How to Apply

The international application is for students who are not U.S. citizens or lawful U.S. permanent residents, or students who are refugees, asylees, temporary visa holders, or those who require a visa.

  1. Submit your application.

    You can apply through the Common Application (fall session only). We make admission decisions on a rolling basis beginning October 1 (International Application deadlines vary depending on your area of study).

  2. Pay the application fee.

    The $80 application fee is non-refundable. No application fee waivers are available unless you will be graduating from a high school inside the U.S.

  3. Upload your academic records.

    Within your Admissions Profile in MyUI, upload copies of all required official transcripts from every secondary school (high school), college, university, technical/vocational institute, or professional institution you have attended.

    Examine the Country Specific Admissions Requirement List to learn more about the required credentials and minimum academic standards needed for Admissions. Iowa offers college credit for a variety of exams.

  4. Meet our English Proficiency Requirement.

    See details of our English Proficiency Requirements. If applicable, have the testing agency send us your TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score.

  5. Have your ACT or SAT scores sent by the testing agency.

    Our institution code is 1356 for the ACT; 6681 for the SAT.

    ACT or SAT is required if:
    • You plan to use ACT/SAT to meet the English Proficiency Requirement
    • You plan to apply for scholarships (some awards require an ACT or SAT score)
 Test Scores for Students Applying Fall 2024: If a student does not provide an ACT or SAT test score at the time of application, they may be required to submit additional academic documents, transcripts, or a personal statement to receive an admission decision. Students will be contacted via email if any additional documents are required. Learn more about our guidelines for students not providing test scores.

Application Deadlines

May 1

Fall Semester Acceptance Deadline

November 15

Spring Semester Acceptance Deadline


Transfer students apply using University of Iowa App.

International Student Admission Requirements

Select your student type to learn more about your admission requirements.