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International Applicants

Kean University is still accepting applications for Fall 2020! Students from all over the world come to Kean to experience affordable, world-class education just a short train ride away from New York City.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Kean students lounge in front of Cougar Hall

International students at Kean can choose from over 50 undergraduate degrees, more than 60 graduate programs and six doctoral degree programs. Small class sizes ensure that our students are able to make meaningful connections with our expert faculty. Research and internships are also a big part of the Kean experience.

International students can join any of Kean's more than 160 student clubs and organizations to make new friends and take learning beyond the classroom.

The Center for International Studies has experienced advisors ready to assist you with complex immigration matters. Our knowledgeable staff are dedicated to ensuring Kean students maintain F1/J1 status and successfully complete their degree. They will support you in every phase of your college experience.

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Email: cis@kean.edu
Phone:(908) 737-0350

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I an international applicant?

An international applicant is someone who is applying for (or already holds) an F-1 student status to study in the United States.  

When should I apply?

Kean University reviews applications on a rolling basis, but has the following preferred deadlines for international students:

Freshman International Applicants 

Fall Admission

For students that already have F-1/J-1 status in the US, we are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 admissions.

  • April 30 (Preferred Application Deadline) - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.
  • May 1 (Tuition Deposit Deadline) - If you are admitted after May 1, please submit a tuition deposit within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter.

Transfer International Applicants 

Spring Admission 

December 1 (Preferred Application Deadline) - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Fall Admission 

August 1 (Preferred Application Deadline) - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. 

How to Apply

Your application process will depend on whether you are a freshman, transfer, or graduate student.  Please click on the appropriate link below to get started! 

Freshman International Applicants 

Transfer International Applicants

Graduate International Applicants

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Freshmen International Applicants

STEP 1: Complete a Kean University Online Application.

Kean University is also a member institution of The Common Application.

STEP 2: Submit Payment

You will have an opportunity to pay the application fee of $75.00 directly through the online application. Once you've completed the application, submit both the application and the application fee.

STEP 3: Send Supporting Documentation.

  • An official high school transcript evaluation. Applicants must submit a general evaluation (with GPA) of their official high school (Secondary School) transcript or mark sheet. The evaluation report must come from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit http://www.naces.org for a list of agencies. The four most popular NACES members used by Kean University applicants are:

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)

Global Credential Evaluators

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Jose Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants

  • Standardized Testing Scores from SAT or ACT – please include Kean's College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) number 2517. Kean will accept the ACT as well as the SAT scores for the purpose of admission, scholarship, placement test exemption and/or program qualification consideration. Applicants may submit scores from both of these two standardized tests. Kean will super score, taking the highest level score of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) sections from the SAT, and the highest composite score of the ACT. Please note that international applicants are not-eligible to apply as test-optional.
  • Regardless of U.S. residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language. Kean University references the CIA's World Fact Book as the authority on a country’s principal language.
  • Score reports must be from tests taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

Kean University accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum Score: Internet-based: 79; Paper-based: 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum Score: 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Minimum Score: 100

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Waiver Policy: In order to waive the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test requirement, applicants may submit the following:

  • Official documentation stating that they have completed secondary schooling from an institution where English is the language of instruction

*Please note that applicants to fully-online programs are NOT eligible for English-language standardized test waivers.

*If you are an international student admitted into the Spanish Speaking Program, please reach out to the admissions office for unique requirements for this program .

The three items listed below are recommended, not required:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, in English. Letters may be from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches, etc.
  • Personal essay (1-2 pages), in English, expressing your educational and professional career goals.

The supporting documents listed above should be sent to the following address:

Kean University
Office of Admissions, Kean Hall
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083

For additional information about the above items, please read How to Submit Application Items.

Post-acceptance

As an admitted international student, you will be required to hold a student visa to study in the U.S. Upon acceptance to Kean, you must provide all immigration documents, along with your tuition deposit, before Kean University can issue your I-20 document which can be used to obtain your F-1 visa.

Please complete the International Student I-20 Application and also include the following:

  1. Sponsor's bank statements translated into U.S. dollars ($)
  2. Sponsor's proof of income (Copy of pay stub or employment letter or local government taxes)
  3. Photocopy of passport (photo and biographical information)
  4. Transfer students: If you are transferring from another U.S. Institution, you will also need to complete an I-20 Release Form

The following documents must also be submitted if you currently, or have previously, held an F-1 visa:

  • Photocopy of most recent U.S. visa
  • Photocopy of I-94 (front & back)
  • Request for F-1 Status Transfer Information (if transferring from another U.S. school)
  • Photocopy of all previous I-20 forms

For additional information and forms relating to requirements needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, click here. For additional information regarding International Student Orientation and your Immigration Documents, email cis@kean.edu or call the Center for International Studies at (908) 737-0350.

Immigration documents should be sent to: 

Kean University
Center for International Studies
C.I.S. - CAS 201
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083

Miron Student Center patio with students

Transfer International Applicants

STEP 1: Complete a Kean University Online Application.

Kean University is also a member institution of The Common Application.

STEP 2: Submit Payment

You will have an opportunity to pay the application fee of $75.00 directly through the online application. Once you've completed the application, submit both the application and the application fee.

STEP 3: Send Supporting Documentation.

  • An official high school and university transcript evaluation. Applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their official high school (Secondary School) and university transcript. The evaluation report must come from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit http://www.naces.org for a list of agencies. The four most popular NACES members used by Kean University applicants are:

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)

Global Credential Evaluators

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Jose Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants

  • Standardized Testing Scores from SAT or ACT – please include Kean's College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) number 2517. Kean will accept the ACT as well as the SAT scores for the purpose of admission, scholarship, placement test exemption and/or program qualification consideration. Applicants may submit scores from both of these two standardized tests. Kean will super score, taking the highest level score of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) sections from the SAT, and the highest composite score of the ACT. Please note that international applicants are not-eligible to apply as test-optional.
  • Regardless of U.S. residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language. Kean University references the CIA's World Fact Book as the authority on a country’s principal language.
  • Score reports must be from tests taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

Kean University accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum Score: Internet-based: 79; Paper-based: 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum Score: 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Minimum Score: 100

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Waiver Policy: In order to waive the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test requirement, applicants may submit the following:

  • Official documentation stating that they have completed secondary schooling from an institution where English is the language of instruction

*Please note that applicants to fully-online programs are NOT eligible for English-language standardized test waivers.

*If you are an international student admitted into the Spanish Speaking Program, please reach out to the admissions office for unique requirements for this program .

The three items listed below are recommended, not required:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, in English. Letters may be from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches, etc.
  • Personal essay (1-2 pages), in English, expressing your educational and professional career goals.

The supporting documents listed above should be sent to the following address:

Kean University
Office of Admissions, Kean Hall
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083

For additional information about the above items, please read How to Submit Application Items.

Post-acceptance

As an admitted international student, you will be required to hold a student visa to study in the U.S. Upon acceptance to Kean, you must provide all immigration documents, along with your tuition deposit, before Kean University can issue your I-20 document which can be used to obtain your F-1 visa.

Please complete the International Student I-20 Application and also include the following:

  1. Sponsor's bank statements translated into U.S. dollars ($)
  2. Sponsor's proof of income (Copy of pay stub or employment letter or local government taxes)
  3. Photocopy of passport (photo and biographical information)
  4. Transfer students: If you are transferring from another U.S. Institution, you will also need to complete an I-20 Release Form

The following documents must also be submitted if you currently, or have previously, held an F-1 visa:

  • Photocopy of most recent U.S. visa
  • Photocopy of I-94 (front & back)
  • Request for F-1 Status Transfer Information (if transferring from another U.S. school)
  • Photocopy of all previous I-20 forms

For additional information and forms relating to requirements needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, click here. For additional information regarding International Student Orientation and your Immigration Documents, email cis@kean.edu or call the Center for International Studies at (908) 737-0350.

Immigration documents should be sent to: 

Kean University
Center for International Studies
C.I.S. - CAS 201
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083

International Student Orientation

Graduate International Applicants

Application Instructions

STEP 1: Complete a Kean University Online Application.

Kean University is also a member institution of The Common Application.

STEP 2: Submit Payment

You will have an opportunity to pay the application fee of $75.00 directly through the online application. Once you've completed the application, submit both the application and the application fee.

STEP 3: Send Supporting Documentation.

Regardless of U.S. residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students who have a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language. Kean University references the CIA's World Fact Book as the authority of a country’s principal language. 

Score reports must be from tests taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

An official university transcript evaluation is also required. Applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their official university transcript. The evaluation report must come from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit http://www.naces.org for a list of agencies. The four most popular NACES members used by Kean University applicants are: 

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)

Global Credential Evaluators

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Jose Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants

Kean University accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum Score: Internet-based: 79; Paper-based: 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Minimum Score: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Minimum Score: 100

TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo Waiver Policy: In order to waive the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test requirement, applicants may submit the following:  

  • Official documentation stating that they have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • Official transcripts showing that they have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university

*Please note that applicants to fully-online programs are NOT eligible for English-language standardized test waivers.

The supporting documents listed above should be sent to the following address:

Kean University
Offices of Admissions, Kean Hall
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083

For additional information about the above items, please read How to Submit Application Items.

Post-acceptance

As an admitted international student, you will be required to hold a student visa to study in the U.S. Upon acceptance to Kean, you must provide all immigration documents, along with your tuition deposit, before Kean University can issue your I-20 document which can be used to obtain your F-1 visa.  

Please complete the International Student I-20 Application and also include the following:

  1. Sponsor's bank statements translated into U.S. dollars ($)
  2. Sponsor's proof of income (Copy of pay stub or employment letter or local government taxes).
  3. Photocopy of passport (photo and biographical information)
  4. Transfer students:  If you are transferring from another U.S. Institution, you will also need to complete an I-20 Release Form.

The following documents must also be submitted if you currently, or have previously, held an F-1 visa:

  • Photocopy of most recent U.S. visa
  • Photocopy of I-94 (front & back)
  • Request for F-1 Status Transfer Information (if transferring from another U.S. school)
  • Photocopy of all previous I-20 forms

For additional information and forms relating to requirements needed to obtain an F-1 student visa, click here. For additional information regarding International Student Orientation and your Immigration Documents, email cis@kean.edu or call the Center for International Studies at (908) 737-0350. 

Immigration documents should be sent to:

Kean University
Center for International Studies
CAS 201
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083