International Admissions

University of Louisville is a vibrant, dynamic campus located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area with more than one million residents. Here, we value diversity, create knowledge that improves lives, and support your journeys to success as an international student.

Start from here. The opportunities are endless!

UofL enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 fields of study, master’s degrees in over 75 areas, and doctoral degrees in over 35 disciplines.

As a designated “Research 1” doctoral university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UofL is one of the most academically renown campuses in the nation. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you can work side by side with some of the best researchers in the country to tackle our world's grand challenges; utilize one of our state-of-art 18 research institutes; and experience interactive learning with your brilliant classmates in a small classroom setting.

For a full listing of our majors and programs, visit

At UofL, you will join over 1,000 students and scholars from over 80 countries around the world! Our international students gain real-world experience  through myriad internships, practicums, and co-ops available locally and regionally. Our UofL graduates are competitive in the U.S. and global job markets and are successfully approved for CPT, OPT, and other employment opportunities.

Learning at UofL happens beyond the classrooms

Our diverse and thriving community provides excellent opportunities to experience something new every day! Inside the campus, we host more than 450 registered student organizations including academic groups, social clubs, and cultural organizations. You can also attend a home game played by your fellow Cardinals athletes for free, or participate in a service trip to Belize!

Outside of campus, the city of Louisville offers infinite entertainment: go to an amusement park, eat world cuisine, enjoy a free concert by the river...there are compelling reasons why our city Lou is named one of "America's Friendliest Cities", "America's Favorite Cities for Food" and more. Not only are we home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali legacy, you can also conveniently fly or drive to big cities like New York or Chicago within hours!

From the staff members at the International Student and Scholar Services Office, your academic advisors, professors and teaching many of us are ready to offer personalized advice and support you. 

Apply Today! We look forward to welcoming you to campus as a Cardinal

Undergraduate Admissions

First-year Students

Application Checklist

  • Completed Undergraduate Application (UofL's Take Flight application or the Common App)
  • $25 non-refundable application fee (U.S. dollars). * Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Louisville. We also accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Fees will be collected at the time of submission.

  • Proof of English proficiency

  • All high school and college transcripts

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Please view the detailed requirements including Priority Deadline, Academic Records, and Financial Statement on this website.

Transfer Students

Please view the detailed transfer requirement on this website

Graduate Admissions

Application Checklist

  • Complete Graduate Application Form
  • $65 non-refundable application fee (U.S. dollars)
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Each program might require additional application materials, including GRE and GMAT test scores. You may view the specific requirements of each program from this website.

International Students Ambassadors

Ambassadors are international students who can use their own cultural backgrounds and experiences to serve as resources for future international students! Ambassadors can answer your questions about academic life, campus life, the city of Louisville, living in the USA, and the differences between American culture and the culture in their home country. 


Home Country: Kenya
Major: Computer Science, Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering
About Me: I absolutely love my time here at the University of Louisville. The University offers a great experience for undergraduate students, with incredible facilities and opportunities for all levels of study. The courses are very well-taught, and the professors are really committed to our success. The courses are interesting and challenging academically. The facilities are really well-maintained. Exceptional work is being done in the STEM subjects. I feel I am well-prepared because the worldwide demands skilled professionals in the STEM area. And the interactions with the professors are my favorite part! They were knowledgeable, approachable, and seemed excited to work with me. I can stay they were truly passionate about their subjects and about teaching. My experience, as an international student, has been amazing. I feel that my peers understand me better than I could've expected, and they have been very friendly. I consider myself so lucky to be where I am! I really enjoy the sense of community. The positive atmosphere was what drew me to this school, and I would tell other international students to embrace UofL.



Home Country: China
Major: Business Analytics, Master of Science
About Me: I felt welcomed and cared in almost every aspect when I was an exchange student before, which is one of the reasons why I decided to choose here again. The university’s community offers help and care to international students, like mentorship program, counseling center, writing consultancy and more. Learning at UofL, you will make so many things happen with all kinds of help. Studying at UofL is a great experience that you will never regret. Start from here, you’re going to embark infinite possibilities and opportunities!



Home Country: United Arab Emirates
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science
About Me: I chose UofL due to the research opportunities provided within UofL. UofL is well known for our research criteria, and we have an extensive assortment of professors and graduate students that have unique research questions that piqued my interests. In addition to academics, I love the city of Louisville! Louisville is vibrant and rich with culture. The city itself is what I like to call "the New York of the Ohio river". There are cuisines from different cultures and locations; there are people from all over the world living in Louisville; and the housing is affordable and the prices for most places are quite cheap. The greenery and life that springs out are amazing in Louisville! I have never tried some fruit called the Pawpaw fruit, but it is something new and very specific to Eastern USA. It is amazing, and I have learnt a lot in my stay in the city.



Home Country: Panama
Major: Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science
About Me: I love UofL because everyone is very kind and pleasant, and they try to help to the best of their capacity. I committed to UofL because of the excellent academic program that we offer here. For Chemical Engineering, there is a co-op program within the Speed School of Engineering curriculum, and we have so many great faculty researchers! Also, there are always fun activities going on over the weekends; the food is good; and there are a lot of beautiful hiking trails very close to (even within) the city.


Home Country: Turkey
Major: Business Administration, Master of Business Administration
About Me: Being an International Student can be nerve wracking. I moved here without knowing anyone, without knowing the city, the area. Literally nothing. I still have a lot to explore but whenever I have a question or even a small doubt, I find so many people volunteering to help out. I am forever grateful. I loved how community centric UofL is, once you get there you are part of a family, you have people helping out and answering any questions you might have. The good thing is that, they make you feel this way even before getting here. Some of the courses I took, they were difficult but having a person who is always there to help out is great. I may be biased, since I also work for UofL, but my internship experience is also been going great. I realized that, I have a lot to give and take. They really value your opinion since you are coming from a different country, and you definitely have so much to learn from a new culture.


Home Country: Saudi Arabia
Major: Chemistry, Doctor of Philosophy
About Me: A friend of mine recommended UofL to me. I was looking for graduate programs, so I researched a lot about the faculty and their published works, and decided that I want to come to UofL because the professors and their excellent academic research! At first, I was concerned and nervous about coming to the U.S. and living in a new city. However, after arriving in Louisville, I fell in love with this city because there are so many activities to meet friendly people! One of my favorite events are the music festivals by the river! I also discovered the great nature here in Louisville. I joined many on-line groups where people would go hiking and exploring together. I am loving my education here because there are a lot of opportunities to learn and engage, such as the internship opportunities. Internship is so important to me, and many other undergraduate and graduate students. I am building my knowledge in my major and also improving my interpersonal skills for the job market. The university also has many resources and services to help students, such as the writing center and REACH tutoring.


We offer the following virtual recruitment events for international students. You can join the events at no cost to learn more about UofL. You will have the opportunity to chat with an admissions representative about your UofL education! Contact , international admissions coordinator for registration details. 

  • Nov 17, 2021 EducationUSA Panama University Fair
  • Nov 18, 2021 EducationUSA Fiji University Fair
  • Nov 29, 2021 Global University Fair
  • Dec 8, 2021 Talk Global Study: Middle East
  • Jan 19, 2022 Student Fair: Indian Subcontinent
  • Jan 20, 2022 Student Fair: Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America
  • Jan 26, 2022 Student Fair: Southeast Asia, East Asia, Oceania
  • Feb 16, 2022 Talk Global Study: Asia
  • Mar 24, 2022 Talk Global Study: Brazil & Latin America
  • Mar 28, 2022 Explore Your Ambition: Study Business
  • Mar 29, 2022 Explore Your Einstein: Study STEM
  • Apr 25, 2022 Global University Fair
  • May 24, 2022 Student Fair: Africa 

Get Connected

Your international recruitment coordinator Stella Wang is also to answer any questions you might have during the application process.
If you wish to connect with an international student ambassador, click .

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