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$75 Non Refundable Application Fee

Acceptable methods of payment for the $75 Application Fee are: Personal check, Money order or Credit card. Credit Card payments are accepted online through the application for admission. Once the application is submitted, Money Orders or Personal Checks are the only remaining options.

Important Note: Please, do not send cash or personal credit card information in the mail.

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Proof of English Language Proficiency

International applicants to CU Denver must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP) in order to be considered for full admission. Undergraduate applicants (except Nursing) and some graduate applicants will be considered for conditional admission if they apply without adequate proof of ELP. You may meet the ELP requirement via any of the options listed below. 

International Admissions will update the English language proficiency policy, effective for admission in the Spring 2021 term and forward. Please see below for up-to-date information.

Test Scores: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE​

CU Denver requires verified score reports for proof of English language proficiency. 


TOEFL - The CU Denver institutional code: 4875

IELTS - The CU Denver account name : University of Colorado Denver *Please note that IELTS does not use an institution code.

Applicants will be considered to have obtained the required English language proficiency if they meet satisfactory scores (below) or one of the additional options:

Score Requirements:


Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

TOEFL Subscores
Reading 15
Listening 15
Speaking 18
Writing 17

University of Colorado accepts TOEFL MyBest scores as of August 1, 2019. ​


Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: 6.5

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here. Please note that some graduate level programs will require a higher score on the TOEFL/IELTS and applicants should consult the department for additional details

IELTS Subscores
Reading 5.5
Listening 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5

PTE Academic

Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 51

TThe Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is currently in a pilot review at the University of Colorado Denver. We will accept a 51 PTE Academic score with the following subscores:

PTE Academic Subscores
Reading 44
Listening 44
Speaking 49
Writing 47

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Waiver Requirement(s):

  1. Successfully completed level 5 of the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
  2. Graduated from a US accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
  3. Graduated with bachelor’s degree in the US or successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at a US accredited institution.
  4. Graduated from and completed a minimum of one year of secondary school in the US that included at least one unit of college preparatory English.
  5. Exempt Countries: Australia , Belize , Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom.​

Test scores: ACT/SAT

Official/verified results are mandatory for international students who have graduated from a U.S. high school.

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Undergraduate Documentation Requirements

The University of Colorado Denver requires official transcripts to be submitted as part of the application process.  They must be in the original language and include a certified English translation.  

Please view the International Documentation Requirements below to see what documentation we require for each specific country. If you do not see your country listed, please contact our office.

Official transcripts are those that arrive: 

  1. ​By mail/ in person: Documents should be in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education.  ​
  2. By email: An authenticated and secure copy of the official transcript sent directly from the institution or a third party provider (i.e. National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering service)  

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Freshman Applicants: 

  • ​Transcripts (official transcript required if studying in the U.S.)
  • Certified English Translation (if not in English)
  • High school diploma
*SAT/ACT tests are required for international students who have graduated from a U.S. high school.

Transfer Applicants:  

  • ​Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (official transcript required if studying in the U.S.)
  • Certified English Translation (if not in English)

*College/university transcripts are always required even if the applicant did not complete a degree or program at the previous institution.  Official high school transcripts are not required for transfer applicants who have completed more than 30 semester hours of college/university coursework. 

Additional information: 

Official transcripts: Official transcripts are those that arrive at our office in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education. All documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

*If you cannot provide the official transcript(s), please contact international admissions. 

Certified English translation: If your transcript was issued in a language other than English, you must also provide a certified English translation of the transcript. CU Denver does not have a preferred translation provider; we recommend that you use an ATA member company. 

Note: You do NOT need to provide an external evaluation of your transcript. International Admissions will evaluate your transcript during the application process. You only need to provide a translation.

​International documentation requirements



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