KU International Affairs


Are You an International Student?

You are an international student if you:
  • will enter the U.S. on a student or any U.S. non-immigrant visa (such as F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, H-1, H-4, E-2, L-2, A-2, TPS, etc.)
  • are currently in the U.S. in any US non-immigrant status 
  • are not a U.S. citizen
  • are not a U.S. permanent resident, refugee, or political asylee or applicant for U.S. permanent residence, refugee, or asylee status
  • once had a valid U.S. non-immigration status but are currently considered out-of-status

Where you attended high school does not determine which admission office or which application you should use. Which admission office you apply through does not determine your residency status for tuition purposes. Eligibility for in-state tuition is determined by the KU Residency Specialist in the Registrar's Office.

You should apply through the KU Office of Admissions if you:

  • are a U.S. citizen
  • have dual citizenship with another country and the U.S. and are eligible for a U.S. passport
  • are a U.S. permanent resident, refugee, or political asylee or applicant for U.S. permanent residence, refugee, or asylee status
  • have been approved or applied for D.A.C.A. (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
  • are eligible for KS Statute 76-731a

If you are uncertain of your immigration status, you may present your papers to an ISS immigration advisor for determination of status, e-mail iss@ku.edu, or call 785-864-3617.

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Types of International Students who Apply through International Admissions

Freshman-First Year
Non-degree Student
KU Academic Accelerator Program

Academic records

You must provide official academic records from each secondary and post-secondary institution you have attended.

Faxes, scans, or photocopies of your official academic records are not considered official. Your school must mail the original academic records directly to our office. We must receive your official transcripts in the school's sealed envelope or via a bonafide established transcript service (such as Naviance, Docufide, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.). All documents must:

  • Be in the native language of instruction with English translations
  • Bear the official school seal and the signature of an administrative official
  • Bear your full name
  • Provide dates of enrollment, courses for each term of study, and grades you earned
  • Indicate the diploma or certificate you completed or will complete
  • Note the grading scale and number of credit hours completed whenever possible

All records will become the property of KU and will not be returned or forwarded.

Freshmen:You are a freshman if you have graduated from high school and have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university after high school graduation. You must submit official records such as official transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas, certificates, or official examination results proving completion of secondary education (high school) and grades achieved.

Transfer students: You are a transfer student if you have graduated from high school and been enrolled in a college or university. You must present official transcripts from all post-secondary-level (college or university) coursework. You may not disregard your college record and apply as a freshman. All college and university academic records must be submitted. If you have completed fewer than 24 transferrable hours of university or college coursework since high school (usually one full year of study), you must also submit your high school records.