International Students



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Every year Dominican University welcomes more than 100 international students from 23 countries to its campus. The students come from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Mexico, Korea and India.

Only 10 miles from downtown Chicago, Dominican’s beautiful campus is accessible to all of the internships, career opportunities, arts, museums, and an exciting nightlife scene the world-class city provides. The Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier in Chicago offer shopping and restaurants within walking distance of beautiful Lake Michigan. .

In our immediate area, the Oak Park-River Forest community is rich with cultural opportunities, including a symphony orchestra which uses the university as its home, numerous art galleries, theaters, and Fitzgerald’s, a nationally recognized live music venue. Within walking distance of campus are restaurants, parks, museums, movie theaters, churches and retail districts. Public transportation and the free university shuttle conveniently connect the campus to downtown Oak Park and Chicago.

Benefits of Dominican University

  • An immigration advisor assists students from the initial contact with admissions through their first days on campus, and continues through graduation. 
  • An academic advisor helps students select their classes.
  • Career Development staff advises students on career planning, internships, alumni networking and other services.
  • Qualified international students enrolled in Dominican’s ELS program may be eligible for Conditional Admission pending completion of ELS Level 112.
  • Students who complete the ELS program will also be eligible for special scholarship or grants for up to $2,000 per year.
  • International students are eligible for any pertinent Dominican merit scholarships.
  • Dominican has 45 student organizationsc organizations including cultural clubs such as CIAO (Italian Organization), Dominican University Filipino Association, OLA (Organization of Latin American Students), Polish Club and Saudi Club.

Application Process

Dominican is authorized by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue SEVIS I-20s forms to admitted international students.

International students applying to Dominican University must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education.

  1. Complete and submit the university international student application form, which includes a personal statement.
  2. Pay nonrefundable $100.00 application fee.
  3. Submit official, translated transcripts from secondary schools and colleges/universities that have been attended. For university credit, the official documents and translations must be sent to Evaluation Service, Inc., Educational Perspectives, Education Credential Evaluators, or World Education Services for an official credential evaluation.
  4. Freshman applicants must submit official ACT or SAT scores. The results may be forwarded directly to the admission office from the testing agency or via the secondary school transcript. 
  5. English Proficiency with a minimum score of:
    • 213 on the computer based TOEFL
    • 79-80 on the IBT
    • 7 or better on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • 53 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)
    • or by successfully completing Level 112 in the ELS program
  6. Letters of Recommendation are not required, but are recommended.
    • For admission to the fall term, applications need to be submitted by May 1.
    • For admission to the spring term, applications are due November 1.

Meet Our Students

yousef-alshawan.jpg Yousef Alshawan

Major: Business Administration - Management

Minor: Corporate Communication

Home Country: Saudi Arabia

“What I enjoy about Dominican University is the small and diverse community. As an international student, I feel that the close interaction with my professors provides me with a high quality education. I also like that the professors have real world experience in their fields, which will provide me practical information for the future.”


albert-angkawijaya.jpgAlbert Angkawijaya

Program: Master of Business Administration with a coordinated program in dietetics (MBA/RD)

Home Country: Indonesia

“In order to become a registered dietician you must undergo a dietetic internship and no other institution in the United States offers both a dietetic internship program and a master’s in business administration at the same time. That is why I chose Dominican.”


quentin-becquey.jpgQuentin Becquey

Major: International Relations and Diplomacy

Home Country: France

“Every person at Dominican is helpful. The teachers will meet you after class. They’re here for you. When you choose your classes there are a lot of hours to choose from. So you can work on the side or go to practice. I play first base for the baseball team.”


Additional Expenses

  • Health insurance or equivalent coverage must be obtained from an insurance agency
  • University fees, books and personal items
  • Housing and living expenses when the college is not in session

For more information on:

  • For admission, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at
  • For immigration and visa matters, contact Sue Ponremy, International Student Advisor, at
  • For studying English as a second language, contact ELS located on Dominican University’s campus at or call (708) 488-5010.

Mike Morsovillo Contact:

Director of Transfer Admission

Mike Morsovillo


Phone: (708) 524-6793