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International Admissions and Recruiting

Common Questions

What happens after a student is admitted?

You will be notified of your admission by FedEx. This notice will include your I-20/DS-2019 along with an information packet, including information about how to apply for housing.

Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my position at the university?

No, you do not need to pay a deposit. No money is due to the university until after you have enrolled in classes, which you will not do until after your arrival on campus.

How do I pay my SEVIS fee?
Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee here. This fee must be paid at least three days before your visa appointment. You will need the receipt for your interview.
SEVIS Payment Option Update
SEVP Launches Mobile-Friendly FMJfee.com Website All F and M nonimmigrant students and J-1 exchange visitors must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee on FMJfee.com prior to applying for a visa to study in the United States. To make the process easier, FMJfee.com is now accessible on mobile devices. Users can now login to the site on any mobile device to:
  • Find recent news and updates related to the I-901 SEVIS fee
  • Check an I-901 SEVIS fee payment status
  • View and save a I-901 payment confirmation so you can print it later
  • Read answers to frequently asked questions
  • Visit Study in the States and associated social media platforms
Those who have paid the fee must print a copy of the I-901 SEVIS fee payment confirmation to take with them when applying for a visa to enter the United States. Showing a copy of it from a mobile device will not be accepted. Stay tuned for additional updates and enhancements to the mobile site, including mobile I-901 SEVIS fee payment capabilities.
How do I get to Kansas State University?

K-State is located in Manhattan, Kansas. You can fly directly to the Manhattan Regional Airport (airport code MHK). This airport is conveniently located just a few miles away from the K-State campus. You can connect to Manhattan through Dallas International Airport (DFW) or Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD).

K-State provides a free airport shuttle from the Manhattan Regional Airport to the K-State campus.  You can sign up for the shuttle here.

When should I arrive on campus?

When you receive your immigration papers (I-20 or DS-2019), it will have a date printed on it for your arrival. This is the "Program Start Date." You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before that date. However, you cannot enter the U.S. after this date.

What if I can't find a flight into the Manhattan Regional Airport?

The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is about 130 miles (208 km) from Manhattan. You can connect to MCI from your U.S. port-of-entry.

Options for transportation from the Kansas City International Airport to Manhattan can be found here.

What are my housing options at Kansas State University?

You can choose to live in the residence halls or off campus. To learn more about the residence halls, please visit Housing and Dining Services.

New students are not required to live on-campus. However, it is strongly recommended. Residence halls have available space year-round, including holidays and vacation periods. The costs for residence hall living includes up to 3 meals per day.

For any specific questions about housing, you may contact the Housing and Dining department directly at:

Housing and Dining Services

104 Pittman Building



If you choose to live off campus, it will be your responsibility to find your own housing. You can begin your search here.

What happens to credits I have earned in my home country or in other U.S. colleges/universities?

Once we have received your application and all required materials, your transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of International Admissions for general university transfer credits.

However, it is your academic department for your program that will determine whether or not all of these credits will count towards the specific requirements for your major. We are unable to give you an exact number of transfer credits that will be awarded by your department.

What is the enrollment process?

Students officially enroll in their classes two to four days prior to the start of the semester. This is part of your mandatory orientation program.

Schedule of orientation activities for the upcoming semester

All new students whose primary (native) language is not English are required to take a proficiency assessment of written and spoken English before they can enroll. The purpose of this test is to ensure that students are fully prepared to be successful in an English-speaking classroom environment at K-State.

This test is part of the enrollment schedule, and you are registered to take the test based on information provided on your application to the university.  If your results indicate that English courses are necessary, the English Language Program staff will assist you in enrolling in English classes.

More information about the English Proficiency Test (EPT) and available English classes

Any evidence of English proficiency (example: TOEFL score of 79 or higher) must be submitted to the Admissions Office before enrollment. Evidence submitted after that time will not be considered.

The priority deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency are:

Fall semester: August 1
Spring semester: January 1
Summer term: May 1

What if I decide not to come this semester, but want to defer and come to K-State for a later semester?

In order to defer your application, please submit the following to our office:

1. A new online application. This is to ensure that our records are up to date. You do not need to pay the application fee a second time.
Go here to apply on-line. Please use the same eID and password you created when you completed your first application for admission.

2. Updated affidavit of financial support and bank statement.

3. Any additional transcripts.

Deferral Policy
K-State International Admissions and Recruiting allows students to defer their application no more than three times. Once the maximum number of deferrals is reached, we will no longer process additional admission applications.