Foreign Coursework

Q: Do I list my foreign coursework in the Coursework section?

A: No. You are not able to list coursework from non-U.S/Canadian institutions on the OTCAS application.

Q: Do I list my Canadian coursework in the Coursework section?

A: Yes. Enter your Canadian coursework on your application as it will be verified and factored into your OTCAS GPAs.

Q: Do I list my foreign institutions in the Colleges and Universities Attended section of my application?

A: Yes. If you have attended a non-U.S/Canadian institution,you must select hat you attended a Foreign school and add that as a College Attended. Enter the name of the foreign institution and the additional required information.

Q: How do I list my Canadian Schools on the application?

A: Select the name of the school from the list.  If the institution is not included on the OTCAS school list, please choose “333333 – NOT LISTED CANADIAN INSTITUTION” and enter the Name of the College or University in the following field.

Q: Does OTCAS calculate GPAs for non-US coursework?

A: No. OTCAS only calculates GPAs for US and Canadian Coursework. Visit the OTCAS program pages to determine whether your designated OT programs require a foreign transcript evaluation report, an original foreign transcript, or no foreign documentation. If a foreign transcript evaluation is received, OTCAS will make a copy of this evaluation available to your designated programs.

Q: Am I required to send transcripts to OTCAS from any foreign institutions that I have attended?

A: No. Do NOT send original foreign transcripts to OTCAS. Visit the OTCAS program pages to determine whether your designated OT programs require a foreign transcript evaluation report, an original foreign transcript, or no foreign documentation. If a foreign transcript evaluation report is required by the program, arrange for the report to be sent directly to OTCAS. Since not all OT programs require these reports, OTCAS will not hold a file due to missing foreign evaluation reports.

Q: Do I have to provide a Foreign Transcript Evaluation for my non-U.S. coursework?

A: Many OT programs require applicants to submit official foreign transcripts to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report (Foreign Transcript Evaluation). Each participating program has its own policy regarding whether it requires an original foreign transcript to be sent directly to the program or a Foreign Transcript Evaluations from an evaluation service. You MUST read each OT program page for instructions. OTCAS will forward any Foreign Transcript Evaluations received for your application to your designated OT programs. OTCAS will not determine whether you have submitted the proper document according to your designated programs’ requirements.

If your designated OT program requires a foreign transcript evaluation, OTCAS highly recommends that you contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The services may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received. Visit the “Foreign Transcripts” instructions for a list of agencies.

Q: Several of my designated programs require two different foreign evaluation services. Can I send my foreign transcripts to just one of the services on the list?

A: OTCAS will not verify that you have used the correct service for a particular program. You must contact the OT program directly to determine if they will accept a foreign transcript evaluation report from a service other than the one listed in their admission requirements. If they do not, you must arrange for your foreign transcripts to be sent to each of the services required by your designated school(s). OTCAS will forward all Foreign Transcript Evaluations that we receive.

Q: I have taken courses outside of the U.S. as part of study abroad. Do I list them in the Coursework section and the Colleges and Universities Attended section?

A: Yes. Enter your study abroad courses on your application. Study abroad is defined by OTCAS as courses that are taken through a foreign institution while the student is currently enrolled (paying tuition) at a U.S. institution. If you have attended a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. institution and all courses, hours, and grades appear on the U.S. transcript as regular itemized credit, you must list those study abroad courses in the Coursework section and select “Study Abroad” as the Special Classification. However, if the study abroad course grades and credits do not appear on your US transcript, you must follow the program-specific rules for submitting foreign transcripts.

Q: Do I list coursework taken from Overseas U.S. institutions?

A: Yes. List all coursework that was taken at an Overseas U.S. institution.



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