Join a diverse student population in a beautiful campus setting at Eastern Kentucky University.  Students are considered international applicants if they are not citizens of the United States.  

Apply as an international student:

English Language Requirements

  • Submit official TOEFL scores (Minimum Score 500 {paper}, 173 {computer} or 61 {internet}
  • EKU also accepts the IELTS test – students must have a 6.0 overall and at least 5.0 or above in all remaining categories of the IELTS test.
  • Japanese students may take the EIKEN test with a passing score of Pre-1 as sufficient credit.
  • Students may complete the equivalent of college level English 101 and English 102 at an equally accredited institution as EKU with a C or better or submit ACT or SAT scores with reading and English scores at the levels of Standard Full Admission.

Intensive English Instruction @ EKU

  • EKU partners with ELS Educational Services (ELS) to provide conditional admission for students who are academically qualified, but who do not meet our English Language proficiency requirements at the time of application to the university. We accept proof of completion of ELS Language Center’s intensive English for Academic Purposes Level 112 as satisfying the requirements for English proficiency for many all degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • For more than 50 years ELS Language Centers have helped hundreds of thousands of students from over 150 countries around the world learn English.  The Richmond ELS Language Center is centrally located on EKU’s Main Campus.  Students receive regular visits from EKU Admission to helps students transition from ELS to EKU.  To learn more about this program, start dates, and to apply, visit the ELS Richmond Language Center. 

English Language Exempt for Residents of the Following:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Pacific Trust

Other Required Documents

  • Submit official secondary school records via mail
  • Submit declaration of finance showing a balance of $28,200 USD in the form of a bank statement
  • Provide a letter from your bank verifying Declaration of Finances
  • Submit official college transcript via mail (transfer students only)
  • University level courses taken at institutions outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an outside agency (either World Education Services or JSilny and Associates

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