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International student admission is separate from receiving an I-20 form for a visa application. Admission to Dominican University does not guarantee that you will obtain an I-20 form. Please review the requirements for international student admission and the requirements for obtaining an I-20.

For Admission

  • Online Application
  • Official high school transcripts, emailed directly from the issuing institution
  • Transcript evaluation: For a direct evaluation of your credits to Dominican University, it is highly recommended that you request a Catalog Match for an opportunity of possibly obtaining direct course credits. A Catalog Match can be ordered from Educational Perspectives.

Other acceptable evaluation agencies include:

Please note that these other credential evaluation agencies do not offer Catalog Match. For SpanTran, Scholaro, ECE, or WES, you would need to ask for a course-by-course evaluation. This type of evaluation will only transfer any eligible credits as electives and not as direct course credits, if any.

Nutrition Students: Please note that the nutrition program only accepts credential evaluations from SpanTran, Scholaro, WES, and Educational Perspectives.

Credential evaluations must be sent directly from the credential evaluation agency to the Director of International Admission at

Proof of English Proficiency

International students who are not native speakers of English must provide proof of English language proficiency as part of the application to Dominican University. Accepted forms of proof are listed below.

Completion of qualifying academic program
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Successful completion of a full IB Diploma Program in English.
  • Completion of a U.S. degree
  • Completion of English 101 & 102 (or equivalent) with C- or better at a U.S. college or university
  • Successfully completed degree taught in English curriculum from a U.S. accredited institution.
  • Successfully completed degree from any of the following countries where English is the official language: Countries with English as official language
English Proficiency Exams
  • Internet-based TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 79-80
  • At-home TOEFL iBT test: minimum score of 79-80
  • Paper TOEFL PBT: minimum score of 79-80
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6
  • Completion of ELS 112 (ELS Language Centers)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: minimum score of 53. Please note that PTE Online is not currently accepted by consulates for visa applications. If taking the PTE exam, please provide us with a PTE Academic Test score.
  • ACT: minimum score of 21 in the English and Reading portion and a minimum score of 8 in the writing section
Completion of other qualifying programs, courses, or degrees
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE): B2 First
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A: 5 or higher
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition with a minimum score of 4
  • British Curriculum GCE (AS/A levels) English Language and/or English Language & Literature with a minimum result of C
  • EdExcel IGCSE requires a minimum grade of B with speaking endorsed separately on the certificate.

If you have alternative English language qualifications or schooling, such as Malaysia SPM, GCE-O levels, or CBSE or ISC Indian Standard XII examinations, please feel free to email Nereida Encina, Director of International Enrollment, for a case by case evaluation.

Applicants without proof of English proficiency can apply to the ELS program that is housed at Dominican University. Visit ELS program application and information to learn more.

For I-20

  • Bank Statement showing a minimum of $53,978 USD and a completed and signed Financial Statement Form (pdf)
  • A copy of your passport bio page

Application Deadlines

SemesterApplication DeadlineRequired Docs for I-20 Deadline*Deadline for Students in the U.S.Term Start Date
Fall 2024 StartMonday,
July 1, 2024
July 31, 2024
August 14, 2024
August 26, 2024
Spring 2025 StartMonday,
November 11, 2024
November 18, 2024
December 2, 2024
January 6, 2025

*All documents needed for an I-20, such as Financial Statement, bank statement, copy of passport, and in some cases copy of visa, previous I-20, etc. must be submitted before the deadline date for an I-20.