International Student Admission
Dakota Adventist Academy (DAA) welcomes International Students to our school/family community.
Our mission is to support International Students in their goals to earn an academic high school diploma in the United States of America. DAA maintains a high standard of professional and ethical conduct and provides a welcoming environment that recognizes and values cultural differences.
The DAA Administrative Team is responsible for providing support and assistance in immigration advising, maintaining immigration status, maintaining information and documents on foreign students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), staying current with rules and regulations, and interpreting and applying the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Homeland Security.
Whether you are a prospective, new, or current student, we hope you will find this website helpful. Let us know if we can provide you with further assistance. Click here to email us.
For information about our International Recruiters click here.
The Application Process
Please fill out the online International Student Application.
The application process to receive approved admission status and Form I-20 must be completed by June 1st
DAA requires a $100 non-refundable application fee and I-20 processing fee to be included with the International Student Application.
The following documents must be emailed by clicking here.
- Translated student transcript
- Immunization records from birth to present (Click here for N.D. Requirements)
- Physical examination documents
- Tuberculosis test records
- TOEFL or iTEP test scores document
Prior to the issuance of Form I-20, all financial requirements must be completed.
International Students 2023-2024 Fee Schedule, Timeline, and Explanation of Fees for International Students
As of June 1, 2023
Stage 1 – $450.00
Application Fees: to be paid at the time of application
Includes Application Fee, I-20 (student visa) Fee, I-109 (embassy)
Fee, Registration Fee, and Class Enrollment Fee (see below for Holding Fees refund schedule).
Stage 2 – $3,100 Submission of Holding Fees
(all these fees have a process or timeline for being refunded)
Includes a Hosting Fee, Club and Team Fees, a Contingency Fee, and an Agency Expense Fee (if such is used).
Stage 3 – $8,375.00 Submission of First Semester Fees
(due on or before August 1).
Includes 1/2 of the school year’s tuition, room, board, etc. (non-refundable).
Stage 4 – $8,375.00 Submission of Second Semester Fees
(due on or before December 1).
Includes _ of the school year’s tuition, room, board, etc. (non-refundable).
Total for the year $20,300.00
For further savings, stages 2 and 3 may be paid at one time. By doing this, you will save $735 in tuition fees (see below)
$450.00 – Full refund if the I-20 is denied (highly unlikely, but possible)
Upon receiving a student visa, there is no refund for stage 1 fees.
$1,000.00 – A contingency fee is held in escrow in the event that external costs occur (student is sent home, medical emergency, etc.). At the end of a student’s tenure, any unused portion of this fee will be refunded. If any portion is used during a school year, it must be brought back to the full $1,000 at the start of a new year.
If you choose to pay the full year in advance but your plans change after the first semester, you will be refunded the second-semester portion, minus the discounts.
This fee is only charged the first year. Once the I-20 and the student visa are granted, they are annually renewed at no cost.
The contingency fee rolls over from one year to the next, however, at the start of each new semester, if any portion has been used, the fund must be renewed to $1000. When a student concludes their studies at DAA, any unused money is refunded.
For the second and subsequent years, the agency fee is reduced to $500
If the year is paid in full, the total becomes: $20,300 – $735 = $19,565.00
2022-2023 Fee Schedule and Explanation of Fees for International Students
- $100.00 Application Fee and I-20 Processing Fee
- $350.00 Student VISA
- $12,250.00 2022-2023 School Year Tuition
- $4,500 Room & Board Fee
- $1,100.00 Hosting Fee
- $1,000.00 Club and Team Fees
- $1,000.00 Contingency Fee
- $2,000.00 Agency Expense (years two and on this drops to $500)(if no agency is used, there is no charge)
DAA TOTAL = $20,300.00
$20,300.00 – Year 1 (the year, paid in stages)
$19,565.00 – If the year is paid in full by August 1 (the year, paid in full by Aug 1)
If the I-20 is granted, however, a visa is not granted at the embassy, the registration fees will be reimbursed
Upon receiving a student visa, there is no refund for stage 1 fees.
A contingency fee is held in escrow in the event that external costs occur (student is sent home, medical emergency, etc.). At the end of a student’s tenure, any unused portion of this fee will be refunded.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email click here or phone 701-258-9000 extension 212
Final Acceptance to DAA
The following must be completed before a student is accepted:
- All documents must be received by DAA
- The Admission staff must have reviewed and approved the Student Application
- Acceptance will be based on:
- Skype interview with student and DAA
If the student is accepted, the Form I-20 will be issued after the Financial Requirements are completed.
Immunization and Medical Requirements
- Tuberculosis (TB) – current results
- Documentation of recent physical examination
- All immunization records in writing/signed by Physician
(Click here for N.D. Requirements)
- Tdap or DPT booster on/after 7th birthday
- Salk or Sabin polio vaccine since birth
- Current Tuberculosis clearance (TB skin test or chest x-ray)
- Varicella (or student has had chicken pox)
- Hepatitis B (full 3-shot series)
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International Students Admissions FAQs
We allow students to come at semester. Many of our International students have come at semester, audited the second half of freshman year and then started the next year as freshman. We have had good success by allowing this as students get comfortable at DAA and have the opportunity learn more English with less pressure.
Click here for a complete list of the steps required for being admitted to DAA
Click here for a complete explanation of costs and fees for International Students.
At this time, financial aid from U.S. sources is not available to International Students.
DAA has outstanding boy’s and girl’s dormitories (single rooms) and excellent dining facilities, so all International Students live on-campus.
Either the iTEP Slate Plus or TOELF – iBT to demonstrate proficiency in English.
After all admissions requirements are completed and approved and all financial requirements are met, the Form I-20 will be provided.
After all admissions requirements are completed and approved and all financial requirements are met, DAA Admissions staff will work with the student’s current school to transfer the Form I-20.
Check out our recruiters page to learn more about our recruiters.