International Students

Before applying to Kent State, you must have earned an educational credential equivalent to an American high school diploma. In order to apply as an international visiting student, students must have graduated from high school or be currently enrolled at another institution. A visiting student is short-term and not working toward a degree at Kent State. Students may remain in this special status for one academic year or until a maximum of 45 semester hours of credit is earned. Typically, this student type is reserved for international students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution but would like to study abroad at Kent State for an academic year or less.

All students must currently have undergraduate standing. All students must be in good academic standing.

English Language Proficiency

What Level of Proficiency is Required for Admission?

Part of the application process for international students at both the graduate and undergraduate level is documentation of their proficiency in the English language. All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States of America must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language.

All undergraduate applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (71 on the Internet- based version), minimum MELAB score of 77 or IELTS score of 6.0, or PTE Academics score of 48, or completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. Some exceptions may apply, so please review these English Language Proficiency requirements from the Office of Global Education.

Visa and Immigration

All students will require a J-1 student visa to study at Kent State University if they do not hold U.S. citizenship. Upon admission to Kent State University, you will receive an admission letter and a DS-2019. The DS-2019 will allow you to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States. Students are responsible for applying for their own student visas. The Office of Global Education can provide advice, but cannot apply for or intercede on your behalf in the visa process.

For the most recent information on U.S. student visa requirements, please check this website from the United States Department of State.

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL without appropriate immigration paperwork. If you do not have the correct paperwork, you may be asked to return home on the next available flight at your cost. The United States Department of State and Customs and Border Protection remain the final authority on issues of immigration.

Applying to Kent State University

If you wish to proceed with your application for a period of study at Kent State University, you must complete the Online International Visiting Student Application. The application procedures are stated below:

Applying to Kent State as an International Visiting Student:

  1. Visit the International Undergraduate Non-Degree Programs page on the Office of Global Education’s website.
  2. Click the Apply Now button.
  3. Click the Begin New Application button for first-time users.
  4. Follow the steps to apply as an International Undergraduate Visiting Student.

Students will need to submit the following documents:

  1. Most recent university transcript (English)
  2. Financial worksheet
  3. Financial guarantee/bank statements
  4. Visiting Student Permission form
  5. Copy of the information page of the passport
  6. Recent TOEFL or IELTS score sheet
  7. Verification of city and country of birth
  8. Verification of country of permanent residence

Please send the documents by post to:

Kent State University
Attn: Office of Global Education-Education Abroad
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Road
Kent, OH 44242 USA

Delays in submitting supporting documents or applying online will delay admission to Kent State University.

Applying to the NYC Studio

After being admitted to Kent State University, please follow these instructions for applying to The Fashion School’s NYC Studio:

Once you have made a decision to participate in the program, please contact the NYC Studio directly to request a Pre-Approval Application form and begin your application. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. International/Study-Away Pre-Approval Application form:
    Complete and submit the Pre-Approval Application form to hold a spot in the program. Submitting the Pre-Approval Application form does not commit you to the program, it simply holds your place until the commitment contract and program fee deadline. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email confirmation from the NYC Studio indicating if you were accepted or placed on a wait list along with further details. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Prerequisite Confirmation form:
    Please review the NYC Studio Prerequisite Confirmation form (PDF) and follow the instructions, as explained on the form.
  3. Commitment Contract:
    After submitting the PAA and Prerequisite Confirmation forms, you must complete and submit the online Commitment Contract in order to secure your place in the program. Once we have received your commitment contract, you will receive a confirmation via email verifying that you have met the GPA requirement and may make the program fee payment. DO NOT make the program fee payment until you have submitted your commitment contract and have received an email from the NYC Studio verifying you have met the requirements.
  4. Program Fee:
    After we receive your Commitment Contract and verify your eligibility, you will receive instructions for paying the Program Fee. The Program Fee must be paid online with a credit card. You will use your FlashLine user ID and password, provided in your Kent State Admissions acceptance letter, to access the online payment system. You must complete and submit the commitment contract and program fee by appropriate deadlines.  If you submit the PAA form and are accepted, but fail to submit the commitment contract and program fee by the deadline, you will be dropped from the program.

Useful Resources

Office of Global Education Contact

Amber Bollinger, Education Abroad Program Officer
Office of Global Education, Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Road
Kent, Ohio 44242