International Students

At Kalamazoo College, the whole world is our campus. 

Studying at K can open doors to new experiences for international students. Our students learn, work, and research closely with faculty; gain work experience by connecting with alumni experts and business leaders; and travel the country and globe for immersive education. 

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Enriching Campus Experiences

We are proud to have international students make up 5% of our student body, coming to K from over 25 different countries.

For all K students, the diversity of experiences and perspectives on campus fosters academic and personal growth. International students are a pivotal part of what makes our community great, and we can’t wait to welcome you to campus! 

Application Information

Talk With Us

Attend a Virtual Information Session 

During a virtual information session, you can learn about Kalamazoo College’s distinctive K-Plan, ask our counselors about the admission and financial aid process and get a current student’s perspective on life at K—from anywhere in the world! 

Note: If there are no virtual, international student information sessions currently available. Please email Roderick Malcolm, Director of International Recruitment, at to schedule a personalized admission meeting.

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Application Materials and Deadlines 


Kalamazoo College exclusively uses the Common Application and does not charge an application fee. 

International students may be asked to verify their English proficiency as part of their application process. 

Click your application type for required materials


Application TimelineApplication DeadlineNotification Letter MailedDeposit Due
Early DecisionNovember 1December 1January 15
Early ActionNovember 1December 20May 1
Regular DecisionJanuary 15April 1May 1
Transfer (Fall Admission)*June 15June 22July 1

Note: Kalamazoo College also offers a Winter Transfer program (application deadline: November 1, deposit deadline: December 1). Due to the short matriculation period between December 1 and our winter break, international transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission into our Fall quarter instead.

Financing your Education

Kalamazoo College is committed to making your K education affordable and accessible for students, and the average financial aid award package for an admitted international student—including both need and merit awards—is roughly 55-65% of the total cost of attendance.

Merit-Based Scholarship

Kalamazoo College offers a broad range of financial aid opportunities for international students. We consider all applicants who have excellent academic and co-curricular experiences (first-year and transfer, domestic and international) for merit-based scholarships. No additional application is required.

Need-Based Aid

Applying for Financial Assistance

To apply for financial aid, you can either submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) or the College’s International Student Financial Aid Application. If you are applying for need-based aid, these forms must be submitted with your application for admission for your case to be considered, we strongly encourage you to submit either form at your earliest convenience.

  • International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA): Once you have submitted your application for admission, upload your completed ISFAA into your Applicant Status Page or send it to our records team
  • The College’s International Student Financial Aid Application: After completing your Common Application, the College’s financial aid application will be listed with the rest of your supporting materials (transcript, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.). Once you have filled out the form, you can upload it through the Common App.

Once a student has submitted their ISFAA or the College’s Student Financial Aid Application, the Office of Financial Aid will determine if they are eligible for need-based grants and or work study. For more information, refer to the Office of Financial Aid

International students who do not fill out either of these forms at the time of admission should not expect any need-based aid for the duration of their four years at Kalamazoo College. 

Global Leadership Scholarship

Kalamazoo College awards a limited number of full-tuition Global Leadership Scholarships (GLS) to incoming first-year international students. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and are renewed all four years, based on the current cost of attendance. 

To be eligible for consideration, students must apply for admission by November 1 under either the Early Decision or Early Action application programs. In addition to submitting the Common App and test scores (if applicable), students must complete an in-person or virtual admission interview to be eligible for the GLS.  

The Global Leadership Scholarship will be applied toward the cost of tuition. Recipients of the GLS are not eligible for additional merit scholarships from Kalamazoo College. However, they may be eligible for additional need-based aid if they submit the International Student Financial Aid Application along with their Common App and all supporting documents by the November 1 deadline. 

Applying for a Student Visa

Applying for your Student Visa

Students may only begin applying for a student visa after they have been admitted to Kalamazoo College, made their deposit, and submitted the Resource Verification Form with supporting materials. The Office of Admission processes documents necessary for your student visa, including your Resource Verification Form [PDF].  

After you receive your I-20 form, contact the International Student Advisor, Alayna Lewis, at for assistance facilitating your arrival. 

The Center for International Programs

The Center for International Programs offers the following resources to international students: 

  • Regular communication with students before arrival on campus 
  • On-site international student orientation 
  • Advising services for all topics related to your visa status 
  • Support with I-20’s and other U.S immigration issues 

For assistance, please contact 

Meet Your Admission Counselor

Rod Malcom, Senior Associate Director of Admission

Roderick Malcolm
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Learn about Rod

Chat with one of our International Student Ambassadors

Each Thursday, one of our current international students hosts a virtual Zoom call to answer your questions and share their experiences applying to colleges, living in America, and studying at K.

Meet our ambassadors

Hello! I’m Huin, a junior here at Kalamazoo College, originally from South Korea. At K, I am majoring in biology and conducting research on genetics and Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside my scientific pursuits, I am minoring in studio art with a concentration in film and media studies. Outside of my academics, I enjoy photography, old films, and learning new instruments! My favorite thing about K is its intimate community with smaller class sizes that help create meaningful connections with professors. I also appreciate that K is located in a mid-sized city with so many things to explore! I love to answer your questions and chat about just about anything! 

Hi! I’m Randa, a first-year international student from Libya. I intend to declare a double major in Economics and German. In my free time, I like to write and draw. What truly captivates me about Kalamazoo College is its remarkable support for student-driven activities. This support has created a vibrant campus filled with diverse activities, spanning from the arts to social engagement to community building on and off campus. Of all the clubs I am involved in, Eco Club is one of my favorites because we collaborate on various environmental and sustainability projects. I would be glad to answer any questions you might have about K!