International Student Admission
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Living accommodations are not arranged for you as a result of your admission. Therefore, you must make your own arrangements. If you are a single freshman student under the age of 20 by the beginning of classes or have fewer than 24 semester hours (one year) of college work, you will be required to live in one of the University's residence halls. Other students may select their own housing, including university apartments. At times, university housing (both residence halls and apartments) must maintain a waiting list, so you should apply for housing as early as possible. See the University of Oklahoma Housing and Food Services website. You can also write to University Housing and Food Services, 1406 Asp Avenue, Norman, OK 73019-6091, U.S.A., contact them by phone at (405) 325-2511, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Student Services
During the two or three days prior to registration, the International Student Services Office conducts a mandatory orientation program for new students. This program is designed especially to meet the needs of international students. It includes information about enrollment procedures, academic programs, governmental regulations, life in Norman, etc. It is extremely important that you attend the sessions. Upon your arrival at OU, you should contact the Director of International Student Services for information about the orientation program and other services for international students. This office serves as liaison among you, the University, the government, and the many agencies with which you may be concerned.
Transfer of Funds
Certain countries limit the amount of money that can be forwarded to the United States. Because of this situation, it is very important, before leaving your country, to inquire into your country's regulations on forwarding money. You should also bring enough funds with you to cover transportation, enrollment fees, and living expenses until funds can be transferred from your home country. To avoid unnecessary complications and frustrations, you should have such funds in the form of traveler's checks. Money brought in the form of bank drafts or cashier's checks require longer to transfer. If you should bring money by cashier's check or bank drafts, the funds should be payable through a U.S. bank. We strongly suggest that you bring one check made payable to the University of Oklahoma to pay for fees and housing (if living on campus) and one check made payable to yourself to use for other expenses. Major credit cards are also an acceptable form of payment.
All enrollment fees and initial housing expenses are due at the beginning of each semester. Therefore, it is necessary for you to have at least $10,000 available upon your arrival at the University of Oklahoma. It is also important to have sufficient funds at the beginning of each subsequent semester or summer session to pay these charges and to purchase necessary books and supplies. A number of banks in Norman and Oklahoma City will cooperate with foreign banks to have funds transferred. Dollar funds may also be sent in your name in care of the University of Oklahoma.
Getting involved in student activities and organizations will enhance your academic pursuits. Clubs and organizations provide opportunities to strengthen long-held interests and to try new avenues for learning and recreation. International student organizations help provide a home away from home for OU students from overseas. Many organizations hold special events and banquets through the school year, culminating in the Eve of Nations Banquet in April, which is designed for the whole international student body. An international bazaar is also held each year, allowing students to set up national exhibits and sell small items typical of their countries.
About the University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is one of the major public universities in the United States. Founded in 1890, it has more than 191,964 alumni, including three astronauts; 26 Rhodes Scholars; more petroleum engineers than any other school in the world; award-winning actors; most of Oklahoma's physicians; attorneys, judges, mayors and governors in Oklahoma and other states; U.S. congressmen and senators; and ambassadors and high government officials in other nations. Forbes magazine ranks OU among the top colleges and universities in the nation for providing the undergraduate education of the corporate world's highest paid chief executives.
The student body of the University numbers more than 24,000 students on the 900-acre main campus in Norman and another 3,000 students at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. OU students come from across the United States and from 106 other countries. The University seeks to maintain a diverse student body and a campus environment that promotes cross-cultural communication and understanding.
An outstanding faculty serve as teachers, mentors, and role models to OU students through the challenges and rewards of their college years. Many OU professors are national leaders in their fields and their teaching is enriched with the newest research discoveries.
University Libraries house approximately 4.2 million volumes and maintain subscriptions to more than 17,500 journals and periodicals. Bizzell Memorial Library contains several internationally known special collections, including the Western History Collections, the Bass Business History Collection, and the History of Science Collections, which is perhaps the finest of its kind in the world. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the largest in the world associated with a university, contains extensive archaeological, paleontological, and natural history collections.
The City of Norman has a population of 90,000 and is located only 18 miles from the state capital in Oklahoma City. Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, 25 minutes from the campus, provides convenient access to the University for students from throughout the world. The Norman community strongly supports international students and offers a variety of programs to make students from abroad feel at home in Norman.
OU courses can be rigorous, but help is available if you need it. The University has free tutoring, study skills seminars, computer labs and the Writing Center to help students succeed academically. Counseling Services has professional counselors available to assist with personal problems.
Each student in the University is assigned an academic adviser who meets with you during the registration periods to discuss general academic matters and specific requirements for your course of study. During the academic year you are welcome to consult with your adviser on any academic issues that may arise.
Counseling and Guidance
The University Counseling Center provides students with testing services, advice and counseling. The Counseling Center maintains a staff of trained counselors to help you with educational, vocational or personal issues. You may, at your request, take a variety of tests to help evaluate your interests, aptitudes and abilities.
The University has a complete, well-staffed health service on campus and students are urged to use its facilities. A portion of each student's fees goes to help maintain the health services, thus making it possible to charge students at reduced rates. While you are enrolled at the University you are required to purchase and maintain a health plan that includes medical expenses payable at least 75% including hospitalization, evacuation and repatriation insurance. The University of Oklahoma Student Association endorses a health plan that you will be charged for with your tuition and fees. With the University plan, you may purchase additional insurance for your spouse and children. If you have another plan and wish to have the charges removed from your account, you should notify the Student Health Insurance Office by the insurance waiver deadline date each semester. To find the deadline dates and other information concerning student health insurance, go to OU Human Resources.
The University is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In addition, the University and its various colleges, schools and departments hold memberships in various professional organizations and accrediting agencies.
Climate and Clothing
Because Oklahoma is in the temperate zone, students should come prepared for variable weather: cold days in the winter, hot days in the summer, as well as mild, pleasant days in between. The temperature frequently drops to -7 degrees C (20 degrees F) during the winter and rises to as high as 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) during the summer. Students should plan to wear warm clothing during the winter months (November-April). A heavy winter jacket is a necessity. Clothing for rainy weather is also needed. Casual dress is the norm on campus for both men and women students. However, we encourage international students to bring national costumes and appropriate attire to wear for certain campus events, "dress-up" occasions, and international celebrations.
Recreation and The Arts
Physical fitness goes hand in hand with mental fitness. A large number of OU students participate in an extensive intramural program that includes sports for men and women. OU's varsity athletic teams are among the finest in the nation. Campus recreation facilities include a physical fitness center with an indoor track, weight room, and basketball and racquetball courts; a swim complex with indoor, outdoor and diving pools; tennis courts; and a golf course.
Music, drama, dance and the visual arts are readily available with performances and exhibitions scheduled year-round by students, faculty, and professional entertainers to meet almost every taste.
A number of religious denominations have student centers close to OU's Norman campus. Each of these has extended a special invitation to all students from abroad, regardless of religious belief, to share in their fellowship and to join in their activities. A mosque is located close to campus for our students of the Islamic faith.
Equal Opportunity Statement
This University in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.