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Pre-Arrival Information


Travel and Arrival

•  Fly into the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is located approximately one hour by car from Lawrence. Shuttle companies operate between the airport and Lawrence. Advanced reservations are required.

•  If you do not have an assigned campus residence, find information about early arrival housing options and general housing options in Lawrence. 

•  Upon arrival in Lawrence, go to your assigned residence and follow check-in procedures.

•  After arrival, go to the designated orientation registration site to check-in for orientation or go to International Student Services (2 Strong Hall, 785-864-3617).


International Student Services (ISS) provides an orientation to new students. This will include information about university facilities, resources, and policies as well as introduction to student life at KU and in the United States. The orientation will also assist the students in completing the required health center and ISS check-in, an English language proficiency exam (if applicable), and opening a bank account. The Jayhawk Semester requires that all incoming visiting students participate in the orientation program.

Housing and Meal Options

Once admitted, you will be able to submit a contract online for on-campus housing. Students are responsible for bedding and other personal items related to their housing, in addition to housing costs. Housing options include apartments, residence halls, and scholarship halls. 

Financial Arrangements

An estimated cost sheet for the program will be provided. The length of a student program is either an academic year consisting of fall and spring semesters or a semester program. The cost of attendance will be based on a full-time enrollment, on-campus residence hall housing, books and supplies, health insurance, and estimated personal expenses. An additional $250 per semester fee will be charged for the Visiting Student Program administration and services. 

After enrolling, bills for tuition and fees are available online on or about the 21st of the month and are due on the 15th of the following month. Payments must be received by the appropriate date to avoid a non-refundable $100 late payment fee.

English Requirements

There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission. All incoming international students must go to the Applied English Center (AEC) before enrolling in courses. All non-native speakers of English must take an English exam at the AEC. If you have taken the International TOEFL or IELTS and submitted your results with your application, you may be exempt from the AEC proficiency test. If you take the TOEFL or IELTS before you come, please send the results to KU. The KU TOEFL code is 6871. 

The results of the AEC proficiency test will determine whether students will be required to take AEC English courses, and how many regular university courses in which they can enroll. Native English speakers are given a waiver from the AEC allowing them to enroll in regular KU courses. Any questions regarding the AEC courses can be directed to the AEC.


Enrollment: Just before the beginning of the semester, during orientation, you will enroll in courses in consultation with the Visiting Student Coordinator. Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Students enroll either online or by paper through the Registrar’s Office.

Course Selection: In order to find classes for a specific semester, you should consult the Timetable of Classes, which lists the classes offered for a particular semester along with the time and room number. You will enroll in classes after you have arrived on the KU campus and completed international student check in.


Insurance:All incoming visiting students must have medical insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States. This requirement is enforced by automatically enrolling students in KU’s international student health insurance plan through United Health Care Student Resources (UHCSR). Charges will appear on student accounts as part of their tuition bill. The cost is currently $250 per semester.

Students who have insurance that meets the ISS requirements may submit a waiver request. To obtain the waiver, students must present proof of insurance to the Insurance Coordinator in the ISS office. For more information please contact the Insurance Coordinator at 785-864-3617 or issinsurance@ku.edu.

Immunizations:All students must provide, prior to enrollment, proof of immunization against meningitis, mumps, measles, and rubella. No other proof of vaccinations is necessary. Students will also be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) test after arrival during orientation. The TB test and other vaccinations are provided to international students at Watkins Student Health Center during orientation. Failure to comply with this policy will result in not being allowed to enroll in classes. An Immunization form and a Health History form will be enclosed with your acceptance packet. These forms must be completed and brought with you when you come to KU. You will provide these forms to the Health Center staff during orientation.


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