Applying to KCAI as an international nonimmigrant student

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Students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents who wish to apply for admission to KCAI as a degree-seeking student should follow the application guidelines outlined below. To assist you with ensuring you have collected all of the international application requirements, download an international nonimmigrant student application checklist.


Step 1: Complete and submit an application.

Step 2: Pay the required, non-refundable $45 application fee.
  • Payment may be submitted online, over the phone or by check payable to Kansas City Art Institute.

Step 3: Make sure you have included all required documents as listed below.

Application deadlines

Feb. 1: Freshmen. Students who have completed (or will soon complete) secondary school and have not attended any post-secondary schools/colleges/universities.

March 1: Transfers. Students who have completed secondary school and are currently attending, or have attended, a post-secondary school, college or university.

You must complete your application for admission before these priority deadlines to ensure full consideration for scholarships. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered for admission and scholarships on a space-available basis. 


Two letters of recommendation

These should come from teachers/instructors, a school counselor, professional artists or employers. Individuals you ask to write recommendation letters for you should be familiar with your work and work ethic and be qualified to make evaluations of your past performance and potential growth. Each recommender should complete the letter of recommendation form

Official transcripts

International applicants are required to submit their official transcripts (mark sheets) from their secondary school (including date of graduation) and from any colleges or universities they have attended outside of the United States to a recognized Foreign Credential Evaluator. The evaluation must be sent to KCAI directly by the credential evaluator. KCAI’s preferred foreign credential evaluation agency is Josef Silny & Associates (

Applicants should complete Josef Silny & Associates application for evaluation of foreign education credentials and submit the completed application, application fee and credentials to be evaluated directly to Josef Silny & Associates.The application also can be downloaded here.

KCAI requires the course-by-course evaluation.

The evaluation application, fee and credentials should be mailed to:
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 S.W. 102nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

Applicants should request the course-by-course evaluation be sent directly to KCAI.

  • NOTE: If an international applicant has previously submitted their credentials to a recognized Foreign Credential Evaluator other than Josef Silny & Associates (such evaluators include agencies such as World Education Services), course-by-course evaluations submitted directly to KCAI by these evaluators would also be accepted.

Standardized test scores

All students whose native language is not English must submit official results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language, commonly referred to as TOEFL, or the International English Language Testing System, commonly referred to as IELTS. This requirement may be waived if you have studied for two full academic years at a school in the United States or an approved English-speaking school outside of the United States.


  • Students must score a minimum of 550pbt / 213cbt / 79-80ibt
  • KCAI school code: 006330


  • Students must score a minimum of 6.0
  • Submit a copy of your scores to KCAI, and we will verify your scores through IELTS directly

All-first year and some transfer students are required to submit the results from one standardized test for admission. If you are a non-native English speaker and are submitting results from the TOEFL or IELTS, you do not need to submit a second standardized test score.

Scholastic Aptitude Test

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1425 (or 950 without the writing test)
  • KCAI school code: 006330

American College Test

  • Minimum ACT composite score of 20
  • KCAI school code: 002277

Statement of purpose

This is a brief, one- to two-page essay providing insight into your goals, interests and educational and artistic background. Statements of purpose must be submitted through Slideroom at or emailed to


All applicants are required to have a portfolio review completed by a KCAI admissions counselor. Students who wish to transfer as a sophomore or junior into a major department also will have their portfolio reviewed by a counselor. All portfolios must be submitted through Slideroom. There is no additional fee for using this service. Find useful information and tips on compiling your portfolio online.

Additional requirements for international nonimmigrant students

International student admissions information form

Completion and submission of this form is required in order for KCAI to issue your Form I-20. Download the international nonimmigrant student admissions information form.

Proof of financial support

In order for KCAI to issue a Form I-20, the U.S. Department of State requires that prospective students show proof of financial support for the first full academic year of study in the United States. This is also a requirement in order to be granted an F-1 Visa by the U.S. Consulate in your home country. Download information on acceptable forms and documentation for your proof of financial support.

Students wishing to attend KCAI must show proof of financial support in readily accessible funds for the  following minimum amounts:
  • Tuition and fees: $34,268
  • Room and board (including 19 meals per week): $9,890
  • Books and supplies: $2,000
  • Personal/transportation: $4,250
  • Technology fee: $150
  • Foundation student orientation: $15
  • Total: $50,573

Any scholarships you are awarded can be applied to and deducted from this amount. Download an estimated cost and payment worksheet for assistance with figuring the total amount of financial support you or your sponsor will need to provide.

If your studies at KCAI will be sponsored by a parent, relative, or other sponsor, you must also submit an affidavit of support. An affidavit of support is an official document signed by your sponsor indicating their intent and willingness to financially support you and your studies while you attend KCAI. If you are being financially sponsored by more than one person, you must submit an affidavit of support from each of your sponsors to accompany the proof of financial support. You may submit your affidavit of support by either completing the form, downloadable here, or by having your sponsor write a letter. An affidavit of support letter should be less than three months old and bear an original signature (preferably in blue ink).

Photocopy of passport

Submit a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport. This is the page that has your photograph and personal information on it. We are unable to issue an I-20 without this information.

Additional requirements for students already in the U.S.

If you are currently in the United States, there is additional documentation you will need to submit with your application.

  1. A photocopy of your most recent visa. If your visa has expired but you have an I-797 granting an extension of your status, you must submit a copy of your I-797 in addition to your visa.
  2. A photocopy of both sides of your I-94 card (if you received a paper I-94 card when you most recently entered the U.S.).
  3. A photocopy of your most recently issued Form I-20 (if you are currently on an F-1 student visa or an F-2 dependent visa). 

Submitting your application

Submit your application materials to the KCAI International Studies Office for processing. Send your application packet by mail to:

Kansas City Art Institute
c/o International Studies Office
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111-1820

Most application materials may also be sent to the KCAI International Studies Office via email at


Applicants are notified of the decision as soon as action is taken. Accepted students who plan to enroll at KCAI for the fall or spring semesters are required to make a $250 tuition deposit to hold their seats. This deposit is applied to tuition when the student enrolls and is refundable until May 1 for fall enrollment or Jan. 15 for spring enrollment.

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