International Students

 Thank you for choosing DCB! Please be advised that all documents submitted must be official, translated into English, and certified as to their authenticity and accuracy.

Deadlines for Admission

Please note that the I-20 immigration forms will not be issued by DCB for non-Canadian International Students if deadlines are not met.

  • Fall semester: July 15 for application and all supporting documentation. (June 1 recommended application deadline.)
  • Spring semester: December 15 for application and all supporting documentation. (November 1 recommended application deadline.)

Application for admission and $35.00 nonrefundable application fee. Apply for admission by clicking the button below.

Please be aware that if your debit or credit card payment is not working you will need to select the pay by check option to submit. To then pay, please mail the application fee or call the Business Office to pay by phone at 701-228-5430.


Official secondary school records and graduation results. Transfer students also need to submit official transcripts of all previous academic work from each institution attended. International transcripts and credentials must be evaluated before they are used for admission purposes. Such an evaluation is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and it must be performed by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA), a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).

Recommended evaluation companies are:

For college transcripts, students should be requesting the course by course analysis in order to perform a transfer credit evaluation.


Official test results from the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The results will be used for advisement and placement purposes. ACT results are not required however applicants who have not taken one of these exams may be subject to taking a placement exam based on their program’s curriculum. Learn more on our placement page by clicking here.


Evidence of immunization against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Meningococcal disease, and Tuberculosis. For more information please visit the Health Services Page.


English proficiency. There are limited English speaking countries exempt from this requirement. If you would like to inquire if your country is an exemption, please contact A minimum score from one to the following shall be recognized:

  • ACT English Sub Test – 18
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 490
  • ACCUPLACER Write Placer – 5
  • ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Writing – 256
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Internet-Based Test (iBT) – 65
    • Paper-Based Test (PBT) – 513
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 5.5
  • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE-A) – 46
  • Michigan English Test (MET) – 53
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) – 100
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (CES) – 165

Copy of passport.


International Student Financial Statement and Supporting Evidence. These documents provide evidence that the student can fulfill one year’s tuition, fees, & living expenses with documents verifying accounts/funding declared. You can complete the form here.

    2024-2025 Estimated Costs for International Students
  • $18,340 USD for Canadian Residents
  • $19,246 USD for Norwegian Residents
  • $21,615 USD for All Other International Students

International Health Insurance. Please review NDUS Health Insurance Site for policies regarding required health insurance. Students are responsible for accessing health insurance waiver process via their DCB email account.


Apply for Housing. All full-time unmarried students under the age of 21 who do not have dependents residing with them are required to live and board in college housing. Students who live at home with their parents or legal guardians and commute to school are exempt but must file a commuter form. Click here to learn more about Housing Requirements.


Apply for Scholarships and Waivers. Complete the Dakota College at Bottineau scholarship application. The priority deadline for Scholarships is March 15. Dakota College at Bottineau offers a limited number of Institution Tuition Waivers to students who meet certain criteria.

What To Expect After You Have Been Accepted

  • A letter of acceptance will be issued, mailed, & emailed.
  • DCB will create the I-20 in SEVIS.
  • The I-20 is required for Visa purposes & traveling to the United States. The I-20 will be emailed to the student after the acceptance letter has been issued. The student will need to print it out and complete the “Student Attestation” to complete the document. You will need to keep the physical document.
  • Once you have received the I-20, use the SEVIS # & school ID provided to complete the I-901 form & pay the $350 SEVIS Fee to the Department of Homeland Security. This is done at Print the receipt at the end of the transaction and keep it with your I-20 form. For more information pertaining to the I-901 fee click here.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct Visa and make sure that they have all required items with them at the port of entry. The port of entry will issue your I-94 card. At this time, there is a $6 USD fee for the I-94 card. Thus, you need to be ready to pay this amount in U.S. currency when you enter the U.S. All I-94 payments must be made by credit card/debit card. The system currently accepts the following credit card/debit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
  • Canadian citizens do not need Visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. Ref:
  • When you arrive on campus, check in at the Student Services Office window. We are located in Thatcher Hall, Room 116.

For More Information


Kendra Metcalfe
International Student Coordinator