International Students

Kansas State University has students from more than 100 countries and is proud of its international student body. As an international student, your application for admission to K-State must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of native students. In addition, international applicants holding nonimmigrant visas are required by U.S. immigration regulations to be enrolled in a full course of study.

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Application deadlines

Deadlines in individual degree programs may be earlier, check with the department in which you are interested when planning your application.

All application materials including

  • online application,
  • application fee,
  • test scores,
  • transcripts and
  • financial documents

should be in the hands of the graduate program by:

  • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
  • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
  • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment

Application requirements

Application fee

International applicants may apply for admission online and pay their $75 application fee via credit card. Applicants who do not pay by credit card via the online application, must pay the $75 application fee by international cashiers check or money order made payable to Kansas State University Graduate School. Please do not send cash.

Some programs may require an additional application fee. Additional application fees apply if you are applying to graduate programs in the

  • College of Architecture, Planning and Design or the
  • College of Business Administration.

Refer to program websites for more information. Applications without this fee will not be processed.

Affidavit of Financial Support

Each application must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Financial Support verifying that financial support is available for the student while attending Kansas State University.

Download the Affidavit of Financial Support form

  • K-State Manhattan (main) campus: Word or PDF
  • K-State Salina (Professional Master of Technology): Word or PDF 

Applicants will not need to submit the affidavit of financial support form if they meet the following criteria:

  • H1 visa holder employed full-time and does not plan to change visa type
  • Dependent of an H1 visa holder (H4) and does not plan to change visa type
  • F1/J1 student visa holder enrolled full-time at another accredited university who is not transferring their I-20 or DS2019 to K-State
  • Applicant residing in another country and does not need a student visa (applying as a distance learning applicant)
  • Has a current I-20 or DS2019 at K-State and is applying for a certificate program in conjunction with their current master's or doctoral program at K-State
International Application for Admission to a Doctoral Program

Current K-State Master's students continuing on for a Doctoral degree in the same curriculum must complete the International Application for Admission to Doctoral Program (pdf).

English Proficiency Requirements

The Graduate School requires each international applicant whose native language is not English to demonstrate competence in the English language by achieving a satisfactory score (defined below) on

  • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  • the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and
  • Pearson Test of English.

An official report of the scores must be sent to Kansas State University. The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE is required to ensure that the student's progress toward a degree is not jeopardized by language barriers. The TOEFL (K-State TOEFL school code 6334) is offered several times a year throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. International applicants are advised to take the TOEFL as early as possible to avoid delays in the processing of their applications for admission.

An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement. However, individual programs may require demonstration of English language proficiency.

Score requirements
  • Applicants who are submitting iBT TOEFL (internet based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening, and writing sections.

  • Applicants who are submitting a paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.

  • Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.

  • Applicants who are submitting a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score must have a minimum total score of 58 with part scores of 58 or higher. 

Applicants who do not meet the scores specified above must meet the following criteria during the first semester of enrollment in order to satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

  • Applicants with one or two low part scores (14-19 IBT, 48-54 PBT, 5.0-6.4 IELTS, or 47-57 PTE) must successfully complete one or more of the specified classes based on the section of the examination that is below the minimum (20 IBT; 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE of less than 5.0 on PBT; 6.5 IELTS; 58 PTE):
    • DAS 176 – Reading Skills
    • DAS 177 – Written Communication
    • DAS 178 – Listening Skills

    Waivers will not be approved.

  • Applicants with three part scores below 20 IBT, 55 PBT, 6.5 IELTS, or 58 PTE are required to take the English Proficiency Test (EPT) and successfully complete the English course(s) specified on their EPT score reports. Waivers will not be approved.

  • Applicants with any one score below 14 IBT, 48 PBT, 5.0 IELTS, or 47 PTE must take the English Proficiency Test and successfully complete full time intensive English. Waivers will not be approved.

Those who are determined to need substantial work in English will be required to participate in the English Language Program.

TOEFL details

The TOEFL is offered several times a year throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA, telephone 609-771-7100 or www.toefl.org.

There are three types of TOEFL scores:

  • paper-based TOEFL,
  • computer-based TOEFL and
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based TOEFL taken in real time).

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the initial test date.

  • A score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (IBT - internet-based test) on the TOEFL is required to be considered for admission to the Graduate School. Note: Some programs require a TOEFL score higher than stated here.

  • Applicants with scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (IBT - Internet based) or above may be considered for regular admission.

  • Applicants with scores between 550/213/79 and 599/249/99 may be admitted provisionally and must at the time of their enrollment demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English and in understanding spoken American English to the satisfaction of the Graduate School.

Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard will be required to complete specified courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) at K-State. Intensive English training for students who have TOEFL scores below 550/213/79 is also available through the ELP. For information and application to this program write to Director, English Language Program, 205 Fairchild Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-1106; email: elp@k-state.edu

IELTS details

The International English Language Testing System academic exam (IELTS) is offered several times a year by the International English Language Testing System, Pasadena, Calif. 91103, USA.

Those who have received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university are not required to submit an IELTS score but must take an English proficiency test upon arrival to Kansas State University.

  • A score of at least 6.5 is required to be considered for admission to the Graduate School. Note: Some programs require an IELTS score higher than stated here.

  • Applicants with scores of 7.0 or above may be considered for regular admission.

  • Applicants with scores between 6.1 to 6.9 may be admitted provisionally and must at the time of their enrollment demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English and in understanding spoken American English to the satisfaction of the Graduate School.

Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard will be required to complete specified courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) at Kansas State. Intensive English training for students who have IELTS scores below 6.1 is also available through the ELP. For information and application to this program write to Director, English Language Program, 205 Fairchild Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-1106; email: elp@k-state.edu

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the initial test date.

Pearson Test of English details

Students may take PTE Academic to demonstrate their English language proficiency. PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language proficiency test designed to measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as they are used in an academic setting.

Students take the entire three-hour test in one sitting, at a time that suits them in one of Pearson VUE's network of global test centers. Results are delivered online to students normally within 5 days. Students can learn more about PTE Academic, how to register online and see a list of test center locations worldwide by visiting the Pearson Test of English website.

Kansas State University requires a minimum score of 58 on PTE Academic and a 58 for all subscores (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).

Standardized tests

If your graduate program requires standardized tests, you should request the Educational Testing Service to send your scores to Kansas State University. If you indicated where you wanted your scores sent (the academic department and Kansas State University) when you took the test, your scores will automatically be sent. The Graduate School does not accept photocopies as official for admission purposes. Standardized tests scores are valid for five years. If available, please include test scores in the application.

Health insurance

The Kansas Board of Regents requires that all international students maintain health insurance coverage. Insurance coverage will be automatically included in your tuition bills.

If you have questions about the health insurance coverage or prefer to obtain health insurance from another provider, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at ininsure@k-state.edu.