First-Time International Students





Fall Semester (August-December) Deadline before July 1st

Spring Semester (January-May) Deadline before October 1st

Steps for Admission


Step 1:  Letter of Intent

Please explain why you are interested in studying in the United States and why you have chosen Delgado Community College to continue your education. The letter must be translated into to English and typed.

Step 2: Complete Application Online

Applicants must fully complete and sign the admissions application.  

Step 3: Complete Supplemental Application

Applicants must fully complete and sign the supplemental application.

Step 4: Provide Proof of Immunization

Submit proof of immunization compliance if born after 1956. Fill out the immunization compliance form.

Step 5: Provide Foreign Transcripts Evaluation

For a list of of transcript evaluation agencies, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

**For high school diplomas and transcripts (mark sheets) only, please request a general equivalency.

**Students with university transcripts (mark sheets):

  1. Course by course evaluation report from a NACES agency.
  2. Official college transcript(mark sheets) from an accredited college or university to show semester and term courses were taken.
  3. All course descriptions and/or syllabus a student is requesting transfer credits.

Step 6: Provide Documents of Financial Support

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service requires all international students attending a college or university to submit statements of financial support as well as an official bank letter. The funds required for tuition and living expenses are approximately $20,300 U.S. dollars per year.

The following needs to be submitted to the international student office:

  1. An official bank letter and bank statements verifying current funds of $20,300.00 U.S. dollars. For help with this step, view the official bank letter sample. The bank letter must be addressed to Delgado Community College. The letter must be in English and have funds converted into U.S. dollar amount.
  2. An affidavit of financial support. Complete the statement of financial support form

Please request duplicates. You may need to provide evidence of sponsorship to embassy officials. Please check with your embassy website.

These documents must be completed before you can receive an SEVIS I-20.

**To view the cost of your studies, please click here:  Delgado Community College Tuition and Fee Chart

Step 7: Submit a Copy of Valid Passport

You will submit a copy of your password with the rest of your application documents.

Step 8: Submit All Application Documents

Please email all required documentation to our International Student Office: or or submit your documents electonically here.

Only clear and readable copies will be accepted.

The admissions packet must contain the following:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Completed Delgado admissions application
  3. Completed supplemental application
  4. Completed immunization compliance form
  5. Bank letter and bank statements verifying $20,300 in U.S. funds
  6. Notarized statement of financial support
  7. Foreign transcript(s) evaluation
  8. Copy of passport

Step 9: Await Acceptance Notification

You will be notified by mail regarding your admission status. A Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20) will accompany your acceptance letter.

Step 10: View Our Academic Programs

F-1 students are eligible to apply for associate degree programs only. M-1 visa applicants are eligible to apply for certificate programs only.  Contact the DCC International Student Office for additional questions regarding program choice. 

Academic Programs

Step 11: Pay SEVIS I901 Fee

Once the SEVIS Form I-20 is issued, The Student Exchange Visitor Program requires a fee of $350.00 (U.S. Dollars). Students must receive the I-20 form before paying this fee.  Learn more about the SEVIS I-901 fee.

Step 12: Obtain Your F-1 Visa

The Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20), acceptance letter, passport, and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt are used to obtain a Visa (F-1) at a U. S. consulate nearest to you. Learn more about F-1 visas.

Step 13: Take English Language Proficiency Assessment

The Delgado English Language Proficiency Assessment is required of international students whose native language is not English. Learn more about this assessment.

Step 14: Review Helpful Tips Before Traveling

Planning your arrival is important! Get help with this process by visiting the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Step 15: Obtain Housing

Delgado Community College does not provide dormitories. You will be responsible for obtaining your own housing accommodations.

Step 16: Attend International Student Orientation

All F-1/M-1 students attending Delgado Community College as first-time freshmen will be required to attend the International Student Orientation. The orientation will be conducted during the first week of classes each semester.

The orientation is designed to assist our new international students in making the transition to the United States and to their new life at Delgado Community College smooth. Furthermore, we want to assist in helping to acquaint you with the college and the services it provides, and make you aware of the policies and procedures that govern your status as an international student attending a college on a student visa.

The International Student Advisor Ana Wilson ( will notify you of the date and location of the orientation.