International Students and ODUOnline
With over 35 years in distance education, our online programs have the same content and academic rigor as on-campus classes.
Is This Right For Me?
Who can take an online program?
Students all around the world can enroll at Old Dominion University to complete undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. However, students who are currently living in the United States with an F1 student visa may not enroll in our online programs.
Will my degree say “online”?
No. Our online programs are taught by faculty at our main campus in Norfolk, Virginia. The courses contain the same content and academic rigor, whether you study online or on campus. Your diploma will say that you earned your degree from Old Dominion University.
Paying for School
International Student Scholarship
We offer a $3,500 USD scholarship, awarded to one non-U.S. citizen each semester. To apply, write an original 400-word essay describing how an ODU education will help you reach your dreams.
Online Tuition Cost for International Students
Rates below are effective for the 2022-2023 academic year.
- Undergraduate: $407 per credit hour
- Graduate: $595 per credit hour
We Support You
We develop our programs based on what works for you. From military ships at sea, to your home, or one of our partner community colleges, you'll get the same academic support and resources as any of our on-campus students.
As an ODU student, you'll have access to all the support that our on-campus students enjoy, from career services to 24/7 technical support.
Becoming a Monarch
Applying as an International Student
1. Select a program and submit your information from the program's information page. An ODUOnline Enrollment Coach will contact you to answer questions, look at your transcripts (if you have previous college credits), and assist with the admission application process.
2. Apply to ODU. You must demonstrate English language proficiency for all programs. You can show proficiency through exam scores like TOEFL or through a previous degree. Click here for a complete list of ways to satisfy this requirement.
3. Apply for ODU's online international student scholarship. One scholarship is awarded each semester.
Can I register and start classes at any time?
No, ODU has specific admission deadlines and course registration periods. Most courses follow ODU's regular semester schedule. A few programs have an accelerated schedule, such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Also, select programs designed for U.S. military personnel can be completed via portable media (like CD-ROM), so servicemembers can continue their education while deployed.
International ODUOnline Scholarship Recipient Plans to Pursue Civil Engineering
Sadiq Karim Omer is the latest winner of ODUOnline's International Student Scholarship. Omer plans to continue his education in civil engineering and use the knowledge he obtains through his master's studies at ODU to tackle water access in his region.
Ranked Among the Best
Over 35 Years of Distance Learning Leadership
Old Dominion University is a public doctoral research institution and a national leader in distance learning with its main campus in Norfolk, VA. ODU has been a pioneer in technology-delivered distance learning since the mid-1980's.