First-Time International Students

Steps for Admission

Note: All documents must be translated into English. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 1: Write a Letter of Intent

Please explain why you are interested in studying in the United States and why you have chosen Delgado Community College to continue your education. The letter must be translated into to English.

Step 2: Fill Out Admission Application

Applicants must fully complete and sign the admissions application.

Step 3: Fill Out Supplemental Application

Applicants must fully complete and sign the supplemental application.

Step 4: Gather Proof of Immunization

Submit proof of immunization compliance if born after 1956. Fill out the immunization compliance form.

Step 5: Sign Statement of Understanding

Read the statement of understanding, then sign, date, and submit.

Step 6: Gather Documents of Financial Support

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service requires all international students attending a college or university to submit statements of financial support as well as an official bank letter. The funds required for tuition and living expenses are approximately $20,300 U.S. dollars per year.

The following needs to be submitted to the international student office:

  1. An official bank letter and bank statements verifying current funds of $20,300.00 U.S. dollars. For help with this step, view the official bank letter sample. The bank letter must be addressed to Delgado Community College. The letter must be in English and have funds converted into U.S. dollar amount.
  2. An affidavit of financial support. Complete the statement of financial support form. This statement must be notarized.
  3. U.S. sponsors need to fill out I-134, Affidavit of Support.

All financial documents must be original. No copies will be accepted.

Please request duplicates. You may need to provide evidence of sponsorship to embassy officials. Please check with your embassy website.

These documents must be completed before you can receive an SEVIS I-20.

Step 7: Have Foreign Transcripts Evaluated

For a list of of transcript evaluation agencies, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Step 8: Make Copy of Passport

You will submit a copy of your password with the rest of your application documents.

Step 9: Submit All Application Documents

Mail the completed admissions packet to: Delgado Community College, International Student Admissions, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119.

The admissions packet must contain the following:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Completed Delgado admissions application
  3. Completed supplemental application
  4. Completed immunization compliance form
  5. Signed statement of understanding
  6. Bank letter and bank statements verifying $20,300 in U.S. funds
  7. Notarized statement of financial support
  8. Foreign transcript(s), if required
  9. Copy of passport

Step 10: Await Acceptance Notification

You will be notified by mail regarding your admission status. A Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20) will accompany your acceptance letter.

Step 11: Pay SEVIS I901 Fee

Once the SEVIS Form I-20 is issued, The Student Exchange Visitor Program requires a fee of $200.00 (U.S. Dollars). Students must receive the I-20 form before paying this fee.  Learn more about the SEVIS I-901 fee.

Step 12: Obtain Your F-1 Visa

The Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20), acceptance letter, passport, and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt are used to obtain a Visa (F-1) at a U. S. consulate nearest to you. Learn more about F-1 visas.

Step 13: Take English Language Proficiency Assessment

The Delgado English Language Proficiency Assessment is required of international students whose native language is not English. Learn more about this assessment.

Step 14: Review Helpful Tips Before Traveling

Planning your arrival is important! Get help with this process by visiting the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Step 15: Obtain Housing

Delgado Community College does not provide dormitories. You will be responsible for obtaining your own housing accommodations.

Step 16: Attend International Student Orientation

All F-1/M-1 students attending Delgado Community College as first-time freshmen will be required to attend the International Student Orientation. The orientation will be conducted during the first week of classes each semester.

The orientation is designed to assist our new international students in making the transition to the United States and to their new life at Delgado Community College smooth. Furthermore, we want to assist in helping to acquaint you with the college and the services it provides, and make you aware of the policies and procedures that govern your status as an international student attending a college on a student visa.

The International Student Advisor Ana Wilson (awilso@dcc.edu) will notify you of the date and location of the orientation.