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Building an International Community

As an international studies school, we are proud to have more than 30 countries represented throughout Korbel. We welcome students from across the globe to apply and join our international community.

Moving to a new country is a major transition. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services can provide you with the support you need to succeed at the University of Denver. Our student-run International Student Organization also provides peer support and social and educational events.

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Office of International Student and Scholar Services

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  • TOEFL Requirements

    Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, if:

    • Your native language is not English, or
    • You have been educated in a country where English is not the native language.

    Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

    You may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if, by the time of matriculation:

    • You have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is English, and
    • You have attended an English-medium university for all years of study toward the degree program.

    NOTE: An exemption of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement does not exempt you from other standardized graduate entrance examinations. All applicants must submit official GRE scores.

    Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores are as follows:

    • Internet-based score: 95
    • Computer-based score: 240
    • Paper-based score: 587
    • Minimum IELTS score: 7.0
  • Special Requirements for Students with Three-Year Undergraduate Degrees

    The Josef Korbel School of International Studies will consider applicants to the Master of Arts (MA) degree programs who hold three-year undergraduate degrees if applicants meet the following criteria:

    1. IBT TOEFL score of 100 or higher for non-native English speakers (Paper-based TOEFL of 600 or higher, ILETS of 7.5 or higher).
    2. Undergraduate GPA must equate to a "B" in the American system or better. This will be determined by the University of Denver's Office of International Admission.

    The Josef Korbel School's MA admissions committee is responsible for ensuring that the aforementioned criteria have been satisfied. No provisional admission or English conditional admission will be granted.

    The Josef Korbel School will consider applicants to the PhD degree program who hold three-year undergraduate degrees if they meet the following criteria:

    1. IBT TOEFL score of 100 or higher for non-native English speakers (non-three year degree IBT minimum is 95).
    2. Applicants must have completed a Master's degree. Applicants who have yet to receive a Master's degree are still eligible to apply for the PhD program if they expect to receive their MA degree prior to matriculation for the term to which they applied.

    The Josef Korbel School's PhD admissions committee is responsible for ensuring that the aforementioned criteria have been satisfied. No provisional admission or English conditional admission will be granted.

  • Visa Information

30 Students at the Josef Korbel School hail from over 30 countries.

18:1 The Josef Korbel School has an approximate 18:1 student/faculty ratio.

13 The Josef Korbel School houses 13 academic centers and 18 student organizations.

International Student Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get my international transcript translated into English?

    English translations of your transcripts must be generated by your school or by a certified translator. Non-English transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be submitted with certified translations. WES, ECE or IERF credential evaluations are not classified as English translations. The University of Denver's Office of International Admissions will evaluate all international transcripts and degree certificates.

  • Do I need to send an official transcript? What if my university only provides one official transcript?

    For the admission review process, unofficial transcripts are allowed. If you are admitted and matriculate to the Josef Korbel School, you will be asked to provide an official transcript by the sixth week of your first quarter of enrollment. If your university issues only one official transcript, the Office Of Graduate Education will request a letter from the school confirming this is the case. Arrangements will be made once the student arrives for the office to view the official transcript and return it to the student.

    For more detailed information about international transcripts, contact Office Of Graduate Education at [email protected].

  • When must I submit the financial verification form and the SEVIS form?

    It is helpful if you submit the complete financial verification and immigration-related forms while completing the application process. If you are accepted and choose to enroll at the Josef Korbel School, you must submit these documents as soon as possible so that our Office of International Admissions can process your I-20.

    For more information on what materials are required after admission, please click here.

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