John F. Kennedy University requires prospective international students (non-immigrants) to:
- Have an academic background equivalent to the appropriate educational preparation in the United States,
- Fulfill the specific admissions requirements of the degree or certificate program,
- Speak and write English fluently, and
- Have sufficient financial resources to meet the expenses of studying and living in the United States as there are strict limitations on work authorizations. No financial aid is available for non-immigrant students.
Once admitted, international applicants receive a letter of admission and the documents needed for F-1 U.S. visa status. The International Student Advisor will guide you through the visa regulations and assist you with the use of your F-1 entitlements throughout your period of study at John F. Kennedy University.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Completed General Application and International Student Supplemental Application
Use the links on this page to apply online, or to download a PDF version of the application to submit. Please type or print legibly on the Application Form and provide all requested information, as well as sign and date the application.
Nonrefundable Application Fee in U.S. dollars
Please make checks payable to John F. Kennedy University.
Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program - $65
Juris Doctor - $90
Doctorate of Psychology - $90
Proof of English Proficiency
English proficiency may be met by achieving one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
550 and above on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer test, or 79–80 on the Internet-based test (600 paper-based/250 computer-based/100 Internet-based for the Museum Studies program). The TOEFL exam must have been taken within two years prior to submitting an application.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
A score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5 (7 with no band lower than 6.5 for the Museum Studies program).
- Successful completion of highest level of JFK University's English Language Program
- By other measures which may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to an English proficiency test, applicants and students may be required to take University-administered writing competency examinations.
Credential Evaluation Service Report
Applicants must have all international transcripts evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service showing course-by-course detail and lower/upper division breakdown.
Based on a review of the unofficial international academic documents, the International Admissions Advisor will determine whether a credential evaluation report is required for the application process.
Additional Program Application Requirements
Some programs require additional items, such as letters of recommendation, an academic writing sample, resume, personal/goal statement, art portfolio, or an interview. For these program-specific requirements, please visit the individual program pages on this website.
Applicants who wish to transfer from other accredited US educational institutions must fulfill all application and admission requirements and be in good standing as full-time students in their present institution.
Application Deadline For International Students
The deadline for submission of an international application and required documentation is three months prior to the quarter of anticipated enrollment. Applications received after the deadline are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Information about Documentation
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that the name of the applicant match exactly with the name of the passport.
For questions concerning international student admissions, please contact:
John F. Kennedy University
International Admissions Office
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill CA 94523-4817
Please submit all application documentation by e-mail, fax, or post to the addresses listed above.