There are additional admissions requirements for international applicants:

Language Requirements

All Daniels students are expected to read, write and speak English fluently. International students must demonstrate a proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Specific language requirements for graduate students:

  • TOEFL: A score of  240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.
  • IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.

Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

  • English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA): Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) by taking the ELPA during orientation.
    • Students whose University of Denver assessment demonstrates they are proficient enough in English to be academically successful, regardless of TOEFL/IELTS scores, may enroll in graduate academic classes full-time.
    • Students whose University of Denver assessment demonstrates minor deficiencies and indicates their opportunity for academic success would be enhanced by ELC support may enroll in academic classes full-time and will be placed in an ELC bridge course(s).
    • Students whose University of Denver assessment indicates significant levels of deficiency will be placed in an ELC bridge course(s) but may elect to take an appropriate level of English language instruction at the ELC and may be required to reduce their academic course load accordingly.

Students who are required to complete the ELPA will receive more information prior to orientation.

Apply for a Student Visa

logo-educationusaApplying for a student visa is easier than you think. Education USA Advising Centers are located worldwide to help you with this process. Find an Education USA Advising Center near you.

After you have been admitted to Daniels, you will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa (or DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) to attend.

1. Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 from the University of Denver.

  • Submit the Financial Verification Form and send your bank documents. Students requesting an I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa must show that enough money is available to pay for at least the first year of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. It is assumed that this amount will be available for each additional year of study. Currently the estimated minimum amount is $59,087 (the minimum amount for One-year MBA students is $85,560). Students requesting a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 Visa must show that enough money is available to pay for the duration of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. If you have questions regarding the requirements for J-1 Visas or visas for dependents, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at
  • Fill out the Supplement for International Applicants (SEVIS Supplement) to make sure we have all the identification information to issue your complete and correct I-20.
  • If you are already studying at a different university in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa, fill out the Transfer Eligibility Form to complete your transfer to the University of Denver.
  • Submit a copy of your passport.

Send all documents to:

Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business 
University of Denver
2101 S. University Blvd., Ste. 255 
Denver, CO 80208


Email to:

2. Pay the SEVIS Fee.

This fee must be paid at least three days before your visa interview in U.S. dollars by credit card online, by check or bank draft drawn on a U.S. bank, or by Western Union Quick Pay. Go to, and follow these instructions:

  • Click on "Proceed to I-901 Form & Payment."
  • Scroll to the bottom, and select I-20 and OK.
  • Fill out the next page with your personal information.
  • The form requires the "School Code," DU's school code is DEN 214F 00135 000.
  • The form requires the SEVIS Identification Number on your I-20. This number is in the upper right-hand corner of the I-20 and begins with an N and has 10 digits.
  • Check that the information is correct on the next page.
  • Choose first-class mail or expedited delivery. The credit card form has a place for the cardholder's address. You do not need to fill this in; it is not a required field.


All visa applicants are required to be interviewed. You must make an appointment with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an in-person interview as early as possible. Be prepared for the interview. The officer is required to consider you as a person who intends to stay permanently in the United States. It is your responsibility to show that you intend to return to your country. You must show that you have strong ties to your country and will return after completing your DU studies. Take as much documentation as you can - family connections, property, jobs, monetary ties, and so on. The officer will only have a few minutes to make a decision regarding your application. He or she may also ask why you want to study in the United States. Which subject? Why did you choose the University of Denver? Be sure to take the following information with you:

  • Passport. In order to enter the United States on a student visa, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the expiration date on the I-20.
  • Financial documents. You will need to prove to the visa officer that you have enough money available to pay for at least the first year of your degree program. The visa officer may ask you how you intend to pay for the rest of your education and expenses, too.
  • Admission letter
  • I-20 form
  • Copies of all educational documents you presented to the University of Denver in order to be admitted.

Provide an Academic Record of Undergraduate Education

The Daniels College of Business Admissions Committee seeks applicants who have the demonstrated ability to succeed in an academic setting. All applicants are required to provide one official transcript from an accredited university or college, but there are two additional requirements for international applicants:

  • Transcripts: If transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit original copies of the transcripts as well as official English translations of those documents. Transcripts must be in officially sealed envelopes, sent directly from the issuing institution. Documents that arrive in opened envelopes and/or marked "issued to student" will not be considered official. For applicants who attended regionally accredited educational institutions in India, we require individual mark sheets for all semesters with all attempts of examination.
  • Evidence of Degree Earned: Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., a copy of a diploma or certificate) with an English translation. Proof of degree documents must be in officially sealed university envelopes. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States. 

Resources to help you succeed

You'll find a supportive community and numerous resources to ease your transition into life at Daniels, including:

  • International Student Orientation: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts orientations for new international students each quarter. During orientation, international student advisors and guest speakers will discuss a variety of topics to help you learn about maintaining your immigration status and being successful in your program. All new international graduate students must attend the International Student Orientation.
  • International Student Groups: The Daniels community includes many student groups, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Latina/o Student Alliance and the Arab Student Association, that support the needs and interests of international students. See all student groups.
  • Extracurricular Academic Support: From technology coaching to writing assistance at the DU Writing Center, you'll find faculty, staff and fellow students eager to help.

Off Campus and Student Housing

The University of Denver has limited on campus apartment housing and resources for off campus living in the DU neighborhood. 

  • Apartment Housing: Connect with the Apartments Office to receive more information about on campus apartment living.
  • Off Campus Living: Utilize resources to find off campus housing in the DU neighborhood and surrounding areas in Denver.

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