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How to Apply - International Students

International students should apply six months in advance.

  1. Complete our application for admissions.

    Click here to apply online. Note, when applying online, you will need to register for the on-line application system, creating a log-in and password.

  2. Submit an Application Fee.

    A $30.00 (non-refundable) application processing fee, payable through the online application or by check/cheque made payable to Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Checks drawn on foreign banks must carry the notation: “Payable in United States funds plus service charges.” This application fee is required to issue the I-20 and acceptance letter.
  3. Submit Proof of Adequate Financial Resources.

    A letter or statement from a bank on official letterhead documenting your source of support for at least one year of study, or a personal sponsor letter stating your sponsor's responsibility for supporting you.
  4. Submit Official Transcripts.

    Your official high school and/or university transcripts (a list of the courses you have taken and the grades you received) both in the original language and in English. Translation of transcripts should be conducted by a certified translation service. Send only university transcripts if you are a university transfer student.
  5. Write a statement of purpose.

    This should be a 500 word (one to two page) essay telling us about you, your artwork, and your reason for wanting to attend KCAD. Here are some tips for writing a statement of purpose.

  6. Submit Proof of English Proficiency.

    All international students must establish English language proficiency to enter an academic program. You can request that an official score report be delivered directly from the testing organization to KCAD. The list of accepted tests and scores with our English proficiency policies can be found below.

    TOEFL Score of 61 or better on Internet based test (79 for Graduate Level)
    IELTS score of 5.5 or better (6.5 for Graduate Level)
    SAT (verbal section) score of 450 or better
    ACT (reading section) score of 18 or better
    ELS completion of level 112 with C or better (for undergraduate admissions)

    Please access the TOEFL website at www.ets.org/toefl to find out how you can register for the exam as well as find out where the exam is offered in your country. Online registration is available; the institutional code to use it is 1376. By accessing this website, you can also take a practice test by clicking on the "Learners and Test Takers" link.

  7. Schedule a Portfolio Review.

    Applicants for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020

    It's a part of the application process for most programs (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus, Furniture Design, Collaborative Design and Interior Design). Visit Portfolio Review for details. If you are applying to either Collaborative Design or Interior Design, see step 4.

    Applicants for Fall 2020 and beyond

    It's a part of the application process for most programs (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus. Visit Portfolio Review for details.

  8. Collaborative Design and Interior Design applicants for Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, complete the Observation Exercise.

    This requirement is only for applicants for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 terms. Applicants for Fall 2020 forward will refer to Step 3.

Upon your successful application, we will send you a letter of acceptance and I-20 or DS-2019. Take your I-20 or DS-2019, along with the financial statement from your bank, to the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student Visa.

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