International Admissions Requirements
UD's community of students and scholars reaches beyond borders to make an impact in our shared world.
✓ Apply through the Common Application
✓ Secondary School Transcripts
Submit official transcripts/examination results for all secondary and post-secondary work.
✓ TOEFL or IELTS
We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL. The University of Delaware requires an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher on the IELTS and a 90 on the TOEFL iBT. Applicants to the Nursing major must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT.
The TOEFL code for Delaware is 5811.
Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent to the address below. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students. An institutional code is NOT required for the IELTS.
University of Delaware
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
210 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
✓ Letter of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation through the Common Application by people familiar with your academic achievements.
Submit an essay responding to the prompt on the Common Application. Remember, a great story can set your application apart.
✓ Intended Major
Help us understand your passion. Use our Major Finder to identify a major.
Students who are otherwise academically qualified, but do not meet the English language requirements can still be considered for admission into the University through the Academic Transitions Program.
In this program, you will:
- Be conditionally admitted to the University of Delaware without a TOEFL or IELTS score
- Earn up to 24 university credits while studying English
- Develop the academic leadership and social skills needed for university success
- Take English as a Second Language and college courses that are related to your major
- Become familiar with American culture and university life
Note: Not all conditionally-admitted students will be placed directly into Academic Transitions. Depending on the results of a placement test, some will instead be admitted into pre-Academic Transitions. The lengths of these programs vary.
Transferring Credit: Previous College Work, AP, IB and more
UD awards test credit for some secondary and post-secondary examinations and education programs. Official AP or IB test scores must be submitted to the Admissions Office in order to be considered in your admissions evaluation and to receive credit upon enrollment.
International Frequently Asked Questions
Will my application be considered differently depending on whether I attend high school in the US or Internationally?
Every application is read individually and based on the opportunities you have had. There will not be preferential treatment either way.
International Students are not required to submit standardized test scores.
You may apply to the Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) and study English at UD first to meet your English proficiency requirement.
International students for whom English is not the first language are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. We will waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for students who have achieved a score of 550 on the EBRW section of the SAT, or 24 on the ACT English section, C on the English A levels, 6 on the IB English SL test or have 3 years of education in the US.
You may submit electronic documents for admission consideration. We will require official, sealed transcripts in order for you to enroll.
Documents may be directly uploaded on your portal. Documents can also be sent to International-Admissions@udel.edu.
Your personal portal page can be accessed by going to: https://apply.udel.edu/apply/status log in and select the required document type and upload a Word document, PDF, or scanned image.
On your portal there is a link to a form called “Change My Major." Submit the form and an Admissions Representative will approve or deny the change.
This means that your application has been approved, with the exception of your English Proficiency. CAP students come to UD to improve their English first before then matriculating into the main campus. For information, see the CAP website: http://sites.udel.edu/eli/programs/cap/.
This means you have been “Conditionally Admitted." Level 6 is the highest level of the CAP program. Once you complete Level 6, you will be ready to attend classes at UD. See the CAP website: http://sites.udel.edu/eli/programs/cap/.
Yes, international students may apply for the spring semester. The deadline is November 1.
After you are admitted, your portal will be updated with an “Admissions Decision Reply” form. Complete this form and submit your $500 enrollment deposit. Then your portal will update with an “I-20 Request” form. Complete the form and submit the requested documents and your I-20 will be sent to you. Note: For conditionally admitted students this process will be different.
You will apply as a transfer student, submit your college transcripts or proof of courses you are taking, along with your official final high school transcripts.
You will need to provide an official or attested copy of your transcripts, sometimes in English and the local language. You will also need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES.
We cannot guarantee that all credits will transfer. After your WES report is complete, courses that are evaluated to be level 100 or above and a grade of C or above will provide credit.
For more information about transferring credits, please visit the registrar's website.
Once all required documents are submitted, the evaluation of your transfer credits should be completed in three weeks.
We cannot guarantee that credits awarded at other universities will be awarded at UD. UD will examine all of your original transcripts as well as your WES report and will make our own decision about which courses will transfer.
Submit the WES course-by-course evaluation early for a quicker decision.
You must complete a minimum of 30 of your last 36 credits of your degree, or one full year in order to be awarded a UD degree.