Transferring from abroad

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Durango, Colorado: where the mountains meet the canyons

You won't find anywhere else in the US like Durango, Colorado. Each year we host about 50 students from 20 nations. We think you'll find campus to be a welcoming home, your faculty to be caring and engaged, and Durango to be a safe and exciting place to be.

Application Deadline

Summer 2023
Regular Deadline: April 10, 2023

Fall 2023 
Regular Deadline: May 1, 2023

International program admission decisions are determined on a rolling basis and applicants are notified by email within 4-6 weeks of receipt of their completed application.

Supplemental application materials


To apply

A complete application includes:

  • Timely submission of the application.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. 
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluations must be completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member. (For SpanTran, use FLC’s custom application link.)
  • Official ACT or SAT scores are required only if you are a NCAA athlete.
  • Official English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE). See English Proficiency Exemptions below.
  • Declaration & Certification of Finances.
  • $40 (USD) application fee.

Application fee

A non-refundable US$40 application fee is required to process your application. When you apply online, you will be asked to submit to the Admission Office a credit or debit card, or you may submit without payment and send a check from a U.S. bank, or a bank money order in U.S. currency, payable to “Fort Lewis College.” Please be sure your full name and date of birth are included on the check.

Visa information

English proficiency

International students from countries where the primary language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL. IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE test scores. 

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 

English proficiency exam waiver requirements:

  • 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 successfully 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.

Exempt Countries: 

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean
  • England
  • Ghana
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Wales
  • Zimbabwe

Declaration and certification of finances

In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, all international students must submit the Declaration & Certification of Finances, including bank statements as supporting documents. The form may be submitted via email to In order to enroll at Fort Lewis College, international students must also complete the I-20 student visa process.


Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your secondary/high school diploma must be sent directly from the issuing institution.   

High school diplomas require a course-by-course evaluation for the U.S. equivalent grade point average (GPA) by a NACES member. (For SpanTran, use FLC’s custom application link.)

If you have previously attended any college or university, official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be sent directly from the college or university to the Admission Office.

University-level transcripts require a course-by-course evaluation by a NACES member. (For SpanTran, use FLC’s custom application link.)