International Students

  • KCU welcomes international applicants to apply to either the College of Osteopathic Medicine or College of Biosciences.

    Who qualifies as an international applicant?
    An international applicant is an applicant who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident and requires a student visa (F-1) to study in the United States. International applicants who are in pending status for permanent U.S. residency are not eligible for admission.

    Attention Prospective Canadian Applicants:  Due to recent changes in Canadian law, students pursuing a DO degree are finding it more difficult to find residency training options in Canada, post-graduation.  The Canadian Osteopathic Medical Schools Association is recommending that all students pursuing the DO degree pursue an ACGME residency training program in the United States after graduation rather than returning to Canada to pursue residency training.  Because these factors are out of our control at KCU, we encourage all Canadian applicants to consider very seriously whether this degree is the right option considering realities back in Canada. 
    Requirements for international applicants include:

    • F-1 Visa status (either currently in the US on an F-1 Visa or be able to obtain an F-1 Visa prior to matriculation. Students who are in pending status for permanent residency are not eligible for admissions to KCU. 
    • International applicants whose native language is not English must also demonstrate objective competency in English by either: (1) by successfully completing a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation, not more than three years prior to the applicants anticipated matriculation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English and three hours in speech/public speaking; or (2) completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of the applicants anticipated matriculation date with a minimum score of 79 for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) and a minimum score of 26 on the speaking component.
    • Financial aid and funding requirements: Should an offer of admission be extended, international applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funding to cover the entire length of the program. The applicant must complete and submit a Financial Responsibility form (PDF) with all supporting bank (preferably a U.S. bank) and/or financial documentation to the KCU Office of Admissions. Once received, the financial documentation is reviewed by the Department of Finance for verification and is subject to approval before the issuance of an I-20 form by the Registrar.

     Application, admissions and matriculation requirements:

    • International students are held to the same application, admissions and matriculation requirements as all other students.