International Students

Considering an education with our university? We are glad to help you explore and begin that journey. Get acquainted with the application process and find admissions requirements for your program of interest. 


Determine what department you will need to contact.

You may fall in one of two groups:

Group 1:  Are you a (prospective) student with citizenship outside the United States of America, AND looking to come to the U.S. and University of Kentucky’s campus at any time during enrollment? 

  • If Yes, contact the International Center to begin the process for International Admissions. See information under International Student and Scholar Services.
  • If No, continue reading 

Group 2:  Are you a (prospective) student with citizenship outside the United States of America, AND looking to complete an online/hybrid course or program while remaining in your home country? 

OR, are you a U.S. citizen looking to complete an online/hybrid course or program while in another country – not including education abroad experiences? 

  • If Yes, continue to Step 2   


Determine if University of Kentucky can offer courses and or programs in your country

Depending on where you are located, there may be certain requirements that must be completed in order for the University of Kentucky to provide distance education.

Visit the International Distance Learning section to learn more

  • If distance education can be offered in your country, continue to Step 3. 


Determine what information you’ll need

Depending on the program you are interested in, you may need different thing. We call these program specific requirements e.g., a curriculum vitae or resume, personal statement, writing sample. The documents required for your program of interest must be uploaded to the application. 

Please visit your program of choice web page to see the required information for the program. The full portfolio of online programs can be viewed here under Explore Degrees.


Gather your materials

Prior to beginning your application, it is important for you to have gathered all necessary documents. Depending on the program you’re interested in these documents may vary. Please refer to Step 2 above.  Please pay particular attention to the following criteria: 

Official Transcripts (in English) 

You may also choose to use the National Student Clearinghouse, which most institutions send transcripts securely through.   

English Proficiency scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)

All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores on the application. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old. Please note that the language score for international applicants who have received a degree from a U.S. institution is waived. 
See additional details here. 

Recommenders – determine whom those persons might be:  Some programs may require one or more letters of recommendation. As part of the application you will be asked to supply contact information for the number of recommendations required by your program. Once your application has been submitted, the system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.  


Start Your Application


You may view a user’s guide to the Graduate School application form here .  All materials gathered must be uploaded to the online application system. If you have any questions about UK’s online application process to Graduate School, you may either send an e-mail to or call either (859) 257.9390 or (859) 257.4905.

Application Deadlines:
April 15 for Fall semester.
August 22 for Spring semester.
Some programs have earlier deadlines. See here for details.



You may view the Undergraduate Application video here.

Priority Deadlines are:
December 1 for Fall semester (August start).
October 15 for Spring semester (January start)


Submit your application

Once you have uploaded all the required materials and set up your recommendation as requested, you can pay the application fee and submit your application. 

There is a Graduate application processing fee of USD $75.00 (non-refundable). 
There is an Undergraduate application processing fee of USD $60.00 (non-refundable)


Await our review of your materials

Students will be contacted following the submission of application. 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you an email with the subject title "ISSS Application & Determining I-20/DS-2019 Eligibility" directing you to begin the "New Student Information Checklist" in