Frequently Asked Questions for International Students
What is the application process?
Please review the information on the How to Apply and academic department websites for specific application requirements.
Undergraduate international applicants should submit their application materials to the Office of International Admissions, Kutztown University, P.O. Box 730, Kutztown, PA 19530, USA. Graduate international applicants should submit their application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Kutztown University, P.O. Box 730, Kutztown, PA 19530, USA.
Once my application is received, how long before I hear from KU?
The response time, once your completed application is received by the appropriate office at Kutztown University, is typically three weeks. Please be aware that an incomplete application will delay the response time.
What does a completed application consist of?
A completed application is distinct for undergraduate, graduate, and transfer international students. Go to the How to Apply website to find application requirements for your application type. There are checklists for each application type.
What is considered an official transcript?
Transcripts are accepted for admission under the following conditions:
- Official, original language transcript with official English language translation
- Official transcript in English, if issued directly by the school
- Certified copy of original language transcript sent with official English translation (if applicable) and signed by one of the following: (a) Administrator of the student's school, (b) U.S. Embassy official, (c) Ministry of Education official, (d) U.S. Overseas Advising Office staff member, or (e) Notary Public
Undergraduate students must submit official, certified copies of all academic records from high school or secondary schools. All records should include an official school signature and stamp on the document. Transcripts that have been scanned, faxed or photocopied and sent without official signatures will NOT be accepted. Official transcripts must be mailed to the Office of International Admissions.
Graduate students must submit an official transcript from their undergraduate university. International undergraduate degrees must be evaluated by an evaluation service to be reviewed for admission. Official transcripts and evaluations must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
What financial documents are needed for the application process?
The financial documents required for the application process include the Affidavit of Financial Support, which must be completed in its entirety and solely in English and by all persons (sponsors) financially supporting the student, and three consecutive months of bank statements. The bank statements must be in the sponsor's name and include the date the account was opened, the current balance in U.S. dollars, average deposits and average balances. Other acceptable evidence of financial support includes: bank loans for educational purposes, scholarship letters, investment statements indicating liquid assets, and/or government funding.
May I apply online?
International students may apply online. Please note that students who apply online must use a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) to pay the application fee or an electronic check from a U.S. bank.
Where should I send my completed application?
All undergraduate and graduate applications are online. Intensive English Program applicants who complete a paper application can mail or email it to the Office of International Admissions: Office of International Admissions, PO Box 730, Kutztown, PA, 19530, USA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May I transfer university credit?
International students who have university credit from institutions outside the United States may transfer credit to Kutztown University, so long as all of the courses for which they wish to receive transfer credit are evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Students must request a course-by-course evaluation from WES. Credit will not be given unless a WES evaluation has been completed. The WES course-by-course evaluation, as well as course descriptions (in English), should be mailed to the Office of International Admissions.
International students with university credit from institutions within the United States who wish to transfer to Kutztown University do not need to submit a WES course-by-course evaluation, however, they must send an official transcript and course descriptions and submit a SEVIS Transfer Release Form. This form must be completed by the current immigration advisor at the school from which you wish to transfer and submitted to the Office of International Admissions at Kutztown University. Please note that your new Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) cannot be issued by Kutztown University until the release form is received. The form may be faxed (610.683.1356) or mailed to the Office of International Admissions.
How can I check the status of my application?
You may check the status of your application online at http://myku.kutztown.edu using the ID and password you received in the application acknowledgment email or by contacting the Office of International Admissions.
Do I have to have to declare a major or program of study in order to apply to KU?
Yes. International students must declare a major or program of study in order to apply to Kutztown University. Students may change their major within the first two years at Kutztown University.
What is the difference between an undergraduate and a graduate program of study?
An undergraduate program of study is appropriate for students who have completed their high school program, but have not yet earned a Bachelor's degree. Kutztown University offers more than 50 undergraduate programs. A graduate program of study is appropriate for students who have completed their Bachelor's degree and are seeking to complete advanced study in an academic or professional field. Kutztown University offers more than 18 graduate programs.
How do I know if I am an undergraduate or graduate student?
If you are a student working to complete a Bachelor's degree, then you are considered an undergraduate student. However, if you are a student working to complete a Master's degree, then you are considered a graduate student.
Does KU accept the British system of coursework (i.e., O-, AS- and A-level)?
Yes. Kutztown University accepts O-, AS-, and A-level coursework. In some cases, the coursework may be deemed equivalent to the completion of a secondary-level program (i.e. high school diploma). This is determined on a case-by-case review of grades in the coursework.
May I receive university credit for A-level coursework?
International students may receive university credit for A-level coursework depending on their final grades in those courses. In order to receive credit, however, students must submit a course-by-course evaluation by World Education Service (WES). This evaluation should be mailed to the Office of International Admissions. The number of credits awarded is determined on a case-by-case basis.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Students seeking undergraduate admissions may submit their completed application on a rolling basis. Certain programs have limited seats available, and thus you are encouraged to submit your completed application as early as possible. Students seeking graduate admissions should consult the specific graduate programs webpage they are interested in to determine the deadline for admission.
What is the cost to study at Kutztown University for international students?
The cost to study at Kutztown University consists of tuition, administrative fees (including incidentals such as health insurance and books), and room and board. View the Current tuition and fees.
Is financial aid available to international students?
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, Kutztown University is proud to offer three international scholarships of varying amounts to a select few of our incoming, undergraduate international students during the fall semester. Get more information about these scholarships.
Graduate students may apply for a graduate assistantship.
Am I eligible to receive more than one scholarship?
No. International students selected to receive an international scholarship will only receive one scholarship, though it will be the highest scholarship for which they are eligible, based on availability.
When should I apply for a scholarship?
Only undergraduate international students attending Kutztown University during the fall semester may apply for an international scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please complete and submit your application to the Office of International Admissions as soon as possible.
What is the deadline for submitting the scholarship application?
The deadline to apply for an international scholarship at Kutztown University is March 1. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Graduate students applying for a graduate assistantship should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the deadline.
If I am selected to receive a scholarship, when will it be posted to my account?
International students who are selected to receive an international scholarship may not see the scholarship immediately applied to their initial tuition bill. Generally, the amount of the scholarship is posted to the student's account within the first month of the semester. Please be aware that the scholarship may only be applied to the cost of tuition. All other administrative fees, as well as room and board, still remain the responsibility of the student. Students should contact the Bursar's Office if they are relying on the scholarship to pay the balance of their account.
Are scholarships renewable?
Yes. International students who remain eligible for renewal of their scholarship will see the scholarship amount posted to their tuition bill. Scholarship renewals are only available for a cumulative maximum of nine (9) semesters.
Students who become ineligible for a scholarship renewal may appeal if they become eligible during the next semester. In this case, scholarship renewal is not guaranteed and appeal decisions are final.
Must I hold an F-1 visa to study at KU?
No. International students may also hold other visa types (i.e. J-1, L-2, etc.), however, international students who are not on an F-1 visa may not be eligible for various F-1 benefits such as international scholarships and employment and practical training. Students are encouraged to research the various types of student visas available to them. If you have any questions about whether you may study at Kutztown University, please contact the Office of International Admissions.
I am currently in the U.S. and hold a non-student visa; may I still study at KU?
Students who hold a non-student visa may apply for admission to Kutztown University, however, students must meet all academic requirements and be accepted to KU before they can apply for a change of status to a student visa (i.e. F-1 or J-1). Certain non-student visa holders, such as B-1, B-2 visitors and F-2 (unless a minor) applying for F-1 status may not begin their program of study until the change of status has been approved by USCIS.
How do I apply for a change of status?
Accepted students on a non-student visa may apply for a change of status to a student visa (i.e. F-1 or J-1). In this case, the following documents must be submitted to the assigned USCIS Service Center:
- Completed Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status - please review instructions
- Form I-539 Filing Fee - check or money order made payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security"
- Original Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students), issued by the Office of International Admissions
- Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee - this cannot be paid until the Form I-20 has been issued
- Original I-94 Card
- Copies of passport ID pages, visa, and other current immigration status documents
- Copies of financial support documents
- Letter explaining why you are requesting the change of status
Please note that the following visa holders may not apply for a change of status within the United States: M-1, C, D, or K non-immigrants, J non-immigrants subject to the 212(e) two-year foreign residency requirement, and WT and WB visitors admitted under the visa waiver program.
If I do not have a visa, may I still study at KU?
Yes. Kutztown University will not deny admission to the university so long as the student meets general admissions requirements. Please contact the Office of International Admissions.
If I hold a green card, should I still apply through the Office of International Admissions?
No. International students who hold a green card are considered permanent residents and thus should apply through the regular application process.
Are there other international students attending KU? Where are they from?
Yes. Our international community has more than doubled in less than five years. International students from all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, study at Kutztown University.
What is the weather like in Kutztown?
When you arrive in August, you'll likely experience temperatures ranging anywhere from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (21-32 degrees Celsius). In these temperatures, light weight clothing is suggested for your comfort. As the semester continues, heavier clothing may become necessary. In November and December, temperatures can drop to 17-40 degrees Fahrenheit (-8-4 degrees Celsius) and are typically accompanied by snow and ice, therefore a heavy overcoat, gloves and scarves are highly recommended. These temperatures generally last until February. Once springtime approaches in March, temperatures begin to rise again to about 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit (7-15 degrees Celsius) and are often accompanied by rain, so a raincoat and umbrella are also a good idea. These temperatures can last throughout the remainder of the spring semester.