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IEP Timeline: Applying to Arriving


ESL Admissions

Step 1: Complete the Online Application.

  • Apply.  *Make sure to type your email correctly.

Step 2: Pay the Application Fee.

  • After submitting your application, you will be directed to pay online.

Step 3: Email your documents.

  • Send to in 1 combined pdf file:
  • Passport photo (biographical information page)
  • English Score (iTEP, Duolingo, TOEFL, IELTS)
    • iTEP: Choose "University of Kentucky - Center for English as a Second Language".  Pay $24.  The results will be sent directly to our office.
  • If requesting a visa: Financial Information
    • Bank Statement or Sponsor Letter showing one year of funding (USD $29,039) - in English, and no more than 120 days old

ESL Staff processes Admission.

(1-2 weeks processing time)

  • Admissions are reviewed Tuesdays and Thursdays, but not during orientation weeks or the first week of classes (refer to Calendar).
  • We do not reply to emails on weekends or holidays.
  • We will send an email with the ESL Admission Letter and a list of Next Steps.

Step 4: Complete the list on your Admission Letter.    



Immigration I-20 for Student Visa :

--- 24 hours after Student Account Activation ---

Request your I-20.

(1-2 weeks processing time)

  • Log in with your Link Blue information to iCAT (UK International Center portal).

Make a visa appointment. 

  • Find your local U.S. Embassy.
  • Bring your Admission Letter and your I-20 (which you will receive via email). 



Students coming from outside of Kentucky:

Plan to arrive before Orientation begins.

Request Airport Pickup.

(5+ days before your flight departure)