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International Admissions


International applicants are required to fulfill all general admission requirements, including taking the OAT and successfully completing the required courses. Because ICO offers only a graduate-level program, it is also necessary to have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or successfully completed at least 90 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework.

If you have completed college-level coursework at schools outside the United States or Canada, or if your transcripts are not in English, the transcripts must be submitted to an official evaluation service for a course-by-course analysis. ICO accepts transcript evaluations from World Education Services and Educational Credential Evaluators. The evaluation board must send the official copy of the evaluation directly to ICO’s admissions office.

Like domestic applicants, international apply to ICO through the Optometry Centralized Application Service. OptomCAS opens for applications at the start of July of the preceding year in which you wish to enroll. At the time you apply, keep in mind that need not have completed all admissions requirements, such as prerequisite courses and the OAT. We encourage applicants to apply early in the process, as long as you will have successfully completed all academic requirements for admission before you enter ICO and taken the OAT by February 15 of your desired year of entry.

In addition to the standard application process, applicants for whom English is a second language must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants for whom English is a second language. If you feel compelled to forego this examination, you may submit a written request that this requirement be waived.

The admissions committee evaluates international applicants using the same criteria by which domestic applicants are evaluated. We recommend that you begin to assess your own strengths and weaknesses early in the application process. Check out the most recent entering class profile and tips to strengthen your application.