UDC currently enrolls International Students from dozens of countries around the world, and is one of the most welcoming and affordable universities in the Region for international students.
International students have additional requirements beyond the standard admissions requirements for each applicant type. Prospective students other than readmit and non-degree students must apply to UDC as an International Applicant, complete one of the online "International" applications, and comply with all of the Steps below if they meet the following criteria:
- A Foreign national who holds, or intends to hold temporary, non-immigrant visa/status in the USA, such as F-1, H-4, L-2, G-4, etc. or
- A 'pending' permanent resident (application for permanent resident status to USCIS is submitted but not yet adjudicated) in the USA
US citizens (including dual citizens), US permanent residents, and asylees or refugees are NOT considered international applicants.
International applicants with an F-1 Visa must pursue a degree and are not eligible for non-degree seeking status. All other types of international applicants, depending upon visa status stipulations, are eligible for degree or non-degree status.
International Student Admission Process
In addition to the requirements specific to applicant type, all international students for undergraduate or graduate admissions must complete the following steps below:
- STEP 1: Complete an Application. Complete and submit an online application to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. There is a required $50 application fee.
- STEP 2: Submit Academic Credentials. ALL academic work completed outside of the U.S at the secondary or university levels must be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Hand delivered originals or copies of academic credentials will not be accepted; documents requiring translation must be translated prior to sending your application to a NACES-member organization.
NOTE: F1 Transfer Students must submit official transcripts for course work completed abroad as well as in the U.S.
- STEP 3: Submit Evidence of English Proficiency. International students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English Proficiency. Please refer to the UDC Admissions Standards webpage for details. The University of the District of Columbia institutional code is #5929.
- STEP 4: Submit Financial Verification (only for F-1 Visa Holders): Sponsors of international students must complete and submit an Affidavit of Financial Support that indicates the sponsor's ability to support the student with all applicable tuition and living expenses while in the U.S.; all funds must be indicated in U.S. currency. Correspondence from third parties indicating bank balances will not accepted in lieu of the notarized Affidavit of Financial Support. The Affidavit of Financial Support form is available on our website; this form may be faxed to the number indicated below.
NOTE: Students with non-immigrant U.S. visas desiring to change their Non-Immigrant Visa to F1 Visa status must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support prior to gaining admission to the University.
- STEP 5: Submit Immigration Documentation: Submit a photocopy of your passport photo/data page, U.S. visa and I-94 card.
NOTE: F1 Transfer Students must also submit a photocopy of their most recent form I-20. An F1 Transfer Certification Form, found on the University website, must be completed and submitted to the University. Your transfer I-20 will be issued to you once you have been admitted and registered for your classes. Please make sure that all copies are clear.
Through a partnership with ELS Education Services, UDC admits undergraduate and graduate international students on a conditional basis who meet all requirements for admissions except for English language proficiency. Interested international students who want to apply for conditional admission to UDC should contact ELS at www.els.edu/en/CounselorConnect. ELS assists prospective students with submitting their application for admission to UDC; facilitates all immigration paperwork necessary for students to secure a student visa; enrolls students in English language courses at a center in Washington, DC or another preferred location in the United States; and assist students with meeting the necessary proficiency requirements until they can receive full admission to the University.
International Student Applicant Advising
International applicants with questions about their application should contact Admissions Counselor Thaddisa Fulwood at Thaddisa.firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.274.5767.
The process for international students can be a lengthy one, depending on the needs of each student or applicant. Therefore, to better serve both applicants and current UDC international students, the following schedule will begin on Monday, July 13, 2015:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – SEVIS, I-20, immigration related questions and concerns for undergraduate and graduate students
Tuesday, Thursday – new undergraduate, international applicant questions and concerns