International Non-Degree Options
F-1 or J-1 Students
May only pursue non-degree programs under special circumstances:
- Visiting high school or college student with special permission who wants to enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses while continuing to study at and remaining on the I-20 or DS-2019 of the school they are authorized to attend.
- Student on approved Optional Practical Training or Academic Training who has recently graduated and wants to take a few KU undergraduate courses part time while working.
- Visiting students on special programs coordinated with KU partner institutions for specific academic programs.
Non-F-1 or J-1 Students
May apply as non-degree seeking for the following purposes:
- To enroll in one or two KU courses as a visiting student, while attending high school or another college or university. Requires no special permission.
- To enroll in one or two KU courses as an adult student not pursuing a degree.
- To take undergraduate courses for graduate school or for a certification program.
Generally, non-degree students are not eligible for student housing and are limited to 6 credit hours per semester unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit. Grades earned as a non-degree student do not count automatically toward graduation or in the graduation grade-point average. Some schools may allow students to include them by petition.
Students who have been denied regular admission as first-year or transfer students, or other degree seeking students who did not meet admission deadlines, are not eligible for non-degree admission. Admission as a non-degree student also is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission.