Newly Admitted Student Checklist
Setup your KU ID
When you are admitted to KU you will be given a KU ID number. You will use this number to create your KU ID. You will need to setup your KU ID to login to your iHawk account.
Setup KU ID instructions
I-20 or DS-2019 form
A Form I-20 immigration document is required for an F-1 student visa. A Form DS-2019 immigration document is required for a J-1 exchange visa. All new international students will complete forms in iHawk, which ISS will review to see if you will need a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
Request your I-20/DS-2019 form
Get I-20/DS-2019 form
Cost of Attendance
Apply for a Visa
A visa is a document issued by the U.S. government, usually at an embassy or consulate outside of the United States. This allows you to present yourself at at United States Port of Entry and request to be let in. You will use the I-20 form to apply for an F-1 visa, or you use a DS-2019 form to apply for a J-1 visa.
Steps to apply for a visa
There is a lot of important information you need to know before you get to the United States.
When should I arrive?
International Student Orientation
We want your entry to the United States to be a simple as possible. Learn what to bring with you when you come to Lawrence, what you will go through at the Port of Entry at the border, and the immigration documents you will get when you enter.
At the Port of Entry
Understand your I-94
Enrollment & Tuition
F-1 and J-1 international students must be enrolled in a full course of study each regular term. International student do NOT pay the KU enrollment deposit. 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.