University of Delaware
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Office for International Students and Scholars
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni.
The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.
State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
All students participating in the exchange program shall be enrolled as full-time, non-degree students at the host university.
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score
- Undergraduate – 90
- Graduate – 100
Fall, Spring, and Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: early September to mid-December
- Spring: early February to end of May
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Computer & Information Sciences
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering (Graduate only)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Ocean Engineering (Graduate only)
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Workload per Semester
- Undergraduate – Full-time students enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
- Graduate – Full-time students enroll in at least 9 credit hours.
Additional Application Materials
Students who are nominated by IIE to University of Delaware may also be asked to apply via the University of Delaware’s online application system and submit supplementary documents.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
- Optional for Global E3 Application. Letter of recommendation may be required by host university as part of the host university application process.
The University of Delaware Admissions Office will check the online application and supplementary documents for accuracy. An Admission Packet will then be processed containing your visa paperwork and sent to you. Admitted exchange students will receive an official letter from the University of Delaware recommending admission, tuition support, and duration of stay.
If you choose to live on campus, you should apply for housing at the Residence Life & Housing website and do so IMMEDIATELY in order to be considered for your first choice.
For Undergraduate students who wish to live on campus, we recommend you request Christiana Towers. These are the only dormitories on campus that have kitchen facilities. If you choose a dormitory without a kitchen, you are required to purchase a meal plan for about $2,400 per semester.
For Undergraduates and Graduate students: One option for off-campus housing is the INNternationale House. This location is within walking distance to the College of Engineering and provides a welcoming center and home for a combination of international students, visiting professors, international guests and American students. The rooms are fully furnished with complete cooking facilities. Complete the reservation form on the INNternationale website and return it by the posted due date with the required deposit. Be certain to respond to every question on the form.
Estimated Cost of Living
Cost of Attendance
Free UD Shuttle Buses pick up students with University IDs at regular intervals. They stop at locations throughout campus and nearby apartment complexes. Special stops may be requested if they are along the route. Please note that UD Shuttle Busses do not operate on weekends. You may be able to purchase a used bicycle from several places around campus, such as local bike shops, the Goodwill Store, or through the UD Classifieds. The University of Delaware’s Classifieds Ads website also provides a list of items being sold by others on campus. You will be able to access that website after admittance when you receive your PIN number.
Students can expect to spend approximately $500 to $1,000 per semester on books and study materials. To order textbooks, click on the button in the upper right-hand corner of your schedule in UDSIS that indicates “Buy or rent your textbooks.” This will pre-load all of your required and recommended titles for only the classes for which you are registered and give you the ability to place your textbook reservation order. If you specify used books on your order, textbook reservation will include used copies when available. These books are then available for pick up on Move-In Day at the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore.
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
University of Delaware, Office for International Students & Scholars
44 Kent Way • Newark DE 19716 • USA • Phone 302-831-2115
University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies
Elliott Hall • 26 East Main Street • Newark DE 19716 • USA • Phone 302-831-2852 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the early 1700s a small English, Scots-Irish and Welsh hamlet grew along two old Indian trails and the fall line where the Christina and White Clay Creeks turn sharply eastward toward the Delaware River. In time, the area began to serve travelers on route from the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and Maryland and colonial Philadelphia. Though the little hamlet between the creeks has become a bustling small city, Newark has retained its college town charm.