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International Admissions

Application Process for International Students

At Kendall, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a spirit of collaboration and passion. Your classmates are from over 50 countries and you have study abroad opportunities at 80 institutions in 28 countries that make up the Laureate International Universities network. Our curriculum combines strong academics with practical real-world experiences that help give our graduates the skills and expertise to become leaders.

Chicago acts as our living classroom where you’ll hone your techniques and skills during your required internship and after you graduate during your 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Apply now and graduate ready for the world!

Steps for International Admissions

1. Application for Admission

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2. Personal Statement

An essay about you, your background and your future goals. Download here.

3. Evidence of English Proficiency

Kendall requires one of the following exams as proof of English proficiency:
> 71 or higher on TOEFL
All subscores must meet minimum level of 17.
> 5.5 or higher on IELTS
Speaking and listening: 5.5 or higher
Reading and writing: 5.0 or higher

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements must meet one of the following requirements:

Provisional Admission with credit-bearing course:
> 61-70 on TOEFL
All subscores must meet minimum level of 16.
> 5.0 or higher on IELTS
Speaking and listening: 5.0 or higher
Reading and writing: 4.5 or higher

Provisional Admission with English courses only:
>41-60 on TOEFL
>4.0 or higher on IELTS

3. Official Documents

All Transcripts must be translated into English.
> Official Secondary/High School Transcripts with anticipated graduation date
> Any Mark Sheets or Ending Exam results
> Any previous College or University Official Transcripts
> Official Transcripts must be delivered in one of two ways:

*Mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the institution to Kendall’s Office of Admissions
*Emailed directly from the institution to

4. Official Standardized Test Scores

Kendall College requires one of the following for admission:
> 18 or higher on ACT
> 1290 or higher on SAT
> 60 or higher on Kendall College Assessment Exam

Questions? Please contact an International Enrollment Advisor at

F-1 Visa Application Steps

Documents required to receive your I-20 to apply for your F-1 Student Visa

1. Copy of your passport identity page

Valid six months after entry in to U.S.

2. Provide proof that you or your sponsor has access to the minimum funds for your studies.

Business Program: $35,500 or higher
Hospitality Program: $40,500 or higher
Culinary Arts Program: $45,000 or higher

Completed Confidential Statement of Support.
If you are receiving funds from a sponsor, this form should be completed by both you and your sponsor indicating that you have access to the minimum funds for your studies and other expenses.

Acceptable forms of documentation below. These documents should be signed and stamped by a Bank Official.
1. Bank Balance Statement
2. Letter from Bank

If presently in the U.S. on a student visa, you must also provide the following documents:
> Copy of the current I-20
> Copy of the F-1 visa
> Copy of the I-94
> Permission to Transfer Form from the current school of enrollment

Once you have compiled these required documents for your 1-20 please contact your International Enrollment Advisor or

General Questions?

For more information contact Director, International Enrollment & Marketing, Ken Kasee at

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