Welcome International Students!

KSI welcomes international students to our vibrant learning environment near Chicago. Here are some advantages to choosing to live and study at KSI:

We offer admission all year around
KSI helps international students with application and visa process
Flexible Academics & Small Class Size, Weekend classes, flexible scheduling
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA. MS Degree and academic credits accepted by all U.S. Colleges and Universities
We offer Curricular and Occupational Practical Training (CPT/OPT)
Asia Ministry of Education approved

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Admissions

Masters Degree Program

Prerequisite Courses

English Requirements

Tuition Cost

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CPT/OPT

Accreditation

International Transfer Students

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Admission

In order to be be admiited to KSI Graduate School, and prior to receiving your I-20, students must submit the required application materials:

Application Form:
  Fill out and submit the application form online  (https://earth.ksi.edu/application/)  OR
  Download the Application form (http://www.ksi.edu/forms/appform.pdf) and submit it by mail, email or fax
Three letters of recommendation**
Official Transcripts, from all previous institutions of Higher Education**
Photocopies of all diplomas or degrees received
A 1" to 1.5" standard photo
Financial statements indicating sufficient funds for student's support (and that of dependents, if applicable) during the academic year
Financial statements from a secondary source of funding and an Affidavit of support (if additional funds are necessary) - please see below
TOEFL scores***
WES or ECE evaluation report****

*If the student does not yet have F-1 visa status and is applying for initial attendance as an F-1 student, a $50 application fee will be required.

**Please note that these items must come directly from the student's college or university, or from the parties that have prepared letters of recommendation, in sealed envelopes that are signed across the seal. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to begin the application process, but we will need official transcripts to complete each student's application file, and to make an admissions decision.

***TOEFL grade reports should be sent directly to the school using the school's TOEFL test center code, 1379. The minimum required score is 80 for the internet-based test, and 213 for the computer-based test. If a student fails to submit an official TOEFL score report, the student will be required to complete a series of non-credit ESL courses to meet KSI's language requirement.

****All international students are required to submit their official transcripts to World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to make sure that you have the US Equivalency to a Bachelor's Degree. KSI only accepts WES and ECE evaluations, other evaluation companies will not be accepted. To find out more about WES, please visit this website: http://www.wes.org/index.asp. To find out more about ECE, please visit this website: https://www.ece.org/. Each evaluation company has a fee to do the evaluation, their websites will guide you on the fees and requirements.

Please submit all materials to:

Admissions Office
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street
Skokie, Illinois, 60076

phone (847) 679-3135
fax (847) 679-3166
email: admissions@ksi.edu

TOEFL grade reports should be sent directly to the school using the school's TOEFL test center code, which is 1379.

School Contact Information:
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street, Skokie, Illinois 60076, USA
Tel: 847-679-3135
Fax: 847-679-3166
E-mail: office@ksi.edu
Website: http://www.ksi.edu/

Admission Guidelines:

Please follow the following admission guidelines when applying:

Application Form & Fee:
 

- You may fill out the form and pay by credit card online at https://earth.ksi.edu/application/

OR

- You may download the application form from http://www.ksi.edu/forms/appform.pdf and fax it to +1-847-679-3166

  - Name must be the same as with the passport, and be sure to fill out the contact telephone number and email
 

- Your credit card will be charged for the Application fee of $50 + postage (be sure to include card number and expiration date with online submission or fax submission)

Postage rates are:

10 days of arriving international mail - $ 20 U.S. dollars
5 days to reach the international express - $ 40 U.S. dollars
3 days to reach the international super-fast - $ 50
U.S. dollars

Note: KSI can air mail your Admission package to you via regular mail which takes at least 14 business days and no additional postage fee. However, if you want the package to arrive sooner you will have to pay the postage fee for the expedite mail service. It costs $20 (10 business days) or $40 (5 business days) or $50 overnight delivery.

When to Apply:
  KSI Graduate School is on a Semester system. The academic year is divided into Spring, Summer, Autumn - three semesters. Students may apply at any time for any semester. Indicate when you intend to begin on the application form. KSI accepts applications all year around. International students should begin the application process well before the beginning of the semester in order to have time to complete the visa process.
 



International Transfer Students

International Transfer Students must complete the above application process AND provide the following:
  - Application fee of $50
  - Copy of your passport and visa
  - Copy of your most recent Form I-94
  - Copy of all previous Form I-20s, if transferring from another school
  - Financial statements indicating sufficient funds for student's support (and that of dependents, if applicable) during the academic year
  - Financial statements from a secondary source of funding and an Affidavit of support (if additional funds are necessary)
  - TOEFL scores***
 

International Students already holding F-1 status with another school must undergo the same application process as new international students. All necessary materials must be submitted to KSI's Admissions Office. Upon being accepted to KSI, international students will receive an admittance letter from KSI which can be shown to the student's current international student advisor in order to transfer credits and SEVIS records to KSI.

After a student is admitted to KSI, we will provide international transfer students with a Transfer Verification Form which the student will present along with the KSI admission letter to his/her international student advisor at the current school in order to have the student's SEVIS record released to KSI.

The student must also complete KSI's Transfer Verification Form and submit the form to their international student advisor to have the student's records transferred from their previous institution to KSI through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Without the transfer of the student's SEVIS records, KSI will not be able to issue the student the Form I-20.

 

Masters Degree Program

International students may apply to KSI Graduate School's Master of Science Degree Program. The MS Degree Program provides advances IT, programming, computer science and IT management experience and prepares students to immediately get a job in the IT industry upon graduation.

The MS Degree Program has the following areas of concentration (for more information about the MS Degree program visit the English website: http://www.ksi.edu/MSDegree.html):
  CIS (standard computer science program)
  Health Informatics
  Digital Media (DM)
  Knowledge Management (KM)
  Information Security (IS)
  Computer Networks (CN)
  Software Engineering (SE)
  Management Information Systems (MIS)
  Computer-based Education (CBE)

 

Prerequisite Courses

Students who do not have a CIS Bachelor's Degree from a an accredited U.S. college or university may be required to take prerequisite courses prior to beginning the MS Degree Program. Students who have only 2 or 3 years of college experience will be required to take prerequisite courses. Below are the detailed requirements for students with different backgrounds:

Prerequisite Courses for Students with a Bachelor's Degree

Our admissions policy stipulates that applicants to the graduate school who do not have a 4-year undergraduate Computer Science degree from a U.S. college or university must complete 5 standard prerequisite CIS courses in order to begin graduate study.

CIS310- Introduction to Programming
CIS321- Computer Languages (JAVA)
CIS331- Database Programming (Oracle, SQL)
CIS340- Operating Systems
CIS370- Introduction into Computer Networks

After you have successfully completed the above prerequisite courses you will then be able to take KSI graduate course. Please keep in mind that a "C" average must be maintained in all 300-level courses.

 

Curricular and Occupational Practical Training (CPT/OPT)

After being enrolled at KSI for a specified period of time, students can apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in order to gain work experience while attending the MS Degree Program.

Students can apply for Occupational Practical Training (OPT) in order to gain work experience after graduation. OPT period is normally 12 to 29 months of practical training after graduating from the MS Degree Program.

 

English Requirements

International students are required to fulfill an ESL requirement. Students may take the TOEFL exam and pass out of the English requirement.

 

Tuition Cost

Description of Services * Fees
Application Fee (Non-refundable) $50.00
International students per credit hour $540.00
Late Registration Fee $50.00
Distance Learning Lab Fee per course $150.00
Laboratory Fee per semester $50.00
Materials Fee per course $5.00
Library Overdue Fee (late charge) per day / per book $0.25
Transcript Request
Allow 2-3 business days to process
Expedited processing: same day

$5.00
$10.00
International Student Status Conversion Service Fee*
$295.00
International Student Reinstatement Service Fee*
$295.00
Dependent I-20 for International Students $25.00
Re-issue of I-20 for International Students $25.00
Returned Check Fee** $35.00
Student ID Card (Renew every year) $5.00
Preparation of OPT Package (includs Shipping & Handling Fee) $55.00
Preparation of OPT Extension Package (includs Shipping & Handling Fee) $55.00
Preparation of Specialty Letters per letter Service Fee* $25.00

*All Service Fees are non-refundable
**For all checks returned by the bank
***Specialty and Statement Letter, please see the current student handbook avaiable on KSI's website at www.ksi.edu/studenthandbook.pdf
Shipping and handling costs differ on case by case basis and will be charged separately. Handling fee is flat fee of $10 per package.
Conversions and Reinstatements includ a $45 FedEx one-day shipping and $10 handling fee.

According to the U.S Immigration Office, overseas international students are required to take at least 8 courses for the first year of their study in the United States.

 

Accreditation

KSI is fully accredited in the United States by the NCA Higher Learning Commission (The Higher Learning Commission of the NCA). The NCA is the same accrediting institution that provides accrediation for all higher learning institutions in the region, including University of Chicago, Northwestern University and all other colleges, universities and graduate schools.

In the United States, the school's evaluation certification (accreditation) is issued by a non-governmental professional accreditation body commissioned to provide an impartial and objective scholars of the school's teaching, curriculum review evaluation in order to ensure the quality of education provided by schools.

NCA Commission on Higher Education of the contact address is:

The Higher Learning Commission
30 N. La Salle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Phone: (800) 621-7440, (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
E-mail: webmaster@hlcommission.org
http://www.higherlearningcommission.org/


 

Contact KSI

Admissions Office
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street
Skokie, Illinois, 60076

phone (847) 679-3135
fax (847) 679-3166
email: admissions@ksi.edu

TOEFL grade reports should be sent directly to the school using the school's TOEFL test center code, which is 1379.

School Contact Information:
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street, Skokie, Illinois 60076, USA
Tel: 847-679-3135
Fax: 847-679-3166
E-mail: office@ksi.edu
Website: http://www.ksi.edu/


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