International Students Are at Home at KCU
KCU accepts a select number of international students to each year to our College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Biosciences and College of Dental Medicine.
International applicants are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and require a student visa (F-1) to study in the United States. Applicants who have obtained permanent residency in the United States will be required to show proof of valid permanent residency if recommended for admission. International students are held to the same application, admissions and matriculation requirements as all other students.
Permanent Residency Status and Temporary Visas
Applicants who are currently in pending status for permanent U.S. residency are NOT eligible for admission. Applicants who apply for permanent residency status during the KCU admission application cycle will also become ineligible for admission. Students who are in the United States on a Temporary Visa are also not eligible for admission.
Due to 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 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 or you if you are intending to return to Canada to practice medicine.
Incoming International Students must show financial proof of their ability to pay the total cost of attendance for the full duration of their selected program. Financial proof must be shown in liquid assets through bank statements or other official financial documents. A private student loan can only be used as part of the liquid assets for the first year of their program. However, a student may take out a Private Student Loan for tuition and/or living expenses for the academic year on an annual basis.
Students may only receive financial support from direct family members (parents/guardians, brothers/sisters, grandparents). All financial documents and signed certification from sponsors must be submitted through the Workday student information portal no later than May 1st.
Additionally, international students must pay their Acceptance and Matriculation fee and have all financial documents approved before KCU will create an I-20 document for the student or transfer a students SEVIS record from their current institution.
Sponsor Certification Form to be uploaded with Financial Documents in Workday
Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance below is for the 2023-24 academic year. Updates for the next academic year are traditionally made during the Spring term.
Cost of attendance includes Tuition, housing, books and equipment and fees.
College of Osteopathic Medicine: $335,000College of Biosciences - MS Biomedical Science (1-year program): $61,500College of Biosciences - MS Biomedical Science (2-year program): $123,000College of Biosciences - PsyD: $316,000
Must obtain F-1 Visa status prior to matriculation.
If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate objective competency in English by either:
- 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, in the last three years. 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
- completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language within the past two years with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet Based Testing and a minimum score of 26 on the speaking component
You must provide evidence of sufficient funding to cover the entire length of the program.
You must submit a Financial Responsibility Form with all supporting bank (preferably a U.S. bank) and/or financial documentation to the KCU Office of Admissions. Please select the appropriate form for your program from the list above.
Once received, your financial documentation is subject to approval before the issuance of an I-20 form by the Registrar. The Registrar will issue I-20 documents to students 60 days prior to matriculation.
Previous Attendance at Foreign Institutions
Applicants with college credit at foreign institutions, or institutions teaching in a language other than English, must submit official foreign transcripts to one of the following evaluation services as part of the admissions process:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Josef Silny and Associates
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33171
World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
KCU will consider credit from the evaluation report only if the evaluation service has indicated the coursework taken was similar to coursework taken at an institution which is comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.