Additional Requirements

Students who are not U.S. citizens but who wish to apply for admission to KCAI should follow the same basic application procedures outlined for domestic students in addition to the following steps found here

See basic application procedures and dates here.

International Student Admissions Information Form

Completion and submission of this form is required in order for KCAI to issue your I-20.
Download International Student Admission Form

Proof of Financial Support

International students must provide proof of ability to support themselves from their own resources while attending KCAI. Because United States federal government loans and grants are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, international applicants will also need to submit financial documentation for one year's tuition, fees, room and board, and living expenses. In order to be issued an I-20, the U.S. Department of State requires that in order to be granted an F-1 visa, students must show proof of financial support for the first full academic year of study in the U.S.

Download information on acceptable proof of financial support

Students wishing to attend KCAI must show proof of financial support in readily accessible funds for the following amount:

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,992
  • Room and Board (including 19 meals per week): $9,466
  • Books and Supplies: $2,000
  • Personal/Transportation: $4,250
  • Total: $47,708

Any scholarships you are awarded can be applied to and deducted from this amount.

Download an Official Statement of Finances Form  This form must be accompanied by a Bank Letter or Bank Statement as described in the Proof of Financial Support document, (downloadable above).

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 letter written and signed by your sponsor indicating their intent and willingness to financially support you and your studies while you attend KCAI.
An Affidavit of Support should:

  • Be less than three months old
  • Bear an original signature (preferably in blue ink)
  • Be notarized by an official notary

Standardized Test Scores

All students whose native language is not English must submit official results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • Students must score a minimum of 550pbt/213cbt/79-80ibt.
  • KCAI School Code: 006330
  • For students already attending another school/college/university in the United States, the TOEFL requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis.
  • All-first year, and some transfer, students are required to submit standardized test scores for admission. If you submit TOEFL scores, you do not need to submit scores from another standardized test.

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.

Please submit your application materials to the International Studies Coordinator for processing.

You may send your application packet by mail to:

Emily Brattin
International Studies Coordinator
Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111-1874

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 pay a $250 tuition deposit to hold their seats. This deposit is applied to tuition when a student enrolls and is refundable until May 1 for fall enrollment or January 15 for spring enrollment.

Immigration forms needed to obtain a student visa will be completed by the international student advisor of the KCAI Admissions Office after the student has been accepted formally and financial documentation has been received. For more about obtaining a Student Visa after admission click here.

International students whose primary language is other than English should consult the liberal arts and sciences requirements for language requirements.

For more information call the admissions office at 800-522-5224.

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