International Students

Seeking higher education in a foreign country automatically earns you respect points with us. We value our international partnerships and are pleased that you’re considering a degree from Friends University.

Whether you are just beginning your college career, transferring credits to Friends, seeking evening classes or would like to earn a graduate degree, you’ll find the correct application below.

If you’re interested in applying for Teacher Education and Graduate Workshops at Friends University, please find more information here.

NOTE: Friends University online programs currently do not accept international students who are not physically present in the United States. 

Admission Requirements

As an international student, there are a few more requirements for admission, but we’ll walk you through them step by step.

Important Deadlines

  • Application: 60 days before classes begin
  • Arriving:
    • First time in the United States: 15 days before classes begin
    • Transferring from a college or university within the United States: 7 days before classes begin

Financial Documents

  • Complete and sign the financial pledge form(s):
  • Sample 1
  • Sample 2
  • Certificate of financial support
  • Submit the official financial document (statement, letter, etc.) from your financial institution (i.e., bank) or sponsor, to show at least US$23,000 available for the first year of study at Friends University. This must be provided in, or translated into, English.


All new international students who wish to enroll are required to pay to the university upon enrollment a deposit of US$5,000, which will be applied toward one-year medical insurance, tuition and other deposits/fees.

Friends University has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with peerTransfer you can:

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Contact a multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

To get started, click or go to: to begin the payment process. If you have questions about making an international payment, visit the peerTransfer help page.

First Semester

All new international students must pay off the cost of their first semester at Friends University between their arrival date and the program start date.


Although Friends University currently does not offer full-tuition scholarships, international students meeting its academic criteria upon enrollment can receive either:

  • Automatic 50 percent tuition scholarship (renewable) for traditional undergraduate students or
  • Combination of our institutional scholarships (also renewable)

Find more information about Friends University’s scholarships


All new international students who wish to enroll at Friends University will be required to either write an English placement essay or take an English placement test. Your English proficiency, educational background, and/or country of origin will determine your English requirement.

Non-native English speakers applying from abroad:

To apply, you are required to submit your official test score of TOEFL. Please remember that an official ACT/SAT score can be used in replacement of a TOEFL score for full admittance to Friends University.

  • Minimum score of: paper, 470; Internet, 52
  • We currently do not accept iELTS or any other English proficiency test scores.
  • All test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency to Friends University.
  • TOEFL school code: 6224

Non-native English speakers who attended high school/college in the United States:

The director of admissions can waive the TOEFL requirement for students who qualify for the waiver. Students who graduate from high school or attended college in the United States can waive the TOEFL score requirement by presenting one of the following.

  • Official ACT/SAT score
  • Receive a course grade of B or better in an introductory English composition class from an accredited U.S. college or university. Submission of official U.S. college or university transcript is required.

Native English speakers from English speaking countries:

Friends University recognizes the following countries as having English as their official language.

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Liberia
  • United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • The Commonwealth Caribbean
  • The United States

If students are from one of the countries listed above and provide documentation of citizenship (passport), the English requirement will be waived. However, they are required to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission.


All international students must submit the official transcripts (academic records) from their high schools or colleges/universities.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

All international students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale to be admitted. Choose from the following categories and find out about your transcript requirement.

I have not attended a school in the United States.

If you have never attended a secondary (high school) or postsecondary (college/university) in the United States, you must provide an official transcript to a NACES accredited service. Official evaluation from a NACES accredited service must be sent directly to Friends University.

  • Choose a company from the NACES members list.
  • Contact the company and ask about transcript evaluation.
  • High school: “general” evaluation of (1) U.S. high school equivalency, (2) high school GPA, and (3) graduation date.
  • College/university: “course-by-course” evaluation of (1) U.S. college/university equivalency, (2) hours, (3) GPA, (4) course-by course evaluation, (5) graduation date if applicable.

I have attended a school in the United States.

If you have attended a secondary (high school) or postsecondary (college/university) in the United States, you must request an official transcript from the institution be sent directly to Friends University.

Pre-Arrival Information

Apply for a Student Visa

  • SEVIS I-901: The fee for SEVIS I-901, a government document, must be paid online with a credit card (recommended) BEFORE applying for an F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy/consulate and/or before entering the United States. A paper form of I-901 can also be submitted by mail.

For more detailed information, visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program at

Transferring from another U.S. school

After receiving the admission letter from Friends University, international students transferring from another U.S. school must submit the completed and signed Transfer In Request form. This form verifies the student has the immigration status necessary to transfer.

Traveling Between Schools

Transfer students may travel and re-enter the U.S. any time between school programs. However, transfer students must re-enter with their Friends University I-20 and not the previous school’s document. F-1 students must have valid visa stamps to re-enter the US.

Reporting 15 days before the program start date

Initial F-1 visa international students and transfer students must report to the International Student Adviser within 15 days of the program start date.


Friends University offers a student insurance policy through Student Assurance Services. All F-1 International students are required to sign up for this plan. As a new UNDERGRADUATE international student joining Friends University for the first time, you will be automatically charged for this plan as part of your initial deposit.

The initial deposit of US$5,000 will cover the annual insurance cost.


New F-1 International UNDERGRADUATE students should complete an enrollment form after receiving their initial I-20 and forward it to the Health and Wellness Office. Forms may be scanned, faxed or mailed. The enrollment form can be obtained by visiting

Please send forms by way of scan, fax or mail to:

Friends University Health and Wellness Office
2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS  67213
Phone 316-295-5661
Fax 316-295-5235


You will NOT be able to register for classes until you can show proof that you are enrolled in this plan.

A hold will be placed on your student account that will be lifted after presenting proof of enrollment.  Proof may be obtained by submitting your application to school.


A TB screening is required for all first-time on-campus enrollees, which includes all international students. This will be done during orientation for new students in the fall or spring semesters. If you miss the orientation, you will need to visit AMS Labs to have the TB test done on your own.
TB screenings are MANDATORY. This must be completed before the first day of class. Students will not be allowed to attend class if this process is not complete.
If you test negative for TB, no further testing is required and you will be notified by the Health and Wellness Office. If you test positive for TB, we will assist you in scheduling a mandatory chest x-ray and discuss further treatment options.


There are many on-campus housing options at Friends University. Find detailed information about each option

If you choose to live off campus, there are many houses and apartments for rent near the Friends University campus. Ask your International Student Adviser for information about available options.


  • Flight destination: Wichita (city), Kansas (state).
  • Airport: Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport (airport code: ICT).
  • Recommended arrival date: at least 15 days before the program start date

Air transportation to and from the student’s home country is the responsibility of the student/guardians. Students are required to have a round-trip ticket.

All international students entering the U.S. will be directed to secondary inspection after completing the first level of screening by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Secondary inspections give CBP access to the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to confirm students’ eligibility for entry to the U.S.

If you will have connecting flights following your arrival to the U.S., we recommend allowing additional time between flights (minimum 2-3 hours).


Friends University representatives will provide transportation from Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport (ICT) to the Friends University campus. To arrange transportation prior to arrival, please contact the Admissions Office at or complete the shuttle reservation form.

New Student Handbook

The new student handbook for international students provides information about Wichita, Friends University and immigration information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have collegiate sports, in which I have an opportunity to participate?
Yes, Friends University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).

Can I receive a full-ride scholarship for participating in Athletics or Fine Arts?
Friends University does not offer any full-ride scholarships but students can receive multiple scholarships through academic, athletic, and fine arts programs.

Do you offer any special international scholarships or financial assistance programs?
Yes, through a combination of merit-based and performance-based awards all international students in the College of Business, Arts, Science and Education will have at least 50 percent of tuition covered.

Do I need to take an English Comprehensive Test to gain admission to Friends University?
Yes, if English is not your national language, you will be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

When is a suitable time to start the admissions process?
Three months before the start of the chosen term.