International Students

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International Programs
Stoxen Library, Lower Level, Room 3

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International Admissions Procedure

This is where your journey to attend Dickinson State University begins. Follow these steps to get started!


Application Deadline:

Admissions Cut-off:


July 1

July 16


November 15

December 1

These are DSU application and documentation deadlines. Visa interview and processing times vary. Please check for interview availability and wait times.

DSU has two start dates for international students:

  • Fall starts on or about August 21st
  • Spring starts on or about January 8th.  

Plan to arrive a week prior to your start to give yourself time to adjust and prepare to start school. We have several days of fun activities before school starts in the Fall to help get you ready and active on campus!

Most applications take about a month to process from submitting the application to an I-20 being issued.  This can be faster or slower depending on documentation availability and submission time.

An I-20 and F1 visa will allow you to enter the US up to 30 days prior to the start of school as listed on your I-20.  The visa process takes time. Please check with your local US consulate for details on appointments and visa processing.

When you feel comfortable that you have time to get through the application and visa process, choose your start date apply in Step 3.

Create or log into your application here.

Important: The name in your application should match the name in your passport.

  • There is a one-time application fee of $35.
  • The application fee can be paid at the time you apply.
  • Applications will not be processed until you pay the application fee.
  • If you cannot pay in the application, you can pay the fee using Flywire.

Submit a copy of the data page of your passport. You can do this by scanning the page and uploading it directly to your student application or by emailing it to

You must submit official scores from an English entrance exam. Scores are valid for two years. One of the following tests with its minimum score is required for admission to DSU:

  • TOEFL – 71
  • IELTS – 6.0 total
  • Duolingo English Test - 105
  • PTE-A – 51
    • You can share your results with DSU on your Pearson Test of English dashboard or send the link for your score to

Please contact prior to submitting any scores not detailed above.  Select other scores may be accepted. DSU reserves the right to request additional verification.

All students who have attended secondary school outside of the United States must submit official academic credentials. This includes leaving exam scores and high school academic transcript reports. Official transcripts must be sent directly from either the school or an approved evaluating agency.

If requested, international high school credentials must be evaluated by one of the evaluation services listed below. There is a fee for the evaluation. You are responsible for getting the evaluation and paying the fee. You must request a course-by-course evaluation and for it to be sent to Dickinson State University. Scanned copies can be emailed if they are sent from an email account that can be verified to be linked to the school or evaluator. Physical copies can be mailed to:

DSU Admissions
291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601

All post-secondary coursework is required to be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) evaluation company, or Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA). A course-by-course evaluation is required for all post-secondary coursework. SpanTran is a NACES evaluation agency that has created a custom application for DSU to help students get the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. To access their application, click their link below.





The Declaration of Finance form may be submitted by scanning and uploading directly to your student application or by emailing

Documents submitted must indicate that you, your parent, or your sponsor has the necessary funding for 1 full year of tuition, fees, insurance, room, board, and books. This amount is listed in the Declaration of Finance. When submitting documents from the bank, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The documents provided must be issued by the financial institution.
  • The name on the account must match the Sponsor Name listed on the Declaration of Finance.
  • Bank statements must be issued on a date later than the date that the application was submitted to Dickinson State University.
  • After being issued by the bank, documents are valid for 6 months.

A sample form is located here.

The North Dakota University System requires that new students provide documentation of immunity for certain diseases unless an exemption is accepted. For more details on these requirements or potential exemptions click here.

Once you have been accepted for admission, you can visit our Admitted International Students page to help you with the process of coming to the United States.