Updated COVID Protocols

Effective January 1, 2022, proof of vaccination is required for all faculty, staff and students taking on-campus classes or accessing on-campus services. More information, including specifics for prospective students and visitors, is available at dccc.edu/vaccine-info. Face masks are required in all indoor facilities.

Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

International Students

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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.

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

Important Dates for New International Students

Semester Application Deadline Orientation Start Date Classes Begin Final Exams
Fall 2021 July 15 August 20 August 28 December 12-18
Spring 2022 November 15 January 7 January 20 May 10-16
Summer ESL 2022 April 15 May 17 June 8 August 11

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

TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and ACT scores are not required for admission. However, if you do have test scores, they may be used for placement purposes. Please visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Paying for Your Education

Please see our current estimated cost of tuition and fees. Students are also expected to purchase health insurance and to provide evidence of their ability to cover the full cost of annual attendance, to include housing and other expenses. Financial aid is 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. In addition, Delaware County Community College's Education Foundation awards more than $600,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholarship has its own criteria for eligibility established by the donors, and many scholarships are open to international students. 

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. Most international students enroll in 12-15 credits per semester, and most associate degrees require ~60-65 credits to complete.

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.

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 the College, please complete our Partner Questionnaire