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Admission Requirements for International Students

Academic Requirements for International Students

Please read each of the following sections carefully before you apply to DeVry University. The process is simple. However, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to qualify you for admission.

Select from the list below to find the detailed requirement information you need.

Age Requirements

 

You must be at least 17 years old on your first day of class. However, you begin the application process up to one year in advance of your planned starting date.

 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

 

All instruction and services are provided in English.

 

In addition to fulfilling all other admission requirements, applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate English-language proficiency by providing evidence of one of the following:

 

  • Submission of a high school diploma, or post-secondary degree or higher, earned at an institution at which the language of instruction was English*.
  • Submission of a post-secondary transcript verifying completion of 12 semester-credit hours of baccalaureate-level courses (excluding remedial and developmental courses) with at least a C (70 percent) average from an institution at which the language of instruction was English*.
  • Submission of an earned Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL**.
  • Submission of an overall band score of at least 4.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam**.
  • Submission of an overall score of at least 4.5 on the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) Academic-Plus exam**.
  • Successful completion of all three levels of the Global Assessment Certificate program.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive English Program - Level 5 through the GEOS Language Academy.
  • Successful completion of an approved external Intensive English Program.
  • Submission of documents demonstrating successful completion of a DeVry-recognized advanced-level English as a Second Language (ESL) course.
  • Completion of either of the following, with a grade of B (80 percent) or higher, from a DeVry-recognized post-secondary institution or community college:
    • The equivalent of DeVry's freshman English composition course.
              - OR -
    • Two or more baccalaureate-level English writing or composition courses.
  • Documents verifying at least two years' service in the U.S. military.
  • Having attained an acceptable score on a DeVry-administered English-language-proficiency exam†.

At DeVry University locations offering an ESL program, different English-language-proficiency requirements apply. Details are available in location-specific English as a Second Language supplements, available via www.devry.edu/uscatalog.

 

*Students who submit a transcript from a post-secondary institution (or higher) at which English was the primary language of instruction may submit a letter from the institution's registrar indicating the language of instruction at the institution was English.

 

** Applicants not requiring an I-20 who do not meet the minimum score requirement may be admitted. Provided an ESL program is not offered at the chosen location, such applicants, if admitted, must attempt ENGL510 during their first session of enrollment and successfully complete the course by the end of their second session of enrollment.

 

†International applicants requiring an I-20 may not take DeVry-administered ESL tests.

 

High School/Secondary School Documentation

 

If you have completed any of the following tests, submit them to your international admissions advisor and DeVry University will evaluate them.

 

  • Undergraduate - ACT, SAT, and/or CXE
  • Graduate - GRE or GMAT

DeVry can administer a proctored admissions test for those students living outside of the US. Please ask your admissions advisor for more information or request information today.

 

Transfer Credits:

An applicant wishing to transfer credit from another postsecondary/baccalaureate institution must provide DeVry University with transcripts/mark sheets that are in English. Additional documentation may be needed such as course description, syllabus, textbooks, etc. If such information is needed, your admissions advisor will communicate this to you.

 

Testing Information

 

If you have completed any of the following tests, submit them to your international admissions advisor and DeVry University will evaluate them.

•    Undergraduate - ACT, SAT, and/or CXE
•    Graduate - GRE or GMAT

DeVry can administer a proctored admissions test for those students living outside of the US. Please ask your admissions advisor for more information or request information today.

 

Academic Programs with ESL Component at DeVry University

 

The academic programs1 with ESL component at DeVry University, allows international students who has not met our Proof of English Language Proficiency the opportunity to be admitted to DeVry. The program consists of four courses of ESL courses moving from a focus on grammatical structure of English to more advanced essay writing skills and reading comprehension skills necessary to succeed in the university environment.

To be admitted to the ESL program in Fremont, applicants will take the DVUAC admissions test in reading and writing. Students who place Skills Development (SD) or Prerequisite (PR) will be considered admitted to DeVry’s undergraduate or graduate programs. Students will be placed into one of the ESL courses based on a separate ESL placement exam taken upon arrival at the Fremont campus. Students in the Advanced courses are allowed to enroll in undergraduate or graduate courses if the pre-requisites are met.

Course Offered

The ESL component offers four courses: Intermediate I and II and Advanced I and II.  Courses will be offered on a session based format and broken into two separate courses at each of the two levels: ESL036 and ESL037 for Intermediate I and II and ESL046 and ESL047 for Advanced I and II.

Intermediate ESL I and II (ESL036 and ESL037)

Intermediate ESL includes sophisticated reading selections, an introduction to the organization and development of the multi-paragraph essay, and an introduction to secondary research and preliminary written documentation standards and techniques.

Students are given assignments that incorporate both lower-level and higher-level cognitive skills, reading 1-4-page selections on a variety of topics and answering questions from the literal comprehension to the inference and critical thinking levels.  Students are then given opportunities to apply knowledge culled from these readings to the composition of original, multi-paragraph essays, always with the major focus on grammatically correct structures and clear communication of ideas.

Advanced ESL I and II (ESL046 and ESL047)
Advanced ESL continues the developmental approach to academic writing and also covers the organizational skills necessary for research and documented writing.  This course goes beyond essay writing and thesis development to include research and library skills for both research writing and the synthesis of the research through oral presentation.

Thus, speaking skills prepare the students for future class work and workplace requirements and essay and research writing.

 1 currently available at the Fremont and Sherman Oaks campuses