Check-in with the International Students & Scholars Office
You are required to check-in with a Designated School Official (DSO) after arriving to the U.S. We will schedule a time to meet with you once we have your arrival details emailed to the email@example.com inbox or registered within your DSU application. For many students, this will be during the orientation.
Get Your Tuberculosis (TB) Test
All international students attending DSU are required to get a TB blood test once they have arrived in the United States. The International Student Services office will help you schedule your TB testing appointment with the DSU Health & Wellness Center during New Student Orientation. The cost for a TB test is $110. If you have TB test results from your previous institution within the U.S., please send a color copy to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification.
Take Placement Examinations
ESL Students: You will take an English language assessment to determine which level of ESL you should begin in (Basic, Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced).
Degree-seeking Students: In the United States, high school students typically take one of two standardized tests: the ACT or the SAT. Dixie State University uses their scores to determine which level of English and Math courses are most appropriate for new student enrollment. For example, students who score high on the math section may be able to enroll directly into Calculus without having to take Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry.
If you have taken the ACT or SAT, please send a score report to email@example.com. If you have not, you will be required to complete placement testing prior to Math or English enrollment. Only students who have ACT/SAT scores and transfer students who have fulfilled DSU’s general education requirements for Math and English can be exempted from this requirement. Required Tests:
- ACCUPLACER Reading Test ($10 if taken at DSU’s testing center)
- ACCUPLACER Writing Test ($10 if taken at DSU’s testing center)
- ALEKS Math Test ($36 if taken at DSU’s testing center).
Placement tests can either be taken remotely prior to arrival (includes additional cost) or after arrival during new international student orientation. Instructions for taking the tests remotely and additional cost information are included in your post-admission enrollment checklist. Access this checklist by logging back into your DSU application here: Return to DSU Application.
Be advised that low scores on the English assessment may result in you being enrolled in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, even if your English Proficiency test score was high enough for us to issue admission and immigration paperwork as a degree-seeking student. It is uncommon for students with sufficient English proficiency test scores to require ESL classes, but it can happen. Thus, it is important that you take the tests seriously and give your best effort as scholarship funding cannot be provided to students enrolled in ESL classes.
Finalize Class Registration
All new students should work with an academic advisor to register for their first semester classes. Working with an academic advisor helps you create a schedule that ensures you make progress toward your academic goals and that is compliant with immigration requirements. Students must be registered full-time (at least 12 credits) during their first semester of attendance.
Degree-seeking students: Students who have been admitted to a degree program will work with an academic advisor prior to arrival to build a draft schedule. Completing the schedule may require placement testing. Upon arrival to the U.S., students will have the opportunity to finalize their schedule and make any edits during international student orientation.
ESL students: Students who have been admitted to the ESL program will be registered after arriving to the U.S. Registration will be based on how they score on their English placement test.
Pay Your Tuition & Fees
Tuition is billed per semester and is due on the first day of classes. Please make all payment arrangements before the payment deadline. If you are receiving financial aid or scholarship assistance, you are responsible for any remaining account balance after these awards are applied to your student account.
You can pay your tuition online by logging into your myDixie account, or you can pay by cash or check at the Cashier’s Office located on the 1st floor of the Holland Centennial Commons. Payments for students without a U.S. bank account can also be made through Flywire.
If you are unable to pay your tuition in full, there is a payment plan available. This will divide the tuition into equal payments over the course of the current semester.
Questions about payment plans? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.