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International College & University Options

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Are you interested in studying abroad? This webpage provides some helpful information for students should they wish to explore international colleges and universities, including:
  • what it means to study abroad
  • how to apply to universities worldwide
  • tips on being accepted
  • admission options from international schools who have contacted Del Mar



Studying abroad simply refers to a program in a different country where you take classes – typically – and learn something new. For American college students, this can often be an entire semester – or even an academic year – at a university in another country.




There are university application criteria specific to individual countries. To review how to apply to universities worldwide, please locate your country of preference in the chart below.


How to apply to universities in the European Union countries

How to apply to universities in North America




To explore international education options, consider the following helpful tips:

  1. Keep your options open: Even if you have set a clear goal that you want to be a student at a certain university, it is always best and wise to apply to at least three universities, even if they are in different locations abroad.
  2. Be realistic and informed: Check and read the academic requirements carefully to figure out the probability of being accepted by the university. If you don’t have a clear idea about the requirements, you can contact the department of international students or an adviser from the university.
  3. Discover how you can apply: Usually, you can apply through the website of the university directly and submit all the required documents or send them by post. In some countries, you can apply through a specific online platform that is easier to use and also gives you the possibility to apply to more universities at once.
  4. Pay attention to details: When you apply to more universities simultaneously through various online systems, make sure you follow the exact steps and place the names of the universities in the order of your preferences.
  5. Write a great motivation letter: Some universities will require a motivation letter. However, it would be better for you to stand out a bit. You should try to be as honest as possible and share all your experiences connected to the academic requirements. Make sure you explain why studying at that university means so much to you and what you can gain and offer while being one of their students. To learn more about a personal statement versus a motivation letter, please visit:
  6. Be careful with the paperwork: All documents have to be translated into the official language of the respective country and legally authenticated by a competent authority. This means an official stamp could stand between you and your degree.




This area will be updated as more international schools reach out to us. If you hear about an exciting international opportunity, please contact the College and Career Center.




Duke University in Durham, NC, and Wuhan University in Shanghai, have partnered to offer an exciting educational opportunity to students from around the world.  Beginning in the fall of 2018, students can study at the Duke Kunshan University in China and earn a Duke University Degree.
This opportunity is perfect for students who wish to have an international learning experience, who aim to thrive in an global environment, and launch their career anywhere in the world!

Scholarships and financial aid is available.  For more information, please visit Duke Kunshan University's Website at: