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.
It takes 15-20 minutes to complete your admission application and start your next adventure.
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.
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.)
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:
ACT or SAT scores are optional. Fort Lewis College's testing codes are:
ACT: 0510SAT: 4310
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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.)
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.
International students from countries where the primary language is not English must:
English proficiency exam scores must come directly from the testing service. Required minimum scores:
TOEFL: 61 (internet-based) or 500 (paper-based)IELTS: 5.5Duolingo: 85Pearson (PTE): 44
For English proficiency exam exemptions, provide proof of one of the following options:
All international students must submit their Declaration & Certification of Finances form.
Email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
*Summer semester is open to transfer students only per International Programs Office.
Spring 2024 application will open on August 1, 2023.
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.
Incoming first-year, first-time international students through Spring 2024 enrolled in at least 12 credit hours receive a free season ski pass.
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.
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.
Fort Lewis College1000 Rim DriveDurango, CO 81301
Ph: 877-352-2656 or 970-247-7184Fax: 970-247-7179Email: email@example.com
Contact for information about applying to FLC, visas, and financial information.
Scott MillerSEVIS OfficerInternational Student AdvisorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org