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International Admissions

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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.  To learn more about EKU visit our virtual tour featured to the right. 

Click one of the links below to see admission standards and how to apply: 



Graduate Students

Click this link to learn more about our Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS): 

International Student and Scholar Services

Students who wish to improve their English language proficiency may enroll in classes through the ELS Educational Services (ELS) Intensive English Instruction. 

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 all degree programs at the undergraduate level and most at the graduate level.
  • 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. For inquires email:

Countries Exempt English Language Requirement:

Ireland - UK - Australia - New Zealand - Canada (Except Quebec)

Commonwealth Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

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