Application Instructions for International Students
Prospective international students seeking admission must submit a complete application form before the international admission deadline with all materials listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The criteria for admission to the various programs of graduate study at this institution are the same for all students but the United States Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services impose certain additional requirements which all U.S. Institutions of higher education must abide by in admitting international students. International students cannot be admitted on provisional or probationary status, you must meet all requirements and be clearly admitted to a degree program; international students cannot apply as "Non-degree seeking" students. International students are also not permitted to obtain an I-20 when perusing an online or certificate program.
1. Application Form
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Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
Please note: In addition to the Graduate School Admissions Application there may be an admissions application required by the department.
2. Application Fee
A non-refundable $35.00 application fee is required for all applications. The easiest way to pay is with a credit card when applying online. Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to pay with a credit card, unless you contact Student Accounting. Do not send cash. Applications will not be processed until the app fee has been received.
3. Declaration of Finances
Graduate applicants MUST complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Applications will not be processed without the completion of this form.
All financial documentation is only good for 6 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 $25,581 for each academic year at Eastern Kentucky University, exclusive of travel expenses. This is an estimate of the minimum cost of tuition fees, books and supplies, room and meals, health insurance (see below) and incidentals for a single person. Keep in mind when computing expenses that students holding F-1 visas will not be authorized to work by the Immigration and Naturalization Service except under extraordinary circumstances. Therefore, the applicant should not look to employment, either part-time during the academic year or full-time during the summer, as a significant means of support while attending Eastern Kentucky University.
You will also need this documentation of sufficient funds when you apply to your local governmental agency for a visa and when you are cleared for entry by U.S. Consular officials. We suggest that you make and retain copies for this purpose.
At the beginning of each registration period, you will be expected to pay, in full, the established fees for tuition, housing, and health insurance.
4. English Language Proficiency Requirement
The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required to meet our language proficiency requirement(s). If you do not meet the required scores you can participate in the ELS program, which begins at EKU in October 2014.
**International applicants are only exempt from TOEFL or IELTS if they have a degree from an accredited institution from the states, no other exceptions are given.
a. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
To meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements, Eastern Kentucky University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of all applicants whose native/first language is not English, including those from India. A minimum score of 550 on paper, 79 for internet-based, or 213 by computer is needed on the test to be accepted at Eastern. Please be aware that some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL score such as the Master of Public Health (MPH), which requires 580 on paper, 92 for internet-based, and 237 by computer.
To register, you must obtain the TOEFL BULLETIN, which includes a registration form. BULLETINS are available in many locations outside the U.S., usually at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service (USIS), United States educational commissions and foundations, binational centers, and many private organizations such as the Institute of International Education (IIE), African American Institute (AAI), American Friends of the Middle East (AFME), and American-Korean Foundation.
Students who cannot obtain a TOEFL BULLETIN and registration form locally should write for them, WELL IN ADVANCE, to: TOEFL Services, CN 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, USA.
b. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
To meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements, Eastern Kentucky University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of all applicants whose native/first language is not English, including those from India.
Score requirement into EKU Graduate School-a minimum score of 5 on each section- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and a minimum score of 6 on the overall band score.
To register, you will need to go to www.ielts.org to find the nearest test center and the necessary contact details. When registering to take the IELTS test you will need to specify where you want your results sent to. You will need to give the following address: EKU Graduate School, Whitlock CPO 68, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475-3168
c. English Language Services Program
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. You can find further information about the ELS program by clicking here or you may contact Lisa Smoker, District Director at ELS Language Center, at LSmoker@els.edu. Students must obtain an ELS Level 112 Intensive English for Academic Purposes certificate in order to qualify for admission.
5. Other Official Examination Scores
Only official scores sent directly from the testing agency may be used to satisfy admission requirements. Students are encouraged to review our Graduate School Entrance Exam Requirements and Waivers page to determine what exams to submit as each program has different requirements.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have been awarded a degree equivalent to the four year baccalaureate degree awarded by U.S. universities. The international 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). To find a NACES member for your evaluation, please visit http://www.naces.org/members.html. Official evaluations must be sent to the EKU Graduate School.
*Credentials must include a record of all degrees earned, detailing all subjects taken and grades obtained. Uncertified copies are not accepted.
Special Instructions for International Students
For all residency questions, please visit http://admissions.eku.edu/residency-criteria.
Health Insurance Requirement
At the beginning of the first semester on campus, International students must present evidence that they have current hospitalization, accident care, and surgery insurance that is payable in the United States, or they must be prepared to enroll in the University student insurance plan. They must carry some type of health insurance as long as they are enrolled at the University.
International students are eligible for graduate assistantships. Native ability in English is a prerequisite. Additional information on assistantships can be found HERE.
NOTE: EVEN IF AN ASSISTANTSHIP IS AWARDED, IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO COVER THE TOTAL EXPENSES OF AN ACADEMIC YEAR. THE “DECLARATION AND CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES” FORM SHOULD STILL BE SUBMITTED INDICATING THE ADDITIONAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR EXPENSES.
University housing is usually available for single and married students. For complete information on housing see the University Housing website.
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.