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Requirements for International Students

In general, to be admitted to KU as an undergraduate, international students must have completed a secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum.  They must also have fulfilled a 2.5 minimum grade point equivalency on all courses completed, provided official academic records and test scores, met the applicable deadlines, and verified financial support for one academic year.

Specific admission requirements depend upon a student’s level (freshman or transfer) and chosen program of study.  Via the "Freshmen" and "Transfer" links in the left column, you can find requirements for specific majors under "Requirements by School." If you are undecided on a major, you may apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), where you will take general education courses, which apply to most degrees, until you choose a major. 

Students who do not meet the admission requirements for direct admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning; the School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Music; can be admitted to CLAS to take prerequisite coursework.   

In addition to transcripts or marksheets, you must present an official diploma or graduation certificate, official examination results, or other proof of graduation particular to your country. We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  Providing the certificate and meeting the 2.5 minimum grade point average on all courses completed does not guarantee admission.   

English requirement

Read this information in Chinese (pdf)

English Proficiency Chart (pdf)

KU English Proficiency Requirements

Do I have to send a TOEFL or IELTS score? 
Yes. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted for degree-seeking admission.  See the English Requirement Chart for exceptions.  

What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score? 
None.  There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score requirement for undergraduate admission.  

I didn't take the TOEFL or IELTS.  Can I come to KU? 
If you do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores, you can apply as a non-degree student through the Applied English Center (AEC).  You can take English language courses before applying for admission to a degree program.  

If you have already submitted an application for KU undergraduate admission but haven't taken the TOEFL or IELTS, please e-mail world@ku.edu and request your application be processed for the KU non-degree seeking intensive English program in the Applied English Center.  You do not need to fill out another AEC application form.  

Why does KU want my TOEFL or IELTS score? 
TOEFL and IELTS scores are used to estimate how much time applicants might need to spend taking ESL courses in the AEC before starting a degree program.  The English Requirement Chart has estimates according to TOEFL and IELTS scores.  
Will I have to take ESL courses at KU? 
Regardless of their TOEFL or IELTS scores, all new international students will be evaluated for English proficiency upon arrival.  The evaluation will determine whether you will enroll in full-time intensive English courses, part-time intensive English courses and part-time degree courses, or full-time degree courses.  

Requirements by Country
Freshmen must provide evidence of graduation from high school (grades 9-12), such as diploma, certificate, or set of official examination results. Freshmen must also provide an official transcript or marksheet showing grades and completion of a college preparatory curriculum with the 2.5 minimum grade point average on all courses completed. 

Because grading scales vary between countries and regions, and some KU programs might have higher grade average requirements, each application is reviewed for admissibility upon receipt of official academic records. We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.

Admission to KU is selective. Providing a graduation or completion certificate and meeting the minimum grade average on all courses completed does not guarantee admission. Some programs also have additional course requirements and SAT/ACT score requirements for admission.

Review the credentials and grade requirements particular to your country for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

USA
Successful completion of year 12 with a 2.5 GPA in all courses and completion of college preparatory curriculum.
Argentina
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato, with English translation.

On the typical 10-point grading scale, an average score of 6.5 or higher.

Australia
Official copies of transcripts and diploma. Names and grading conventions for year 12 certificates vary by territory or state:

1. Australian Capitol Territory (ACT): Year 12 secondary school certificate with 13 or higher

2. New South Wales: NSW Higher School Certificate with band 3 65 HSC Marks (P) or higher

3. Northern Territory: Year 12 secondary school certificate with a C+ or 65% average or higher

4. Queensland: Queensland Senior Certificate with Sound Achievement (SA), C+, or higher, etc.

Bahrain
Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 55% average or higher
Bangladesh
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 40 - 55% average (2nd Division) or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) and Advanced Level (A Level) Examination Certificates.
Botswana
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a 2nd Class, 2nd Division, or C average.
Brazil
Certified copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12. Examination results and Certificado de Concueso de Segundo Grau, with English translations. Grade average of 6 or higher on the standard 10-point scale.
Brunei
Brunei-Cambridge Certificate of Education Ordinary Level with Third Class Honors (C+) or see GCE 'O' Level 'A' Level criteria.
Cambodia
Baccalaureat (Baccalaureate) with D grade or 70% or higher.
Canada
Official copies of transcrips and diploma. Names and grading conventions for Year 12 Certificates vary by territory or state:

1. High School Completion Certificate (Nova Scotia)

2. Statement of graduation on transcript (Saskatchewan and Yukon)

English translations, if applicable.

Grade averages will be assessed according to regional variations and admission requirements for your KU program of study.

China High School Diploma
School-attested and sealed copies of official transcripts for grades 9 - 12. Huikao or Xueye Shuiping Ceshi and school-attested copy of Biye Zhengshu, with English translation.

If you do not have your Biye Zhengshu at the time of application, a school official must provide an official letter stating the date it will be issued to you.

Upon your arrival, you will be asked to present your original Biye Zhengshu and grade 12 transcript, in Chinese with an English translation, before you are admitted to enroll.

A minimum grade average of 75% on the Chinese grading scale is required for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. High minimum is required for Architecture, Engineering, and other programs.

Chile
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Licencia De Educacion Media, with English translations. Grade average of 4.75 on the typical 7-point grading scale.
Colombia
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato or Titulo de Bechiller Academico, with English translations. 7.9 grade average or higher on the typical ten-point grading scale. 3.9 or higher on the five-point scale.
Ecuador
Attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato or Titulo de Bachiller, with English translations. Grade average of 7.5 on a ten-point scale or 13 on a 20-point scale.
Egypt
Thanaweya a' Amana or Secondary Education Certificate with a 64% average or higher or see GCE 'O' Level and 'A' Level criteria.
Fiji
Fiji School Leaving Certificate or Form 7 Certificate with a 6 average or higher.
France
Baccalaureat General with an overall score of 11 or higher.
GCE
Official University of Cambridge, Edexcel, AQA, or other testing organization's examination report must be presented with a minimum of 5 preparatory subjects passed with a grade of D or higher. Equivalent of 150 UCAS points in a combination of AS and A level results and high school transcripts showing college preparatory curriculum.
Ghana
Official Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or West African Exams Council (WAEC) academic results certificate with minimum scores of C6 or higher in 5 college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all courses completed. Contact WAEC to send certificate directly to KU or send e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.
Hong Kong
School attested and sealed copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12 or Forms 3 - 6. Official HKDSE results certificate, sent directly from the Exams Board to KU. If applicable, attested copy of O- and A-Level results certificate, showing at least five subjects passed.

For students in the HKDSE cohort, Level 3 or higher in Chinese, English, and Liberal Studies AND Level 2 or higher in Math and two or three additional electives fulfilling the remainder of the college preparatory curriculum.

If appliant does not have the HKDSE results certificate at the time of application, a school official must provide a letter stating the applicant's anticipated results and the date the official results will be issued.

Admitted stuents must present official HKDSE before they will be permitted to enroll.

India
Students who are still in high school must submit an attested copy of the Secondary School Certificate (Grade 10) and attested mark sheets or progress reports from years 11 and 12 confirming completion of college preparatory curriculum.

Students who have finished secondary school must submit an attested copy of the Higher Secondary School Certificate or Indian School Certificate Examination (Grade 12).

Admitted students must present original HSC or ISCE before they will be permitted to enroll.

50% or higher grade average on the standard Indian grading scale for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 60% or higher for admission to KU's School of Engineering or School of Architecture.

Indonesia
Surat Tanda Belajar (STTB) or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingat Atas (SMA) GPA of 6 or higher in five academic subjects.
International Baccalaureate
Completion with an overall IB score of 24 or higher or score of 4.0 or higher for each subject.
Iran
Peesh-daneshgahii Diplome (High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion of Secondary School) with 13 average or higher.
Israel
Teudat Bagrut with academic track (Matriculation Certificate) with 65% averate or better.
Japan
Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a 3.5 or C+ average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12, with English translation. Attested copy of the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate, in Japanese with an English translation.

3.5 (C+) or higher grade average on the standard Japanese grading scale.

If applicant is still in high school, official final transcript and leaving certificate must be sent by the school, prior to enrollment.

Jordan
Tawjihi-Academic (General Secondary Education Certificate) with 65% average or higher.
Kazakhstan
Attestat with C+ or 74% or higher grade average.
Kenya
Official Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum C+ (7) or better in 5 college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all courses completed. Contact KNEC to send certificate directly to KU. If applicable, an official Cambridge certificate, showing at least five academic subjects passed. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Original or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 12, with English translation. If still in high school, the school must send an official transcript showing graduation or Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) before university enrollment. Average weighted rank of college preparatory courses must be between 1 and 5.
Kuwait
Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama (Secondary School Diploma) with a 75% average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 11, with English translation. Grade 12 transcript with English translation. If still in high school, applicants must have the school send an official transcript showing graduation before they will be permitted to enroll. 75% average score in college preparatory courses.
Laos
Baccalaureat II with a score of 13.9 or higher.
Macau
Attested copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12 or Formes 3 - 5. Senior Secondary School Certificate, Curso Complementar dos Liceus with English translation. As grading scales vary, grades must calculate to equivalent of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale by the KU admissions officer. Or General Certificate at O-Level showing at least five academic subjects passed. Submit A-Level results, if applicable.
Malaysia
SPM Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Matriculation Certificate or Certificate of Education) with C6 or better.
Mauritius
See GCE O-Level Criteria.
Mexico
Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate) with a 7.0 average or better.
Mongolia
School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) after 12 years with e.5 (79%) (C+) average or higher.
Myanmar
Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma A (Academic) with a 3 or 49% average or higher.
Nepal
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (second division) or higher.
Nigeria
Official West African Exams Council (WAEC) or Nigerian Exam Council (NECO) academic results certificate with minimum scores of C6 or higher in 5 college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all courses completed. Contact WAEC or NECO to send certificate directly to KU or send e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.
Oman
Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 70% average or better.
Pakistan
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (2nd Class) average or above.
Panama
Diploma de Bachiller with a 3.5 or 75% or better.
Peru
Official or attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato Academic or Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa, with English translations. Grade average of 12 or higher on the typical 20-point scale.
Phillipines
High School Diploma with 84% (Grade C+) or better.
Qatar
Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari (General Secondary School Certificate) with 69% average or better.
Russia
Attestat o srednem (polnom) obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a 3.5 GPA.
Saudi Arabia

A copy of the Leaving Certificate for Intermediate School, attested by the Ministry of Education, with an English translation. If applicant is still in high school, we require school attested transcripts for grades 9-11, with English translations confirming a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed and the college preparatory curriculum. If applicant has finished Upper Secondary School, a copy of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate in the Science Stream (Shahadat Al-Marhat Al-Thanawiyyat), attested by the Ministry of Education. 75% or higher grade average on the standard Saudi grading scale.

Admitted students must present original Secondary School Leaving Certificate in the Science Stream (Shahadat Al-Marhat Al-Thanawiyyat), with an English translation, before they will be permitted to enroll.

Singapore
Singapore Cambridge GCE O-Level: five academic subjects with 7 or lower, or CGE A-Level D (pass) or higher and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Official high school transcripts must be sent directly from school to KU; the transcripts must confirm completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed.
South Africa
Senior Certificate with Matriculation Endorsement with D average or matriculation endorsement with 55% or higher.
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Collegiate GCE A Levels with C grade (Credit Pass) in 3 subjects or 55% and above overall average and Senior Secondary School GCE O-Levels with five passes (C grade or 55%) in college preparatory subjects. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Sweden
Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with 'G' grade (Godkand) in five college preparatory subjects.
Taiwan
Attested copies of mark sheets for grades 9 - 12 and Senior High School Diploma or Certificate of Graduation, in Chinese with an English translation. 65% or higher on the standard Taiwanese grading scale.
Tanzania
Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) with minimum E/5 average or higher issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Thailand
Matayom VI (Secondary) Certificate/M6 with 65% average or higher.
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School [Lyceum] Diploma) with a minimum grade of 3.5 (orta) or 65% average or higher.
UAE
Attested Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Tawjihiyya), with English translation. The science section is considered equivalent to the college-preparatory curriculum required for admission to KU. A 75% grade average or higher is acceptable for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Uganda
Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with five academic subjects passed. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Ukraine
Attestat, Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate with a Grade 6 or higher.
United Kingdom
See GCSE criteria. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Vietnam
Attested copy of Baccalaureat II (Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong or Bang Tot Gnhiep Bo Tuch Van Hoa) with English translation. Attested record of courses taken and grades earned, with English translation. 6.25 or higher on a 10-point scale.
West African Examination Certificate
Official West African Exams Council (WAEC) academic results certificate with minimum scores of C6 or higher in 5 college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all subjects completed. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.
Zambia
Zambian School Certificate Examination and GCE O-Level with grade of C or 6 or higher in five college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all subjects completed. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.
Zimbabwe
See GCE - Ordinary Level with grade of C or 6 or higher in five college preparatory subjects and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all courses completed. Official high school transcripts showing completion of required college preparatory curriculum must be sent directly from school to KU.


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