Application Instructions for International Students

PLEASE NOTE: I-20 FORMS (REQUIRED FOR VISA AUTHORIZATION) CAN ONLY BE ISSUED BY THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE AFTER THE STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED ALL REQUIRED OFFICIAL CREDENTIALS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM INDICATED ARE VERIFIED.

The following items are required before the admission application can be reviewed.  Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Click here for a printable admission checklist guide.

  1. Online Application - $35 application fee (non-refundable). 
     
  2. Official Entrance Examination Scores - Only official scores sent directly from the testing agency may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
     
  3. Official Course by Course Transcript Evaluation - Applicants must have a degree equivalent to the four year baccalaureate degree awarded by U.S. universities. The institution that granted the degree must be recognized by the American Associate of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Foreign credential evaluations must be submitted by a NACES member (ie. WES, Silney).  Click here to find a NACES member for your evaluation
    *Credential evaluations must include a record of all degrees earned, detailing all subjects taken, grades obtained and GPA. Uncertified copies are not accepted.
     
  4. Declaration of Finances

    All financial documentation is only good for six months after the received date. It is suggested that you do not turn in declaration of finance documents until three months prior to the term in which you are applying as they may otherwise expire. Applicants should have available the approximate sum of $27,352 for each academic year. *Amounts are subject to change to accommodate cost of attendance. 

  5. Passport - Copy of Passport with full name clearly visible.
     
  6. English Language Proficiency Examination. Select one from the following:
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 550 Paper Based, 79 for Internet-Based, or 213 by Computer.
    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum score of 5 on each section- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and a minimum score of 6.5 on the overall band score.

    ELS (English Language Services) - The ELS program offers international students the opportunity to enhance their English Language skill while studying on EKU's campus. Students who receive conditional admission when applying to EKU Graduate School qualify to participate in the program. Students must obtain an ELS Level 112 Intensive English for Academic Purposes certificate in order to qualify for admission.

    **International applicants are only exempt from TOEFL or IELTS if they have a degree from an accredited institution from the states. 
    *Degrees earned in the following countries are also exempt from English Language Requirement: American Samoa  ~ Australia ~ Bahamas ~ Barbados ~ Canada (except Quebec) ~ Grenada ~ Grand Cayman ~ Guyana ~ Ireland ~ Jamaica ~ Liberia ~ New Zealand ~ Trinidad/Tobago ~ United Kingdom ~ U.S. Pacific Trust

Special Instructions for International Applicants:

International students must apply for a degree seeking program. An I-20 cannot be issued for students seeking certificates, endorsements or any program that is 100% online.
Complete List of 100% Online Programs

Health Insurance Requirement
Health insurance is required for all F-1 and J-1 Students. Do NOT purchase health insurance for your studies in the U.S.  All of EKU’s international students are automatically enrolled and this insurance fee will appear on your university bill.  The cost of your health insurance is included is the amount shown on your I-20.  Do NOT purchase health insurance in your home country because we cannot waive the health insurance requirement at EKU.

  • If you are government-sponsored student, we will waive your health insurance charge after we review your financial guarantee document.

Immigration Information

Residency Criteria

Visa & Initial I-20