International Students

International Students

Making the decision to study away from home, leaving your comfort zone to explore new horizons, and immersing yourself in a different culture is one of the best decisions you will ever make. University of the Ozarks welcomes students from all over the globe for a unique undergraduate experience.

Application Process

International applicants must:

  • Complete the Admission Application
  • Submit standardized test scores or test-optional policy
    • Test-Optional
      • High School Transcript
      • One Letter of Recommendation
      • Academic Writing Sample / Essay
      • Interview with a Member of the Admission Committee
      • Resume or Student Profile
  • Proof of English language proficiency*
    • Ozarks accepts any of the following English proficiency tests:
      • Duolingo English Test
        • Minimum Score: 100
        • The Duolingo English Test is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with University of the Ozarks when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. Click here to register.
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 78 (internet)
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
      • SAT Verbal Component with a minimum score of 450
    • For transfer students:
      • Two semesters with grades of B or higher in English Composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
  • Transcripts from any Higher Education institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a US evaluation company such as Spantran Pathways-University of the Ozarks (offers discounted services) or any current member of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE) if:
    • The applicant’s transcript(s) are being reviewed for transfer credit eligibility into an University of the Ozarks program. 

NACES member organizations are listed here.

AICE member organizations are listed here.

You can send all the documents first by email (scanned PDF).

Once we’ve received all documents, we will review your application for an admission decision.

Please use a courier service to send your official transcripts to:

University of the Ozarks
Office of Admission
415 N. College Ave
Clarksville, AR 72830

*The English proficiency requirement is waived if the student is from one of the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Island, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands), Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Island, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Island, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Virgin Islands, Western Samoa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Accepted Student Process


International applicants are required to complete the Institutional Financial Need Application in order to receive a financial aid award. This information will help us determine need-based grants in addition to your merit award. Return the Institutional Financial Need Application to

2. Pay your deposit.

Once you have chosen to attend University of the Ozarks, you will submit your $200 enrollment deposit to secure your spot on campus. Your nonrefundable enrollment deposit is the first step in the housing and registration process.

3. Form I-20

International applicants require a Form I-20 and F-1 Student Visa to enter and study in the United States. The following steps must be completed in order to receive your Form I-20.

If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa and will transfer to University of the Ozarks, you will also need to complete the F1/J1 Visa Transfer Form so we can verify your immigration status

  • Provide a color copy of your passport.
  • Submit the completed and signed Certificate of Finances Form.
  • Send supporting financial documentation. All students are required to demonstrate the financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued an immigration document by University of the Ozarks. All supporting documents must be in English or accompanied by a notarized English translation showing available liquid funds. The financial documents cannot be older than six months at the time of submission to University of the Ozarks in order to be considered valid. These financial documents include, but are not limited to, bank statements and letters, government or organization scholarships and financial guarantee letters.

4. Student Visa

  • Immediately review your Form I20 once you receive it. Check your name, date of birth, and all other personal information for accuracy. If there are any errors, please let us know immediately.
  • Pay the $350 SEVIS fee.
  • Apply for your F-1 Student Visa.
  • Please note: Citizens from Canada and Bermuda can enter the United States with a Form I-20 and do not need to apply for a student visa.
  • Make an appointment at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Attend your appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Be sure you take the following items to your appointment:
    • Signed Form I-20
    • University of the Ozarks acceptance letter
  • Valid passport
  • Receipt confirming SEVIS fee payment
  • Supporting financial documents

5. Arrival in the U.S.

Once you have been issued your F-1 Student Visa, you are ready to come to the United States to study. Please be sure to carry all of the listed documents with you on your flight to the U.S., including your Form I-20.

Keep in mind that the U.S. Department of State declares that students on F-1 visas are not allowed to enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start date of their program, listed on your I-20.

International Payments

We’ve teamed up with TransferMate to provide international students a transparent payment method to reduce additional bank fees and improve your payment experience. TransferMate helps international students pay tuition and fees in their local currency from any country.

What are the benefits?

  • Faster payment processed within 24 to 48 hours
  • Allows you to pay in your local currency to a local bank account
  • Great exchange rates and zero banking charges
  • 24-hour customer service from TransferMate
  • 24-hour online tracking of payments

How do I make a payment with TransferMate?

  1. Click on the TransferMate payment link.
  2. Choose the country you’re paying from and your preferred payment method.
  3. Register your one-time set up account by providing your details.
  4. Make your payment with the provided instructions.
  5. Track your payment throughout the process.

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