KU International Affairs

Agent | Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Policies

Q1: Can I find out if my student will be accepted before he applies?

No. We cannot do any pre-evaluations. Student must formally apply for admission and submit all required application materials to determine acceptance.

Q2: Is admission guaranteed?

No. Admission is not guaranteed. Students must meet all admission requirements to receive consideration.

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Q3: Can I email the application, transcripts, test scores, etc?

No, you cannot email the application. However, you can submit them electronically. Test scores must be sent directly to us from the examination company.

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Q4: Minimum GPA Required for Admission

Freshmen and transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Costs and Scholarship Info

Q5: Waiver of Application Fee

Application fees cannot be waived for any reason. No exceptions. The application fee must be paid when the student applies. The fee cannot be paid after the student gets admission or after the student arrives..

Q6: How to Pay the Application Fee

Students must pay with credit card when applying.

Q7: Bank Statements

Students requesting F-1 status must prove that they have enough funds to cover the first year of estimated expenses.

Visit this page for acceptable documentation and more information.

Q8: Estimated Costs

Use this page to look up costs for specific areas and level of study.

Q9: Amount to Show Embassy

Before KU's Office of International Support Services can issue an immigration document, students must prove they have enough money to pay for the first year of study.

Q10: Enrollment Deposit or Payment of Tuition Before Arrival

There is no enrollment deposit or payment of tuition before arrival. Tuition is billed after a student enrolls in classes.

Q11: Scholarships and Financial Aid


All scholarships are renewable each year and range from $3,000/year to a full tuition waiver valued at $100,000+ ($25,000+/year).  All admitted first year students with a 3.25 or higher GPA automatically receive a $3,000-$9,000 per year renewable scholarship.

Students with an eligible GPA must submit a scholarship application to be considered for the full tuition waiver scholarship. This scholarship is very competitive and is not guaranteed by applying.

These scholarships cannot be combined, but students can pursue other scholarships outside of International Admissions.

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Intensive English Programs:

Scholarships are not available for these programs, but the cost of tuition is significantly less per credit hour for the intensive English program.

Q12: Working On Campus or Off Campus

F-1 and J-1 students can work on-campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session.  During breaks and vacations, they can work full-time on campus.  

Q13: Refund Policy & Advanced Tuition

Application fees are non-refundable. Tuition is not paid in advance as students are only billed once they have enrolled.

Application Information

Q14: Admission Requirements

Undergraduate or Intensive English:

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;

How to Apply

Q15: Should I use a paper application or apply online?

Applications need to be completed online.

How to Apply

Q16: Next Intake (Start Date) and Deadlines

We have three intake terms, please view this information on Start Dates and Deadlines.

Q17: Majors Offered

KU offers more than 190 undergraduate majors. View undergraduate fields of study.

Q18: Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not required for admission.

Q19: I-20 Processing Times

Depending on seasonal application volume, the application processing time is 1-4 business days after receiving a complete application.

Q20: Transfer Credit

We evaluate transcripts for transfer credit only after transfer student applicants are admitted.  KU does not provide this service for non-students. You are encouraged to send course syllabi in order to assist us in making the best transfer credit decisions. 

To see what courses have transferred to KU for credit in the past, visit out credit transfer website. This is a database that is regularly updated as new universities and courses are evaluated for transfer credit.

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Conditional Admission & Test Scores

Q21: Conditional Admission

The University of Kansas does not offer conditional admission. As KU admits international students of any English level, there is no need to offer conditional admission.

Q22: TOEFL and IELTS Requirement

Proficiency in English is not required for undergraduate admission to KU. Therefore, we do not require a minimum proficiency test score. However, applicants must provide a test score to show their current English proficiency level. Several tests are accepted for admission and enrollment purposes. 

View the English Requirements web page for more information for accepted tests.

Q23: Exceptions to English Requirement

Students do not have to submit English proficiency scores or take the AEC Proficiency Test if one or more of the following are true: 

  • They have taken 4 years of college preparatory English and graduated from high school with a 2.5 GPA in a qualifying region*
  • You are a native speaker of English
  • You have earned a B or better grade in College English Composition 1 and 2 AND Earned 24 or more credit-bearing hours toward a degree at an accredited US institution or at an institution within a qualifying region*
  • You have completed the full IB diploma program with a score of 5 or higher in English HL
  • Earned an associate's degree from a US-accredited post-secondary college with a 2.5 GPA

*Qualifying English Exemption Regions: United States of America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, an English-speaking province of Canada, an English-speaking Caribbean country, or any US-accredited school located abroad

Q24: Do students have to enroll in your Intensive English program?

Students who do not meet minimum score requirements for full-time academic enrollment (see website for score requirements) must take the AEC Proficiency Test online from KU. Students who pass this test will enroll in full-time academic coursework. Students who do not pass this test will enroll in part-time or full-time English study in the AEC. The "Time in AEC" chart estimates the intensive English study time that may be needed after arrival at KU.  

Q25: How long must my student study in your English program?

Students who meet our test score requirements or qualify for an exception do not need to enroll in our English program.

Students who do not meet minimum score requirements for full-time academic enrollment (see chart below) must take the AEC Proficiency Test from KU. Students who pass this test will enroll in full-time academic coursework. Students who do not pass this test will enroll in part-time or full-time English study in the AEC. The "Time in AEC" chart estimates the intensive English study time that may be needed after arrival at KU. 

Q26: SAT or ACT

The SAT and ACT are not currently required for admission.

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Q27: Can agents send test scores?

No, all test scores must be sent to the University of Kansas directly from the testing company.

Q28: Medical degrees

The medical school process in the United States is on a different system than many other systems around the world.  If someone wants to become a medical doctor, he or she must complete a full four-year degree (typically in a science field such as biology), before being eligible to attend medical school.  

KU offers a pre-medicine advising track which readies students for a medical school program, but it is not a degree program.  Since space is very limited, most public universities do not accept international students. KU’s School of Medicine does not accept international students into the MD program. That means students can complete an undergraduate degree at KU and then research to see which schools will accept an international student into their MD programs.

An undergraduate degree in a science field with the pre-medicine track would not qualify someone to work professionally in a medical field in the U.S. Pre-medicine students at KU have an advisor who helps to prepare them for medical school by selecting appropriate classes, gaining experience, preparing for the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), and applying to medical schools

After Admission

Q29: What are the housing options?

Students at the University of Kansas have a few options to choose from. Choose what is best for you based on your needs and preferences. 

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Options include:

  • On-Campus Housing: options include residence halls, private room with bath, suite with semi-private bath, scholarship halls, or on-campus apartments.
  • Off-Campus Housing: students are able to choose off-campus housing options
Q30: Homestays

Not available.

Q31: SEVIS Fee

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires people who want F-1 or J-1 visas to pay a one-time SEVIS Fee before applying for a visa. The SEVIS Fee for F-1 visas is $350. The SEVIS fee for J-1 visas is $220. This is in addition to the normal visa processing fee of US$160. The SEVIS fee helps to pay for SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System) that U.S. schools use to issue I-20 forms.

How to Pay SEVIS Fee

Q32: Pre-Departure Information
Q33: Tips for Getting a Visa
Q34: How to Request Readmission and Get a New I-20

Student wants to be readmitted must apply for readmission to get a new I-20.

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Agent Policies and Commissions

Q35: How to Become our Agent

The University of Kansas appreciates the hard work that our agents do to provide information and connect students with us. If you would like to become one of our official agents, visit this page for instructions.

Q36: Request More Brochures

Send an email to hshahin@ku.edu and let us know:

  • Your agency name
  • Mailing address for express mail shipments
  • Telephone number (needed for express mail shipments)
  • The number of undergraduate brochures and applications you need
  • The number of graduate brochures and applications you need

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