International Applicants

Students who are interested in attending the University of Louisville should refer to the application for information concerning specific admission guidelines and academic programs. Please refer to the following priority application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (begins late August) - May 1 deadline
  • Spring Semester (begins early January) - November 1 deadline
  • Summer Term(s) (three short terms in May, June and July) - March 1 deadline

Application must include $50 non-refundable application fee (US dollars). Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Louisville.

Required Credentials

  • Academic records: a complete academic record includes all official transcripts of courses of study completed and degrees/certificates earned at the secondary or collegiate level. Students applying to undergraduate programs will need to submit official transcripts of records from all secondary schools, universities, colleges, or professional schools attended. Secondary records are not normally required of those applying for admission to a graduate program , but official transcripts of all credit earned since secondary school are required. All academic credentials not in English must be accompanied with a notarized verbatim English translation.
  • Official transcripts of credit earned from U.S. educational institutions should be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions, Dept. AO, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292, USA
  • Undergraduate applicants who have attended post-secondary schools, colleges, universities, or professional institutions outside the United States must submit their academic records to Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation MUST BE MAILED directly from ECE or WES to UofL to be considered official.

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745

  • Speed School applicants with less than 24 college credit hours are also required to have their high school record evaluated for a "general report." An application for evaluation and a brochure describing ECE's or WES's procedure, services and fees is available upon request from the Office of Admissions.
  • Letters of recommendation: graduate applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their academic work. (Social work, microbiology, and psychology require three letters of recommendation).
  • English proficiency: All applicants for whom English is a second language need to show evidence of sufficient proficiency in the English language. Applicants may demonstrate English proficiency by submitting Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) scores of 213 or higher on the computer-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the web-based test, an overall band score of 6.5 from the academic module exam, or successfully complete the advanced level of the University of Louisville's Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program. TOEFL Information booklets and registration forms can be obtained by writing:

Box 6157
Princeton, New Jersey 08541

  • Applicants may also demonstrate proficiency by submitting an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall band score of 6.5 from the academic module exam ( or by successfully completing the Advanced Level of the University of Louisville’s Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program.


  • Graduate applicants seeking a Master of Business Administration degree are required to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For information:

GMAT, Educational Testing Service
Box 966
Princeton, NJ 08540

  • Applicants to all other graduate programs must take the Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Advanced Section may be required at the discretion of an individual department. Consult the graduate catalog or the individual department to learn the requirements for your department. Information and registration material may be obtained from:
GRE, Educational Testing Service
Box 955
Princeton, NJ 08540


  • Financial statement: You will be asked to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to support your educational and living expenses for the duration of your studies in the U.S. UofL does not offer scholarships or financial aid to undergraduate international applicants. Graduate applicants are eligible to apply directly to their major department for consideration for competitive teaching or research assistantships. Every applicant must submit appropriate official financial documents. If you are submitting proof of personal funds, please attach an original bank official's letter verifying that you or your family has the total necessary funds on deposit. For government, agency or employer financial support, please provide an original letter from the sponsor stating the amount and duration of the scholarship and validity for attendance at the University of Louisville. If you will have a U.S. sponsor, they should complete the Affidavit of Support I-134 form and provide the necessary documents. This can be obtained from the immigration website.
  • Notification of admission decision: When you have submitted all credentials, undergraduate applicants will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions, and graduate applicants will be reviewed by the departmental admissions advisers. The respective office and personnel will make a decision, and you will be notified. Please do not make arrangements for travel to the U.S. until you receive a written offer of admission from UofL and approval of your I-20 or DS 2019 form.

If you are currently an F1/J1 student in the U.S.

Please obtain a Transfer Recommendation Form from the International Center. Send a copy of your current I-20 or DS2019, visa page and I-94 card to the International Center-UofL. The form I-20 or DS2019 from UofL cannot be issued until the Recommendation Form; I-20, visa page and I-94 card copies have been received. You will also need to be transferred electronically in SEVIS by your current school.
Admission to UofL is for a specific level of study in a particular school. Admission for one level of study in a given subject does not mean that admission to a higher level, or to another subject, will follow. Admission as a nondegree, special, or conditional student does not imply that candidacy for a degree will result later; nor does study in pre-professional or undergraduate classes assure admission to a professional or graduate program. Successful completion of the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program does not guarantee admission to an academic program unless such a written commitment has been made to you.
NOTE: UofL does not usually admit international applicants as non-degree or special students.

When you have met all requirements of the Office of Admissions and the International Center, UofL will issue the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for Student F1 Visa or DS 2019 for Exchange Visitor J1). This certificate is necessary to obtain a U.S. visa. The form will verify your eligibility for admission as determined by your academic qualifications, level of English proficiency, and confirmation of financial support. The estimated cost of one academic year's study will also be included. You will need to pay the SEVIS fee prior to making a visa interview appointment. The certificate, along with a valid passport, proof of sufficient financial support for your studies, and receipt showing payment of the SEVIS fee should be taken to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country at the time of your visa interview. Questions concerning the I-20 or DS 2019 may be e-mailed to the International Center

Your decision to study in the U.S. will require thoughtful planning. We recommend that you contact the local U.S. Consulate/ Embassy for advice and reference materials about U.S. colleges and universities. You may address all inquires to:

Office of Admissions, Dept. AO
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY, 40292