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    Welcome to the University of Oklahoma Exchange Student Program

    The first step in becoming a reciprocal exchange student at the University of Oklahoma is being nominated by your home institution's International Office.  Students cannot apply for an exchange program at OU without first being nominated by the International Office at their home university.

    Exchange Program Deadlines for Fall 2014

    April 1st for Fall semester or Academic Year nominations

    Exchange Program Deadlines for Spring 2015

    September 15 for Spring semester nominations

    Student online applications need to be complete by the dates below:

    April 15 for Fall semester or Academic Year terms
    October 10 for Spring semester nominations

    International Offices: Please nominate your student(s) to participate in the reciprocal exchange program at the University of Oklahoma by clicking on the button below:

    Nominate an Exchange student here
    Tina Henderson

    Tina Henderson

    Tina is the Exchange Student Coordinator for all incoming exchange students at OU. She has been in at OU for more than a decade and earned a Master's degree in Human Relations while working at Education Abroad.

    Application Instructions


    The following information will be required when submitting the nomination online:

    • Exchange Coordinator's name
    • Coordinator's email address
    • Home University
    • Full legal name of nominated student
    • Current email address for student
    • Level of Education
    • Student course of study
    • Birthdate and Gender
    • Expected English language proficiency score

    Students must have completed their first year at their home university in order to attend OU as an exchange student and are expected to be in good academic standing at their home insitution.


    Our application process is completely online. Once Education Abroad receives the required information in the nomination form, an application will be created for the student within EA's online system.  Exchange students will be notified and instructed on how to log into our system to complete all requirements within a certain time period.

    All documents for the application process must be uploaded (as electronic files or scans) through EA's online system before the student can be admitted in the main OU Admissions system.

    Exchange student applicants will be required to submit a scan of their passport or national ID card (if passport is in processing) via email to the exchange student adviser. Original documents or hard copy applications will NOT be accepted.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    The University of Oklahoma (Norman campus) requires that incoming exchange students demonstrate English language proficiency at a high-enough level to successfully participate in their coursework here on campus.

    Students who are coming to the University of Oklahoma with the primary intention of learning English are encouraged to contact the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) for information about this program. It is not possible for incoming exchange students to obtain tuition & fee waivers to participate on CESL programs.

    All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Evidence of English proficiency may be demonstrated with a TOEFL (paper based or internet based) or IELTS score. Incoming exchange students should meet or exceed the following minimum scores or their equivalent in order to enroll in undergraduate coursework:

    TOEFL (paper based): 500

    iBT TOEFL (Internet based): 61

    IELTS: 6.0

    • If a student comes from an English speaking university where courses are taught in English, this requirement can be waived. 

    Please note that some departments may restrict enrollment in undergraduate coursework to exchange students that have demonstrated English language proficiency scores that are lower than the regular OU Admissions score of 79.  Contact the Office of Education Abroad for further details on what courses and programs of study are open to incoming exchange students at the University of Oklahoma.

    Exchange students may not enroll in graduate level classes numbered 5000 or above unless they have met the Graduate College English language proficiency requirements and have obtained written permission from the course instructor via the exchange student adviser.

    If enrolled in graduate-level courses, exchange students will receive undergraduate credit.  They may not earn graduate credit for graduate-level courses and they may not later apply these credits to a graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma

    Minimum scores for access to graduate-level coursework are as follows:

    TOEFL (paper based): 550

    iBT TOEFL (Internet based): 79

    IELTS: 6.5

    Students planning to take law classes must be a law student at their home institution and have a TOEFL (iBT) of 90 or higher. 

    The University of Oklahoma TOEFL institution code is 6879. An official copy can be sent to the OU Admissions office but a copy of this score must be uploaded to the student application online at