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International Applicants

International applicant information

With its diverse student demographic of more than 900 international students from 92 countries, the University of Denver is a global institution dedicated to the public good. We emphasize the importance of global learning and wide-ranging experiences in our campus culture and our vision, values, mission and goals. We're open to broad ideas, diverse cultures and international perspectives. Explore the diversity of DU's student body by visiting the Office of Institutional Research Student Enrollment Data website

Founded in 1864, DU is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region and is known for its outstanding academics and strong faculty-student collaboration. The University is in a vibrant and growing metropolitan area a short distance from some of the country's finest national parks and outdoor recreation. We're dedicated to educating world-wise action leaders who go on to tackle the important issues of our day and contribute to the greater good.

The University of Denver is committed to fostering an international campus, and we welcome you to apply!

International graduate application process 
English proficiency
  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and are considered official only when received directly from the testing agency.
    • TOEFL: The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
    • IELTS: The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0.
    • Please note that some graduate departments require higher minimum language test scores for non-native English speakers. Please review the program's published admission requirements or contact your prospective program directly.
  • Sign up for the TOEFL or IELTS
  • English Conditional Admission: To ensure that graduate students will be well-prepared for advanced study at the University of Denver, non-native English speaking students may be conditionally admitted to certain graduate degree programs pending proof of English proficiency. This English Conditional Admission (ECA) option is available to applicants only in certain departments who are academically admissible and who have sufficient proof of financial support. In order to begin a degree program under the ECA option, students must either present the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score or complete the University's English Language Center's full-time intensive language courses, which may take between 10 weeks and 18 months depending on placement test results and the student's individual progress. Academic courses may not be taken while students are enrolled at the English Language Center. Please see the program's published admission requirements to see which departments offer conditional admission. If you are interested in pursuing conditional admission, please notify the appropriate graduate admission office after submitting your application. Please note: You must still submit all other application materials and be offered admission by your prospective department.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship: Any graduate applicant whose native language is not English who wishes to be considered for any graduate teaching assistantship (except GRA) during any year of study in any graduate department must demonstrate fluency in spoken English. English speaking proficiency is demonstrated by scoring a minimum of 26 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section or an IELTS speaking band score of 8.0. This GTA requirement must be met by all non-native English speakers, regardless of educational background or citizenship status.
  • ETS Institution Code: 4842
Immigration information
  • When is this information required? International applicants are required to provide certain documents in order to receive immigration materials from the University of Denver. Generally, these items are not required until after an applicant is offered admission. Please refer to your specific program's requirements for clarification. 
  • I-20/SEVIS
  • Financial Verification
Tuition and expenses
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Most graduate funding comes directly from the academic department. Please contact your prospective program to learn what funding opportunities may be available and how to apply.