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Freshman International

Freshman International

To apply as a freshman a student may not have not attempted or completed any college or University level coursework.  Students with college-level coursework must apply as a Transfer student.

Steps when applying: 

1) Submit an online application for the term (Fall or Spring) of the term you would like to begin.  Students must indicate the major they wish to pursue in order for an I-20 to be issued.

2) Pay the required $35.00 USD application processing fee. (This fee is waived for students applying for conditional admission through the ELS Intensive English Langauge program.)

3) Submit complete secondary school records reflecting a cumulative grade of 75% (2.5 GPA equivalent) or higher.  Secondary school records are high school transcripts or mark sheets showing all classes and grades completed and date of graduation. 

4) Submit an official copy of High School Diploma or Graduation Certificate

5) Provide a declaration of finances showing an account balance of no less than $33,558 USD in the form of a bank statement with a letter of authorization from the account holder. These documents must be no less than one-year-old from the date classes are set to begin.  If a student is sponsored by their home government or another entity, please include a letter indicating the awarding of such scholarship.

Notes: The statement for students seeking an Aviation – Professional Flight degree must reflect $49,048 USD to cover the additional $15,490 USD cost of flight instruction the first year. The program will cost a total of $62,000 extra over the four years of study.

6) Demonstrated English language proficiency. Before being accepted for admission to the university international students must demonstrate their English language proficiency.  For direct admission students may demonstrate proficiency by one of the following means:

  • TOEFL score of 530 (paper based), 195 (computer based), or 71 (internet based) with no band score below a 16.
  • IELTS scores of 6.0 overall with 5.0 or above in EVERY subject/skill category.
  • Japanese students may submit the EIKEN test with a passing score of Pre-1.
  • Students who submit ACT or SAT scores with Reading and English sections will have their scores reviewed to determine admissibility. 
  • Students graduating from a high school in the United States.

Students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency through one of the above criteria may enroll in Intensive English Instruction for Academic Purposes through the ELS-Richmond Pathway Center.  Students who have been fully admitted through ELS – Richmond will receive a conditional letter of admission (CLA), provided all other requirements are met.  

Important Deadlines
Summer Session: May 1st
Fall Session: August 1st
Spring Session: December 1st

Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Undergraduate Freshman Students Directly Admitted to EKU

International Academic Achievement - $2,500

  • TOEFL scores of 71 (IELTS 6.0)
  • Secondary school cumulative scores of 80% (3.0) or higher

International Academic Excellence - $5,000

  • TOEFL scores of 79 (IELTS 6.5)
  • Secondary school cumulative scores of 85% (3.5) or higher

*Awarded annually. Recipients must successfully complete 15 hours per semester to retain the scholarship. Not available to students under sponsored student agreements. Subject to availability of funds.