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Undergraduate Admissions

The University of Kentucky is proud of its diverse student body. UK's enrolled students represent more than 100 countries around the world. These students enjoy an enormous array of choices with over 200 majors in 17 academic colleges.

The University of Kentucky defines international applicants as those with citizenship other than the United States of America. Permanent Residents of the United States should complete a domestic application and include a photocopy of their Permanent Resident card.

The Undergraduate Admissions office supports students through the admission process - collecting all application materials, rendering admission decisions, sending the I-20 or DS-2019 Form and determining if previous course credits are transferable.

Students who begin studying at another college or university, either in the U.S. or internationally, may be able to transfer their coursework to the University of Kentucky to complete their degree. See How Do My Credits Transfer for details.

Types of Admission

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers three types of admission to prospective international students.

  • Full Admission is offered to students who have met all requirements including English proficiency as noted below.
  • Conditional Admission is offered to International undergraduate applicants who meet UK’s academic requirements for admission but do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirement. Students can complete the language requirement by enrolling in full-time intensive language courses at  UK's Center for English as a Second Language. The duration of these courses will depend on placement test results and individual student progress. Upon successful completion of the English language course(s), the student will move seamlessly into a degree program at UK. NOTE: No additional application is required for Conditional Admission.  CESL “TOEFL Waiver Policy”: Conditionally admitted students can demonstrate English proficiency for undergraduate admission by successfully completing the Center for ESL.
  • Financial Conditional Admission is offered to students who meet all academic admission requirements but who have not yet provided proof of funding. Official acceptance and an I-20 will not be issued until proof of funding is established.



Deadlines to Apply

  • Spring (January): October 15
  • Summer (May): March 1
  • Fall (August): May 15

*Scholarship deadline for International Students February 15.


International applicants must submit the following:

1. UK International Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application

2. $60 non-refundable application processing fee

3. Official Transcripts: All secondary school and college/university level transcripts must be submitted for review. The transcripts must be official and in your native language. You will also need to provide another official transcript that has been translated into English by your secondary school or college/university. College/university transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated for transfer credit by our office. To ensure that you receive the most transfer credit possible, you may choose to have your transcripts evaluated by a professional credential evaluation agency. The University of Kentucky recommends World Education Services (WES.) Please visit WES website for details and instructions and list the University of Kentucky as the receiving institution.

4. Course Descriptions or Syllabi for transfer applicants: Transfer applicants are required to provide course descriptions or syllabi in both native language and in English translation for all the courses on your transcript. They must be on official letterhead from all of the institutions that you have attended. If admitted, this will allow our Transfer Equivalency Office to begin the course evaluation process before you arrive on campus. (PHOTOCOPIES, SCANNED IMAGES, OR FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).

5. Bank Statement on bank letterhead is required.  We will accept scanned or faxed copies of the official bank statement or an original bank statement.  Please show an available balance in U.S. dollars of $42,500 if applying for the 2018 Spring and Fall Semesters.  Fees are subject to change.

6. Complete the Sponsor Guarantee Form

7. English Proficiency: The University of Kentucky accepts official TOEFL and IELTS results from the testing headquarters.  The minimum TOEFL score of 71 (iBT), 197 (cbt) or 527 (paper-based) or a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required for  admission to the University of Kentucky. To order official scores, please contact: TOEFL UK's Office of Undergraduate Admission TOEFL code is 1234.


Additionally, we offer Conditional Admission to students who meet academic admission requirements but who have not yet satisfied the English proficiency requirement. UK has its own Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) program. NOTE: No additional application is required for Conditional Admission. To find out more information about CESL, please visit "TOEFL Waiver Policy": Conditionally admitted students can demonstrate English proficiency for undergraduate admission by successfully completing the Center for ESL.

  1. Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for academic scholarships or a major within UK's College of Engineering must also provide Official ACT or SAT Results.

To order an official score report, please contact: ACT or (319) 337-1313. UK's school code is 1554. SAT or (866) 756-7346. UK's school code is 1837. ACT/SAT SCORES MUST NOT BE OVER 5 YEARS OLD. Students living in the U.S. and attending a U.S. high school for one year or more must also submit ACT or SAT scores.

  1. Optional Academic Letter of Recommendation First-time freshmen applicants can submit an academic letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. The recommender can submit this electronically or can download a PDF version, complete it, and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. 
  2. A copy of your passport. Additional documents may be requested at time of application.

Faxes and photocopies of official documents will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the international undergraduate admission process, please contact


Scholarship deadline for International Students February 15.

Scholarships are competitive and are awarded to the top candidates in the applicant pool. The candidates will be evaluated on multiple criteria, including their academic background, a potential to positively represent their home country and the University of Kentucky, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, community service. Even though scholarships are open to all students, unfortunately, not all who apply will be offered scholarships. However, we assure each applicant that his or her application will receive consideration and fair treatment in this competitive process.

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Graduate Admissions

Graduate School Admission
Upon completion of an undergraduate degree a student may continue his or her studies towards a graduate degree. Graduate work is a combination of both research and coursework and requires more self-directed learning. Individual programs have varying deadlines. For more information visit UK’s Graduate School. 

For help with the application process specific to your home country please contact your local EducationUSA advising center .

J-1 Non-degree Seeking Students

An individual attending the UK for a prescribed program of academic activity which does not lead to a degree from UK may get a J-1 visa as a non-degree student and can stay on J status up to 2 years. There are two types of students who may wish to use this category to study at the University of Kentucky: 

1) Exchange Student with Partner University.   
The Office of Education Abroad offers students from our partner universities the opportunity to come to UK as a visiting exchange student for one or two semesters per year. If you are interested in applying to study for short-term as an exchange student from a partner institution, please visit the international exchanges program at your home university for application materials.  For more information  click here. 
2) Government or UK Department Sponsored Student.  
Students may engage in either for-credit or non-credit courses as defined by their government or University of Kentucky departmental sponsor.  Prospective students will need to ask the UK faculty member to contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to begin the process of obtaining the proper DS-2019 form, if applicable.  Government sponsored students must contact their respective government representatives to gain permission and insure that they are approved for study at the University of Kentucky.    

Below is a list of government partners and sponsors: 

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar 
UK's Academic Calendar lists deadlines for all undergraduate and graduate programs.