you are not admitted into Honors, your application will be automatically reviewed for general admission to the University.

Music Applicants

Candidates for admission into Music must submit the Common Application including the "Art Supplement." Applicants are also required to audition. Audition dates for 2013-14 are February 3-8 as well as by appointment.  To schedule your audition or to discuss alternatives if you are unable to come to campus, please call (302) 831-8426. Audition information can be found online. Not every instrument will be available to audition every day, due to professors' availability. Please visit the Department of Music website ( for instrument-specific audition dates for the 2013-2014 admission season.

Occupational Therapy (Health Sciences) Applicants

Candidates for admission to the 3+2 Occupational Therapy-Health Sciences program (in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University) must provide us with an additional essay within the Common Application, no later than January 15, sharing their interest in a career in the Occupational Therapy profession. Finalists will be selected from the applicant pool to interview with faculty and staff at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in late February.

Application fee of US $75

Make the check payable to the University of Delaware.

Send all application materials together in one large envelope to:

Office of Admissions
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 USA
Phone: 1 (302) 831-8123
Fax: 1 (302) 831-6905

Conditional Admission vs. Direct Admission

Another avenue for admission to the University of Delaware is the Conditional Admission Program (CAP). CAP provides international students lacking the English language proficiency necessary to enroll in a degree program at the University of Delaware the opportunity to strengthen their English-language skills first, so that they may ultimately enroll and succeed in undergraduate classes with native English speakers. The program is a collaborative effort between the University of Delaware's English Language Institute and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

In order to qualify for the Conditional Admission Program, students must apply to the University and be academically admissible to their choice of degree program. If a student is admitted to the University via CAP, the student must begin coursework at the English Language Institute (ELI) and successfully complete Level 6 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking.  

Once students complete the English Language Institute's Level 6 - Listening/Speaking AND Reading/Writing English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursework with a grade of "B" or better and receive a recommendation from the English Language Institute they are then eligible to enroll in their undergraduate degree program.

For additional information about the Conditional Admissions Program, visit us or send an email to

International Resources

From top academic programs to expert advising and support services, the University of Delaware is focused on the success of members of our international community.

"" The English Language Institute

"" Office for International Students and Scholars

"" The Institute for Global Studies

"" The Career Services Center

"" The Confucius Institute

"" International Partnerships and Agreements

"" EducationUSA "Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study"

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