“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!
|Pre-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.
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 charge to complete the ISS Check-in. All students will have this $35 fee billed to their student account upon completion of their ISS 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.
Approximate completion time: 1 hour
When you come for your Health Services Check-in, bring your completed Health History and Immunization Screening History forms. These forms should have been mailed in your admission packet. If you are missing the forms, please refer back to Prepare Health Documents.
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.
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.
"KU GradPrep” is a special optional program for new international graduate students at KU. It is designed to help you establish a strong foundation for personal and academic success in your graduate degree program. GradPrep integrates your mandatory “YOU at KU – International” student orientation with an additional 2-week “Pre-Academic” program that focuses on the advanced research skills, reading strategies, writing conventions, grammar tools, and oral communication competencies needed to achieve your goals and interact confidently with your professors and peers. You’ll “network for success”, building vital relationships by getting to know other new students as well as current KU students.
- Week 1 - "You at KU - International" Orientation for Graduate Students
- Week 2 - Pre-Academic Program
- Week 3 - Pre-Academic Program
- Week 4
- Graduate Teaching Conference (if appropriate)
- Graduate Information Fair
- Departmental Orientations
- Graduate Studies Orientation
Don’t miss this great opportunity to start strong!
New international graduate students have two orientation options prior to the Fall semester of enrollment:
- KU GradPrep (includes standard "YOU at KU - International" Orientation) in July.
- "YOU at KU - International" Orientation only in August.
Find out more on the registration page and make your selection.
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.
Undergraduate students may be advised through many different offices:
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.
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.
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
CLAS students in the Honors Program are advised by Honors. Those admitted to a professional school are advised by both their school and Honors.
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.
All graduate students should contact their department for information about advising procedures. There is no central office strictly for graduate student advising.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
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 Account Services
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard
Room 21/23 Strong Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
- 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.
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.
Tips for Academic Success
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
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.
1:30pm - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
9:00am - 11:30am, Tuesday - Friday