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: 

Request a copy of your official Transcripts: You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts (official or unofficial) from all higher education institutions attended and, in the case of domestic students, to self-report cumulative GPA’s for each institution.  If you are offered admission and decide to enroll you will then be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. 

Once admitted, official transcripts should be sent using either email/electronically or regular mail: 

     - Electronically to: 

     - By mail to:  Graduate Admissions 
                            202 Gillis Building 
                            Lexington, KY 40506-0033 

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

TOEFL or IELTS Scores:  All applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to self-report one of these scores on the application. For the Graduate School, the minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5; individual programs may however have higher requirements. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institution Code for the TOEFL for UK Graduate School is R1837. 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. 

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.


Submit your application

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

There is an application fee USD $75.00 for international applicants. For U.S. citizens or resident aliens, the application fee is USD $65.00.


Check on your recommenders

You may log in to your application at any time to check on the progress of your recommenders.


Await our review of your materials

Students will be contacted following the submission of application. Applicant reviews for admittance to all programs will occur once per month.