Transylvania University is a private liberal arts university of approximately 1,100 students located in Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest city.
We've gathered several tips for you as you prepare to travel to the United States and study at Transylvania.
Transylvania made me feel very welcome from the first day, and it has also made me stronger. This school pushes you academically, and it also pushes you to fight your own battles. You learn to take initiative, to be involved, and to fight for whatever you believe in.
—Roshni Desai ’14, Zimbabwe
I have been able to make friends with a lot of people, and they have helped me learn about American culture. I have also been able to take up various leadership positions and participate in community service. All these activities have helped me grow, communicate better, and be a better leader. I like to think I also brought happiness to the Transylvania community.
—Ajibola Bakare ’15, Nigeria
One of my high school teachers went to Transylvania, and I knew I wanted the same kind of education he had. My friends, professors, and the staff and alumni I've worked with have all taught me the power of words, and each and every one of them has watered my eagerness to continue to learn and to learn from everyone I encounter.
—Esi Kalefe ’14, Togo
Among American universities, Transylvania has a long history of excellence that stretches back to our founding in 1780. We also have a tradition of welcoming international students to our vibrant, diverse community. We value the contributions international students can make to our campus as we offer an educational experience of the highest quality.
Every student’s college search is different, and this is especially true for international students. If you’re a prospective student living outside the United States, we want to answer your questions and provide you with the most information possible, from financial aid to student visas to living in Lexington. Please contact Ingrid Allen, Transylvania’s associate director of admissions and coordinator for international admissions, for personalized attention.
Associate Director of Admissions
Transylvania celebrates the diversity and global connections of our international students in many ways, including monthly international dinners and celebrations throughout the year in conjunction with the International House. Services for international students are offered through the office of the dean of students. Serenity Wright, international student services coordinator, offers personal assistance and is available to help with any questions or concerns that may arise. James Wright, First-Year Seminar instructor, helps international students understand the academic expectations of a liberal arts college and sharpen their English language and writing skills.
Our Friendship Family Program pairs international students with local families who provide a place for students to stay during school breaks and help adjusting to life abroad. Share an American-style Thanksgiving dinner or find out more about central Kentucky by applying to be matched with a local family.
With a population of nearly 300,000, Lexington is Kentucky’s second largest city and a regional center for entertainment, sports, museums, the arts, and many other attractions. See what’s available near campus, across town, or in the area.
During orientation at Transylvania, new students meet classmates, student leaders, faculty, and staff. Special programming for international students includes help with immigration regulations, the American culture and lifestyle, and academic differences.
Find out more about orientation.
Joining student organizations helps students make friends, develop leadership skills, practice cross-cultural communication — and have fun, too. The more involved you are in the university community, the more you’ll benefit from their experiences.
See a sampling of involvement opportunities.
Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.