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International Students

International students who have completed secondary school and transfer students are encouraged to apply to Dakota Wesleyan University. Application deadline for fall admission is May 30. Deadline for spring admission is September 30.

To apply for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University, you must submit:

  1. The application for admission.
    A nonrefundable application fee of $25 U.S. dollars mailed to Dakota Wesleyan University, Admissions Office, 1200 West University Avenue, Mitchell, SD  57301 U.S.A.
  2. Official academic records from all secondary schools and postsecondary education. Official transcripts from all international secondary and post-secondary institutions must be evaluated, course by course, by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) before your official acceptance for admission. It is your responsibility to complete and pay for the application process.
  3. Proof of English proficiency.
    • For international students whose native language is not English, you must verify English proficiency by:
    • For students whose native language is English, either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination is required.  Acceptable scores are 18 composite for the ACT or 860 (critical reading plus math) for the SAT.
  4. As proof of financial support, we require the DWU Statement of Financial Responsibility for International Students form be competed in full and mailed with appropriate documentation to DWU Admissions.
  5. A completed Dakota Wesleyan University Student Physical Form and copy of immunization records showing proof of two MMR vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella). The Dakota Wesleyan University Student Physical Form can be found at www.dwu.edu/campuslife/health/student_physical_form.pdf.

Visa and Passport Information

Your Passport
If your passport it is due to expire within one year of your arrival in the United States, you should apply for a new passport before departure. In addition, the U.S. government requires that international students hold passports that are valid for at least six months beyond their period of stay.

International students will attend DWU on an F-1 Student Visa.  Students that meet the admission criteria and are accepted to DWU will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students (I-20).  You will submit the I-20, along with other required information, to the US Embassy or US Consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence. Although you may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the F-1 Visa outside your country of permanent residence.  Visit the Immigration and Custom Enforcement website for additional information needed to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.

Financial Issues

Dakota Wesleyan University is focused on delivering a quality education at an affordable price. While we represent real value in private liberal arts education in the world today, we realize that what we charge still represents a large investment for students and families. However, an investment in higher education will last a lifetime.

This financial information is specific to non-citizen or international students applying for our undergraduate bachelor and associate programs.

Tuition and fees
Before issuing your I-20, the USCIS requires that we obtain "proof of financial responsibility" (see # 4 above). Please review the educational costs for International Students for the upcoming academic year and provide the required information that reflects your ability to cover the costs.

Educational Costs for International Students
2013-2014 Academic Year


per semester

Tuition (includes international student fee)

per semester Room and 20 meals per week
per semester Medical insurance (mandatory for all international students)
International student-athletes must purchase additional intercollegiate sport coverage at a cost of $180 per academic year.
per semester Total (excluding travel and books)

* You are responsible for travel, book expenses, and personal expenses.
* The international student fee includes, but is not limited to: administrative and programming fee, etc…
* Fees subject to change without prior notice

All international students are required to live on campus, obtain a meal plan of 20 meals per week and show proof of health insurance while enrolled in DWU.  All international students are also required to pay half of the fall tuition and fees on or before August 1 by a wire transfer. If you choose to attend school elsewhere, the tuition paid is non-refundable.  International students are required to pay their balance in full within the first two weeks of each semester.

Please be sure to have your finances in order before you arrive. Contact Carol Weiss, accounts receivable accountant, at (605) 995-2693, by fax at (605) 995-2122, or e-mail at caweiss@dwu.edu to make all financial arrangements.

Financial Assistance
Federal Financial Aid is only available to US citizens and eligible noncitizens. If you're in the US on an F-1 student visa, you're not eligible for federal financial aid. For details regarding eligible noncitizens see the Student Guide for Financial Aid from the US department of Education.

Global Scholarships (does not apply to graduate students)
International students with an F-1 Student Visa who apply and are accepted to an undergraduate, bachelor or associate programs at DWU may be considered for a Global Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters with continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.  Students are encouraged to participate in the DWU Multicultural Committee. Students who receive an Athletic Scholarship or Talent Scholarship are not eligible for the Global Scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships (does not apply to graduate students)
If you are considering participation in intercollegiate athletics, please note that consideration for eligibility to play requires additional evaluation and assessment.  An Athletic Scholarship may be available based on athletic abilities. If interested in learning about opportunities for an athletic scholarship, please contact the appropriate coach.

Talent Scholarships (does not apply to graduate students)
Talent Scholarships may be available in music, theater/drama and art. The department chairperson determines eligibility for talent scholarships. Please note that an audition or portfolio may be required. If you are interested in a talent scholarship please contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Once you are accepted to Dakota Wesleyan University, you will be told if you have been selected for a scholarship and the amount.

On-campus Work Program Awards (does not apply to graduate students)
International students may be eligible for on-campus employment. These monies are earned as work is performed. The student will receive monthly paychecks, which may be used to pay for personal expenses.  Contact the Center for Talent Development for more information.

Living in Mitchell

International students are required to live on campus. All students need to fill out a Housing Intent Form once they are accepted to the University.

Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, S.D. has four seasons spring, summer, fall and winter. The average high temperature is 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) in the summer months (June-August) and the average low in the winter (October-March) is six degrees Fahrenheit (-14 degrees Celsius). Spring and fall have temperatures ranging between the summer and winter extremes.

Mitchell Community Information

Orientation at DWU

When you plan your flight to the United States, tell your travel agent that you need to arrive in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is 75 miles from Mitchell. A ride from the airport to Mitchell can be arranged with advanced notice. Please e-mail or fax your travel arrangement information to Jory Hansen, Assistant Director of Admissions, johansen@dwu.edu as soon as you have it. If you are planning to arrive by bus, you can arrive in Mitchell, South Dakota.

If you will need a ride from the airport, please contact Jory at least two weeks before your arrival. If your information is received less than two weeks before your arrival we may not be able to arrange a ride from the airport. We will need to know your arrival date, airline and airport, flight number and time of arrival in order to meet you.

Plan to arrive at the university one week prior to the first day of classes. This will allow for some time to settle into your new home, tour the campus, explore the community, make new friends, visit with professors and complete your registration for classes. We will also assist you with some of our support programs.

All International Students must check in with Jory Hansen in the Admissions Office upon arrival to campus.

Helpful Resources

US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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