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Spring 2021 "You at KU - International" orientation will be held primarily online.
For more information, see the FAQs below.

“YOU at KU - International” is a multi-day orientation program designed to ease your transition to the U.S. and KU. You will complete all required check-ins, enjoy fun social events, and become better acquainted with the University of Kansas. Participating in orientation is a great way to reduce enrollment stress, meet new friends from all over the world, and start to feel at home in your new environment!

All undergraduate international students, regardless of immigration status, and all graduate students in F-1 and J-1 status are required to participate in “YOU at KU - International” and are automatically charged an orientation and check-in fee on their KU student account.

At "YOU at KU - International" orientation, you will:

  • Get help enrolling in classes
  • Make new friends and go to fun social events
  • Tour the KU campus and the city of Lawrence
  • Learn how to use the computers and internet on campus
  • Get your KU ID card to ride KU and city busses and more
  • Meet in a small group of new international students with a trained leader who will help you through check-in procedures and answer questions
  • Go on shopping trips to local stores
  • Learn about legal issues and how to maintain your immigration status
  • Discuss U.S. culture, customs & adjustment
  • Go to presentations on health, safety, campus resources, clubs/organizations, tips for success and more!
Frequently Asked Questions - SPRING 2021 ORIENTATION
What will spring 2021 orientation be like?

The Spring 2021 "You at KU - International" Orientation will consist of an asynchronous orientation course that you can complete on your own time and a series of live Zoom sessions where you can ask questions and interact with KU staff and your fellow orientation participants. On December 1st, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the orientation course. During "You at KU - International" Orientation, students will complete all pre-advising requirements and then connect with an academic advisor to enroll in Spring 2021 courses. Students in the U.S. will also be required to complete an ISS check-in and an in-person check-in with Watkins Health Services.

When will "You at KU - International" Orientation begin?

"You at KU - International" Orientation will begin on December 1st. You will receive an email on that day with instructions on how to access the orientation course.

How long will "You at KU - International" Orientation last?
"You at KU - International" Orientation activities, some mandatory and some optional, will begin on December 1st and continue until the start of classes on February 1st, with reduced programming between December 21st and January 4th.
Can I complete "You at KU - International" Orientation from outside the U.S.?
Yes! All incoming international students, including those enrolling in online courses from abroad, will be able to participate fully in this year's online version of "You at KU - International" Orientation.
What if the situation gets better and things work out during the semester, allowing us to arrive late?
Since all incoming international students will complete the online “You at KU – International” Orientation before the start of classes in February, even if they are enrolling in online courses from abroad, there will not be an additional orientation requirement if they arrive late. However, the ISS Check-In and Watkins Health Services Check-In will have to be completed once a student arrives in Lawrence.
How will on-campus housing work?
KU Student Housing will provide dedicated rooms for on-campus residents who need to quarantine. See more information at  housing.ku.edu/coronavirus.
How do I take the AEC test and math test during orientation?
Students will be able to take the AEC and math placement tests online during orientation. The AEC test will be conducted through Versant, and the math placement test will be conducted through ALEKS. Students will receive more information and codes to take the tests once they start the orientation course.

Registration for "YOU at KU - International" orientation is required! Find out more information about your specific orientation program and register now!.

Required Check-in Procedures

All international students must complete all three of the required check-in procedures described below before enrolling. These are typically called "holds" on your student account and prevent enrollment in classes. Some of these "holds" on your student account require individual appointments, while others are done through scheduled sessions. Assistance will be provided to you when signing up for appointments during your "YOU at KU - International" orientation.

International Support Services (ISS) Check-In

Approximate completion time 1-2 hours

There are several steps to this process, including reviewing your immigration documents, updating your personal data on a computer, and receiving important information about staying in legal status while studying in the U.S. Bring your passport, visa, I-20 (F-1 status) or DS-2019 (J-1 status), I-94 Printout (from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov), and any other documents that verify your immigration status. If you are in a dependent status, you should likewise bring evidence of the status for the person from whom your status is derived. Also, have your local address, international address, and emergency contact information with you.

There is a $35-$50 charge to complete the ISS Check-in. All students will have this fee billed to their student account upon completion of their ISS Check-in.

Applied English Center (AEC) Check-In

Approximate completion time: 2 hours if testing is required

All international students must have their English proficiency evaluated by the AEC (unless waived - undergraduate, graduate). Bring your original TOEFL, IELTS scores, or an original diploma from an English-based institution, if you have them. If testing is required, you must register for the test by 3 p.m. the business day before a test date. You also need to be in the U.S. for 24 hours before you can take the AEC test. It may take up to two weekdays to get your test results.

Watkins Health Services (WHS) Check-In

Approximate completion time: 1 hour

When you come for your Health Services Check-in, bring your completed Immunization History Form. It must be completed in English and signed by your doctor.

You will also be given a Tuberculosis (TB) screening and complete the following immunization requirements, if not previously completed

  • TWO vaccinations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella
  • Meningococcal Meningitis Immunization or waiver

Edwards Campus Students

Students admitted to a program at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park have special orientation instructions.

Students Exempt from Orientation

Students who are exempt from the "YOU at KU - International" Orientation are still required to attend the mandatory check-ins. Please review Arrival and Check-In instructions corresponding to your exemption category below.

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Get Your KU ID Card

The KU Card Center is responsible for the issuance and management of the KU ID Card, which is the official University of Kansas identification card for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the KU community. You will receive your KU ID card during Orientation.

Enrollment Requirement for International Students

F-1 and J-1 international students must be enrolled in a full course of study each regular term. Generally, international undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and international graduate students are required to be enrolled in 9 credit hours.

If for any reason you do not meet these requirements or are planning to drop below the minimum hours required, you must first speak with an ISS immigration advisor or you risk falling out of status. You will receive more information about this at your ISS Check-in.

Academic Advising at KU

Degree-Seeking Undergraduates

Undergraduate students may be advised through many different offices:

Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC)

All undergraduate students that have not decided a major, are admitted to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, or to a pre-professional school that have taken 89 credit hours or less.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

Once a student declares a major, the student transitions from the UAC to his or her academic department in CLAS. Students who have not declared a major after reaching 90 credit hours are advised by the CLAS Student Academic Services.

Professional Schools

The Professional Schools below require completion of credit hours in CLAS (noted below) as prerequisites for application. Pre-professional students are advised in the UAC, then transition to advising in their school once they have been accepted.
Business:          60 hours 
Education:        29-50 hours 
Health Prof:      57-90 hours
Pharmacy:        68 hours
Nursing:            62 hours
Social Welfare: 30 hours

Direct-Entry Professional Schools

All students admitted to one of the following schools in their freshman year are advised by their school: Architecture, Business, Journalism, Music, or School of the Arts

Honors Program

CLAS students in the Honors Program are advised by Honors. Those admitted to a professional school are advised by both their school and Honors.

Applied English Center

Students taking English proficiency courses through the Applied English Center (AEC) will be advised through that office in Room 204, Lippincott Hall. Students taking part-time AEC and part-time regular KU academic courses should follow the “Degree Seeking Undergraduate” listings above.

Graduate Students

All graduate students should contact their department for information about advising procedures. There is no central office strictly for graduate student advising.

Study Abroad

Students whose short-term visits are coordinated through the Office of Study Abroad will be advised through their office in Room 108, Lippincott Hall.

Choosing your Courses

Choosing Your Courses

When selecting your classes, it is important to keep in mind the stipulations of your academic program. For this reason, we recommend meeting with an academic advisor before you enroll. For information about advising specific to you, please refer to our section about Advising at KU.

  • Before you enroll, take a look at the semester class schedule to get an idea of potential classes that suit your interests or academic goals. Make sure that the classes you select are compatible with your program requirements. All classes are named after a particular code. These codes represent the department and subject area of a class.
  • Students taking AEC classes will enroll through the AEC.  If your visit to KU is coordinated through the Office of Study Abroad, you must meet with that office to be advised and enroll.
  • Questions about enrolling in classes should be directed to your academic advisor or the Registrar's Office (1-785-864-4423 or kuregistrar@ku.edu).

Enroll & Pay

Enrolling for classes is completed online through Enroll & Pay. It is very important to familiarize yourself with this system. Please review the "Enroll & Pay Guide" below to learn how to locate and navigate the enrollment system.

Enroll & Pay Guide
Enroll & Pay Link

Transferring Credits

Many classes at your current or former school may be transferred to KU. However, you must submit official transcripts of completed course work before a final determination can be made.

KU uses a Transfer Equivalency System called CredTran, which is provided as a guide to how classes at your current or former school are transferred to KU.

Find out if your credits are transferable.

Pay Your Tuition

The deadline to pay your tuition and fees will depend on when you enroll. KU posts e-bills on the 21st of each month and payments are due on the 15th of the following month. Failure to pay by the deadline will result in assessment of additional fees.

Student Accounts & Receivables
1246 West Campus  Road, Room 1
Lawrence, KS 66045


Payment Options
  • Online by bank-to-bank transfer and credit card via Flywire.
  • Online by e-check
  • Online by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
    • Credit card payments are charged with an additional 2.75% per transaction.
  • By mail with a check from a U.S. bank (write KUID# on check) or with traveler's check.
  • In person by check (include KUID#), traveler's check, or money order.  Bring your e-bill coupon from Enroll & Pay with you.

NOTE: KU cannot accept cash payment for tuition and fees.

KU has a payment installment plan administered by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). The payment plan allows students to pay their tuition, required campus fees, Student Housing charges, meal plan, and optional campus fees over various months depending on the semester. For more information about this plan, click here.

Buy Your Textbooks

The KU Bookstore is located in Kansas Union on the KU campus. All of the required textbooks for classes taught at KU are available at the KU Bookstore.

Learn more about KU Bookstore and textbooks.

Tips for Academic Success

Learn about U.S. classroom culture, teacher expectations, and understanding grades.

Get Involved

Did you have fun making friends at orientation? Keep an eye out for future ISS programing events! ISS regularly hosts:

International Coffee Hour
Kansas City Trip Series
Global Partners
...and more!

Stay involved and follow ISS on Facebook for event notifications!

Immigration Advising

ISS is here to help you with your immigration questions.

Visit with an ISS advisor if:

  • You are thinking about working on campus
  • You want to drop a class
  • You are planning on traveling outside of the U.S.
  • You want to change your immigration status

ISS is open 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.

Walk-in hours:
1:30pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday

Appointment hours:
9:00am - 11:30am, Tuesday - Friday

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