First Steps

Students walking on steps at Wells Library

Step 1: Prepare for Orientation Advising

Important Orientation Information for International Students

Generally, all information in the First Steps section of this web site applies in the same way to new international students as it does to new domestic students. However, new international students must be aware of additional steps and requirements that are important to New Student Orientation and a successful beginning at Indiana University Bloomington.

Reporting to IUB (New International Student Arrival Policy):  As an undergraduate international student new to Indiana University Bloomington, you must attend New Student Orientation prior to the beginning of the term. Required reporting dates are noted on your I-20 or DS2019 and you must make every effort to arrive on or before that date. If you do not report to IUB within three business days prior to the start of classes (and complete the orientation process as scheduled) you will not be allowed to register for that term.

The TOEFL Test: As of Fall 2012, a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (or a score of 550 on the TOEFL Paper-Based Test or an equivalent) will be an admission requirement for all new international students.  See specific additional information available from the Office of International Services (OIS).

Taking the Indiana English Proficiency Examination (IEPE): As of Fall 2012, if you do not have citizenship in an English-speaking country, and if you do not have a minimum score of 105 on the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (or a score of 620 on the TOEFL Paper-Based Test or an equivalent), you will be required to take the Indiana English Proficiency Exam (IEPE) before starting classes as a degree-seeking student.

This exam is arranged for you as a part of your orientation program. The exam includes both a written component and a verbal/discussion component. You will learn the results of your performance on the IEPE in your scheduled one-on-one conference with an academic advisor. See specific additional information concerning Admission Standards on the OIS web site.

If you are unable to demonstrate minimum expected levels of English language proficiency, you will be required to enroll in and successfully complete some number of courses in the Department of Second Language Studies’ English Language Improvement Program. These courses, all numbered SLST-T 101, are designed to develop various English language fluency skills.

These courses are best completed within the first year of enrollment at IUB.  Admission into the Kelley School of Business requires the completion of all required English Language Improvement Program courses first.

If you are unable to demonstrate any of the expected levels of English language proficiency on the IEPE, you will be required to enroll in and successfully complete some number of semesters of the Intensive English Program (IEP). Required enrollment in the IEP does not permit you to also enroll in any 'regular' classes in a term, but it does keep you at full-time enrollment status.

Evaluating International Transfer Credit: Many courses from international institutions will not transfer as specific IUB courses and so will only count as elective credits. Discuss concerns you may have with The Office of International Services. University Division has no influence on this decision process.

No international versions of Kelley School of Business courses will transfer as specific IU courses. All business courses taken outside the U.S. will be accepted for undistributed credit hours only, meaning they will count as business elective hours, but will not satisfy Kelley business course requirements.

Remaining in Status: As an international student, you must register for, and remain enrolled in, a minimum of 12 credit hours (in a regular fall or spring term).