ESL-non-degree English Language Studies
You are an ESL applicant if you wish to improve your English as a non-degree seeking student at the KU Applied English Center. Students with any level of proficiency may apply directly to the KU Applied English Center on the international undergraduate application. 
How to Apply
1. Please complete the online KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions application.  Before you can submit an application for the first time, you'll need to sign up for an account with CollegeNet.  Once you have a CollegeNet account, you can begin filling out a school application. To apply to the AEC, you must select ESL-English Language Study on your application. 
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Applicants must pay online by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach proof of available financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses for one year.  AEC Cost Sheet (pdf)
 5. Attach an original, certified English transcript of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended.  Photocopies must be certified as true copies.

To be considered for admission to the AEC, applicants must graduate from high school with a GPA equivalent to 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Admission as a non-degree ESL student does not guarantee admission to a degree-seeking program. Check admission requirements

Non-degree exchange student through the KU Study Abroad Program
You are a KU Study Abroad Exchange Student if you are currently studying at a KU partner university affiliated with the KU Office of Study Abroad exchange program.
The Process
Students should first contact the KU Office of Study Abroad for complete instructions for proper completion of the online application form and required application materials.
How to Apply
1. Contact the Office of Study Abroad for specific instructions. 
2. Using special instructions, complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) application.
 
Non-degree Visiting Student

You are a non-degree visiting applicant if:  

(a) you will take the majority of your courses at another school with special permission to simultaneously enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses. Visiting high school or college students with special permission may enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses while continuing to study at the school they are authorized to attend.  Select this option if you will be attending KU while on another school's I-20 or DS-2019 or are in another nonimmigrant visa classification that permits visiting student enrollment.

(b) you will attend KU as a participant in a special KU visiting student program 

The Process
Students complete the online application, pay the $85 application fee, provide original, certified English transcripts of their academic courses from the last educational institution attended, a copy of their passport, a letter from a school official giving permission to enroll at KU as a visiting student, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 or J-1 Students may only pursue non-degree programs under special circumstances: 
  • Visiting high school or college students with special permission who wish to enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses may do so, IF the students continue to study at the schools they are authorized to attend AND the students remain on the I-20 or DS-2019 of the schools they are authorized to attend. 

Non F-1 or J-1 Students may apply as non-degree visiting students for the following purpose: 

  • To enroll in one or two KU courses as a visiting student, while attending high school or another college or university

In general, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for student housing.  They are limited to six credit hours per semester, unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit.  Grades earned as a non-degree seeking student do not automatically count toward graduation or in the graduation GPA.  Some schools may allow students to include such grades by petition. 

Students who have been denied regular admission as first-year or transfer students are not eligible for non-degree seeking admission.  Nor are other degree-seeking students who did not meet admission deadlines.  Admission as a non-degree seeking student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission.

How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) online application
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Applicants must pay online by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. Provide original, certified English transcripts of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended. Photocopies must be certified as true copies. 
5. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach a copy of your I-20 or DS-2019 form. 
6. Attach a letter from a school official giving permission to enroll at KU as a visiting student.
Other Type of Non-Degree Student
You are a non-degree applicant of this type if: 
(a) You are not on a student visa and are permitted to take part-time enrollment
or
(b) You are a recent graduate on a student visa who is currently on approved Optional Practical Training or Academic Training and want to take a few KU undergraduate courses part time while working
 
The Process
Students complete the online application, pay the $85 application fee, provide original, certified English transcripts of their academic courses and grades from the last educational institution attended, a copy of their passport, a description of their academic plan, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 or J-1 Students may only pursue non-degree programs under special circumstances: 
  • Students who have recently graduated and wish to take part-time, undergraduate courses while working may do so, if the students are on approved Optional Practical Training or Academic Training


Non F-1 or J-1 Students may apply as non-degree visiting students for the following purposes: 

  • To enroll in one or two KU courses as an adult student who is not pursuing a degree
  • To take undergraduate courses for graduate school or for a certification program

In general, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for student housing.  They are limited to six credit hours per semester, unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit.  Grades earned as a non-degree seeking student do not automatically count toward graduation or in the graduation grade point average.  Some schools may allow students to include such grades by petition. 

Students who have been denied regular admission as first-year or transfer students are not eligible for non-degree seeking admission.  Nor are other degree-seeking students who did not meet admission deadlines.  Admission as a non-degree seeking student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission.

How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) online application
2. Pay the $85 application fee. Applicants must pay online by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. Provide original, certified English transcripts of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended.  Photocopies must be certified as true copies. 
5. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach a copy of the I-20 or DS-2019 form. 
6. Attach a statement identifying your academic goals during your KU study.