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, fees, and other expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year range from $40,318 to $45,621. 

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. 

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 February 1.

The Office of International Admissions 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.

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 February 1
  • 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
  • Proof of English proficiency that qualifies you to enroll full-time in KU degree-seeking coursework
  • 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 International Admissions for consideration.
KU International Excellence Award
  • Highly competitive, merit-based tuition awards
  • Up to 25 awards per year
  • Tuition waiver (value of up to $25,000 per year)
  • Renewable
  • Applicants must have outstanding academic and leadership profiles
  • Available to students who will study at KU in F-1 or J-1 visa status
KU International Admissions Scholarships
  • Typically 2-4 awards per year
  • Amount varies
  • 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
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

For non-Kansas residents, the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a $10,963 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 Admissions 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: