International costs

The cost of KU is competitive when compared to other comparably sized, public research institutions in the United States, particularly when you consider the value of a KU degree.

KU charges a per-credit-hour tuition rate, which varies according to a student’s field of study. Students also pay a set of required fees. Estimated non-resident, undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year range from $38,290 to $43,577. Living and other expenses are estimated at an additional $11,488 per academic year.

If you will be in F-1 or J-1 status, you will be asked to document a minimum amount of financial support for your first year when you apply. The amount will vary, depending upon your intended program of study. 

Cost sheet for Applied English Center (pdf)
Cost sheet for First Year (Freshman) (pdf)

For additional information about costs, please visit the main affordability page.  

International scholarships

KU offers a few partial scholarships for qualified, new international freshmen and transfer students admitted for fall semester. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an online fall semester application by Jan. 15.

Exception: Phi Theta Kappa members applying from within the United States must submit an online application for admission, including the confirmation of PTK membership form, by Feb. 1.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) screens candidates for a limited number of admissions scholarships. Awards are only offered to degree-seeking undergraduates whose first KU semester is the fall semester. KU does not offer international student scholarships based on financial need. International undergraduate scholarships do not cover all expenses. Prior to issuance of the SEVIS document, students requesting F-1 or J-1 status must submit proof of financial support for the first year of study.

The University of Kansas will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will use concordance tables to compare your scores and determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. At this time, any SAT scores listed are based on the old SAT (prior to March 2016).  

For consideration, complete the online application for admission. All required materials must be received by the DEADLINE.

KU International Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships
  • DEADLINE: Jan. 15
  • Highly competitive, merit-based awards for new, international degree-seeking students with outstanding academic profiles and demonstrated leadership
  • Available to international freshmen or transfer students, whether studying outside or within the U.S. at the time of application
  • Amounts vary; may be renewable or non-renewable

Eligibility requirements for scholarships

Eligibility requirements for scholarships--Because we are able to offer only a limited number of scholarships, recipients are selected based upon their outstanding academic record and proven leadership from the top tier of applicants who have been admitted. Selection factors include:
  • Complete application for admission submitted by scholarship deadline of Jan. 15
  • Grades — the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA or higher on the 4.0 scale
  • Strong college preparatory academic curriculum, as indicated on transcripts and current schedule of courses in which the student is enrolled
  • High TOEFL, IELTS-Academic, or other standardized English proficiency test scores that fulfill minimum required for full time KU class enrollment
  • High SAT or ACT scores. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for freshmen to be considered for scholarships. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enables your academic advisor to place you in the proper KU courses. Transfer students who have completed 24 transferable credit hours at a U.S. institution may be exempt from SAT or ACT scores.
  • Co-Curricular Summary, which includes a description of all your out-of-class activities, involvement in student organizations, leadership, service, and awards. Choose three activities and explain why they have been especially meaningful for you.
  • An essay of no more than 500 words about (a) Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU; OR (b) Your field of study and specialized interests within this field; OR (c) The unique perspectives you hope to gain in the U.S. and the ways, upon your return to your home country, you intend to use the skills, knowledge, and experience you gain here; OR (d) A topic of your choice. The essay must demonstrate writing and critical thinking skills
  • Three letters of reference or recommendation.
  • Additional scholarship forms may be distributed to students selected by IRUA for consideration.
Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

The deadline for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship is Jan. 15. The Jayhawk Generation Scholarship is a competitive, renewable, merit-based award for freshman applicants only. Students must have a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, or legal guardian who graduated with a degree from KU. Awards range from $4,992 to $12,592 per year. A minimum combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of 1160 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24 is required. Students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

How to apply for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials to IRUA by Jan. 15.
  2. Submit official SAT combined Math & Critical Reading score of 1090 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for you to be considered for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enhances your application for other scholarships and enables your advisor to place you in the proper KU courses.
  3. Achieve the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

For non-Kansas residents, the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a $10,592 award for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring from a U.S. community college. It is renewable for your second year at KU. For Kansas residents, the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a non-renewable, $500 award.  Students must have earned 24 transferrable credit hours and a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.  The deadline is Feb. 1. 

How to apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship:

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials by Feb. 1. You must have completed 36 transferrable credit hours at a U.S. community college with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. You must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Have your Phi Theta Kappa adviser submit the Confirmation of Membership Form (pdf).
Departmental Scholarships
Many KU academic departments also offer scholarships to students. After completion of one year of studies in your academic program, you may be eligible for competitive awards offered by your academic major department. You may check with the department for scholarship opportunities and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information about Scholarships

International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) awards admissions scholarships for students who apply for the fall semester as their initial semester.  We do not offer scholarships for spring or summer admission. 

More information for students who plan to pursue studies in the U.S. is available at the following websites: