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International Students

International students wishing to pursue education in the United States must obtain and maintain a valid foreign student status. Kingston University is authorized under the Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students and issue Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) to international students who meet the Students and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) and the University’s admission requirements. International students may subsequently obtain a student visa, F-1 or M-1, to enter the US for study.

International students are welcome to contact Kingston University’s Admission staff for information and questions related to applying for Form I-20 from the University.

| I-20 Application Requirements and Procedures | Application Schedule | Residency Requirement | English Language Proficiency |

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I-20 Application Requirements and Procedures

In addition to satisfying the admission requirements and procedures for the program desired for admission, international students requiring Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20, must follow the procedures below and provide the required documents indicated:

  1. Submit photocopies of a valid passport, I-94 card and US visa, if any
  2. Submit an Affidavit of Financial Support signed by a guarantor
  3. A bank letter proving sufficient funding is available for supporting the applicant’s living expense and tuition and fee required for studying one year at Kingston University.
  4. Applicants who are currently foreign students at other educational institutions should also fill out Transfer I-20 Form and submit copies of their visa and the last I-20 issued by the last school attended
  5. Submit evidence of English proficiency meeting the requirement of the program desiring for admission (refer to English Proficiency Requirement section below), which may be ONE of the followings:

a. TOEFL score report

b. TOEIC score report

c. IEDLTS score report

d. Official transcript of having taken at least 2 years of education in a program where English was the language of instruction, or

e. Proof of concurrent enrollment in an ESL program at Kingston University to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC, or IEDLS with a minimum score as required by the progam desired for admission

  1. If applying for admission to degree programs based on credit works or credentials earned from outside of the US., submit a Foreign Transcript Evaluation issued by an evaluation agency recognized by the US Department of Education and a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES). If assistance for obtaining an evaluation report is required, international students may contact the Admission Office and choose one of the following options and inform the Admission Office six weeks before the scheduled program starting date:

(i)       ONE sealed official transcripts and $156 for general evaluation (non-refundable), or

(ii)      ONE sealed official transcripts and $256 for course-by-course evaluation (non-refundable) for transfer credit evaluation

The evaluation process normally takes about three weeks to complete. Students may contact the International Student Admissions Office for information on an expedited evaluation request and the associated extra cost.

7.  Photocopy of dependent’s passport, if dependent I-20 is required.
Application Schedule

Applicants who require an F-1 visa from outside of the US are suggested to submit all documents at least six weeks before scheduled program starting date as shown in the following schedule:

Program Session Submit by following date of the year
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
Fall Semester 6/15
Spring Semester 11/15
Summer Semester 3/15
  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
  • English as Second Language
  • Massage Therapy Training Program
Fall Quarter 8/15
Winter Quarter 11/15
Spring Quarter 1/15
Summer Quarter 5/15
Residency Requirement

International students are expected to comply with the regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and policies of Kingston University.

Upon arriving at the US with the support of Form I-20 issued by Kingston University, students must report to Kingston in person within seven (7) days or the I-20 will be void. F-1 students must satisfy the residency requirement by maintaining full-time attendance at Kingston University for a minimum of two quarters or one semester before transferring to another school. A student wishing to transfer at the end of the residency term must apply two weeks prior the end of the current enrollment term.

English Language Proficiency

Unless a graduate from a US high school, or having taken at least 2 years of education in a college program where English was the language of instruction evidenced by an official transcript, an applicant whose native language is not English must satisfy English proficiency requirement for admission to the academic program desired:

1. BSBA Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:

(i) A TOEFL score of at least 450 PBT, 133 CBT, or 45 iBT,

(ii) A TOEIC score of 480

(iii) A IELTS score of 4

(iv) Proof of concurrent enrolment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score stated in (i), (ii) or (iii), respectively

2. MBA Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:
(i) A TOEFL score of at least 500 PBT, 173 CBT, or 61 iBT,

(ii) A TOEIC score of 600

(iii) A IELTS score of 5

(iv) concurrent enrolment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS with a minimum score stated in (i), (ii) or (iii), respectively

3. MSOM Program
Applicants may submit either ONE of the following:

(i) A TOEFL score of at least 61 iBT (500 PBT or 173 CBT if the TOEFL test was taken before 2010),

(ii) concurrent enrolment in an ESL program at Kingston to improve English competency level and pass TOEFL with a minimum score stated in (i)

Applicants wishing to enroll in Massage Therapy Training Program or English as Second Language Program are not required to meet English Proficiency Requirement.
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