INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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THE WORLD MEETS HERE

UMKC has over 1,500 international students from more than 70 countries. Our academic rigor ensures international students receive the highest-quality training at an affordable price. Graduates leave the engineering and computing programs positioned for high-quality, well-paying careers.

When it comes to choosing a U.S. university, location means everything. Kansas City is one of the top engineering and computing communities in the country. It is home to hundreds of firms of all sizes, which means ample opportunities for practical training during your studies and after graduation.

All SCE students receive academic advising to make sure they register for the right courses and remain on track for graduation. UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office works to make the transition smooth for new international students and provides support during their time here.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

International students will find a competitively priced academic programs at SCE. The university provides information about scholarships available to international students.

Assistantships are available for doctoral students and master’s students after their first semester at UMKC.

Visit the International Student Affairs Office’s tuition and fees page for a spreadsheet of estimated expenses.

Dean’s International Scholar Award (DISA)

This popular scholarship covers a large portion of the nonresident tuition rate, is awarded upon admission, and is renewable.

As a new, incoming first-time student, your DISA will be applied automatically.

DISA AwardFully Admitted StudentsProvisionally Admitted Students
Undergraduate Students$4,250 per semester$2,125 per semester
Master’s Students$4,000 per semester$2,000 per semester

CHECKLIST TO BEGIN

Learn more about the process by visiting UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office (ISAO).

  • Submit your support materials.

    Official copies of all academic credentials (also known as: transcripts, mark sheets, score cards, degree certificates), a personal statement, copy of your passport, and your GRE test scores are all required. Details on submitting these documents can be found on the Admission page of the ISAO website.

  • Demonstrate English proficiency.

    An understanding of the English language is vital to excelling in your classes. Proficiency may be demonstrated by providing a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS test score and is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who are citizens of a country which has English as an official language may have the English proficiency requirement waived.

  • Demonstrate financial preparedness.

    Applicants requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 must demonstrate the ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year. This statement should be no more than one year old.

  • Connect with other international students.

    We have a Facebook Group just for students like you! Join today to connect with other students heading to UMKC to share information about housing, class schedules, and things to do.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

AT HOME IN KANSAS CITY

Our Kansas City location is what sets UMKC apart from other universities. Kansas City has one of the largest concentrations of computing and engineering firms in the United States. And UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering is at the heart of it all.

With a population of 2.1 million people, the greater Kansas City area offers hundreds of activities and things to do. It’s home to professional sports teams, including Sporting Kansas City soccer, Royals baseball and Chiefs football. Fine-arts offerings include the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera. There are dozens of art galleries, 40 museums and 400 shopping centers throughout the region. The Kansas City International Airport is 41 kilometers from campus, and it is easy to travel around town on city buses.

Kansas City experiences all four seasons. Expect to see snowflakes fall in winter and to hear thunderstorms rumble across the sky in spring.

Kansas City has earned a reputation for friendly people, jazz music and world-famous barbecue restaurants. Kansas City is nicknamed the “City of Fountains,” and you can find the architectural pieces in just about every nook and cranny of the city.

Find out why the majority of UMKC graduates come for college and end up calling Kansas City home.