International Undergraduate Admission
International Student Requirements
- Transcripts - Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
- English Proficiency - All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of English language proficiency.
- Financial Support Documentation - All international applicants must demonstrate adequate financial resources.
International students are encouraged to apply early and file supporting credentials as early as possible to allow sufficient time to process your application, obtain your visa, arrange for a foreign exchange permit (if one is required), and make travel plans.
The deadlines listed below apply to international students outside the United States. International students currently studying in the United States are held to U.S. freshman or U.S. transfer application deadlines.
Freshman Application Deadlines:
Summer Entry: March 1
Fall Entry: April 1
Spring Entry: November 1
Freshman Credential Deadlines:
Summer Entry: March 15
Fall Entry: May 31
Spring Entry: Nov 15
Transfer Application Deadlines:
Summer Entry: February 1
Fall Entry: April 1
Spring Entry: September 1
Transfer Credential Deadlines:
Summer Entry: March 1
Fall Entry: May 31
Spring Entry: Nov 1
International Student Application Checklist
Requirements for Admission
Admission to the University of Oklahoma is based on completion of a rigorous secondary school curriculum, demonstrated by a recognized certificate of completion that would qualify you for entrance into a university in your country.
- First time freshman—grades (marks), “class” or “division” obtained should be equivalent to a “B” average or a 3.0 grade point average on the U.S. unweighted 4.0 scale. Applicants must be 17 years of age prior to the first day of classes. The applicant’s high school class of his or her peers must have graduated as well.
- Transfer— all post-secondary work (completed abroad or in the U.S.) is included in the transfer evaluation. Please see the transfer admissions requirement chart for specific college GPA requirements.
- Non-degree—proof of English proficiency and a letter of good standing if concurrently enrolled at another university. Students studying on an F-1 visa must provide a letter confirming permission to concurrently enroll at OU.
- Non-residents of Oklahoma applying for an engineering or computer science program must have a B grade point average (3.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale) or its equivalent on all college work attempted to be admitted.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
- Freshman must submit official transcripts from all secondary or middle schools attended. If secondary school in your country includes standardized graduation exams and certificates, official copies of these should be submitted.
- Transfers must submit official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended, including colleges, universities, professional and technical schools.
If your transcript is issued by your school in a language other than English, we require the official, original language document as well as an official, or certified, English translation.
No college transfer credit is awarded for secondary school work through the 12th year of education. However, it is possible to earn college credit by achieving satisfactory grades on advanced standing exams conducted by the University.
The Office of Admissions evaluates and verifies all academic credentials to determine whether transfer credit will be awarded. All college level coursework completed at an international institution accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country will be awarded. You must provide official syllabi or course descriptions for all coursework in order for courses to be equated to OU coursework. Upon admission to OU, grades for courses completed at international institutions are converted to neutral S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) grades.
Please make sure to enter your name as it appears on your passport or national identity card. If there are variations of your name on your credentials, please list these alternatives as well.
Transfer Recommendation Form (only for students currently studying at another institution in the US)
Transfer students or readmits may also apply by paper application: International Undergraduate Application for Admission (PDF). If you use the PDF format applications you will need to print the form, fill it out answering every question on each page fully and accurately, and return it to the University of Oklahoma, Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp Avenue room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076, U.S.A.
Letter of Recommendation
All freshman applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation; two additional letters may be submitted.
- Any high school official, including a counselor, teacher, principal, etc. Preferably someone who knows the student well.
- Students will need to know the name and email address of their preferred recommender so he/she can be contacted about composing the letter of recommendation.
Admission Application Fee
A non-refundable $90 processing fee must be paid for each application. Under no circumstances will this fee be waived nor will any action be taken on your application until the fee is received.
How to pay:
- On-line application—pay by credit card in the Affirmation and Fee payment section
- PDF application—pay by certified check to “The University of Oklahoma” in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank, by international money order in U.S. dollars, or can be paid with a credit card by completing the Admission Application Processing Fee page.
- Please do not send currency.
Passport Name Page
Please submit a clear photocopy of the biographic page of your passport. If dependents will accompany you to OU, provide copies of their passport biographic pages, along with marriage and birth certificates, as applicable, to verify your family relationship.
If you currently hold a visa in the U.S., please provide a clear copy of that as well.
All applicants for whom English is a second language must present evidence of proficiency in the English Language in one of these ways:
- 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Consistency across subsections will be considered for English proficiency. For example, for the TOEFL IBT, generally, a minimum score of 20 is expected in each section of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. Scores over two years old by the beginning of the term you wish to enter are not acceptable unless you have been attending school in the U.S. since the test date.
- 6.5 on the IELTS. Consistency across subsections will be considered for English proficiency. Scores over two years old by the beginning of the term you wish to enter are not acceptable unless you have been attending school in the U.S. since the test date.
- Secondary school work in the United States, including achievement of the high school curricular requirements required for freshman admission, or attainment of the recognized certificate of completion required for entrance into a university in any other country in which English is the native language and the language of instruction in the high school.
- Satisfactory completion of 24 or more semester hours of college-level coursework from a regionally or nationally accredited university in the United States, or in any other country in which English is the native language.
Note: Simple instruction in English, completion of 24 hours of university coursework, or completion of a degree in a country in which English is the official, but not native, language will not satisfy this requirement. See the list of OU Approved Native English Speaking Countries.
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, at an accredited university in the United States, or in any other country in which English is the native language.
- Successful completion of the University of Oklahoma CESL program.
Financial Support Documentation
All international applicants must provide documentary evidence of immediately available funds to cover the estimated expenses for the first year of the degree program to which they are accepted (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D.).
International applicants are also expected to have adequate financial resources to support themselves for the entire duration of their degree programs (Bachelor’s: 4-5 years; Master’s: 2-3 years; Ph.D.: 4-6 years). Although most students complete their degrees in less time, the I-20 is issued for the additional period of time to allow for any extenuating circumstances that might prevent a student from completing their degree on time.
Required financial documents:
- The Confidential Financial Statement (PDF) portion of the application
- A bank statement, certificate of deposit or certificate of balance signed or stamped by a bank official that is no more than 90 days old when submitted showing a liquid balance equaling at least the amount of your first year expenses. See Estimated Costs of Attending OU for more information.
- If the bank statement is in an account not owned by the applicant, you must submit a Financial Support Letter (PDF) or Affidavit of Support, signed by the account owner.
- If you are supported by a business, government or corporate sponsorship please provide a letter of support listing the duration of promised support and monetary amount of support being offered.
Receiving your I-20
Once you have been admitted to The University of Oklahoma and the I-20 has been issued, there are two ways you may receive your admission packet and I-20:
- Regular US Mail. This is the default shipping method for the Office of Admissions at the University of Oklahoma. This service usually takes 4 – 6 weeks for receipt of the I-20 packet.
- Express Shipping (FedEx or DHL) through eShip Global for an additional fee. This carrier usually takes about a week and a half for the receipt of the I-20 packet. Visit eShip Global to set up the account, and please select “University of Oklahoma Office of Admissions” as your sender. Note: If you do not place an order with eShip Global within two business days after your admission is processed, your packet will be sent through regular airmail.
If you are currently in the United States on an F-1, or other visa, please contact International Student Services for additional information on transferring your I-20 or changing your status.
Timeline for Receiving the I-20
Varies: Office of Admissions processes your admission and you are admitted to University or CESL
3-10 business days: Your I-20 is issued by International Student Services.
3-10 business days: Admission packet and I-20 are mailed from the Office of Admissions.
6-8 weeks: Student receives I-20, if US regular Airmail is used.
1-2 weeks: Student receives I-20 if express shipping through eShip Global is used.
Congratulations on your admission!
Now that you're admitted, you may be wondering what's next. We encourage you to explore the After-Admission Instructions to learn more about important post-admission steps.
International Student Services assists international students coming to the Norman campus.
Review Coming to OU on the ISS website to learn more.