International Students

DCAD welcomes International Students to join our creative campus. The diverse student population and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. is ideal for students studying from abroad. International students find that the small classes and friendly environment allow them to maximize artistic achievement and success.


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Application Requirements
  • Application

    The Application includes a questionnaire and essay; the non-refundable application fee is $80.

  • Portfolio Review

    A portfolio of artwork is required for admission into DCAD’s Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program. All applicants are invited to visit the college in person for a portfolio review and tour of the school. Applicants who cannot visit in person may submit their portfolio online.

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  • High School Transcripts

    Certified English translations of all academic records, as well as official copies of all original transcripts.

  • Official results of the TOEFL

    Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) with minimum score of 79iBT, or equivalent demonstration of English language proficiency. International students must specify DCAD’s school code of 5443 for TOEFL score reporting. The TOEFL requirement may be waived for students successfully completing college-level English composition at an accredited U.S. college or university if the student’s only language of instruction has been English for three or more years, or where a student has a minimum verbal score of 500 on the SAT.

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  • ELS Language Center scores

    DCAD also accepts successful completion of Level 109 in an ELS English Language Program, offered at any one of more than 55 ELS Language Centers located throughout the U.S.A.

    Information about ELS Language Centers can be obtained directly from:
    ELS Language Centers, Central Admissions
    7 Roszel Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    609.759.5900 or email to

Upon acceptance
Acceptance requirements
  • Affidavit of Support Form

    The Affidavit of Support form must be completed and returned to the admissions office along with a notarized bank statement showing available funds in U.S. dollars to cover tuition, living expenses and travel for one year in the United States (approximately $45,520).

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  • Tuition Deposit

    All international students must submit proof of age and remit one semester’s full-time tuition deposit and mandated fees, (wire transfer, in U.S. dollars and drawn on a United States bank) after which an 1-20 Form can be issued.

The Delaware College of Art and Design is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

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DCAD offers a Conditional Acceptance to students who do not meet the TOEFL score requirement of 79 iBT. DCAD has partnered with ELS Language Centers and accepts successful completion of Level 109 in an English Language Program offered by any one of more than 55 ELS Language Centers located throughout the USA. Students who complete Level 109 in the USA do not need to submit TOEFL scores.


We offer housing for international students in DCAD’s Saville Residence Hall and at 707 N King Street. DCAD’s Student Services coordinates activities and events for students on campus.

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