International Students

AOMA welcomes qualified applicants from around the world, and looks forward to enriching the student body through increased diversity on campus.

While studying at AOMA, you'll discover a welcoming community of faculty and students engaged in the interactive pursuit of knowledge. Beyond the classroom, students have ample opportunity for personal enrichment through the weatlh of cultural and extracurricular activites availalbe in Austin, Texas.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Austin is known for its uniquely laid-back lifestyle, world-class music and arts district, and as thriving hub of business and technology. This dynamic environment stands as a rich backdrop to AOMA's academic programs, enabling students to find community both on campus and outside the classroom.

Guide to Austin, TX

International students at AOMA come from many countries, including Peru, Mexico, Brazil, China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Programs of Study:

Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAcOM)

Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM)



International applicants must meet all of the same admissions requirements as for domestic students.

Master's Program Admissions Requirements

Doctoral Program Admissions Requirements

Applying For Admission: Required Documents

In addition to submitting all of the materials required of domestic students, international applicants are required to submit the following documents.

  • All documents and fees required of US applicants
  • Official transcript(s) for all previous academic work
    • All transcripts must be in English.
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to AOMA from the institution where the work was completed.
  • Transcript evaluation report from a recognized provider of foreign academic credentialing services.
    • This credentialing report must be sent directly to AOMA from the credentialing service.
    • For a list of recognized, approved credentialing services, please  click here.
  • Documentation of English Language Proficiency. (See English Language Proficiency below)
  • Documentation of financial resources sufficient to demonstrate the ability to live and attend school in the United States for the first 12 months of study.
Students already in the U.S.

Transferring from Another School:

Students who already in the U.S. and are attending another SEVP certified college or university may be eligible to transfer to AOMA and continue their studies on an existing F visa. Students seeking to transfer to AOMA should contact a Designated School Official (DSO) and complete a Transfer Release Form during the application process.

Transfer Release Form

Transfer Guide

Study in the States: Transferring to Another School

English Language Proficiency

Applicants to AOMA who are international (non-immigrant) students from a non-English speaking foreign country, or who are U.S. permanent residents whose previous education was completed in a non-English speaking foreign country, are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.


Applicants must demonstrate proficiency with the English language through the submission of an original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS®) documenting a score of at least 87 on the internet-based test (IBT) with minimum scores of:

  • 22 in listening

  • 26 in speaking

  • 24 in writing

Applicants taking the paper-based test must submit an original TOEFL score report documenting a score of at least 508.


As an alternative to submitting an official TOEFL score report, international applicants may instead demonstrate English-language Proficiency by submitting an official score report from IELTS demonstrating a minimum score of 6.5. 

Exemption from Examinations:

Alternately, applicants may be exempt from the requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report if they have demonstrated English language proficiency through the completion of at least two years (60 semester credits/ 90 quarter credits) of baccalaureate-level education at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States DOE, or from an equivalent English-language institution in another country.

Student Support

Designated School Officials (DSOs):

Kristen Borthwick
(512) 492-3011

Robert Laguna
Dean of Students 
(512) 492-3010

Additional Resources

Governmental Resources:

Funding Resources:

Health Insurance Resources:

AOMA is listed in SEVP as “Academy of Oriental Medicine, Austin”