International Students

We welcome international students to come to our campus in pursuit of quality education with an experiential learning basis. Listed below are the policies and procedures for international student application.


 

International Student Information

All international students who are not U.S. citizens must submit the following documents in order to be considered for admission:

  • Delaware Valley University Common Application or DelVal International Student Application.
  • A personal statement or essay. 
  • Proof of English Proficiency - Required for all applicationts from a country where English is not the official language.
  • Students who take the TOEFL exam should arrange to have the scores sent directly to Delaware Valley University. The Delaware Valley University Standardized Test Code is 2510. Acceptable test results are as follows:
    • TOEFL internet-based test: 74 minimum
    • TOEFL paper-based test: 537 minimum
    • TOEFL computer-based test: 207 minimum
  • Other test scores that may be submitted
    • ITEP: 4.5 minimum
    • IELTS: 5.5 minimum
  • If you are not submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or ITEP test results, the SAT or ACT exam results are required. International students who have attended high school in the USA for at least 1 year must take the SAT or ACT examinations.
  • Official secondary school Academic Transcript.
    • Transcript should include a list of all subjects taken, grades for each course and an overall grade point average (GPA). All transcripts must be original. A translation into English is required. A Foreign Credential Equivalency Report or Credit Evaluation must be submitted with a copy of the original documents. The suggested agency: go to World Educational Services (WES).
  • Students must have earned the United States equivalent of a high school diploma and 2.5 overall grade point average or better based on the Foreign Credential Equivalency Report or a United States secondary school academic transcript.
  • Students with an overall grade point average below 2.5 will be reviewed on an individual basis assuming that the student satisfies the minimum English proficiency requirement.
  • Please submit at least 1 Letter of Recommendation.
  • Admission interviews and visits to the campus are not required but are certainly recommended if possible
  • ·Submit your application to Delaware Valley University.
  • A personal statement or essay should also be submitted.
  • Original copy of any college or university transcript. If your college or university transcript is from any country other than the USA, it will be necessary to submit a Foreign Credential Equivalency Report and Credit Evaluation. The suggested agency to use is the World Education Service (WES)
  • Official copies of your secondary school (high school) record with translation into English (if needed). This academic transcript should include subjects studied and a course-by-course rating on grade.
  • Results of one of the following tests must be submitted :
    • TOEFL
    • IELTS
    • ITEP
    • SAT or ACT
  • Application deadline: While we have no application deadlines, we suggest giving the application process at least 3-6 months based on your start term.

Once a student has received a letter of acceptance a deposit which indicates intent to enroll should be forward to the Office of Admission. The deposit amount is $400.00 (USD) for a student who plans to live on campus and $200.00 (USD) for a student who plans to live off campus with a sponsor. You can submit your deposit here. Additionally, for students who plan to live with a sponsor, please fill out the International Student Sponsorship Certification for Room and Board and email to Maria Cabrera.

1. Please send Maria Cabrera and Stephanie Wobensmith a copy of your passport bio page.

2. Provide documentation on your ability to cover one year’s worth of tuition, fees, and various other living expenses that I have broken down below.

3. Here are the estimated tuition, fees, room, board, and additional costs for one year of attendance at DelVal:

Deposit

$400

Tuition

$36,960

Comprehensive Fees

$2,630*

Room and Board

$13,860**

Health Insurance for the year

$1,741

Additional expenses (books, travel, etc)

2,000***

* This cost does not include fees for students majoring in equine programs.

**This cost is reflective of a typical first-year residence hall and seven-day dining hall plan. Rates subject to change.

***This cost is an estimate, and is based on but not limited to books, travel expenses, school supplies, etc.

(Health insurance coverage for DVU students is mandatory if you do not currently have a health insurance plan that will cover you in the U.S. then you must purchase ours. If you have insurance then you can subtract this cost, but we will need you to provide proof of coverage.)

Total: $57,791

4. Complete the DVU Certificate of Finance: Fill in the DVU Certificate of Finance to provide information on scholarships or grants you receive from other sources and the merit scholarship you have received from Delaware Valley University. You will need to provide award letters showing you have access to the funds for your education. You may also include any personal or family funds that you will use so please provide any bank statements, pay stubs/salary evidence, loan agreements, etc. dated no later than 30 days before sending them. If someone from outside your family is helping cover the costs consider them a “sponsor” and please have them provide any bank statements, pay stubs/salary evidence, loan agreements, etc. dated no later than 30 days before sending them and have them sign the Certificate of Finances form stating that they are a sponsor and you will have access to the funds to use for your education.

5. Please return all of the above requested documentation to Maria Cabrera and Stephanie Wobensmith.

6. Once your documentation is in, we have verified it we will generate you an I-20 (You will need to pay the $200 SEVIS fee) which I will then send to you via mail.

7. Once you have received the I-20 you will need to review and sign and take it to the US embassy to apply to the F-1 student visa.

8. After you have gotten your visa please send us a copy of your signed I-20 and your visa.

9. Then you can schedule your flight. You will be receiving information from housing and also orientation as well, but keep in mind that you can only enter the country 30 days before the start of the semester term.

There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the embassy or consulate website where you intend to apply.

1. Complete the Online Visa Application

  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 – You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
  • Photo –You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

2. Schedule an interview

While interviews are generally not required for applicants of certain ages outlined below, consular officers have the discretion to require an interview of any applicant, regardless of age.

If you are age:

Then an interview is:

13 and younger

Generally not required

14-79

Required (some exceptions for renewals)

80 and older

Generally not required

You must schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence.

Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

New Students – F-1 and M-1 student visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States in F-1 or M-1 status earlier than 30 days before your start date.

Continuing Students - May renew their visas at any time, as long as they have maintained student status and their SEVIS records are current. Continuing students may enter the United States at any time before their classes start.

3. Prepare for your interview

  • Fees - Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview. When your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, if applicable to your nationality. Application Fee: $160
  • Review the instructions available on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply to learn more about fee payment.

4. Gather required documentation

Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:

  • Passport valid for travel to the United States - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students, Form I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status for Vocational Students, Form I-20 – Your school will send you a SEVIS-generated Form I-20 once they have entered your information in the SEVIS database. You and your school official must sign the Form I-20. All students, their spouse and minor children if they intend to reside in the United States with the student, must be registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS). Each person receives an individual Form I-20.
  • Additional documentation may be required: Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. Additional documents may be requested to establish that you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
  • Your academic preparation, such as:
  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and
  • Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.

5. Attend your visa interview

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

After your visa interview, your application may require further administrative processing. You will be informed by the consular officer if further processing is necessary for your application.

When the visa is approved, you may pay a visa issuance fee if applicable to your nationality, and will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you. Review the visa processing time, to learn how soon your passport with visa will generally be ready for pick-up or delivery by the courier.

6. Entering the United States

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Learn about procedures for students (with F or M visas) entering the United States on the CBP website under Arrival Procedures for Students or Exchange Visitors. Learn about admissions and entry requirements, restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods, and more by reviewing the CBP website.

Additional Information: Students with F-1 visas have an additional 60 days after the program end date listed on Form I-20, and any authorized practical training, to depart the United States.

Financial Aid

International students generally fall into 2 categories:

  • U.S citizens or permanent residents
  • Those who are citizens of another country and do not have permanent resident status

U.S.A Federal Financial Aid is not available to (non U.S.A. citizens) citizens of another country. Of course, U.S.A citizens or permanent residents are considered for Financial Aid as would any student living the U.S.A

Merit Scholarships

Delware Valley University offers merit scholarships to international students based on previous academic performance and the results of the SAT or ACT examination. International students who have attended High School in the USA for at least one year must take the SAT or ACT examination. A Merit Scholarship will be calculated based on GPA and SAT or ACT results. These awards are granted upon acceptance.

To find out if you qualify for a merit scholarship, please contact Maria Cabrera.

DelVal Freezes Undergraduate Tuition and Fees for Coming Year

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and created economic hardships for many of you and your families. With our commitment to affordable education, we have decided that there will be no increase in undergradu-ate tuition and fees for the coming 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition rates and fees will remain at the 2019-2020 level and this will not impact your financial aid.

As we continue to navigate the on-going challenges of this pandemic, I want you to know that our focus remains squarely on you, our students. You are the center of our community and every decision we make is intended to provide the best possible educational experience for each of you at this difficult time.

Average cost of attendance for academic year 2020-2021

Average academic year costs for resident and off-campus student, which includes allowance for books and personal expense: $58,270

Average academic year costs for commuter (with parent) student, which includes allowance for books and personal expense: $47,040

Average cost of attendance for academic year 2019-2020

Average academic year costs for resident and off-campus student, which includes allowance for books and personal expense: $58,040

Average academic year costs for commuter (with parent) student, which includes allowance for books and personal expense: $47,010

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students

The rates listed below apply to the fall and spring terms for students admitted into the full-time day program by the Office of Admission. Summer and winter term courses are not included in the fall and spring tuition and fees rates.

Full-time day students who register for courses during the summer and/or winter terms will be billed at the tuition and fees rates of the Continuing and Professional Studies office and will be bound by the Continuing and Professional Studies refund policy for those terms.

Tuition and Academic Fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year*

 

Term: Fall 2020
Payment Due Date: July 31, 2020

Term: Spring 2021
Payment Due Date: Dec. 15, 2020

Tuition and Standard Academic Fees

 

 

Tuition (flat rate charged for students registered for 12-19 credits)

$19,035

$19,035

Tuition (per credit rate for students registered for less than 12 credits)******

$1,049

$1,049

Student Engagement Fee

$120

$120

Comprehensive Fee

$1,155

$1,155

Room

 

 

Centennial Hall

$3,572

$3,572

South Hall

$3,737

$3,737

South Hall Converted Triple

$3,137

$3,137

All other residence halls

$3,265

$3,265

Board: Resident Meal Plans

 

 

Dining 7 Day $250 Flex - Standard (includes unlimited Starbucks in Levin)

$4,160

$4,160

Dining 7 Day $150 Flex - Standard (includes unlimited Starbucks in Levin)

$4,060

$4,060

Dining 7 Day $50 - Flex Standard (includes unlimited Starbucks in Levin)

$3,960

$3,960

Dining 7 Day $250 Flex - Discount (does not include Starbucks in Levin)

$3,860

$3,860

Dining 7 Day $150 Flex - Discount (does not include Starbucks in Levin)

$3,760

$3,760

Dining 7 Day $50 Flex - Discount (does not include Starbucks in Levin)

 

$3,660

$3,660

Board: Commuter Meal Plans (Optional)

 

 

Commuter 75-Meal Plan ($25 Flex)

$766

$766

Commuter 125-Meal Plan ($50 Flex)

$1,532

$1,532

Dining 5 Day $100 Flex - Standard (includes unlimited Starbucks in Levin)

$2,974

$2,974

Dining 5 Day $50 Flex - Standard (includes unlimited Starbucks in Levin)

$2,924

$2,924

Dining 5 Day $100 Flex - Discount (does not include Starbucks in Levin)

$2,674

$2,674

Dining 5 Day $50 Flex - Discount (does not include Starbucks in Levin)

$2,624

$2,624

Other Academic Fees (May be charged in addition to tuition and standard academic fees)

 

 

Contingency Deposit**(one-time fee charged in new student's first term only)

$150

$150

Equine Fee
(Full-time - AS.Equine Studies, BS.Equine Management: Equine Business Management, Equine Instruction and Training, Equine Media and Communications, Equine Breeding)

$1,069

$1,069

Equine Fee
(Part-time - AS.Equine Studies, BS. Equine Management: Equine Business Management, Equine Instruction and Training, Equine Media and Communications, Equine Breeding)

$535

$535

Equine Course fee***

$267

$267

Distance Education Fee**** (charged per online course)

$102

$102

Tuition Overload Fee***** (charged per credit over 19 credits)

$274

$274

* Rates are subject to change. Additional course fees may apply. Students that do not pay or make satisfactory financial arrangements by the due date will be subject to a $200 late fee for the fall and/or spring terms. For students that register after the payment due date, payment is due immediately. There is no grace period.

**Contingency deposit of $150 is a one-time deposit required of all full-time students. The contingency deposit is a guarantee of payment for any penalties assessed during your time at DelVal. Any unused portion is refunded approximately three months after graduation or separation from the University. Charges may include but are not limited to unreturned rental textbooks; Health Center fees; damage to or loss of university property; locksmith charges; traffic, library or disciplinary fines.

***Equine Course Fee charged per course for students not enrolled in AS.Equine Studies Associate, BS. Equine Management: Equine Business Management, Equine Instruction and Training, Equine Media and Communication, and Equine Breeding degree programs. Courses: ES-1050, 2050, 3010, 4010, 1010, 2118, 2219, 2250, 2450, 3218, 3219, 3371, 4018, 4111, 4250, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035, 2036, 2037, 3038, 3039, 3042, 4040, 4041, 4043, 2210, 3123, 3210.

****Students who register for online courses will be charged a distance education fee of $102 per course.

*****Students registering for more than 19 credits in a term will be charged $274 overload per credit over the 19 credit load. No one may register for 21 or more credits in a term without written permission from the vice president for academic affairs.

Upon acceptance, new students must pay a non-refundable $200 (non-residents) or $400 (residents) matriculation fee.

E360 courses in the 2020/WN, 2020/SU, 2020/S1 and 2020/S2 are charged at the reduced rate of $274 per credit. E360 courses are included in the flat tuition rate for the Fall and Spring terms. E360 courses in the 2021/WN, 2021/SU, 2021/S1 and 2021/S2 terms are charged at the reduced rate of $274 per credit.

Course challenges are charged at the reduced rate of $274 per credit.

In addition to the fees listed above, additional fees will be charged for the following:

  • Medical insurance: The University offers a medical insurance plan for students, the cost of which is pre-billed to each student's account. Students who already have coverage are required to provide proof of insurance by completing an online waiver. Those who do not comply will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan at their own expense. Go to FirstStudent.com for 2020-2021 Health Insurance Plan Information. Or go to FirstStudent.com for 2020-2021 Health Insurance Plan Information.
  • Independent study courses.
  • Field trips required for certain courses.
  • British Horse Society exam preparation fees for students in eligible equine majors.
  • Human Anatomy Course Fee

Books, supplies and equipment are not charged to the student account. Books and supplies may be purchased at the University bookstore.

The board plan is controlled by the student ID card. Flex dollars must be used by the end of the academic term, or they will be forfeited. All resident students are required to purchase one of the six resident meal plans. Meal plans are optional for students who live off-campus. All meal plan requests, changes, and cancelations must be requested through the student housing portal by the end of the add/drop period each term. No meal plan additions, cancelations or changes will be permitted after the deadline.

******Students registering for less than 12 credits are considered to be part-time students and are charged $1,049 per credit, plus additional per course fees as applicable. Registration for less than 12 credits may affect the amount of scholarships and other financial aid. Part-time students are not eligible for housing or to receive any merit scholarships awarded through the admission process. For more information on financial aid, contact finaid@delval.edu.

In the event of any financial default, the University shall have the right to employ a collection agency and/or any other legal means to collect sums due. Students will be required to pay all collection fees, including legal fees and interest.

Diplomas and official transcripts will not be released until a student has made satisfactory settlement of his or her student account and, if applicable, unless his or her federal Perkins loan account is in good standing.

Can I get a full scholarship or financial aid?

  • Full scholarships are not available at Delaware Valley University
  • U.S. Federal Financial Aid is not available to non U.S. citizens
  • Merit Scholarships based on previous academic performance and standardized test scores are available to international students
Where are the nearest airports?
  • Philadelphia International Airport (45 miles)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (70 miles)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (95.2 miles)
  • LaGuardia Airport, NY (100 miles)
  • Harrisburg International Airport (110 miles)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (134 miles)
What is the institutional code for TOEFL or SAT/ACT ?
  • 2510
Can I get a job on campus?
  • Yes. International students can apply for campus employment and are permitted to work on campus
What is the application deadline?
  • While we have no application deadlines, we suggest giving the application process at least 3-6 months based on your start term.
What is the minimum TOEFL score?
  • 74

Application Deadlines

While we have no application deadlines, we suggest giving the application process at least 3-6 months based on your start term.

Glossary

Questions? Contact Maria Cabrera, Senior Assistant Director of Admission