How to Apply

International Students

Admission requirements

The admission process for non-U.S. citizens has two components: acceptance by the Indiana University School of Optometry and formal admission to Indiana University. Formal admission and visa certificates are issued by the International Admissions Office. Applicants will need to provide proof of financial support for the first year’s expenses to the Office of International Services/Admissions to be admitted to Indiana University. Learn more about international admissions requirements.

To Transfer from another International School/College of Optometry or with a Bachelor’s Degree in Optometry

Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. 

Must apply as any other candidate via Applications are typically accepted July 1 with our deadline being January 15.

Must have received a grade of C or higher in all our required prerequisites

The Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) is required.  For additional information please refer to their website at

For those seeking waiver of courses taken at another program of Optometry, our faculty will review a syllabus that must be provided for each course where a waiver is sought. Credit may be given outright or testing may be required you and if grades are acceptable the course may be waived or the applicant may be required to take the course. 

If there are waivers, typically the minimum number of years that the applicant would need to take are 3 years of our program.  This is primarily due to the clinical portion of the educational experience. 


Credit is not given for work experience.

If not a permanent resident of the U.S., all international students whose native language is not English, are required to take the TOEFL.  Additional application information can be found on the Office of International Services website.  This website will also provide information for the current cost of study and disclose the amount that must be provided for proof of funding when applying to Indiana University.

Those who are eligible for admission an interview in person on our Bloomington, IN campus is required.

Our program begins in the fall only; no summer or online courses are available.

Our website provides information to prospective students:

Language proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency will be required of all applicants whose native language is not English regardless of the applicant's present citizenship. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the preferred test. Information may also be obtained from:

CN 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, U.S.A.

Renewal applications

If you previously applied to the School of Optometry and wish to be reconsidered, you may renew your application.

Enrollment deposit

Students who accept an offer of admission to the IU Doctor of Optometry program are required to pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500. If the student enrolls in the School of Optometry, the deposit will be applied to the student’s tuition. If the student does not enroll, the deposit is not refunded.


Indiana University and the School of Optometry require students to provide proof of the immunizations listed below.

  • Measles
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria

In addition to the above, the School of Optometry requires our students to complete the Hepatitis-B vaccination series (three appointments) prior to entering the clinic. Optometry students will also be required to update their immunizations and complete tuberculosis testing within three months prior to entering the clinic and updating any immunizations. Copies of immunization records need to be submitted to the Office of Student Administration in OPT 310.

Review the School of Optometry Student Immunization Policy.


The centralized application period for each fall admission begins July 1 and continues through January 15.

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You must also apply to Indiana University. Application information can be found on the Office of International Services website. The Office of International Services website will give you the current cost of study for optometry. This is the amount that you must provide proof of funding for when you apply to Indiana University.

The IU international graduate application fee is $65 and is nonrefundable. International applicants who apply online MUST pay the $65 fee using a credit card.


To meet our course prerequisites for the Indiana University School of Optometry you must earn a grade of C or higher in each prerequisite course. These must ALL be successfully completed PRIOR to beginning our program. No credit is given for work experience.

We also require the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). Please refer to the test website for additional information.

If you are eligible for admission, an Admission Day event invitation will be given and your attendance in Bloomington is required. To be considered, we require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a median score of 300 in each of the six categories of the OAT. These minimum scores do not guarantee an Admission Day invitation. Admission is competitive and depends each year on the applicant pool.