Applying to the University of Delaware
At the University of Delaware, international students play an important role in academic and campus life: they spark growth in our community and encourage our global imagination. Our faculty and staff invite you to become a valued member of our community. Through the Office of International Students and Scholars, students, like you, can find guidance and advice to make your transition to UD easy. Our doors are open, welcoming you to UD.
How to Apply
Please complete the following to be considered for undergraduate admission:
Important Dates and Deadlines
Priority Deadline for spring admission
Priority deadline for fall admissions
1. Complete the Common Application for the University of Delaware and the $75 application fee
2. Send official transcripts/examination results for all secondary and post-secondary work to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions*
*If you are transferring from an international institution, you are required to also submit your academic credentials evaluation to the World Education Services (www.wes.org).
3. Send official test scores directly from the testing agency:
- TOEFL score 90 iBT or better
- IELTS score 6.5 or better
4. Provide two letters of recommendation (at least one from a school counselor)
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.
Next Steps After Acceptance
Get Your Visa
Along with the forms that we will send you once you’ve confirmed your enrollment, you’ll need to take your passport, acceptance letter, SEVIS fee receipt, and any financial documentation to a U.S. embassy to process your visa.
Complete Your Family Medical History
Complete the medical form prior to enrolling.
Confirm Your Medical Insurance
Medical insurance is mandatory. If you’d like to use your own medical insurance you’ll need to submit a waiver demonstrating that your policy is comparable to what UD provides.
UD’s immunization form provides the information you’ll need to understand required immunizations.
Plan Your Travel
We recommend that you fly into the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). (Do not fly into Newark International Airport; that’s located in New Jersey, not Delaware!) You’ll need to arrive no later than August 27 in order to attend International Student Orientation on August 28 for the Fall semester, or no later than February 4 for the Spring semester. (Please e-mail a copy of your travel arrangements to email@example.com).
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.