International Student Admissions

Becoming a Student at Kaplan University

From enrollment to choosing a program to understanding funding and financial options for international students, at Kaplan University, a U.S.-based and regionally accredited institution, we take pride in the integrity of our admissions approach. It’s just one more thing that helps set us apart.

An international student

Admissions Requirements

International applicants must submit evidence that they meet Kaplan University’s general admissions standards for all students. The University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant, alien students. International applicants interested in enrolling in an online nursing, health science, or education program should contact their Admissions Advisor for information related to international availability. Not all programs are available for enrollment.

If you are not one of the following, Kaplan University considers you an international student:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen; or
  • Citizen of the Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands.

In addition, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • If applying to an onsite program, submit bank statement(s), with balance(s) converted into U.S. dollars, indicating that you or your parent/guardian has sufficient funds to cover the costs of tuition, fees, and/or living expenses for the entire program of study, or a certified government sponsor letter indicating that tuition, fees, and/or living expenses will be paid in advance of each term. If you are enrolled in English language course(s) at another institution, bank statement(s) or a certified government sponsor letter proving sufficient funds for the entire Kaplan University program can be submitted along with the Enrollment Agreement.
  • Submit all applicable fees as noted on the Enrollment Agreement and the Tuition and Fees Schedule.
  • If enrolling in a program that includes a placement component, such as a clinical, practicum, or externship, ensure that the program of study complies with the terms of your visa.
  • Provide actual proof of secondary completion. If you reside in the United States but attended school in a foreign country, and are unable to produce the required documents, evidence may include certification from other official sources. If you cannot provide the required documentation by the end of the first term of enrollment, you will be dismissed from the University.

    English Language Requirements

    All international applicants be proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking) appropriate to our academic environment and to your level of study.

    If you completed high school in English, you are generally considered to have met this requirement.

    Completing high school in English means that you completed high school or its approved equivalent:

    • In the U.S. (includes GEDs, etc.), or
    • In a country where English is the language of instruction,  or
    • At a “high school” where the primary language of instruction was English

    If you do not meet one of these criteria, you may establish English proficiency by means of:

    • A transcript indicating “C-“ or higher in a college-level writing/composition course from either a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or an eligible college/university in a country on the list of countries of English instruction
    • A degree from either a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or an eligible college/university in a country on the list of countries of English instruction
    • KELPA
    • Minimum score on an external exam (TOEFL, IELTS)
    TOEFL Paper-Based Computer-Based Internet-Based
    Undergraduate 525 195 71
    Graduate 550 213 80

    Requirement Undergraduate Graduate
    IELTS 6 (no band less  than 5.5) 6.5 (no band less  than 5.5)

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