English as a Second Language Application

The ESL-Only application is for students whose sole interest is learning English and who do not intend to enter a degree program, Kent’s ESL Center offers several programs that provide intensive English language instruction to international students. If you intend to enter a degree program under conditional admission, please apply directly to the degree program. Please note that not all graduate programs offer conditional admission.

To complete the application process, an ESL-only applicant MUST review this list in order to gather necessary application materials prior to applying. Students are able to check their application status by using the log in ID and personal identification number (PIN) established when starting the online application.

General Instructions

  • The application is divided into multiple sections to allow you the option of completing the application in one session or in multiple sessions. Click the "Finish Later" button to save portions of the application you have already completed.
  • To return to complete the application at a later time, just enter your Login and PIN.
  • To check your application status, click the "Check the Status of an Existing Application" button found on this page. Remember you will need your original Login and PIN to securely check your status.


  • Application Fee
    Submit your $30 nonrefundable application fee online.
  • Financial Documents
    International applicants must complete the Financial Information Worksheet for International Students. The worksheet must be accompanied by a current bank statement from the sponsor's financial institution. Send the Financial Information Worksheet form. Please note that financial documents are only required after acceptance for immigration document issuance.
  • Submission of All Required Documents to OGE
    For faster processing, documents should be scanned as one multi-page PDF (the size of the PDF file should be within 5MB) and sent to the International Admissions Office through intladm@kent.edu.

    If you attended a US institution, we must have official transcripts for admissions purposes. We cannot accept copies.

    Mailing the application documents is also acceptable for international applicants to the address provided:

    Office of Global Education
    Kent State University
    106 Van Campen Hall
    625 Loop Rd
    Kent, OH 44242 USA

Please check the ESL Application Guide for additional information.