International First-Year Student Admission
Admission requirements for international first-year applicants depend on whether you attend high school inside or outside of the United States.
If You Attended All Four Years of High School Inside the United States
You must meet the same admission requirements as first-year US citizens and permanent residents attending high school in the United States. Admission requirements will vary depending on your area of study. An ACT or SAT score will be required. Review the list of Undergraduate Areas of Study or our First-Year Admission Requirements for more details.
If You Attended High School Outside the United States
You must meet the following requirements for admission:
- Completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 12-13 years of primary and secondary education)
- A corresponding secondary school diploma or leaving certificate
- Above-average grades in a secondary school program that is university-preparatory in nature
- Completion of our Minimum High School Course Requirements, which vary depending on whether you are applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Nursing.
- Satisfaction of our English Proficiency Requirements
- SAT or ACT scores are not required of international applicants who completed secondary school outside the United States; however, SAT or ACT scores are required of first-year applicants who wish to be considered for academic and athletic scholarships, admission to the College of Engineering, Direct Admission to the Tippie College of Business, the Early Decision Program to the College of Nursing, or for the University of Iowa Honors Program.
- SAT and ACT scores also can be used to satisfy the university’s English proficiency requirements.
- The university encourages all applicants to take either exam, as strong results could favorably affect the decision regarding your application.
If you Attended High Schools both Inside and Outside the United States
You must meet the same admission requirements as students attending high school outside the United States (see above requirements for Outside the United States).