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International Programs

The New England College of Optometry officially adopted an international agenda in 1994 with the establishment of the Center for the International Advancement of Optometry (CIAO).  Over the ensuing years, the Center has acquired an experienced staff with expertise in international program development.  Projects are developed with a sensitivity to regional needs and carried out in collaboration with local eye care practitioners and educators. 

CIAO currently conducts programs in China, Germany, Spain, Israel and South Africa that range from advanced training for optometrists in a focused area of study to partnering in graduate level education with foreign universities. 

  • More than 100 foreign-educated optometrists have received their Doctor of Optometry degrees from the College's Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP).
  • Is the first and only college of Optometry to deliver an accredited doctoral degree program overseas.
  • In collaboration with Wenzhou Medical College in China, the college has established the first international joint health care degree program (MS/OD) ever approved in modern China.
  • Has provided support to over twenty countries worldwide since 1990 through CIAO's education and consultation services.

The Advanced Standing International Program (ASIP) is one component of the College’s ongoing commitment to international optometry and its efforts to develop highly educated professionals who may then contribute to the development of optometry in their home countries.

Through CIAO, graduates of foreign optometry programs may be admitted with advanced standing to the Doctor of Optometry degree program.

The core curriculum for this program is designed to complement your previous education and experience.

Additional information and an application packet can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Admissions at 1-800-824-5526 or

International Programs   Phone: 617-266-2030 ext. 5293   
Director of CIAO Bina Patel, OD