Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the questions asked by prospective students are similar. Common questions and their answers are summarized below, in the hope that this will aid in your decision-making!

Is there a central place where I can go to find information about KU Medical Center?
Yes. The KU Medical Center homepage is a good starting point. Also, the Office of Student Services will direct you to resources intended to introduce you to life as a student at the medical center.

Is financial aid available to graduate students?
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for federal aid or scholarships administered through the Department of Student Financial Aid. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education may have teaching assistantships or stipends available for in-coming students, though the availability varies from year to year. Students interested in an assistantship should request an application form from the department. Employment opportunities exist to help offset the cost of education.

What types of housing are available?
KU Medical Center does not have student housing. Students live in apartments or rooms in the surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Real Estate with Honors provides listings of available off-campus housing.

What are the costs of attending KU?
Tuition and fees are set each year by KU and the Kansas Board of Regents. For this year's figures, please visit the Office of the Registrar. Tuition payment is due at the beginning of each semester. International students are required to show evidence of available resources in order to support the costs of study at KU (tuition, fees, housing, living expenses).

How can I obtain a copy of KU's graduate catalog?
Hard copies of the catalog are no longer available. The catalog is available online at catalogs.ku.edu.

International students often have questions unique to their situation. Where can I find more information?
The Office of International Programs may help answer many questions. Please contact the office to help find answers to questions related to being an international student in Kansas City.

What are the requirements for international students to obtain a visa?
There are a series of forms and approvals that are necessary in order to obtain an F-1 student visa. When the student is accepted into the program, the student must provide documentation that they have sufficient financial resources to support their living and education expenses. Once this documentation is received, the department submits a Request for I-20 form through the approval channels. Once that request is approved, it is sent to the student in their home country. The student takes that form to the U.S. consulate, and obtains an F-1 (student) visa which permits them to study in the U.S. 

What are the English language requirements for graduate study?
In order to be considered for admission, students who are not native English speakers must take the TOEFL and earn a sufficient score to be eligible for admission. This requirement is waived for non-native English speakers who have earned at least a bachelor's degree from an institution in the U.S. 

What is Kansas City like, anyway?
http://www.kumc.edu/Pulse/localarea.html
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/
We hope these pages will help answer this question!

What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Many local housing ads are posted online. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus. See Student Housing for information.

Is the background check required when applying to the program?
No,
not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.

I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international students page for more details about this procedure.

I need driving directions.
KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. See: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions. The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kan. along Interstate 70. See: KU-Lawrence maps, parking and directions.

Last modified: Aug 26, 2014
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