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International Student Scholarships

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.  However, international undergraduate students may apply for an international scholarship.  Incoming undergraduate students during the fall semester may apply for an international scholarship.  These scholarships are competitive in nature; students who meet the minimum requirements are not necessarily guaranteed a scholarship as there are a limited number available in any given year.  As a result of the large number of students applying for these scholarships, students should NOT count on the international scholarship when completing the Affidavit of Financial Support. Please refer to the eligibility criteria and the application instructions below.

How to Apply for a Scholarship

To apply for an international scholarship, please complete the International Scholarship Application and submit it to the Office of International Programs. For preferred consideration, please submit by March 1. After this date, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please be aware that scholarship amounts are subject to change without notice.

Students will only receive one scholarship, but they will be awarded the highest scholarship possible based on eligibility and availability. Please be aware that scholarships are only available to undergraduate students entering during the fall semester. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (Full tuition*/year)

*Student is still responsible for paying fees, room & board, as well as personal expenses

Minimum Requirements:

    • Completed International Scholarship Application form
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Minimum SAT score of 1200 (critical reading & math)
    • Above average high school achievement, as determined by the Office of International Programs
    • Demonstrated efforts to contribute to the local community through participation in activities and/or programs

Renewal Requirements:

  • Must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at KU
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at KU

Academic Achievement Scholarship ($8,000/year)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completed International Scholarship Application form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (critical reading & math)
  • Above average high school achievement, as determined by the Office of International Programs
  • Demonstrated efforts to contribute to the local community through participation in activities and/or programs

Renewal Requirements:

  • Must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at KU
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA at KU

International Diversity Scholarship ($6,000/year)

Minimum Requirements:

    • Completed International Scholarship Application form
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Demonstrated efforts to contribute to the local community through participation in activities and/or programs

Renewal Requirements:

  • Must maintain continuous full-time enrollment at KU
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA at KU
Graduate Assistantships

While graduate students are not eligible for international scholarships, they may apply for a graduate assistantship.  A graduate assistantship provides a full tuition waiver for up to 9 credit hours and stipend for the academic year. (All other administrative fees, as well as room and board, remain the responsibility of the graduate assistant).  The graduate assistantship application has full details and eligibility requirements.