The DAVE School has representatives located in several countries across the world including Latin America, South East Asia, and Europe.

The DAVE School is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue Certificates of Eligibility (Form I-20) through the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) and the Student and Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS). Form I-20 is necessary in order for international students to obtain an M-1 Visa required to attend residential programs at the school.

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International Students Checklist

In addition to the standard admission requirements and payment schedules, international students also require the following:

  • Academic equivalency of a high school diploma or secondary education in the U.S.
  • Completed and signed Student Information sheet*
  • Completed, signed, and certified Financial Affidavit* and/or official certified bank statement showing the availability of funds in U.S. dollars for tuition and living expenses (statement must have been issued within the past 30 days)
  • Demonstrated English proficiency for students whose first or native language is not English
    International English Language Testing
    TOEFL scores of 500 PBT/173 CPT/61 iBT
    – Duolingo score of 100 or higher
    Certification of English language studies
    System (IELTS) with a level of 6 or higher
    A grade of ‘C’ or better in an intermediate ESL course
    Graduation from an English-speaking secondary institution 
    Evidence of having completed 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours with at least a ‘C’ (70%) average at an accredited post – secondary institution in which English was the language of instruction
  • A down payment of $10,000 is due prior to issuance of the I-20M-N.
  • The balance of tuition after that may be paid in full or on the 1st day of each term if choosing an installment plan.

*Forms may be found in our international info pack, through our website, or upon request from the admissions department.

After You Apply to the DAVE School


Take Your English Test with Partner Duolingo

Minimum score: 100
The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, ondemand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with DAVE School when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Obtain Your Form I-20 from your Designated School Official

All international students that are looking to study in the United States are required to have a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” Once a student is accepted into DAVE School, international students will receive a Form I-20 from their designated school official or DSO. You must sign the Form I-20 along with your DSO. If you’re under the age of 18, your parents or legal guardian must sign for you. If you plan on bringing dependents along with you to the United States, they must also have a Form I-20.

Form I-20 is an important document that must be kept safe as it’s needed during the international student life cycle.

Pay Your I-901 SEVIS Fee

You must pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee after receiving the Form I-20 from your designated school official or DSO. There’s information that’s located on Form I-20 that will help you pay the fee. Paying the I-901 SEVIS Fee is required prior to entering the United States.

What do I need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee?
● Your full name, date of birth, and email address.
● Country of birth and citizenship.
● School Code as it’s listed on the Form I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
● SEVIS Identification Number as listed on Form I-20.

Obtain Your Student Visa

Your Form I-20 lists your program start date 30 days before you’re allowed to enter the United States. Your M-1 Student Visa must match the type of Form I-20 that you have. You are expected to have the ORIGINAL Form I-20 at your visa interview.

Secure Housing with Collegiate Housing Services

Collegiate Housing Services (CHS) offers a shared housing program in full-size apartments that are typically within 10 miles of campus. Apartment rent, furniture, and basic utilities are all included in your monthly housing payment. All students are on an individual lease that corresponds with your academic dates and a locked-in price that isn’t impacted by roommates.  CHS provides both shared and private bedroom options in two and three-bedroom apartments.


Employment Authorizations for International Students:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

F-1 students may be eligible for 12 months of full- or part-time off-campus employment that is directly related to your program of study. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must approve your application and the student must receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before starting your employment.

24-month STEM OPT: F1 students on post-completion OPT may be eligible to apply for the additional 24-month STEM OPT work authorization.

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