Admission Requirements for International Applicants
Before you apply: language requirements & more
If English is not your native language, you will have to submit test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) assessment. We cannot process your application until your TOEFL, IELTS or CAE score is received. Keep in mind these scores are only valid for two years.
- Minimum TOEFL Score: 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based)
- Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5
- Minimum CAE Score: 169
- Our Institution Code for the TOEFL: 4842
In response to COVID-19, the University of Denver is currently accepting the Duolingo English Test to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement for graduate admissions.
- The University’s minimum requirement is an overall score of 105.
- Some programs may have higher minimum scores for admission. Please contact your academic program for specific information.
- Note: Duolingo scores DO NOT meet the GTA eligibility requirement for non-native English speakers.
English Language Exemption
Students are generally exempt from the English language proficiency test requirement if they have any of the following:
- Secondary/high school diploma from a school where the language of instruction is English.
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the institution's sole language of instruction and examination is English.
- Last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) of coursework were successfully completed with a 3.0 GPA or better from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the institution's sole language of instruction and examination is English.
- Successful completion of the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center.
Submit transcripts or other supporting documents with your application materials. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for exemption.
English Conditional Admission
If you do not take a proficiency test, or your TOEFL and IELTS scores do not meet our graduate school requirements, you can still attend our university. Some graduate units provide English Conditional Admission (ECA) to non-native English speakers. With ECA, you would complete training at our English Language Center to meet your English language requirement before beginning courses in your degree program.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
As our graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) deliver lectures and communicate often with students, you need to demonstrate fluency in English to become a GTA.
- Minimum TOEFL Speaking Section Score: 26 (iBT)
- Minimum IELTS Speaking Section Score: 8
- Minimum CAE Speaking Section Score: 200
Prospective GTAs may be exempted from submitting TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores if they have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the institution's sole language of instruction and examination is English and have four or more consecutive years of work/instructional experience in countries with an official native language of English and the language of employment/instruction is English.
Note: GTA awards may be revoked or restricted to non-teaching assistantship responsibilities at the discretion of the division if the GTA does not demonstrate sufficient English fluency in the classroom.
Transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. may be released to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. to identify U.S. equivalencies of educational qualifications. The transcript review process can take two to three weeks. Be sure to complete your application ahead of time so that your transcripts can be evaluated before your program deadline.
Prior to receiving an admission offer, we encourage non-U.S. citizens to upload or submit a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. We cannot issue your I-20 or DS-2019 without your passport.
Financial Verification Form
We ask that all international students submit a financial verification form. You will need to submit this form along with a bank statement or certificate of deposit showing sufficient liquid funds for your estimated cost of attendance.
You are required to submit these forms and statements in order to be provided with an I-20. You will be prompted to submit this information upon admission.
SEVIS Supplement Form
You need to submit your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Supplement Form. We use this form to verify your information so your I-20 or DS-2019 is accurate. We cannot issue your I-20 or DS-2019 without your SEVIS Supplement Form.
We encourage you to submit this form with your application.
After You Are Admitted: Immigration and Enrollment
Once you are admitted to your program of choice, you must take several steps to successfully immigrate to the United States and enroll in our university.
1-20 & DS-2019
The I-20 is the "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status". DS-2019 is the "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status". Either an I-20 or a DS-2019 is required by the U.S. government as part of your visa application.
We can only issue an I-20 or DS-2019 once you have been admitted and submitted all necessary paperwork. You will also need to show you have sufficient funds for your degree program to receive an I-20 or DS-2019. You can speed up this process by submitting your financial verification form with your application.
You will need to take several steps to immigrate to the U.S. after admission. You can speed up this process by submitting your financial verification form and SEVIS Supplement Form with your application.
Your immigration process:
- Receive your I-20 or DS-2019
- Pay your SEVIS fee
- Schedule your visa interview
- Enter the U.S. with J-1 or F-1 status
Office of International Student & Scholar Services
If you have any questions regarding your visa, housing or employment, our Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) can provide information and support.
- Maintaining your visa
- Your health and wellness
- Life at our University