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Application Procedure

This application procedure is for students who are interested in studying English as a Second Language (ESL) only at the University of Kentucky.

If you are interested in Conditional Admission to the University of Kentucky, you should apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission or to the Graduate School.



Applications typically close 30 days before the start of the term, however exceptions can be made. To apply for admission, you will need to:

  1. Completed the Application Form.  English  Español  日本語  한국어  繁體中文  简体中文  Português  Türkçe  Tiếng Việt    العربيـة

  2. Submit the $50 application fee and $100 deposit paid online.*

  3. A copy of the biographical information page of your passport.

  4. Submit a bank or scholarship letter which is no more than 120 days old that verifies financial support of $30,600 for one year of study. The letter should be in English and in U.S. dollar amounts.

  5. Complete the 2016-2017 Declaration of Support Form signed by your sponsor. Your sponsor is the person who provides the money.

  6. An educational summary, resume, or transcript.



To apply for a transfer from another U.S. school, you will need:

  1. Items 1-6 listed above.

  2. A photocopy of your visa and I-94 card. If you are in F-1 status, also send a copy of your I-20.

  3. An "F-1/J-1 Transfer Form" completed by the school you are currently attending verifying your dates of attendance. We will send you this form after you apply.

If you have any questions, please email us at or visit the contact us page.

* or by check or money order, payable to the "Center for ESL/UK" ($150 total). These costs are non-refundable. The deposit will be applied toward your first term's tuition. Note: The deposit will be refunded if a visa is denied and documented proof is presented at least two weeks before the start of the session.


Our postal mailing address is:

Center for ESL (CESL)
University of Kentucky
1673 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027

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