International Students

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International students wishing to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa to attend Oakland University should submit application materials by the Program AND International Student deadlines.  These deadlines may be different and international students should follow the earliest of the two deadlines.

General International Deadline Dates

Fall Semester (September)

Winter Semester (January)

Summer Semester (May)

May 1st

September 1st

January 1st

Important Note:  If the program to which you wish to apply is earlier than the above deadlines, you must submit all application materials by the program deadline.

How to

In addition to the general admission requirements and specific program requirements,
International students also need:

The International Student Supplemental Application Packet for Summer 2016 & Fall 16 Applicants
The International Student Supplemental Application Packet (PDF) includes the following:
  • Statement of Finances
  • Certified bank statement in U.S. dollars
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • F-1 Transfer Form (for students transferring from another US institution)

The International Student Supplemental Application Packet for Winter 2017 & Beyond Applicants
The International Student Supplemental Application Packet includes the following:

  • Transcripts for all college-level coursework
  • English translation of transcripts not in English
  • International University Transcript Evaluation

    International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. Oakland University will only accept transcript evaluations completed by a NACES member organization. Many of our applicants use World Educational Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. Graduate programs requiring more detailed information may require an applicant to submit a course-by-course (or detailed) evaluation report rather than the general evaluation report. Official foreign transcripts will not be required by Oakland University since official transcripts must be submitted to the evaluation services.


For more information about International applicants admission requirements, please visit the Graduate Admission Policy in the catalog.

F-2 Applicants

F-2 visa holders are permitted to engage in part-time study. Admitted F-2 students interested in pursuing full-time enrollment must apply for an obtain approval to change their status from F-2 to F-1. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) can provide additional information regarding maintaining or changing your status. Please visit the ISSO website for additional information regarding F-2 study guidelines

Estimated Tuition and Living Expenses

Graduate programs at Oakland University normally require at least two calendar years for completion. At the present time, it is estimated that an unmarried international student’s tuition, living expenses, and health insurance for one academic year will total at least $35,237  U.S. dollars (USD). This total does not include living expenses for the periods when on-campus housing is closed, for any family members who will accompany the student, nor all round-trip transportation expenses between the student’s home country and Oakland University. The breakdown of these expenses in USD is as follows for each academic year:

DescriptionsMasters, PhDMBA, MACC & MSITMPhysical TherapyMedicine
Tuition (out-of-state)$16,432$18,486$19,791$52,024
Living Expenses$14,429$14,429$14,429$21,301
School Supplies & Misc$2,516$1,756$3,756$3,327
Medical Insurance$1,860$1,860$1,860Included

The above tuition and expenses are effective for the 2016-17 academic year (September 1, 2016 – September 1, 2017). Tuition and expenses are based on an eight credit schedule for graduate students and a nine credit schedule for MBA (per semester). To estimate expenses for an academic year beyond 2016-17, add an additional 10 percent of the total in order to cover anticipated increases. All tuition and expenses are subject to change at the discretion of Oakland University. For the full Cost of Attendance chart visit Costs

Add $6,500 USD (including insurance) per year for the first dependent and $4,900 USD per year for each additional dependent who will accompany you. (A dependent is a spouse of any age or a child 20 years of age or younger.)

Special Note: Tuition shown above is subject to change at the discretion of the university.

English Language Proficiency

International applicants, other visa holders, permanent residents, and exchange students whose native language is not English must submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language / Internet Based Test) as proof of English language proficiency. The TOEFL is administered worldwide by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The IELTS and MELAB are also accepted.

English proficiency exam scores must be two years old or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.



TOEFL (Paper): 550

TOEFL (Computer): 213

TOEFL (Internet): 79



IELTS: 6.5










24 transferable credits, excluding ESL course work from a U.S. community college or baccalaureate institution



Baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university



One year of study at and a diploma from a U.S. high school

Some programs at Oakland University may require a higher level of proficiency than listed above. Applicants should examine the program description for their field of study for information about additional English proficiency requirements and furnish proof as part of the admission process.

In addition to academic courses, ESL courses are required for student scoring below the minimum proficiency
TOEFL (Paper): 520-549TOEFL (Computer): 190-212TOEFL (Internet): 69-78
MELAB: 73-76

Applicants not meeting the minimum score requirements, but within the range of scores specified above, must register for ESL courses as part of their coursework starting in their first semester of registration. ESL placement is done by the English as a Second Language Center (ESL Center) using the Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools. 

Upon completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence, students' English proficiency will be evaluated using the Institutional TOEFL to determine whether additional ESL coursework is necessary to achieve English proficiency. The individualized ESL instruction sequence designed by the ESL Center is not negotiable. 

Satisfactory completion of the individualized ESL instruction sequence is expected within one year, but ESL coursework is required until minimum proficiency is demonstrated. 

Intensive English Program

Prospective students who do not have adequate English proficiency for graduate admission or for admission with ESL coursework to the university can be admitted to the Intensive English Program. ESL placement is done by the English as a Second Language Center (ESL Center) using the Institutional TOEFL and other assessment tools. 

The individualized ESL program sequence determined by the ESL Center is not negotiable. 

Upon completion of the Intensive English Program, students may (re)apply for admission to Oakland University; applicants are evaluated using the admission criteria described above. 

View the full English Language Proficiency policy in the graduate catalog.

Visit the English as a Second Language Center.

to OU
Students interested in transferring from a graduate program at another institution to Oakland University must complete the online Application for Admission and meet the same admission requirements as any other graduate applicant.

Upon admission, previous graduate coursework will be evaluated by a faculty adviser to determine transfer to Oakland University. A maximum of nine credits may transfer to the OU graduate program. Students should be familiar with the Course Content and Course Waiver Substitution policy and consult with their faculty adviser.

International applicants already studying in U.S.

International applicants who are presently in the United States on a student status may be required to provide a statement from the International Student Adviser at their current institution. International students who do not enroll during their indicated semester of admission must submit an application to update at least eight weeks prior to the start of the term (Fall or Winter) in which they wish to enroll.

To learn more, visit the Transfer Credit section in the graduate catalog.


Resources for Prospective and Current International Students

Campus Resources
International Students and Scholars
The International Students and Scholars Office is committed to building an international campus through service, support and advocacy to nurture global citizenship and multicultural appreciation.

English as a Second Language Center
The ESL Center offers an intensive program to improve students' skills in English and to help each student reach his or her English language proficiency goals.

Off Campus Resources

ECE - Educational Credential Evaluators

GRE - Graduate Record Examination

GRE Guide - Icludes Tips & Tricks, Test-Taking Strategies and Commonly used Formulas. 

GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

NACES - National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

WES - World Educational Services

Study in the States  - Study in the States serves as an innovative information hub for the international student community by bringing together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs.