International and Transfer Students

International & Transfer Students

DCAD welcomes International Students to join our creative campus. The diverse student population and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. is ideal for students studying from abroad. International students find that the small classes and friendly environment allow them to maximize artistic achievement and success.

International student application and acceptance requirements

The Application includes a questionnaire and essay.

A portfolio of artwork is not required for admission to DCAD, but is recommended. All applicants are invited to visit the college in person for a portfolio review and tour of the school. However, we understand that many international applicants won’t have the opportunity to visit DCAD’s campus after submitting their application. Applicants who cannot visit in person may submit their portfolio online.


  • Include 10 to 15 pieces of original artwork
  • Drawing from life is recommended
  • Work should be completed within the last two years
  • Your portfolio can include any artwork from in the media and style of your choice

Certified English translations of all academic records, as well as official copies of all original transcripts are required. Please forward them to DCAD’s admissions office.

Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 79iBT, or equivalent demonstration of English language proficiency. Official results of the DET (Duolingo English Test) with a minimum score of 100. International students must specify DCAD’s school code of 5443 for TOEFL score reporting. The TOEFL/DET requirement may be waived for students successfully completing college-level English composition at an accredited U.S. college or university if the student’s only language of instruction has been English for three or more years, or where a student has a minimum verbal score of 500 on the SAT.

DCAD also accepts successful completion of Level 109 in an ELS English Language Program, offered at any one of more than 55 ELS Language Centers located throughout the U.S.A.
Information about ELS Language Centers can be obtained directly from:

ELS Language Centers, Central Admissions
7 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609.759.5900 or email to [email protected]

Acceptance Requirements

The Affidavit of Support form must be completed and returned to the admissions office along with a notarized bank statement showing available funds in U.S. dollars to cover tuition, living expenses and travel for one year in the United States (approximately $45,520).

All international students must submit proof of age and remit one semester’s full-time tuition deposit and mandated fees, (wire transfer, in U.S. dollars and drawn on a United States bank) after which an 1-20 Form can be issued.


Studying in English

DCAD offers a Conditional Acceptance to students who do not meet the TOEFL score requirement of 79 iBT. DCAD has partnered with ELS Language Centers and accepts successful completion of Level 109 in an English Language Program offered by any one of more than 55 ELS Language Centers located throughout the USA. Students who complete Level 109 in the USA do not need to submit TOEFL scores.


We offer housing for international students in DCAD’s Residence Hall at 707 N King Street. DCAD’s Student Services coordinates activities and events for students on campus.

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Transfer Students

DCAD is happy to welcome transfer students from other fully accredited institutions. We offer transfer students the opportunity to finish their degrees in our supportive environment, where they can apply their previous experience to our innovative studios and classrooms.

Each transfer student comes from a unique background, so we encourage you to speak with admissions if you’re interested in making the transition to DCAD. Our staff will guide you through the process of applying and transferring your credits to our college.

Contact Admission with any questions [email protected].

  • All transfer credits must be grades of “C” or higher awarded from fully accredited institutions to be considered for equivalent course credits at DCAD.
  • Credits must have been earned in the last eight years.
  • Transfer credits are considered for course similarity or equivalencies in content and expected learning outcomes. Course syllabi are required for all courses being considered for transfer. While courses at other institutions may have similar titles, acceptance of studio transfer credit relies greatly on the portfolio review.
  • A maximum of 29 credits are accepted for transfer toward the Associates of Fine Arts degree with 39 to 41 credits completed within DCAD’s curricula to earn an A.F.A. degree.
  • The dean is ultimately responsible for transfer credit approval. Students may petition the dean to reevaluate credits during their first semester of enrollment at the College.
  • Transfer credits are noted on official DCAD transcripts and a copy of the transfer credit evaluation is forwarded to the applicant, academic dean, and registrar, and will be placed in the student’s file for review by the students’ academic advisor during semester registration.

For complete transfer policies, please read our Credit Hour Policy.

Disclaimer : The Delaware College of Art and Design is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

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