International transfer students who attended college outside the United States must meet the following requirements:

  • Above-average grades in recognized university course work
  • Satisfaction of our English Language Requirements
  • Completion of our High School Course Requirements for International Students, which vary depending on whether you are applying to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering
  • Completion of academic upper secondary school (generally a total of 11-13 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

Application Process

Application deadlines

  • March 1 for Fall Semester or Summer Session
  • October 1 for Spring Semester

Some Scholarships may have earlier deadlines.

Transferring Credit

  • Recognized university course work beyond grade 12 may be accepted toward fulfilling your degree requirements at Iowa.
  • Consideration is given on a subject-by-subject basis, and course descriptions may be necessary to make the final determination.
  • If course descriptions are needed, you will be notified by the Office of Admissions.

Degree Audit

Once you are admitted to the university, you will be able to review a Degree Audit summarizing the course work granted transfer credit and the minimum number of semester hours you must complete to earn your degree.