International Students

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Welcome! Delaware County Community College is an accredited, public two-year college located in Media, Pennsylvania. The College serves 12,500 students, including more than 200 international students from over 50 countries. Delaware County students enjoy a safe, high-tech campus surrounded by nature, with easy access to the dynamic and historical city of Philadelphia, 22km away.

The College issues the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Form I-20 to qualified individuals who wish to obtain F-1 visa status for full-time study. The College also welcomes students on other visas. Take a moment to review our international student brochure and application.


Advantages for International Students

  • Small classes (average of 20 students)
  • No TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT required
  • Excellent English as a Second Language (ESL) program, tutoring included
  • Individual attention from professors and one-on-one advising
  • Transfer Agreements with more than 40 universities and colleges
  • Transfer scholarships and guaranteed admission with select partner schools
  • Homestay Program and help locating apartments
  • Full-time Office of International Student Services
  • High-tech labs, classrooms, and equipment
  • More than 25 clubs, sports teams, and organizations
  • Access to Philadelphia, New York City, and hundreds of nearby colleges and universities

Resources for International Students

Graduating and Transferring

Important Dates for New International Students

Semester Application Deadline Orientation Start Date Classes Begin Final Exams
Summer ESL 2015 April 15 June 2 June 9 August 13
Fall 2015 July 15 August 21 August 31 December 15-21
Spring 2016 November 15 January 8 January 19 May 10-16

Insurance Requirement

The College automatically enrolls international students in a health insurance plan. International students must accept this insurance. No waivers can be made. The College implements this policy to best and most efficiently safeguard students’ health needs. Students may wish to obtain their own supplemental insurance to increase their maximum total coverage.

The health insurance plan, provided by Arch Insurance Company, covers basic doctors’ visits, emergency care, intercollegiate sports injuries, mental health care, etc. What is not covered  includes routine dental and vision care, etc. Please contact the Office of International Student Services if you have questions regarding the claim form.

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.


TOEFL is not required for admission. During Orientation, students will be tested and placed in the appropriate level of English language classes. Students with the following valid scores will be exempt from taking the ESL placement test:

TOEFL iBT:  80

TOEFL Paper-Based Test:  550

IELTS:  6.5

Can I apply for financial aid?

International students are not eligible for financial aid. However, the College costs less than most four-year universities and colleges, and every fall and spring semester some international students work on campus to earn spending money.