Life at Dordt

Though Dordt is located in Iowa, students at Dordt come from across North America and the world. The campus is filled with students from different places coming together into a dynamic and welcoming community. Dordt is home to international students from 30 countries, including the following:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Paraguay
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation (ISO) is your introduction to life as an international student at Dordt. This orientation will help you adjust culturally, socially, and academically to life and studies in America.

You will do many things during ISO: Hear from student panels, learn about the academic system at Dordt, worship together, take English placements tests, play games, and meet many new friends!

Students Without Borders

Students Without Borders organizes events to promote and celebrate diversity on campus. You can become a member by signing up during the Taste of Sioux Center event or by emailing Both American and international students are welcome and active in the club. Look for monthly events like bonfires, potlucks, and game nights, as well as campus-wide events such as the Cultural Fair and International Fashion Show. You'll want to get involved!

Adoptive Family Program

Because adjusting to life in America can be difficult, Dordt's international office sets up American adoptive families for the international students. These families do not provide housing or financial support, but they are there to help make you feel welcome and involved in the life of a local family. Many students become close with their adoptive families and find that this is a wonderful addition to their life in America.

"It is nice to have a family away from home. Sometimes in college we have a need to get off campus and this is that outlet. It helps me get to know the community [and] having a host family has helped me to grow in my faith...I think this family understands me. It's touching to know that you're loved." -Yannick Habimana, Rwanda, Dordt grad 2018