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International Students

We know continuing your education is a big deal. And, making the right choice is really important to you, and your family. 

Delta College students working outside in the grass.

When you choose Delta, you're choosing one of America's leading community colleges – recognized for our innovation, our community leadership and our teaching excellence. We're also known for caring about each student every step of the way.

When you’re a Delta student, you have tons of resources to succeed and people to help every step of the way. Things like free tutoring and writing and presentation support will be here if you need it. 

Plus, at Delta, transferring on to a four-year university is easy. You’ll also have access to faculty that really care about you and your success. Become the person you see in your dreams. Come to Delta.

Go ahead. Think big.

Getting Started

Only students planning to apply for a U.S. immigration category known as F-1 must satisfy other requirements listed below.  F-1 international students are those who intend to study in a full-time capacity in the U.S., complete a degree, and then return to their home country

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or have successfully completed a course of study equivalent to that of high school level.

International students intending to study in the United States on an F-1 visa have additional admissions requirements and must submit supplemental documents during the application process.  These documents are listed below and are required in order to make an admissions decision and to potentially issue an initial I-20. 

To begin the international admissions process please complete the steps below:

Step 1: Apply to Delta

Step 2:  Complete supplemental international student documentation

  • Complete the International Student Contract (PDF).
  • Complete a Personal Essay in English. The essay should be at least 500 words detailing your academic and professional goals and how Delta College can help you achieve those goals.
  • Submit copies of passport and driver’s license.

Step 3:  Proof of English language proficiency

An applicant who is from a country where English is not the official language must be proficient in English (speaking, reading and writing). A minimum score in one of the following within the last two years is required:

  • TOEFL: 500 paper based test, 173 computer based test or 61 internet based test
  • IELTS: 5.5
  • MELAB: 69
  • Official transcript showing successful completion from a licensed English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Step 4: Funding/financial support

  • Submit a bank statement showing evidence of support with a minimum of $22,500 USD.
  • Complete the Affidavit of Support (PDF). This must be completed and signed by your sponsor showing evidence of support.

Step 5:  Submit high school transcripts and/or college transcripts

Step 6: Submit completed application and materials

  • Please submit all required application materials to Delta College Admissions Office for review and admissions decision.  Completed Packet can be sent to or 1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710.

        •  Application

        •  International Student Contract

        •  Personal Essay

        •  English Language proficiency

        •  Affidavit of Support

        •  Current Bank Statement ($22,500 minimum)

        •  Passport

  • All international transfer students taking courses in the United States must also provide the completed Transfer Approval Form (PDF).

Acceptance Process

  • Once all of your admissions materials have been received and reviewed by the Director of Admissions & Career Development an admissions decision will be made.
  • Once accepted you will be mailed an acceptance letter from Delta College along with an initial I-20. This document allows foreign nationals to request an F-1 student visa through a U.S. consulate or embassy outside of the US.
  • Once you receive your packet you will need to pay your SEVIS fee and apply for your visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy
  • Once granted your visa please reach out to the Director of Admissions & Career Development for your next steps.

On-campus Checklist

  • Schedule a meeting upon your arrival in the U.S. with the Director of Admissions & Career Development at We will review your international documentation and go through your next steps.


All documents such as applications, recommendations, official transcripts, financial statements of support, Affidavits, Certificates of English Proficiency, and medical reports must be in the Admissions Office at least four months preceding the semester you desire to be admitted.

SUCCESS TIP:  Be prepared for culture shock. 

America is a big change! The best ways to combat culture shock is to form habits and rely on your support system. That support system in America can be the International Student Services Office and other international students. Keep in mind that your new challenges will become new successes. 

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An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.


With the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), 30 credits are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Michigan.

"Delta quickly became my home away from home. The student body & staff is extremely welcoming with lots to offer so you make the most of your experience. There are variety of clubs on campus that students can join in any area they are interested in. The international counselors work with you one on one to make sure your transition into the United States is as smooth as it could be. Becoming a Pioneer was one of the greatest decisions I ever made!"

Manny Dosanjh
Toronto, Canada
Team Captain - Men's Basketball