International Student Requirements

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Iowa State University! The information given below provides additional instructions regarding application procedures specifically for nonimmigrant international applicants.

Application Form

Foreign applicants applying from outside the U.S. must complete equivalent preveterinary academic requirements and must follow the same application process as all other applicants.  Under “permanent address,” please use your address in your home country; a foreign address is required by the U.S. government for visa issuance purposes.

The application fee for nonimmigrant applicants is $95. Please disregard any reference to an application fee of $75; that is the fee required of U.S. citizens and immigrants.

Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Official academic records of all university-level coursework are required. That means that the academic record must bear an original stamp or seal and signature of the school officer responsible for issuing official academic records. Photocopies, notarized copies, and copies verified by other schools are not accepted.

Foreign secondary school records may also be required if advanced standing credits are requested to meet any of the prerequisite course requirements. College level credits are awarded for some national secondary school leaving examinations, i.e. British GCSE Advanced Levels, German Abiturprufung, International Baccalaureate Higher Levels, etc.

Foreign applicants must have completed the required coursework either at a U.S. college or university that has regional accreditation, or at a foreign university that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country. If completed at a foreign institution, transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services as required by VMCAS.

Entrance Examination Requirements

Nonnative English speakers are required to present a TOEFL score of 600 (PBT), 100 (IBT), or IELTS 7.0 at the time that they apply. Information about these examinations can be obtained at www.TOEFL.org or www.IELTS.org. Applicants with scores below the minimum will not be given consideration. Students who have graduated from U.S. institutions may be exempted from the English examination requirement at the discretion of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE) (Use GRE Code 6315 - Do not use GRE Code 6306): The Graduate Record Exam General Test is required for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Both the old GRE or the new revised GRE will be accepted.  GRE scores may be sent to VMCAS or directly to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and must be RECEIVED by October 13, 2017.

  • More information can be found on the GRE website at www.GRE.org.

Financial Certification Requirements

If admitted or placed on the alternate list, you will be requested to complete the "Undergraduate Financial Statement."   This form should be used to document your ability to cover all educational and living expenses for the duration of the four-year program of study. You can download the form at https://www.admissions.iastate.edu/apply/pdf/intl_finstate.pdf. There is no financial aid available for nonimmigrant international applicants. Click here for  the cost of attendance for 2017-18.

Last updated 10/4/2018