Requirements for Resident Alien, H4, L1, and Other Visa Students

The International Admissions Office is here to assist as you pursue entry to Kennesaw State University. International students must meet the admission requirements as freshmen or transfer student to pursue a Bachelor’s degree program at KSU, and as a graduate student to pursue Master’s or Doctorate level programs. Basic admission standards and specific international student standards must be met. Students can also apply to enhance English language skills through the KSU Intensive English Program (IEP) prior to seeking entry as a degree seeking student.

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Review the undergraduate and graduate admission deadlines as these are very important. Transcripts must be evaluated through World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., both recognized by NACES.org. Be sure to give yourself time to have the evaluation completed before the admission deadline. You should submit your completed undergraduate application or graduate application as early as possible to allow enough time to obtain a U.S. Visa.

Below are the steps to complete an international student undergraduate application. Click here to download a checklist of application requirements for undergraduate applicants. For steps to applying as a graduate applicant visit the Graduate College Admissions website.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • ❑ Submit your application and $40 application fee online at by the appropriate posted deadline for your desired semester of entry.

    ❑ Official transcripts of ALL your high school or post-secondary records.  English evaluations of all foreign documents will be needed.  You must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluations services:

    High school transcript: document-by-document
    College/University transcript: course-by-course evaluation

    ❑ Validation of English Proficiency. See below for English Proficiency options.

      • Validation Criteria
        Minimum
      • TOEFL (Internet Based TOEFL IBT or Paper Based TOEFL PBT)
        79 IBT or 550 PBT
      • IELTS
        6.5
      • SAT Critical Reading
        (Test taken prior to March 2016)
        450
      • SAT Reading Test
        (Test taken March 2016 or later)
        25
      • ACT English
        18
      • EIKEN
        Pre-1
      • MELAB (Michigan english Language Assessment Battery
        77
      • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
        177
      • Cambridge CPE ( Certificate of Proficiency in English)
        180
      • Pearson PTE Academic
        58
      • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and "O" Level Exams
        B or Better
      • UK GCSE English Exam
        B or Better
      • UK GCE A-Level Exam
        B or Better
      • EdExcel Intl A-Levels and IGCSE English Exams
        B or Better
      • KSU Intensive English Program (IEP) Level Six
        Successfully Complete Level Six
      • US College Completion of English Composition One and Two
        English Comp I & II with C or better

    For graduate admission, you must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or higher; IELTS 6.5 or higher.

    ❑ Results from your Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). For SAT and ACT score requirements, contact the office of Admissions or check with the current catalog.  

    Links regarding testing and support services:

    • SAT - College Board*
    • ACT - registration and testing* 
    • Kaplan - SAT/ACT information

      *The school code for the TOEFL and SAT: 5359
        The school code for the ACT: 0833
    • IELTS - registration and testing
    • IEP - Intensive English Program
    • TOEFL - Educational Testing Services*

    ❑ Copies of status documents made by International Student and Scholar Services (F-1 and J-1 passport, visa and I-94) or Global Admissions (Green Cards and other visa documents) 

    ❑ Prior to enrolling in courses you must provide proof of immunization as required by the University System of Georgia. Please see http://immunizations.kennesaw.edu/ for further information.

Please Note: Transfer students with at least a 2.0 grade point average and 30 transferable semester hours (50 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university in the United States are exempted from the SAT and ACT requirements.

For questions please contact the office of Transfer and Adult Admission Services at TAAS@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-3002

Send your application, test results, transcripts and other documents to:

Kennesaw State University
International Admissions Office
3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9112,
Suite 1300
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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