Admission Steps

The following materials are required for all International Applicants:

1. International Student Admission application.

2. Financial Affidavit form to show evidence of the ability to meet financial obligations for tuition, books and living expenses for an academic year.

3. Evidence of English proficiency determined as follows: Students may submit either the TOEFL or IELTS test scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 68 for an undergraduate student and a score of 79 for a  graduate student.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0 for the purpose of meeting the English language requirement.

4. Passport. Students must have a passport valid at least six months into the future from the time you plan to enter the U.S.; contact your government for application details. (Canadian students are exempt from this requirement).

5. Transcript Evaluation. All secondary and post-secondary education (not U.S. accredited) done outside of the United States must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation agency at the applicant's expense.

Please use one of the following evaluators:
· World Education Services (WES) see website:

· Josepf Silney & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants: Foreign Credential Evaluation and Translation

· Scores should be sent by WES or AACRAO to International Student Services, University of Pikeville, 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

All secondary education (not U.S. accredited) completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by an independent international credential evaluation. There are 196 countries in the world today.

The process of grade conversion to U.S. equivalencies requires many variables to arrive at an fair assessment of individual achievement. Therefore, to make grading scales including their definitions and distributions meaningful in a U.S. context we require the World Education Services evaluation or Josepf Silney & Associates, Inc. (members of the National Associate of Credential Evaluation Services-

All secondary education transcripts of academic coursework done outside the U.S. must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Josepf Silney & Associates, Inc.. The Transcripts will be sent from the evaluator directly to International Student & Scholar Services. The transcript evaluation cost is paid for by the student. Expert transcript evaluations are the standard academic best practice. An independent third-party evaluation to verify secondary school transcripts is required.
· Secondary School (High School) Course Listing - is a basic statement comparability plus a listing of classes taken at the high school level. This type of evaluation is recommended for first-time applicants to US higher education institutions.
· Course-by-Course Evaluation - consists of the basic statement of comparability and lists your courses (at the University/Postsecondary level) with the comparable U.S. grades and credits. This type of evaluation is usually needed for students transferring to U.S. institutions with previous university-level study from outside the U.S.
Much of the submission can be done online directly at their website.
World Evaluation Services (WES):

Josepf Silney & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants: Foreign Credential Evaluation and Translation

This website is specifically for students who want to study in the United States.

6. Immunization/Vaccination Records. The student must present a health record form or this one:

When the student’s admission file is complete, the student will be issued an acceptance letter.

  • Next, the student will receive a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students” The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and that the student has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S.
  • After the student receives an UPIKE admission letter and the I-20, the student will apply for an F-1 Visa with the U.S. Embassy in their home country.
Application deadline: July 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.

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