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International Students

Undergraduate Admissions

Thanks for your interest in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. 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.

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Engineering must complete the international application from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A separate application for the College of Engineering is not necessary.

If you have any other questions, contact Audra Cryder in the International Affairs office.

International applicants must submit the following:

  1. International Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  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. Photocopies, scanned images, or faxes will not be accepted.

    College/university transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated for transfer credit by our office. To insure 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 $40,500 if applying for the 2017 Spring and Fall Semesters. Fees are subject to change.
  6. 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

    CESL “TOEFL Waiver Policy”: Conditionally admitted students can demonstrate English proficiency for undergraduate admission by successfully completing the Center for ESL.

  8. 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 five 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.

  9. Academic Letter of Recommendation: All first-time freshmen applicants must 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.
  10. A copy of your passport. Additional documents may be requested at time of application.

Faxes and photocopies of official documents will not be accepted.

Students who meet academic admission requirements but who have not yet provided proof of funding will be admitted on a conditional basis. Official acceptance and an I-20 will not be issued until proof of funding is established.

In addition, students who meet academic admission requirements, but who have not satisfied the English proficiency requirement, will be admitted on a conditional basis. The English proficiency requirement may be satisfied by the student supplying official TOEFL results, IELTS results, or by completion of UK’s Center for English as a Second Language program. Application required.

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, potential to positively represent their home country and the University of Kentucky, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition and community service. Even though scholarships are open to all students, 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.

  • Spring (January): October 15
  • Summer I (May): March 1
  • Summer II (June/July): March 1
  • Fall (August): May 15

Graduate Admissions

All applications to the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted on-line. You may apply for as many programs as you wish, but each application requires completion of a separate application form and submission of a separate application fee. Currently the fee for international applicants is $75.00.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one of these scores directly from the testing service. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.

Note: Many graduate programs at the University of Kentucky require the completion of secondary (program-specific) application forms and/or the submission of additional supporting documents such as letters of recommendation. These items should be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies for the program of interest. For further information on program-specific requirements, see Graduate Degree Programs.