About International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions serves to promote the presence of KU abroad, as well as to enhance international student enrollment and retention. Staff identify and work with prospective students, process all incoming international undergraduate applications, make admit/deny decisions, and create and maintain official university records for this student population. 

Definition of 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 U.S. 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-immigraton 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 use 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 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.

Information about: 

U.S. Admissions
Graduate Studies
Applied English Center
International Student Services
International Programs
Study Abroad