International Admissions

Undergraduate International Applicants

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  1. Application and $50 fee

  2. All prior Secondary/High School or College/University transcripts along with Diploma or Leaving Certificate.

  3. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency

  4. Financial Documentation (seeking F/J visas only)

  5. Passport identification page

  6. SAT/ACT standardized exams are optional, though highly recommended


Send all materials & correspondence to

International Admissions
Old Dominion University
2101 Dragas Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529 USA


As a service to applicants, the Office of International Admissions evaluates all foreign academic credentials. All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Old Dominion University and cannot be returned.

  • Transcripts, translations and standardized tests must be official, sealed, stamped by the institution or testing agency and sent directly to the Office of International Admissions at Old Dominion University.
  • Testing authorities may include the Registrar or the Principal/Controller of Examinations.
  • When English is not the language of instruction, academic transcripts and course descriptions are required in both English and one's native language. Certified official translations by a licensed or professional translator must accompany academic documents not written in English. Translations of official documents completed by the student will not be accepted.
  • A complete application and supporting credentials must be received by the stated term deadline, or admission consideration will be applied to the next available semester.
  • Once submitted, no additional documents can be uploaded through the online application. If you wish to include additional credentials, attach and send them directly to intladm@odu.edu. Please be sure your name and date of birth are clearly indicated in the email subject line.

Term Deadline to Apply
Fall (August) April 15
Spring (January) October 1
Summer (May) February 1

Unique among public research institutions, Old Dominion University offers a renewable (up to four years) undergraduate merit scholarship. Awards range between $5,000 and $14,000 annually to qualified applicants.

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Conditional admission to Old Dominion University is offered only to those highly qualified applicants meeting University admission requirements with the exception of English language proficiency. Granting of conditional admission is subject to program approval, and may not be available for all programs of study.

Beyond the traditional, face to face classroom instruction, Old Dominion University offers live course delivery, or Distant Learning, anywhere a high speed internet connection is available.

  • Programs of study include over 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate & licensure programs.
  • There are four regional Higher Education Centers, and dozens of designated on-site learning locations throughout Virginia, Arizona and the state of Washington.
  • Students in F-1 of J-1 visa status must attend classes on the main Norfolk campus.

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Advanced A/AS exams are a great way to earn college credit in high school. Send your scores to ODU through the College Board using the CEEB code: 005126. Freshman applicants may also have scores indicated on their high school transcript.

The Office of International Admissions awards general education and elective undergraduate course credit from classes taken at accredited foreign and U.S. post secondary institutions. Core departmental course credit is awarded by academic advisors within the college. Official English translations of course/catalog descriptions are required as part of the application process.

Admission to the College of Health Sciences is highly selective and competitive, and university admission does not guarantee entry into the college's programs of study. Students are encouraged to apply during their sophomore (2nd) year to begin the program track during their junior (3rd) year. Supplemental application procedures and direct advisement from the College of Health Sciences is required.

The following programs require an additional application once a student has been admitted to the university:

  • Cytotechnology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Environmental Health
  • Medical Technology
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Technology

General deferment requests are honored for up to one academic year from the initial term of application or admission, though, any new course work completed in the interim will be reviewed before a final approval is granted. After one academic year, students may re-apply with updated transcripts, supporting credentials and application fee. Students in F/J status must submit updated financial documents, and return all unused forms I-20 or DS-2019.

Graduate International Applicants

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View application requirements by program.

  1. Application and $50 fee

  2. Equivalent U.S. Bachelor's Degree

  3. All prior Secondary/High School or College/University transcripts along with Diploma or Leaving Certificate.

  4. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency

  5. Financial Documentation (seeking F/J visas only)

  6. Passport identification

  7. Requirements & deadlines vary by program

    1. Standardized Test Results (GRE, GMAT, MAT, MCAT, PRAXIS)

    2. Essay/Personal Statement/Resume

    3. Letters of Recommendation


Send all materials & correspondence to

International Admissions
Old Dominion University
2101 Dragas Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529 USA

As a service to applicants, the Office of International Admissions evaluates all foreign academic credentials. All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Old Dominion University and cannot be returned.

  • Transcripts, translations and standardized tests must be official, sealed, stamped by the institution or testing agency and sent directly to the Office of International Admissions at Old Dominion University.
  • Testing authorities may include the Registrar or the Principal/Controller of Examinations.
  • When English is not the language of instruction, academic transcripts are required in both English and one's native language. Certified official translations by a licensed or professional translator must accompany academic documents not written in English. Translations of official documents completed by the student will not be accepted.
  • Once submitted, no additional documents can be uploaded through the online application. If you wish to include additional credentials, attach and send them directly to intladm@odu.edu. Please be sure your name and date of birth are clearly indicated in the email subject line.

Term Deadline to Apply
Fall (August) April 15
Spring (January) October 1
Summer (May) February 1

Graduate admission at Old Dominion adheres to strict application deadlines.

  • A complete application and supporting credentials must be received by the stated program deadline, or admission consideration will be applied to the next available semester.
  • International graduate students are eligible to apply for financial assistance in the form of departmental research and teaching assistantships.
  • Certain graduate programs require much earlier deadlines for both admission consideration and financial assistance. Direct inquires regarding assistantship awards to the Graduate Program Director of your desired program of study.

Graduate provisional admission is granted at the discretion of the department of study, and may not be available for all degree programs. Examples of provisional admission may include completion of additional required course work, standardized tests, or other requirements set forth by the graduate program director.

  • Highly qualified applicants holding a three-year Bachelor's degree may be considered for provisional admission at the Master's level.

Conditional admission to Old Dominion University is offered only to those highly qualified applicants meeting University admission requirements with the exception of English language proficiency. Granting of conditional admission is subject to program approval, and may not be available for all programs of study.

Beyond the traditional, face to face classroom instruction, Old Dominion University offers live course delivery, or Distant Learning, anywhere a high speed internet connection is available.

  • Programs of study include over 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate & licensure programs.
  • There are four regional Higher Education Centers, and dozens of designated on-site learning locations throughout Virginia, Arizona and the state of Washington.
  • Students in F-1 or J-1 visa status must attend classes on the main Norfolk campus.

The Office of Graduate Studies coordinates the selection process for all graduate awards. The graduate program director in the student's declared major is the key person for making the nomination to the vice provost of graduate studies for all graduate awards, unless another contact person or application is indicated below. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Teaching and research assistantships are available to full-time graduate students who meet the requirements listed under the Graduate Assistantship Guidelines. Stipends vary by program and college. Additional information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. Read more information from the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate admission at Old Dominion adheres to strict application deadlines.

  • A complete application and supporting credentials must be received by the stated program deadline, or admission consideration will be applied to the next available semester.
  • International graduate students are eligible to apply for financial assistance in the form of departmental research and teaching assistantships.
  • Certain graduate programs require much earlier deadlines for both admission consideration and financial assistance. Direct inquires regarding assistantship awards to the Graduate Program Director of your desired program of study.

General deferment requests are honored for up to one academic year from the initial term of application or admission, though, any new course work completed in the interim will be reviewed before a final approval is granted. After one academic year, students may re-apply with updated transcripts, supporting credentials and application fee. Students in F/J status must submit updated financial documents, and return all unused forms I-20 or DS-2019.

Non-Degree International Applicants


Admission to non-degree study is not automatic, and does not imply admission to any University degree program. Students under suspension from another college or university are not eligible to attend as non-degree. All non-degree students must meet the continuance requirements as stated in the current University Catalog.

  • Undergraduate applicants must complete their secondary education prior to the intended term of entry.
  • Unofficial copy of the leaving examination/certificate or degree verification/diplomas from the last full-time secondary school, college or university attended.
  • Copy of non-immigrant visa and passport identity page.
  • Undergraduate students are advised to take no more than 24 semester hours as non-degree students.
  • Non-degree students should verify specific course requirements or prerequisites with a departmental advisor before registration.
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency

  • Graduate applicants must complete their equivalent bacccalaureate education prior to the intended term of entry.
  • Unofficial copy of the leaving examination/certificate or degree verification/diplomas from the last full-time secondary school, college or university attended.
  • Copy of non-immigrant visa and passport identity page.
  • Non-degree graduate students who have completed or will exceed 12 semester hours should contact the Graduate School for guidance on gaining admission into a graduate program.
  • Non-degree students should verify specific course requirements or prerequisites with a departmental advisor before registration.
  • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency

Students seeking or holding an F-1 visa are ineligible for non-degree study, and must be degree seeking. However, if currently enrolled at a U.S. institution in F-1 status, non-degree (incidental) study may be permitted if the following apply:

  1. Participating in a Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.
  2. Visiting student seeking a course not offered at your current institution. Both Old Dominion University and your F-1 program institution must be in approval.

  1. Application and $50 fee

  2. Copy of highest degree obtained (unofficial accepted)

  3. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency

  4. Passport /visa documentation or proof of status


Send all materials & correspondence to

International Admissions
Old Dominion University
2101 Dragas Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529 USA

ODU CEEB Code: 005126
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