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GENERAL INFORMATION

FULL NAME AND LOCATION OF UNIVERSITY

The University of Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

NUMBER OF UTRECHT NETWORK SEMESTERS ACCEPTING DURING 2019/2020

20

MAIN UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE WEBSITE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

CONTACT PERSON FOR INCOMING AND OUTGOING STUDENTS

Incoming:

Rhonda M. Ehrhardt

Exchange Student Coordinator

729 Elm Avenue, Room 144

Norman OK  73019
p: +1-405-325-3337

f: +1-405-325-0197

rme1776@ou.edu

Outgoing:

Kelsey Mays

Study Abroad Adviser

Education Abroad

729 Elm Ave.

Farzaneh Hall 144

Norman, OK 73019

P:  +1 405-744-1693

F:  +1 405-325-7387

kmays@ou.edu

APPLICATION WEBSITE

http://www.ou.edu/cis/iss/exchange/application-instructions

The Exchange Student Coordinator creates applications based on nominations; students cannot create their own applications.  The Exchange Student Coordinator contacts nominated students via email, notifying them once an application has been created and providing them with detailed instructions on the application process.

All documents for the application process must be uploaded as electronic files through the online system before the student can be admitted in the main OU Admissions system. Original documents or hard copy applications will NOT be accepted, as our application process is conducted completely online.

HOW DOES THE APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS DIFFER FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?

They have the same process.

 

ACADEMICS

 

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

College of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, College of Business, College of Earth & Energy, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Journalism & Mass Communication, College of International Studies, College of Law 

There are many departments within each college at the University of Oklahoma.  More detail is available on this website.

AREAS OF STUDY OPEN TO GRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

College of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, College of Earth & Energy, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Journalism & Mass Communication, College of International Studies, College of Law

There are many departments within each college at the University of Oklahoma.  More detail is available on this website.

CAN GRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL COURSES

Yes

CAN ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TAKE GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES?

Yes - subject to departmental approval

AREAS OF STUDY RESTRICTED TO PRIOR BILATERAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN EXCHANGE DEPARTMENTS OR FACULTIES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY THAT ARE NOT OPEN TO EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Coursework offered at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City or the OU Tulsa campus

     --Ex: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Telecommunications

College of Continuing Education coursework

     --Ex: Aviation, Administrative Leadership, Liberal Studies, Criminal Justice

College of Business coursework at the graduate level (numbered 5000 and above)

     --Ex: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing & Supply Chain Management, and Management Information Systems

Department of Economics coursework at the graduate level (and some at the undergraduate level)

Department of Energy Management

WEBSITE FOR COURSE OFFERINGS

REQUIRED MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EXCHANGE

All exchange students are considered “non-degree” (no undergraduate v. graduate distinction).
Minimum: 12 OU credits
Maximum: 15 OU credits

ARE SUMMER COURSES AVAILABLE AS EXCHANGE (NON FEE-PAYING)? IF SO, WHAT IS THE WEBSITE?

No

DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR COURSES IN ADVANCE OR UPON ARRIVAL?

In Advance – Students should send course registration requests to the Exchange Student Coordinator who works on permissions and enrollment.  Full-time enrollment cannot be guaranteed in advance and may continue upon arrival.

Upon Arrival – Students may also register for courses after arrival, as they have the first two weeks of the semester to finalize their schedule.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE(S)

Students may request courses prior to arrival, but full course registration is not guaranteed until the second week of classes.  All effort is made to enroll students prior to arrival, but students should be flexible and should expect changes.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

iBT TOEFL:
Undergraduate coursework: 61, Graduate coursework: 79, College of Law: 90

IELTS:
Undergraduate coursework: 6.0, Graduate coursework: 6.5, College of Law: 7.0

This requirement can be waived by the Exchange Student Coordinator if the student comes from a university where the language of instruction is English.

LANGUAGE TEST CERTIFICATE REQUIRED? IF SO, WHICH AND WHEN: BEFORE ADMISSION OR UPON ARRIVAL?

International TOEFL or IELTS score required at the time of nomination – the certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the time of intended study at OU.  For example, if the student wishes to participate on exchange in Fall 2017, the language score certificate must be from August 2015 or more recent.

PREPARATORY LANGUAGE COURSE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS? DATES AND COSTS?

None.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ADVISING OR REGISTRATION CONCERNS THAT STUDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF? ARE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN REGISTRATION OR COURSE SELECTION?

All course registration and enrollment is handled by the Exchange Student Coordinator.  Departmental restrictions are highlighted above, and course approvals are based upon prerequisite coursework and language ability.  All concerns about course availability and eligibility can be directed to the Exchange Student Coordinator.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

DATES

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR EACH TERM

Deadline to nominate for Fall: 15 March
Deadline to complete application for Fall: 15 April

Deadline to nominate for Spring: 15 September
Deadline to complete application for Spring: 10 October

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

EXAMINATION PERIOD

Fall: mid December
Spring: early May

Examinations take place in the week following the last class session, according to the Academic Calendar above.

IF THERE IS A BREAK BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC COURSE CALENDAR AND EXAMS, CAN ARRANGEMENTS BE MADE SO THE STUDENT MAY TAKE EXAMS EARLY?

There is no break between courses and exams.

ORIENTATION SESSION(S) FOR INCOMING STUDENTS. ARE THEY MANDATORY? DATES AND COSTS?

Students are asked to arrive to campus one week prior to the first day of classes.

The New International Student Orientation (NISO) experience includes four components: 
1)    a pre-departure Mandatory Internet Orientation, covering topics in immigration, healthy and safety, and academic and social integrity
2)    Airport Transport where students are greeted by OU students and staff at the airport and shuttled to campus
3)    an ISS Arrival Appointment where students report to the International Student Services office to complete immigration-related tasks
4)    Crimson Connection, a required, in-person orientation on campus where students are introduced to various aspects of OU and get to meet fellow international students

 

The NISO Experience is mandatory; students are charged $200 for the NISO Experience in their first semester on campus.  Crimson Connection takes place on Wednesday before classes in Fall and on Thursday before classes in Spring.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

COSTS

 

TOTAL COST ESTIMATE PER MONTH (US$)

(broken down below)

HOUSING

$2,400 per semester in Traditions Square, $1,200 per semester for Kraettli (paid by semester prior to arrival)

MEALS

Meal plans (optional): $285 for block plan of 25 meals

Regular grocery expenses: $400-$600 per month, depending on student needs

BOOKS/COURSE MATERIALS

$250-$500 per semester

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

$25-$50; free university bus system

HEALTH INSURANCE

Approximately $575-$720 per semester

OTHER

It is recommend that students bring $300-500 per month for personal expenses.


$20 SoonerCard ID
$75 International Maintenance Student Fee (each semester)
$150 Exchange Student Program Fee (each semester)

Students must be prepared to show bank statements in support of the Form DS-2019 immigration document.  Students must demonstrate access to $7500 US if staying for one semester or $13,000 US if staying for one year.

IS COMPARABLE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM ABROAD ALLOWED?

Yes – In order to waive the OU Student Health Plan insurance, the student’s home insurance must meet the strict criteria outlined on the Human Resources Offices: http://hr.ou.edu/Students/Student-GA-Health-Insurance/Norman#4175145-international-students   The application to waive coverage is completed online after arrival; all documentation must be in English.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

None

HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE

 

IS HOUSING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE? IS IT GUARANTEED? HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?

Yes – Housing contracts are created based on the preference indicated by the student in his/her program application.  The students will then be contacted by the Housing Office to complete their contract and their rent payment. While OU cannot guarantee on-campus housing for all exchange students, every effort will be made to house exchange students on campus who meet the deadlines communicated to them by the Exchange Student Coordinator.

Off-campus housing is available, but this is not facilitated through the International Student Services Office.  Off-campus housing options are generally only feasible for exchange students planning to study at the University of Oklahoma for a full academic year.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Traditions Square (apartments)
Kraettli Complex (apartments)

Residential Colleges (full academic year students only)
Off-campus

HOUSING WEBSITE AND CONTACT PERSON(S)

DO STUDENTS APPLY FOR HOUSING WITH THEIR UNIVERSITY APPLICATION OR IS IT SEPARATE? IS THERE A DEADLINE?

The housing application is separate, but it is managed through the Exchange Student Coordinator once initial applications are approved online.  The housing application deadline is specified in email correspondence with the students.  Payment is required at the time of contract completion.

WHAT KINDS OF HEALTH FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY?

ARE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE?

No

ARE STUDENT JOBS AVAILABLE/ALLOWED?

No

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Oklahoma state law requires that all students who enroll as a full-time or part-time student in an Oklahoma public or private postsecondary institution provide documentation of vaccinations against Hepatitis B (three doses) and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR - two doses).  The University of Oklahoma policy requires students who hold US visas to provide evidence of having been tested for Tuberculosis within six months prior to attending classes for the first time; this can also be completed for free upon arrival. 

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