International Students Are at Home at KCU

International Students

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.

Canadian Applicants

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. 

Funding Assurance 

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.

Financial Sponsors

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

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
(414) 289-3400

Josef Silny and Associates
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33171
(305) 273-1616 

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
(212) 966-6311

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.