International Admissions

Most international students come to the College from their home countries on the F-1 student visa. International students may also apply as other non-immigrant visa holders (such as au pairs on a J visa) and request change of status to F-1 while remaining in the United States.

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following original documents in order to be admitted to the College and to receive a Form I-20:

  • Completed International Student Application signed by the student including the Affidavit of Support signed by the student's sponsor (the affidavit must also be notarized by a bank official)
  • Official bank statement confirming that funds are available to cover the cost of at least the first year's estimated tuition, fees and living expenses (this amount is listed on the application)
  • Copy of the student's passport page (when entering the name on the application it should match the passport exactly)
  • Proof of high school/secondary school completion: All high school transcripts must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved accrediting agency: www.naces.org.  High school documents can be evaluated program-by-program. DCCC requires the official report from the agency that indicates that the student has the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. If the student submits an official transcript from a U.S. college or university that shows they completed a minimum of 30 credits, then the proof of high school completion is not required.
  • Non-refundable $25 (USD) application fee made payable to Delaware County Community College (check or money orders are accepted)
  • Students who will be under the age of 18 at the time of enrollment must submit a Medical Release form with their application for admission. Acceptances will not be issued until this form is received.
  • Students who wish to transfer from another U.S. college or university into Delaware County Community College must submit the International Student (F-1) Transfer Request Form.

How to Submit Your Documents

Documents cannot be submitted by e-mail. Students should mail the application to:

Admissions Office
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Road 
Media, PA 19063-1094 USA

Deadlines to Apply

Students should submit an application by July 15 for the fall semester; November 15 for the spring semester; and April 15 for the summer ESL semester. While it is preferred that you submit all of your application documents at the same time, you must begin the process to submit your documents before the deadline in order for your application to be considered for that semester. We do not recommend that you wait until the deadline to begin the process to apply. Because many steps of the application process may take several weeks (such as obtaining notarized financial documents or a NACES evaluation of your educational records), we recommend that you start the process to apply as soon as you have made your decision to attend DCCC.

Express Mail Option

I-20s will be sent by regular postal mail. This option is free, but it does not allow you to track the package. However, if you want to have your I-20 sent by express mail service, you can create an account through https://study.eshipglobal.com and pay a discounted rate for express mail service to your desired address.

Deferral of Attendance

If the student is not able to attend the semester for which the inital I-20 was issued, please see the Procedures for Deferral of I-20.

Transferring Credit to DCCC

Students who have attended another United States college or university and received college-level credits may be able to transfer credits into Delaware County Community College. 

Students who have attended a college or university outside of the United States may be able to transfer their credits into Delaware County Community College. To do so, students should have their official, English-translated transcripts evaluated course-by-course by any member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) and have the evaluations sent to:

Records Office 
Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Road 
Media, PA 19063-1094 USA

Test Scores for Admission (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and ACT)

TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and ACT scores are not required for admission. During Orientation, students will be tested and placed in the appropriate levels of English and Math classes. To get more information about the placement test, visit https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.

Although they are not required for admission, if you do have test scores, they may be used for placement purposes. Scores must be current within 5 years.

A TOEFL iBT score of 80+, TOEFL PBT score of 550+, or IELTS score of 6.5+ will qualify you to take the English placement test (and not the ESL placement test.)

An SAT Reading score of 500 or ACT Reading score of 18 qualifies students to register for English Composition I (ENG 100).

An SAT Math score of 500+ or ACT Math score of 20+ qualifies students to register for Math classes at the appropriate level.

Paying for Your Education

Financial aid and payment plans are not available for international students. However, the College costs less than most four-year universities and colleges, and during the fall and spring semesters some international students work on campus to earn spending money.

Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

Among other regulations, F-1 international students must study full time during fall and spring semesters. Students must enroll in and remain enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits (with no more than 3 credits of online courses) in order to be considered full time. Students are not required to study full-time during the summer semester, however if Summer ESL is their first semester, then they must be enrolled full-time.

International Educational Agents

Delaware County Community College utilizes various strategies to attract students from overseas. We work with individual students, families, educational institutions, Education USA offices, and the U.S. Commercial Service. Delaware County Community College also realizes that agencies can provide a valuable service to students in helping prepare admission documents, providing educational counseling, and assisting with matters that may be difficult for a student or parent from another country, especially when English is not the native language. We work with reputable agents across the globe whose assist students and families in selecting a college that places students' best interests first. In keeping with the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Guide on International Recruitment and the use of agencies, the College discloses that it may provide compensation to its partners based on first year enrollments of the students on whose behalf they work. If you are interested in becoming a representative of DCCC, please complete our Partner Questionnaire