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For International Students

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.

Kaiyu Zhang I learned so much from taking a variety of courses with different professors and indeed enjoyed my learning experience here. Transylvania has so many excellent educators and teaching resources. All the Transylvania faculty, students, and staff make me feel at home, and I am deeply impressed by what Transylvania has offered me!
—Kaiyu Zhang ’14, China

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.

Ingrid Allen
Associate Director of Admissions
(859) 233-8242

Kim Pescher Many Europeans think of New York City, Hollywood, or Las Vegas as America. True, but as a student at Transylvania, it only takes a few days to appreciate the welcoming and personal atmosphere that students can experience on campus. Individual advising and actual student-professor communication is excellent at Transylvania.
—Kim Pescher ’13, Germany

International Students on Campus

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.

Friendship Family Program

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.

Life in Lexington

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.

New Student Orientation

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 here.

Student Involvement

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 here.

International Application Process

International students have special application requirements. If you have questions, contact Ingrid Allen, coordinator of international admissions.

Hesham ShehataDuring my study of immunology and other biology courses at Transylvania, I developed a strong desire for knowing the unknown, and to this day I find the skills I gained at Transylvania to be invaluable in my graduate studies. I will always cherish my experiences at Transylvania University and I recommend Transylvania to other foreign students without hesitation.
—Hesham Shehata ’10, Egypt

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