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  • Locations: Tulsa, OK, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Mechanical, Petroleum
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

University Info   |   College of Engineering Info

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Center for Global Education

Established in 1894, the University of Tulsa (TU) is a private institution with approximately 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, TU provides students with small classes where faculty and staff form close working relationships with students, made possible by the 11:1 student-faculty ratio and the average class size of 19.

The University of Tulsa provides flexibility in choosing courses and study programs, and research is an integral component of the educational experience.

The University grants Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and Law degrees through its approximately 90 areas of study included in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Natural Sciences, Business Administration, Law, and Graduate School. The curriculum is complemented by study abroad programs, internships, and active student organizations.

TU's 200-acre campus is located two miles east of downtown Tulsa, a metropolitan city with a population exceeding a half a million people. The city's remarkable cultural, technological, and economic resources nourish the University's mission and enrich its life, just as the University, in turn, enriches the city.

In its vibrant urban environment, The University of Tulsa offers a diversity of learning experiences, a balance between career preparation and liberal education, teaching, and research, and endeavors to instill in its students an understanding that stature as an individual and value as a member of society depend upon continual learning.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year


English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 550
    • Reading - 50
    • Listening - 50
  • Internet-based - 79
    • Reading - 15
    • Listening - 15
    • Speaking - 18
    • Writing - 17
Minimum IELTS score: Band 5

Disciplines Available

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Engineering Physics

Additional application materials?

When will students receive their acceptance package?

As promptly as possible. Typically, within 2-3 weeks after approval from the academic college and when immigration materials have been produced.


Semester Dates

  • Fall : late August to mid-December
  • Spring : mid-January to mid-May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

An undergraduate student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of work to be considered a full-time. A graduate student must be enrolled in at least nine credit semester hours of work to be considered a full-time.

Academic Transcripts

Grading System

Letter Grade Meaning Grade Points
A Superior 4
B Above average 3
C Average 2
D Below average 1
F Failure 0


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

All exchange students are required to live on campus at TU, allowing them to have access to TU facilities and participate easily in student events. Residence halls or shared furnished apartments are the two options for exchange students housing on campus.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Typically, during the week prior to the start of classes


Entry Visa

After receipt of the packet and the DS-2019, you will be ready to apply for the J-1 exchange visitor visa. You must make an appointment with the nearest U.S. consulate in your home country and follow their procedures for application. Keep in mind that this process may take some time so it is suggested that you begin early and make certain all immigration documents are accurate and complete.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

The Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa) requires students to have adequate accident and medical health insurance coverage in effect for the entire duration of the academic program in the U.S. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the termination of your exchange program.

Minimum Coverage – (1) medical benefits of at least $50,000 per person per accident or illness; (2) repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500; and (3) expenses associated with medication evacuation in the amount of $10,000. Additional Terms – the policy should not have a deductible that exceeds $500 per accident or illness.

The University of Tulsa permits exchange students to provide their own health and medical insurance as long as it meets the above mentioned federal requirements. If you have insurance which will cover you while studying in the U.S., you must bring the company name and policy, written in English, with you as proof when you check in at ISS.

If you are unable to secure adequate insurance which meet these requirements, you can purchase health insurance through the university’s health insurance provider.

Follow this link for more information about AETNA, which provides TU’s health insurance.

For the 2016-2017 academic school year, the costs will be $662 per student per semester. You may access insurance information as well as information regarding TU’s Health Center and services provided by visiting this web site.

Immunization Requirement

Current Oklahoma state law requires all students who attend Oklahoma colleges and universities and who live in on-campus housing to provide proof of immunizations for certain diseases. Some exemptions are allowed by law and such requests must be made in writing.


When should I arrive?

Students should arrive one week before class start (Fall) and the Thursday before classes start (Spring). Upon arrival, all exchange students are required to attend the exchange student orientation. Orientation is designed to assist visiting students with their cultural transition into life in the U.S., to provide an introduction to life on the Tulsa campus, and to give you an opportunity to meet American students. At orientation you will receive a campus tour, overviews of student services and organizations, and an introduction to campus life and academics at TU. The CGE will provide lunch and dinner for all participants and arrange an optional shopping trip so you can purchase items needed for settling into your dormitory room or apartment. A more detailed calendar of exchange student orientation activities will be available a month before arrival.

Is airport reception available?

Yes, with advanced notice.

Is there any bank on campus?

Most students will open a bank account at a nearby bank in order to have a checking account or obtain an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) card. Upon arrival on campus we can suggest several local banks. Some local banks will be on campus during the first few weeks of each semester. We suggest the Bank of Oklahoma, local Oklahoma bank because of the services they provide to international students and the low rates they charge for services.

Once you decide on a bank, you must apply in person and take with you several forms of identification including your passport, I-94 card, and your TU ID card, along with a minimum deposit (usually $100). You must also know your address and phone number in Tulsa when you fill out the application.

There is not a bank on campus, however, there is a Bank of Oklahoma ATM machine on campus in the Allen Chapman Student Union.


Dining Options/Meal Plans

Students who live in a Residence Hall are required to select a Meal Plan and will take their meals in the cafeteria or at one of several campus eateries. There are no cooking facilities available in the rooms.

Meal Plan costs range from $2,887 - $3,206 per semester, per student, depending upon on meal-plan selected.

Students who live in a Campus Apartment will have a kitchen furnished with a stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher in their apartment and typically cook meals on their own. They are not required to take a Meal Plan, however, some students will select a reduced meal plan so they have an option of eating in the cafeteria or at one of the campus eateries if they don’t feel like cooking on their own.

Estimated personal costs for meals range from $1,500 - $3,000 per semester, per student.


Exchange students are required to live on campus during their stay with us. There are two options for housing at TU:

Residence Halls: about $ 3,200 per semester, per student, depending upon location and residence hall selection.

Furnished Campus Apartments: about $3,200 per semester, per student, depending on size of apartment and number of roommates sharing an apartment.

A refundable housing deposit of $250 and completed application are required for both options.

Local transportation

The city of Tulsa is a sprawling city with very little convenient public transportation. Most residents, including local TU students, own and drive their own personal cars around town for work, school, shopping and entertainment. The campus itself is a residential campus so students will be living in very close proximity to academic and administrative buildings as well as campus eateries. Much of the student social life takes place on campus and it is very easy for exchange students to make friends with local students who have cars if they ever want to go off campus. TU does offer a day and evening shuttle bus which can transport students around the campus. Additionally, FREE Yellow Bikes are available to students at the beginning of each semester for their personal use.

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) 

Students will be expected to purchase books, either new or used, for most of their TU courses which can be quite costly.

Approximately $700 - $800 per semester, depending upon courses

Personal expenses

Student costs for personal expenses, such as transportation, laundry, entertainment, etc., range from $1,800 to $3,000 per year according to individual life styles.

Other administrative fees

As an incoming international exchange student you are not required to pay the following fees: tuition, international student fees, TU international application fees, student association fees, and enrollment deposits.


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Center for Global Education

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Located in northeastern Oklahoma is Tulsa, one of Oklahoma’s friendliest metropolitan areas. Tulsa, or ‘T-Town’ as the locals call it, is a unique city, offering the amenities of a diverse urban location alongside the comforts of a peaceful rural pace. With a population of 400,000 people, Tulsa is considered to be “one of America’s most livable cities”.

When you’re tired of studying or if you’re here while class is out of session, Tulsa offers plenty to do:
  • Visit the Gilcrease Musem or the Philbrook Museum
  • Spend an afternoon at the Tulsa Zoo or the Jenks Aquarium
  • Attend Mayfest, Oktoberfest, Reggaefest, Juneteenth Blues & Jazz Festival, the Greenwood Jazz Festival, the TU PowWow, or Folklorico
  • Study in a coffee shop, whether Starbucks, Gypsy Café, Coffee Shop on Cherry Street, or Shades of Brown, to name a few
  • Stroll down Cherry Street on a Saturday morning for the Farmers’ Market
  • Attend a concert at Cain’s Ballroom downtown
  • Spend an evening at the Tulsa Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for a symphony, ballet, opera, or musical
  • Visit one of the many local art galleries
  • Catch a local team’s baseball, hockey, basketball, or football game
  • Play on one of Tulsa’s many golf courses
  • Take daytrips to wildlife preserves, museums, wineries, lakes, or the state capitol
  • See a movie at Tulsa’s famous drive-in theater or at Oklahoma’s largest IMAX theater
  • Drop by a casino for some fun
  • Paint pottery, pick blackberries, or learn how to cook
  • Stay on the TU campus for one of the many cultural or sporting events happening there

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