International Students

At Ottawa University Arizona, we believe that international students like you bring an exciting new perspective to our campus life. We are pleased you are interested in studying here and we know you will feel right at home on our campus. When you’re here, you’ll find that the city of Surprise and the Valley of the Sun have a wide range of opportunities and experiences in which you can partake.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for International First Year Students

A first year student is defined as a student who has graduated from a regionally accredited high school and has completed fewer than 30 transferable college credits post-high school.

  • Official transcript displaying college preparation coursework and corresponding GPA (secondary school)
  • Successful completion of a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate
  • Additional items may be requested

Requirements for International Transfer Students
A transfer student is defined as a student has earned 30 or more college credits, post-high school.

  • Official college transcripts
  • A course completion rate (Earned-to-Attempted Percentage) of 70 percent
  • Successful completion of a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate
  • Additional items may be requested

Requirements for All International Students

  • Meet program-specific admission criteria for at least one academic program
  • Submit an affidavit of financial support showing the ability to pay for one full year
  • Submit a maximum two-page, double-spaced essay describing your "Sense of Purpose at Ottawa University." Please organize your thoughts around one of the following three components using specific experiences from your life: Personal, Intellectual or Civic/Social
  • Verify English Proficiency. This can be established by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Countries not required to submit TOEFL scores include Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

TOEFL scores required:

  • Paper-based test – 550
  • Computer-based test – 213
  • Internet-based test – 79

Foreign Credential Evaluation
Students with foreign credentials who are applying to Ottawa University Arizona must have their credentials evaluated. If you have not taken any college-level courses outside the U.S., you only need to submit a certificate of graduation from a high school. This certificate does not need to be evaluated by a credential evaluator.

Students may wish to use an approved outside evaluator at their expense.  Approved evaluators are typically members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Reports include information about the credential awarded and the U.S. equivalency. The following are evaluators currently accepted:

If you are interested in Ottawa University programs, please request a course-by-course evaluation for any college-level courses completed outside of the U.S. to be considered for transfer.

Students applying to Ottawa University's residential campus in Surprise, Arizona, submit all documentation outlined above to:

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
Enrollment Advisor - International Students
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374


Students admitted to Ottawa University Arizona’s residential campus may have an opportunity to attain academic or activity scholarships.  For more information please contact the Office of Admissions or visit Scholarships.