International Undergraduate Transfer & Post Undergraduate Application Guide

International Student's Application Deadline

Undergraduate Applicants: 

Preferred Application Deadlines: October 1 for Spring Semester; June 1 for Fall Semester
Late applications are accepted, but we recommend that international students apply as early as possible to allow time for pre-departure requirements.

Graduate Applicants:

Graduate admission requirements and deadlines differ from program to program, so you will need to follow the expectations of the specific department, school or college you wish to apply to. Sometimes graduate department might consider a late application. Please check the website www.kent.edu/gps for the latest updates.

International Student's Education Level

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.).  A student who has previously enrolled in a post-secondary (higher education) institution is required to apply as a transfer student.

A student must apply as a transfer student if you have attended a college or university after graduation from secondary school/high school. A student who has previously enrolled in any higher education institution cannot apply as a new freshman.  

Graduate admission requirements and deadlines differ from program to program, so you will need to follow the expectations of the specific department, school or college you wish to apply to. Please check the website www.kent.edu/gps for the latest updates.

International Student's GPA Requirement

Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ≥ 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Check for specific majors' selective requirements. Students who want a particular program but do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for the pre-major.

Transfer applicants should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ≥ 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Check for specific majors' selective requirements. Students who want a particular program but do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for the pre-major.

International Student Transfer Information
Transfer Credit
  • Transfer credit refers to the number of transferable credits or course equivalents earned at an accredited post-secondary institution that can be applied toward a degree program at Kent State University.
Evaluation
  • International Admissions does the initial evaluation to determine what the equivalent credit hours and grades are, but it is the responsibility of the student to meet with an academic advisor to see how these courses fit into your major at Kent State. We cannot guarantee that all your credits will transfer to exact equivalents in your program.
  • If possible, please bring course syllabi and course descriptions in English to make this process easier.

A Guide to Transferring International Credits
  1. The international student provides final and official transcripts to the International Admissions Office (106 Van Campen Hall)
  2. International Admissions completes a transfer credit evaluation and assigns general courses and USA credit hours to courses with USA grade D or better. No Basic English language courses will transfer.
  3. International Admissions sends the transfer credit evaluation to the Transfer Center (204 Schwartz Center), where the general courses and credit hours are entered on the student's advising record.
  4. Students receive an email when Step 3 is complete. A student then needs to meet with an academic advisor in the major to determine how the general credits fit into the major program at Kent State University.
Completed Evaluation
  • Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, students will be notified through email. Unofficial transcripts and transfer credits can also be viewed through a student's Flashline account as described in the official acceptance letter.
Post-Undergraduate Application

A student who has received a baccalaureate degree from a college or university yet wishes to take additional undergraduate courses. There are two types of post-undergraduate applicants:

  • Post-undergraduate degree-seeking applicants – individuals interested in seeking an additional bachelor’s degree.
  • Post-undergraduate non–degree-seeking applicants – individuals just interested in taking additional undergraduate coursework.

Please Note: If you are a former Kent State University student who has not attended any other college or university since your prior enrollment, you do not need to reapply. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 330–672–3131 or visit the Admissions homepage of the Regional Campus you plan to attend.

Application Requirements and Processes are similar to Transfer applications. Please contact intladm@kent.edu if you would like to apply as a post-undergraduate.

English Language Proficiency

Undergraduate

All undergraduate applicants must obtain:

  • TOEFL score of 71 iBT, 525 pBT(discontinued as of July 2017), 18 average of Revise PBT, or
  • 6.0 IELTS (We are temporarily accepting the IELTS indicator for fall 2020.), or
  • Duolingo of 100, or
  • PTE Academic score of 48, or
  • MELAB score of 75, or 
  • Completing the ELS level 112 Intensive English Program, or 
  • On SAT, a minimum of 510 Evidence-based reading and writing / ACT, a minimum of 21 in English
  • All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions.
  • Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). IELTS and PTE report needs to be sent as a scanned PDF.  MELAB report comes directly from MELAB.  All English scores will be verified for authenticity. Student with fraudulent documents will result in denial of admission or immediate dismissal.
  • Those who do not meet the minimum score for admission may be admitted conditionally if they meet academic requirements—Conditional Admission means students will take English language classes at our ESL Center before entering their programs.
  • A student who only wants to apply for ESL program should submit an ESL application; A student who is looking for conditional admission should submit a regular undergraduate application.

Graduate

All graduate applicants must submit an English language proficiency test score to be considered for a graduate program. Graduate programs set their own English requirements, please review Graduate Program English Requirements before submitting your application.    

  • All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions.
  • Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). An IELTS report needs to be uploaded to the online application system as a scanned PDF. All English scores will be verified for authenticity. Student with fraudulent documents will result in denial of admission or immediate dismissal.
  • Some graduate programs offer conditional admission. Graduate applicants who are interested in conditional admission should still provide an English language proficiency test to be considered. 

 

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Transfer Application Process

1.       Submit an online application and nonrefundable application fee of $70

2.       Prepare application documents

  • Passport Biographical Page
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
  • College transcript/detailed marksheets (Certified English translation and original language)
  • College Graduation Certificate/Diploma if available (Certified English translation and original language)

       If applicant has taken fewer than 12 semester hours:

  1. Secondary School Graduation Certificate/Diploma/Attending Certificate (Certified English translation and original language)
  2. Secondary School Transcripts/detailed marksheets (Certified English translation and original language)

3.       Submission of all required documents to OGE

  • Include the student's full name and Kent State ID when sending documents.
  • 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  Also, TOEFL scores must be submitted through ETS (institution code: 1367), SAT through College Board (institution code: 1367) and ACT (institution code: 3284) through ACT to be considered. 
  • For admission purposes, we accept scanned documents of international credentials, and scanned copies of official U.S. credentials.  When an applicant is admitted, his/her final official transcripts and diploma should be brought to the International Admissions Office for verification.  This should be done within the first semester (or the first module for ESL students).  Otherwise, the student's account will be put on HOLD.
  • Mailing the application 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

4.       Check Status

Please remember that it is your responsibility to check your application status to ensure that we have received all documents. You should allow 3 weeks for the status of your application to be updated, and please note that items sent to Kent State become the property of the university and will not be returned.

5.       Apply for your immigration document (I20)

Now that you are admitted, you will need an immigration document in order to obtain your student visa, please check the immigration documents page for additional information.

6.       Transfer your SEVIS record (if applicable)

If you are an F-1 student transferring from a school in the United States, please review the SEVIS Transfer In Guide regarding your SEVIS record transfer. F-1 students must transfer their SEVIS record in order to maintain their F-1 status. 

7.       Provide final and official documents after arrival 

When an applicant is admitted, his/her final and official transcript and diploma should be brought to the International Admissions Office for verification.  This should be done within the first semester (or the first module for ESL students). Otherwise, the student's account will be put on HOLD.

Optional:

8.       Course Descriptions 

This will help your academic advisors evaluate your previous courses and add the credits toward your major here at Kent State University.


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