Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Visit our Master FAQ page for questions and answers from each department. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you still cannot find the answers you need. We are here to help!

Visiting Dallas International

May I visit Dallas International before I come as a student?

Certainly!  Check out our Visit Dallas International page to schedule a visit today!

Does Dallas International host a Campus Preview Day event?

Twice a year Dallas International University hosts a Campus Preview Day event for prospective students, usually in March and October. We are also happy to arrange a personalized visit for you as needed. Check out our Visit Dallas International University page for more information. To register for Campus Visit Day or to learn more contact our recruiting office at discover@diu.edu or by phone at 972-708-7343.

Application Status

Which application form should I use to apply to Dallas International?

It depends on what level of courses and how many courses you intend to take. Generally, applicants are encouraged to apply for the highest level admission status for which they qualify. If you only want to take a few courses, Gateway admission allows you to take up to 9 hours of credit (2-3 classes–graduate OR undergraduate level) at Dallas International. Graduate admission allows you to take an unlimited number of either undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Undergraduate admission allows you to take an unlimited number of undergraduate semester hours and also allows you to petition to take up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level study.

What is Gateway admission?

Gateway admission is a quick way to take a few courses at Dallas International.  All we typically need, apart from the application form, is a transcript. Gateway admission status limits you to no more than 9 semester hours of classes at Dallas International.

What is the difference in undergraduate admission and applying for the B.A. program?

By procedure, all Dallas International students are admitted as “non-degree seeking” students. Students seeking an undergraduate degree at Dallas International will complete an Intended Plan of Study (IPS) with the help of their academic advisor. The IPS is normally completed by the end of the student’s first semester. Approval of the IPS by the College of International Studies marks acceptance of the student into the BA(IS) degree program.

With undergraduate admission status you can take any of our undergraduate courses for credit. Undergraduate students can also petition to take up to 9 hours of graduate-level classes. If you are seeking a B.A. from Dallas Int’l, you will apply for undergraduate admission status and submit one additional document–a faith/code of conduct statement.

How many hours of graduate credit can I take with undergraduate admission?

After being accepted to Dallas International, undergraduate students can petition to take up to 9 credit hours of graduate level courses. In order to take more than 9 semester hours of graduate-level courses at Dallas International, you will need to seek graduate admission status.

Do I need to apply for graduate status?

If you have a completed BA degree and intend to take more than 9 hours of graduate level classes at Dallas Int’l, you should apply for graduate admission status. Graduate admission status permits enrollment in any grad-level class, as well in as any undergraduate-level classes which may be prerequisite to your expected graduate level work.

What application do I use to audit a course?

You should use whichever application is most appropriate to your intended program of study. See Admission FAQ “Which application form should I use to apply to Dallas International?” Once you are admitted, you and your academic advisor can present a Permission to Audit form for Dallas International University approval. For more information about auditing, visit our Registrar FAQ: “How to Audit a course?”

Which application do I fill out for an online course?

If you have never enrolled at Dallas International University (or GIAL) and plan to take only a couple of courses at Dallas International (up to 9 semester hours of classes), you may apply for gateway admission status . View Gateway Admission requirements. For more information contact our admissions team: 972-708-7415 or admissions@diu.edu.

Application Requirements

What are the deadlines for applying and registering?

Visit our Admissions and Registration deadlines page for a complete list of deadlines.

When is my application due?

Students are encouraged to apply by March 1st for May, Summer, or Fall term and by September 1st for Spring term. A late fee of $50 will be required if either application form or fee is submitted fewer than six weeks before the term (or first intended course) begins. All required application documents (references, transcripts, etc.) must be received at least 4 weeks before the term (or first intended course) begins.

Please see our Admissions and Registration Deadlines page for more detail.

How much is the application fee?

An application fee is required for those seeking undergraduate or graduate admission status at Dallas International.

No application fee is required for those seeking Gateway admission status.

The application fee is $50 US dollars for US residents.

An additional fee of $50 is required for applications received fewer than 6 weeks before your intended start date.

When is the application fee due?

Your application fee payment should be made at or near the time you submit your application.  Gateway status does NOT require an application fee.

How do I pay my application fee?

  • online via PayPal by using the links on the undergraduate or graduate admission pages of the Dallas Int’l  website
  • via regular post–Send a check or money order made out to:
    Dallas International University Admissions
    7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd
    Dallas, TX  75236
    USA

Your application remains inactive until we receive your application fee.

What is a statement of purpose?

This is a short statement indicating  1) why you chose to apply to Dallas Int’l, 2) what you hope to gain in your studies here, and 3) what you hope to do with the education you receive here. A typical statement of purpose is 2-3 paragraphs long. The Statement of Purpose form can be found on our website.

How many references do I need to provide?

Undergraduate and Graduate applicants need to supply us with 3 references from non-family members using the form on our website. Gateway applicants are not required to submit references.

 

The form should be sent from each reference directly to:

Dallas International University Admissions
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236
USA

or via email to admissions@diu.edu.

Whom can I ask to do my letters of recommendation?

Non-family members only. If your performance in undergraduate studies was less than stellar, we recommend you choose at least two references who can vouch for your ability to succeed academically (e.g. former professors). Otherwise, you can choose people from your work history, church history, or long-time friends/acquaintances. The recommendation form can be found on our website.

What transcripts must I provide?

Each application type has different transcript requirements. Generally, applicants should provide official school records that are relevant to their intended courses or program at DIU. Official transcripts are required for any credits a student wishes to transfer to a degree program at DIU from another institution.

For Undergraduate Admission, DIU requires official copies of all previous academic transcripts showing classes completed, grades attained, and degree(s) (or diploma) granted.

For Graduate Admission, DIU requires official copies of all post-high school transcripts showing classes completed, grades attained, and degree(s) (or diploma) granted where courses were taken toward a degree or pertaining to an expected study program at DIU.

For Gateway Admission, DIU requires an official copy of at least one transcript showing classes completed, grades attained, and degree(s) (or diploma) granted which shows an appropriate level of education for the course(s) the student wishes to take as a Gateway student. Ideally, transcripts should show the highest level of schooling you have completed so far.

Gateway applicants who want to take only undergraduate-level courses should supply:

  • transcripts showing graduation from high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 plus any undergraduate transcripts OR
  • transcripts showing the completion of 54 or more undergraduate credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.

Gateway applicants who want to be allowed to take graduate-level courses in addition to undergraduate-level courses should supply:

  • a transcript showing a completed bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher OR
  • a transcript showing a completed master’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

School records should be sent directly to DIU by the school or testing agency or be in an unopened, signed, and sealed envelope which you received directly from them.

What if one or more of my transcripts is from another country?

Academic records from outside the United States should be sent directly from the institution(s) that issued them to both Dallas International and to the Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ECE.org) to verify U.S. equivalency of courses taken and grades and degrees received.  Dallas International requires a “course-by-course evaluation.”  If you go to ECE’s website, click “Apply Now,” select your country, and then “List of required documents,” you will see which school records to submit and how to submit them to ECE.

How good do my grades need to be to be considered for admission to Dallas International?

At least 2.75 cumulative GPA in your high school studies, if applying for undergraduate admission status with 0-54 undergraduate credit hours.

At least 2.00 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate classes taken, if you haven’t yet completed a BA degree.  or if you plan to take only undergraduate-level classes.

At least 2.80 cumulative GPA on 54 or more undergraduate credit hours in all undergraduate degrees or classes if you plan to take any graduate-level classes.

Do I have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

Dallas International University does not require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from someone seeking Undergraduate or Gateway admission status.

For Graduate admission status, you will need at least a completed bachelor’s degree. GRE will be required if the highest degree you have earned is a bachelor’s degree and:

  • you have completed an undergraduate degree from an institution that is regionally accredited with a cumulative GPA between 2.80 and 3.30, or
  • you have completed an undergraduate degree from an institution that is not regionally accredited with a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or greater

GRE scores presented to Dallas International should not be more than 5 years old.

If you need to take the GRE, you can find more information at www.ets.org.

Do I have to know what classes I will take at the time I apply?

You do NOT have to know exactly what classes you will be taking, but the more you can tell us about your short and long-term goals on the application (intended major, intended entry semester, intended classes during first term), the more precisely we can advise you during the application process.

What do I need to do to participate in one of Dallas International’s joint programs with another institution?

Each program has different requirements. Check out our Undergraduate Cooperative Programs page or our Seminary Dual Degree and Cooperative Programs page for details about each program.

What are the graduate admission GPA requirements?

In addition to other requirements, to be considered for Graduate Admission, an applicant must fulfill one or more of the following:

    • Completion of an undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, with a GPA of 3.30 or higher, or
    • Completion of an undergraduate degree from any institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher, AND satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (see the “send us your GRE scores” section of the Graduate application page), or
    • Completion of a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a GPA of at least 3.00, or
    • Completion of at least 15 credit hours of graduate level work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a GPA of at least 3.50

Uncertain if you meet the minimum requirements? Contact us at admissions@diu.edu or 972-708-7415. We would be happy to answer your questions.

International Students

How long does the application process for an international student require?

You should apply 6 months to a year before you intend to begin classes at Dallas International.

Who requires a student visa to study at Dallas International?

Anyone who is not a citizen of the U.S. and has not been granted temporary or permanent resident status in the U.S. will most likely require a student visa to enroll in classes at Dallas Int’l.

  • Citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating countries who intend to study cannot travel on the VWP or on visitor (B) visas, except to undertake recreational study as part of a tourist visit. Students must travel to the United States with student (F-1 or M-1) visas. For more information on the VWP, see Visa Waiver Program.
  • Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. Source: https://visaguide.world/us-visa/nonimmigrant/study-exchange-visas/f1

What are the requirements for an international student application to Dallas International?

A student intending to study at Dallas International must meet all the application requirements for the level of admission he/she will require to complete his/her intended program as well as the international application requirements. The three levels of admission at Dallas International are:

  • Gateway admission, which will allow up to 9 semester hours of study at Dallas International
  • Undergraduate admission, which will allow unlimited undergraduate coursework (up to and including an undergraduate degree) as well as by petition up to 9 graduate level semester hours at Dallas International.
  • Graduate admission, which will allow study in any undergraduate or graduate level coursework at Dallas International, up to and including a PhD degree.

Of the many requirements for an international applicant to Dallas International, what should I do first?

First things first:  submit an online application form and pay the application fee as soon as you have decided to apply.

Then, because these next steps can take awhile to complete, you should: 1) make arrangements and submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores; 2) submit all your academic credentials to Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org); and 3) submit the same academic credentials to the International Student Center at Dallas International that you sent to ECE.

As soon as these are begun, you should work through the rest of the application requirements; submit a statement of purpose; request recommendations from 3 people who know you well; submit the Supplement to Application for an International Student; submit a Medical History form; submit a Statement of Finances (listing all expected sources and amounts of funding from each for your studies at Dallas International); submit a copy of the ID page of your passport.  All of these forms can be sent to isc@diu.edu. Links to each of these forms can be found on the Admission Forms page of the Dallas International website: https://www.diu.edu/admissions/admissions-forms.

Where do I send my overseas transcripts for evaluation?

Academic records from outside the United States or Canada should be sent to both Dallas Int’l and to the Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ECE.org), the school record evaluation service that we recommends, to verify U.S. equivalency of courses taken and grades and degrees received. Dallas Int’l requires a “course-by-course evaluation.” If you go to ECE’s website, click “Apply Now,” select your country, and then “List of required documents,” you will see which school records to submit and how to submit them to ECE.

If successful completion of your secondary school included mandatory national testing, please also provide ECE with an official copy (per their instructions) of exams taken and scores received to be included in their evaluation report.

Non-native English speakers

What level of English proficiency is required to study at Dallas International?

Non-native speakers of English are required to present proof of their level of English proficiency as part of the application process. The preferred method of proof is submission of either TOEFL (www.TOEFL.org) or IELTS (www.ielts.org) test scores from a test date sometime in the past 2 years. Original score sheets should be sent directly from either ETS (in the case of TOEFL) or the British Council (in the case of IELTS) to Dallas Int’l. If it’s been awhile since you took the test, you can contact the appropriate agency and request that they send scores to Dallas Int’l (formerly “GIAL”). For TOEFL, use the “GIAL” school code 6605. For IELTS, please have the scores sent to Dallas International University Admissions, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX  75236.

Post Admission

Does admission to Dallas International mean I am automatically accepted into a degree program?

No. By procedure, all Dallas International students are admitted as “non-degree seeking” students. It is only after the Intended Plan of Study (IPS) is worked out with an Academic Advisor– and the Advisor, Department Head, and Dean of Academic Affairs have signed the IPS form outlining the plan–that Dallas International will recognize a student as being enrolled in a particular degree program. The student will need to file the approved IPS with the Dallas International registrar. The IPS should normally be completed by the end of the student’s first semester.

Am I required to attend orientation?

If you are new to DIU or resuming studies here after an absence, you will be required to complete the online orientation course in DIU Online. Due to COVID-19, there will be no on-campus orientation for the Fall 2020 term.

Housing & Other Services

Does Dallas International have campus housing?

Dallas International does not own or operate its own housing but there are several on-campus housing options available to Dallas International students. Visit our Housing page for more information.

What off-campus housing options are available?

In addition to several one-story multiplexes operated by the SIL Housing office across there street, there are some rentals in the area owned  by International Linguistic Center (ILC) employees or related personnel which may have vacancies. For more information on SIL/ILC-related rentals visit our Housing page.

Other options: Our campus is located within minutes of several privately-run apartment complexes. Try a google search to locate more information about those possibilities.

Is housing included in the cost for Dallas International intensive courses?

No, it is not.  Intensive courses at Dallas International have a short on-campus component, but the housing costs are not included in the course tuition and fees. Visit our Housing page for information about short-term housing options.

What will my address be if I am an SIL Guest House resident?

Your mailing address will be:
GSH-101
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236

Whom do I contact about my disability?

Contact the Dean of Students at dean-students@diu.edu.  In order for Dallas International to make reasonable accommodations, it is the responsibility of students with disabilities to establish their ADA status to the satisfaction of the Dean of Students. Request for accommodation must be presented in writing to the Dean of Students at least 30 days prior to registration.

Does Dallas International provide student health insurance?

No, we do not.  However, students are required to carry health insurance for themselves and their immediate families during their time of study at Dallas International and must show proof of coverage at the time of registration. For more information please visit our Student Health Insurance page.

Does Dallas International have a Student Health Center?

No, we do not own or operate our own health center, but our students and their families, by contract, have access to the SIL International Health clinic facilities during the time they are enrolled in classes on campus.

Does Dallas International provide child care?

Although Dallas International does not provide childcare, there is childcare available on-campus through SIL. Visit the childcare section of our Housing & Campus Services page for more information.

Will I need a car while I am at Dallas International?

Public transport in Dallas exists and is somewhat accessible (bus connection about ½ mile away), but it is not advisable to rely solely on this for getting places locally (i.e. church, grocery store, home off-campus, etc).  A bicycle, at least, is recommended. You can rent an automobile by the day through the SIL housing office (housing-dallas@sil.org or 972-708-7426). To investigate buying an automobile, contact dick_bergman@sil.org for help and advice.