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. If the record is not in English, a certified literal translation must be provided by an NDUS approved agency as indicated in NDUS Procedure 402.9 such as: Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or The Language Company (TLC) Level 9 or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).


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 byclicking here.


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


English proficiency. International students from countries whose native language is not English.

  • ACT English sub test of 18 or higher
  • SAT Writing and Language of 25 or higher
  • COMPASS Writing Skills of 77 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Write Placer of 5 or higher
  • ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Writing test of 256 or higher
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum internet-based test (iBT) score of 65 for community colleges
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.0, technical based programs may consider a minimum IELTS score of 5.5

Copy of passport.


International Student Financial Statement and Support Letter. 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. An example of the support letter is provided.

International student financial statement form

2020-2021 Estimated Costs for International Students
  • $19,777.72 USD for International Residents
  • $16,605.96 USD for Canadian Residents

International Health Insurance. Please reviewNDUS 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 aboutHousing Requirements.


Apply for Scholarships and Waivers. Complete the Dakota College at Bottineauscholarship application. The priority deadline for Scholarships is March 15. Dakota College at Bottineau offers a limited number of cultural diversity waiversto 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. This form has to be an original copy, and thus has to be sent via FedEx. It is the student’s responsibility to pay for the FedEx fee. Please call 1-800-542-6866, and ask for the Business Office in order to pay the fee over the phone. As soon as the FedEx fee is paid, the I-20 will be sent.
  • 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.
  • When you arrive on campus, check in at the Student Services Office window. We are located in Thatcher Hall, Room 116.

For More Information


Heidi Hauf
Student Services Clerk
International Student Coordinator