2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62].

Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation prohibits the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission (English Conditional Admission), or provisional admission with deficiencies totaling a quarter or more. To address the admission requirement deficiencies, the DSOs may issue a non-degree I-20. When applicants have met all of the standards for admission the DSO may issue a Change of Level (COL) I-20 for the Program of Study.

Designated School Officials (DSOs) can only issue a degree-based Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the Program of Study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements. 

Required Documents for I-20/DS-2019 Issuance

When an international applicant has been admitted to the University of Denver, in order for an I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued, the student must submit the following:

  • Passport copy
  • DU Financial Verification form
  • Bank statement or Certificate of Deposit with sufficient funds for the estimated cost of attendance for the student’s program as listed by the Office of Financial Aid
    • Only liquid funds will be accepted
  • If applicable, student financial guarantee (FGL) letter from the sponsoring agency/government office

Photocopies of the above documents are accepted. These requirements do not apply to U.S. permanent residents or students not in F-1 or J-1 immigration status. Financial verification is reviewed by International Student and Scholar Services.

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