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 $80; that is the fee required of U.S. citizens and immigrants.

Transcripts and Course Descriptions

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. Course descriptions may be requested. 

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 or 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.

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. There is no financial aid available for nonimmigrant international applicants. Click here for the cost of attendance for 2022-23 For information for international students about scholarships, loans, and student employment, please visit this link:



Updated 05/12/2023