International Student Services
Each semester there is an orientation for all new international students. All new students should attend this program to get information that is vital for maintaining your immigration status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, as well as for getting started at Kansas State. Representatives from several offices on campus will be there to assist you.
International Student and Scholar Services
K-State has over 1,800 international students and scholars from 100 countries. The staff members in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide vital services for K-State’s international students, scholars, and their families. This includes advice on U.S. immigration regulations, support during their stay in the U.S., and cultural programs. The staff assists them with visa and passport issues, work authorization, entry and exit documentation, certification of status forms, housing, programming and personal concerns. ISSS also offers assistance to faculty and departments wanting to bring international scholars to the United States. Additionally, the staff serves the entire campus as a resource on international student and scholar issues.
The office operates under the Office of International Programs and works with all facets of the University to implement and support both the goals of each student and scholar and the goals of the University in international education. Staff members provide leadership and support for a variety of programs that promote global awareness and understanding.
The office is located in the three-building International Student Center at the corner of Claflin and Mid-Campus Drive. The Taiwan Wing houses most of the staff. The Korean Room houses the director's office and office meeting space. The largest building provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where people can meet or attend various programs. It includes a multipurpose meeting room, kitchen, reading lounge, and a classroom. The display cases in the lobby feature items donated by K-State students and visiting scholars from various cultures. Three wall clocks show the time as it is in Manhattan, London and Tokyo. Rental of the facilities is available. The building has wireless internet reception.
Medical Insurance. The Kansas Board of Regents requires that all international students have medical insurance. See more information on the mandatory health insurance
Upon Arrival. As soon as possible after arriving on campus, all international students must go to the International Student Center to check in. Please bring your I-20 or DSO2019 and your passport with you. You should also bring a copy of your health insurance card.
Urgent Health Care Information. Tuberculosis testing is required for all students who have spent more than four months in a country with a high incidence of tuberculosis. Please access more information about testing at Lafene Health Care. You will not be allowed to enroll until you have been tested.
International Student Organizations. On the ISSS website there is a list of the international student organizations with an e-mail address for a contact. You may wish to make contact about travel or housing information or other questions before arrival on campus.
English Language Proficiency. The Graduate School is concerned that all international students are competent in the English language to insure success in their graduate programs. If your score on the TOEFL exam was between 550 and 599, you did not submit a TOEFL score, or you have been admitted to the English Language Program, you must take an English proficiency test after arriving at Kansas State. Please contact the English Language Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the exam.
All international students who have been appointed as graduate teaching assistants must take the Speak test or the Test of Spoken English. For more information about the English Language Program and testing information, you may wish to access their website at http://www.k-state.edu/elp/.