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The following is a breakdown of the estimated MINIMUM expenses for undergraduate international students at the University of Denver for the 2015-2016 academic year.  These estimates do not include international travel.  Moreover, the estimates quoted below assume a moderate lifestyle in which students share living quarters and expenses with a roommate. 

It is mandatory that all DU students have health insurance. Students are required to participate in the University of Denver Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), or to waive this plan by providing proof of other adequate health insurance coverage. The definition of adequate health insurance is listed on the Health & Counseling Center website:

Most students are also required to bring or purchase a laptop computer.  For information on required specifications, leasing and purchasing options, please visit the website:  The average cost of a laptop computer is approximately $1,000 USD.  Please plan your finances accordingly. 

The academic year consists of three quarters or nine months.  If you choose to remain in the United States during the summer quarter (three months), you will be responsible for additional living expenses/books/supplies.  If you take classes in the summer, you will also be responsible for additional tuition and fees.  Please prepare your finances accordingly.  ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE .


Per Quarter

Per Year (3 quarters)

Tuition (12 to 18 credit hours*



Student Fees (maximum, annual)



Annual Tuition and Fees (SUBTOTAL)



Living Expenses (estimated)



Books/Supplies/Health Insurance



Annual Expenses (SUBTOTAL)





$61,460 +

* A traditional undergraduate student taking a full load (12-18 credits) of classes during the fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2015-16 school year.

+ This is the minimum amount the University of Denver is required to verify in order to issue the I-20 or DS-2019.

If you plan to bring your family, you will be required to verify additional funds for their living expenses.  The estimated expenses for each accompanying dependent are as follows:

Spouse:      $3,960 per academic year (9 months)
Each Child:   $3,960 per academic year (9 months)


The University of Denver's commitment to international students and scholastic excellence is exemplified by a number of merit-based scholarships, awarded to new first-year and transfer undergraduate international students annually. All qualified applicants are given automatic consideration for these scholarships; there is no separate application. SAT or ACT results and class rankings are necessary to determine eligibility for each of these merit-based awards. Most scholarships are renewable. With rare exceptions, no scholarship covers the full cost of attendance.

Undergraduate Scholarship Criteria for Competition Contact

Merit-based Scholarships $13,000 to $23,000 per year for first-year students $9,000 to $13,000 per year for transfer students

Admission standards for international students vary based on the educational system of the country in which they have attended school. Typically, admitted students have earned the equivalent of As and Bs in a demanding, college preparatory curriculum. Applicants who have shown academic achievements beyond these criteria will be considered for merit-based scholarships.

All applicants are considered for this scholarship. No special application is required. 

Music Activity Scholarship

Audition for Lamont School of Music, music major

Lamont School of Music 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80208, USA 303.871.6400 fax 303.871.3118

Athletic Activity Grant

Outstanding talent and demonstrated athletic ability

Department of Athletics University of Denver Denver, CO 80208, USA 303.871.3669 fax 303.871.3471

Graduate students should contact their departments regarding scholarship opportunities.


International students may work on campus a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session and a maximum of 37.5 hours during vacations. On-campus positions are extremely limited. After nine consecutive months of enrollment, and under very limited circumstances, students may apply for permission to work off campus through the International Student and Scholar Services office. Dependents of students holding an F-1 Student Visa are not permitted to work under any circumstances.