Study in Durango, Colorado

Each year we host students from approximately 20 nations through our international programs. We hope you find our campus a welcoming home, your faculty is caring and engaged, and Durango is a safe and exciting place to adventure. FLC students, faculty, and staff bring adventure into all we do, and so can you! Your classes will take you to rivers, mountains, and canyons of the Southwest United States.

Admission process for international students

It takes 15-20 minutes to complete your admission application and start your next adventure.

1. Fill out your application & pay the application fee

A non-refundable $40 application fee is required to process your application. 

You can pay your application fee with a bank debit or credit card online with your application. 

You can also submit your application without payment and send a check from a United States bank or a bank money order in United States currency payable to “Fort Lewis College.” If you choose to send a check, please be sure your full name and date of birth are included on it.

2. Provide your official transcripts

The issuing instution must send your official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary diploma.

Secondary diplomas require a course-by-course evaluation for the United States' equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member. (For SpanTran, use FLC’s custom application link.)

3. Include your personal statement or college essay (optional)

We encourage you to submit a personal statement or essay as a part of your admission application. While optional, it can provide valuable information for our review process.

This is a writing sample and should be between 200 and 500 words. You can choose one of the following: 

  • A Personal Statement that helps us understand who you are beyond your grades and transcripts. You might highlight your academic journey or provide context to understand your experiences thus far. 
  • An essay on a topic of your choice. Something you’d like to share with the Admission Committee can be a paper you’ve written for a class that you are particularly proud of or something more you’d like us to know.
4. Provide test scores (optional)

ACT or SAT scores are optional. Fort Lewis College's testing codes are:

ACT: 0510
SAT: 4310

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Additional international student requirements

Apply for a student visa

Apply for a student visa in four steps:

  1. Apply to FLC. Before you can apply for a student visa, you’ll need to be accepted to FLC. FLC will issue you an I-20 form when you've been accepted, and you’ll be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  2. Select the appropriate visa.
    1. Apply for an F-1 visa if you plan to graduate from FLC.
    2. Apply for a J-1 visa if you plan to spend a semester or two at FLC as an exchange student.
  3. Fill out the online application forms provided by your U.S. embassy or consulate office and schedule an interview with them.
  4. Attend your embassy interview, present your I-20, and pay your fees.

When to apply

Apply for your visa early because you must have it before you begin your studies at FLC. You may be issued a visa as much as 120 days before the start of the semester but you are not allowed to enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start of the semester.

The U.S. F-1 student visa is one of the fastest visas to process. It is often processed directly before your interview at the embassy, and usually, the application is approved by the end of the interview. (Some F-1 visa applications take several days to process, though.)

The interview

At your embassy interview, you’ll present your I-20 form issued by FLC and will be asked to verify that you meet the criteria to receive the visa you’ve applied for.


  • SEVIS I-901 fee: $350 U.S.
  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) fee: $160 U.S.
Provide proof of English proficiency

International students from countries where the primary language is not English must:

  • Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE test scores
  • Meet an English proficiency exam waiver requirement.

English proficiency exam scores must come directly from the testing service. Required minimum scores:

TOEFL: 61 (internet-based) or 500 (paper-based)
IELTS: 5.5
Duolingo: 85
Pearson (PTE): 44

For English proficiency exam exemptions, provide proof of one of the following options:

  • Graduated from a U.S.-accredited school abroad with English as the language of instruction
  • Graduated with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study at a U.S.-accredited institution
  • Graduated from and completed a minimum of one year of secondary school in the U.S. that included at least one unit of college preparatory English
  • AP: Completion of English Language & Composition with a score of 4 or better
  • IB: Completion of English A, Literature HL, English A Language & Literature HL, or English A Language & Literature SL with a score of 4 and higher
  • SAT: Critical reading score of 470 or better (FLC code is 4310)
  • ACT: English sub-score of 18 or better (FLC code is 0510)

Exempt countries: 

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean
  • England
  • Ghana
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Wales
  • Zimbabwe
Submit a Declaration & Certification of Finances

All international students must submit their Declaration & Certification of Finances form.

Email your completed form to

Health & accident insurance (optional)

We strongly recommend international students purchase health insurance. The cost of healthcare, especially hospitalization, is very high in the US. Even a short illness can come with a high price. Health insurance can help prevent you from being responsible for paying for it. 

Suggested insurance resources:

FLC is not affiliated with any of the insurance providers listed below, and this list is not comprehensive, but here are a few options to get you started. These companies specialize in health and accident insurance for international students. 

Employment (optional)

As an international student with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you will not be able to work off-campus. However, you can work up to 20 hours per week on FLC’s campus and are eligible to apply for a “non-work-study” position. Unfortunately, “work-study” positions are not available to international students.

Contact our Career & Life Design Center for help finding available on-campus jobs.

Application deadlines

  • Summer semester*
  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
Summer semester*

*Summer semester is open to transfer students only per International Programs Office.



Regular deadline

Fall semester



Regular deadline

Spring semester

Spring 2024 application will open on August 1, 2023.

Admission decisions

Applicants are notified by email within 4-6 weeks of submitting a completed application.

Applicants denied admission can request to appeal the decision for reconsideration.


International degree-seeking students are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships during the admission process.

Learn about tuition & aid

Free ski pass

Incoming first-year, first-time international students through Spring 2024 enrolled in at least 12 credit hours receive a free season ski pass.

Learn more pass details


First-year international students are guaranteed campus housing in our beautiful town of Durango, CO. Transfer international students can also apply to live on campus.

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Reed Honors

Apply if you have a minimum high school unweighted GPA of 3.5 or a minimum college GPA of 3.0, and you want to be part of a community of high-achieving, highly motivated students.

Join the honors program

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Admission Office

Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Ph: 877-352-2656 or 970-247-7184
Fax: 970-247-7179

International Programs Office

Contact for information about applying to FLC, visas, and financial information.

Scott Miller
SEVIS Officer
International Student Advisor

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