International Direct Admission

Are you looking for a Tier-1 academic experience filled with the best opportunities a university can offer? International students who are proficient in English can apply directly to the University of Kansas and have access to resources that support academic, cultural, and professional growth, preparing you to excel in school and beyond.

As an International Direct student at the University of Kansas, you’ll receive:

  • Rigorous coursework tailored to your interests
  • Research opportunities in your first year
  • Guidance from academic advisors and mentors
  • Career development and networking opportunities
  • Academic and social experiences with students from the U.S. and from around the world

Program Details

Program Details
Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
2 semesters/9 monthsCustomized30+*Year 2 of degree

*Full-time enrollment during the summer semester includes fewer hours than fall and spring semesters.

Entry Requirements

To apply for International Direct at KU, you should have at least the following qualifications:

Entry Requirements
GPA MinimumMinimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™Minimum iTEP
Only one of the scores below required
2.579 (no subscore
below 18)
6.5 (no subscore
below 6.0 except speaking)
4.5 (no subscore
below 4)

GPA minimum: 2.5
Only one of the scores below required

Entry Requirements
Minimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™Minimum iTEP
79 (no subscore
below 18)
6.0 (no subscore below 5.5 except speaking)4.0 (no subscore below 3.5)

Don’t meet these requirements? The Academic Accelerator Program 2 or the Academic Accelerator Program 3 might be a better fit for you.

Note: Students in International Direct who meet the qualifying English-language test scores with the TOEFL or IELTS do not need to take the English placement exams upon arrival to campus. Students who meet the qualifying with the iTEP will verify their English proficiency with an exam upon arrival. For more information see English Requirements.

Note: Upon completion of International Direct, several professional schools, such as the School of Engineering and School of Business require an additional application process to transfer into the degree programs.

Program Dates

DeadlinesSummer 2020Fall 2020
Application DeadlineApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020
Move-In DateMay 26, 2020August 10, 2020
Program Start DateMay 27, 2020August 11, 2020

Program Costs

Program Session*Summer 2020Fall 2020
16-week term$23,300$30,583

*Summer is an 8-week term.

Sample Coursework

 Semester 1 Semester 2

University – Orientation seminar (Live, Learn, Grow I & II)

Communication Studies

Biology (natural sciences course)

Psychology (social sciences course)

Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus

University – Orientation seminar (Live, Learn, Grow III)


Art History (humanities course)

American Studies (culture and diversity course)

Accounting, Algebra, or Calculus I or II

Depending on your choice of major, you will follow an elective curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences based on one of the following three areas of study:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering,* and Mathematics (STEM) and Information Sciences
  • Business,* Finance,* and Economics

*Programs in the School of Engineering and School of Business require application to the programs upon completion of International Direct.

Build your career before it even begins.

Included in International Direct, the Career Accelerator is a two-year program focused on professional development. Learn valuable skills. Gain real-world experience. Customize your experience to fit your goals and stand out when applying to jobs.