You must hold either a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
If you are admitted, the Office of International Admissions requires you to submit your official marks sheets (transcripts) and diploma, as well as a translated copy if the original is not in English. The originals will be needed for review, but will be returned to you.
Reporting your score
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Apply before your scores expire. You can apply with an unofficial score report; if admitted, you’ll need to order an official TOEFL or IELTS score report and have it sent to the University of Iowa. Our institution code is 6681.
Health insurance requirement
International students located in the United States must have health insurance to attend the University of Iowa. You can submit proof of coverage through the MyUI student information portal after you’re admitted. If you're studying outside the U.S., there's no need to provide proof of health insurance.
U.S.-based degree programs from the University of Iowa pursued fully online don't require a visa. We do not issue F-1 (student) visas for our students. The most common type of visa for our students is an H-1B, sponsored by their employer, but different types are also eligible for admission.
Due to firewalls or government restrictions that affect the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), we are unable to admit students who will be studying in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the region of Crimea.