If You Attended a U.S. College or University

Admission requirements will vary depending on your area of study; matching the requirements for transfer applicants who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Review our Undergraduate Areas of Study or Transfer Admission Requirements for more details.

If You Attended a College or University Outside the United States

You must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Above-average grades in recognized university course work
  • Satisfaction of our English Proficiency Requirements
  • 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

Transferring Credit from Colleges Outside the United States

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.

Application Process