International Admissions

TOEFL, visa requirements, and additional information



Our Admissions Committee evaluates all applicants, international or domestic using the same criteria, and we do not limit the number of international students ICO will admit.

There is a strong group of international students at ICO and we are sure you will find yourself at home here.

Applying to ICO as an International, a 3-step process


Complete all the required admissions steps


Prove English Language Proficiency.

In some cases your TOEFL exam may be waived. See FAQs below for more information.


Start preparing for the F-1 visa process

This can be a long process. We'll work with you to ensure this goes smoothly!

The 'ICO Family' is definitely real. Even if you're moving to a brand new place and don't know anyone, ICO is such a tight knit community, and I love that feeling.

- Karl Clark Sanders, OD '25
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Find Your Place at ICO

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Multi-Cultural Association

The cultural diversity at ICO has increased exponentially over the past several decades. As part of the MCA, you will collaborate with teams to promote the understanding of the diverse cultures within the ICO and IEI communities.


Canadian Association of Optometry Students

Nearly 20 percent of ICO’s student body is Canadian. Here you will have the opportunity to meet other Canadians and discuss topics ranging from financial aid to life in Chicago. You will also help promote awareness of optometry in Canada.


Private Practice Club

This club was established to prepare you for private practice. On a monthly basis, you will participate in presentations, lectures and panel discussions concerning all facets of practice management.

Office of Admissions



Illinois College of Optometry

Office of Admissions

3241 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


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