International

Dominican University is proud to be home to international students from all over the world! Join our diverse and active community of undergraduate and graduate students.

 

How To Apply

1. Complete an application.

In addition to the requirements listed here, international applicants must also fulfill all admissions requirements and complete all application materials. 

2. Submit Official Transcripts

Foreign transcript(s) must be translated into English. Transcripts must be mailed from the institution. Scanned or emailed transcripts are not acceptable. Degrees or academic coursework completed outside the United States must be verified and evaluated for academic degree equivalence.

Credential Evaluation: All candidates are required to use World Education Services (WES) for credential evaluations, and must submit a course-by-course credential evaluation through the WES ICAP. The WES ICAP evaluation can fulfill the official transcript requirement, as well, as long as the WES ICAP evaluation is delivered to the Office of Admissions directly from WES and includes a copy of the official transcripts that were evaluated. It should be noted that official transcripts are delivered electronically with the evaluation through WES.

Graduate Students: Dominican only accepts three-year degrees from India that have been recognized by WES. For more information on the evaluation of three-year degrees from India, please visit the WES website. Applicants of the MBA program should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to discuss the credential evaluation process.

3. Demonstrate English Proficiency

International students from countries where English is not an official language must demonstrate English proficiency. 

Proficiency can be demonstrated with one of the following:

  • SAT: 1140 Combined Math and Evidence-Based Reading (minimum Reading score of 25) and Writing (M + ERW).
  • ACT: 20 Composite
  • TOEFL Score: 550 Paper, 213 Computer, or 80 IBT (Learn about TOEFL)
  • IELTS Score: 6.5 (Learn about IELTS)
  • PTEA Score: 53 (Learn about PTEA)
  • An official transcript demonstrating that the applicant completed one academic year in the U.S. school system. 
  • Completed Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at an ELS Language Center.
  • Successful completion of 24 transferable semester units or 36 transferable quarter units at an English-speaking institution.

Conditional Admission: Students who have met the university’s academic requirements, but have not yet satisfied the English requirement, may apply for “conditional admission” based upon eventual completion of the required ELS Language Centers level. To learn more about the ELS Language Center’s program located on our campus, and how to apply for conditional admission, please visit the ELS website

4. Certificate of Finance

All F-1 (student visa) international students are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF) to their university. The COF is evidence that a student has sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of graduate studies at Dominican University of California. Please view the Financial Requirement document for more details, including program specific funding requirements. The estimated cost of attendance varies depending on the program, visit our Tuition and Fees page for more information. 

If the bank statement is not in the student's name, the account holder must submit and Affidavit of Financial Support using this form.

5. Passport

All international students must submit a photocopy of the photo page of their passport.

6. Deposit

Once your application is complete, we will notify you of our admissions decision within two weeks. A tuition deposit is required after you are admitted in order to confirm your attendance and to receive Form I-20. 

ELS Program

Students who need to improve their English skills before entering Dominican University of California have the convenience of attending a world class language center located on Dominican's campus.

ELS Language Centers has been the leader in Intensive English training since 1961. ELS students share the cafeteria, library and all campus facilities with Dominican students, helping to internationalize the campus community.

Instead of meeting a minimum TOEFL score, students are able to fulfill Dominican's English requirement by completing level 112 in the ELS program. Students who have met the university’s academic requirements, but have not yet satisfied the English requirement, may apply for conditional admission based upon eventual completion of the required ELS Language Centers level. To learn more about the ELS Language Center’s program located on our campus, and how to apply for conditional admission, please visit the ELS website, or contact the ELS center staff at:

ELS Language Centers
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel: 415-485-3224
Fax: 415-459-7350
E-mail: sra@els.edu

EducationUSA

EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Find your center.

Tuition and Financial Aid 

Scholarships and financial aid depend on the program to which the student is applying. Detailed information on scholarship amounts can be found on our Financial Aid page.