How to Apply

The international application is for students who are not US citizens or lawful US 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 University of Iowa application, the Common Application, or the Coalition application. We make admission decisions on a rolling basis beginning December 15.

  2. Pay the application fee.

    The $80 application fee is non-refundable. No application fee waivers are available.

  3. Upload your academic records.

    Within your Admissions Profile in MyUI, upload all required official transcripts from every secondary 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, PTE, 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 will graduate or have graduated from a high school in the United States
    • You plan to apply for scholarships (some awards require an ACT or SAT score)
 Test Scores for Students Applying Fall 2022: 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 2

Fall Semester Acceptance Deadline


November 15

Spring Semester Acceptance Deadline


International Student Admission Requirements

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