Iris Program

The ALI’s Iris Program offers students, scholars, or professors from any of UMKC’s International University Partnerships the opportunity to study ESL and/or academics at UMKC with a J-1 visa. Students in this program receive the discounted Kansas resident tuition rate of $319.30 per credit hour. In addition to classes, students will also participate in social and cultural activities and service learning opportunities.
Click here to download the booklet about the Iris Program.

One Semester Program for Students (Fall or Spring)

ALI Only

  • No TOEFL or IELTS requirement
  • 12 credit hours of ALI courses
    • Writing & Grammar
    • Reading & Vocabulary
    • Speaking & Listening
  • Service learning component
  • $4,708 tuition and educational fees (plus Student Health Insurance)

Academics Only

  • 61 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS
  • 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses
    • See below for participating UMKC departments
  • $4,708 tuition and educational fees (plus Student Health Insurance and any Additional Department fees)

Two-Semester Program for Students (Fall and Spring)

ALI to Academics

  • 45 on the TOEFL or 5.0 on the IELTS
  • Fall semester in the ALI
  • Spring semester in UMKC undergraduate courses
    • See below for participating UMKC departments
  • $9,416 tuition and educational fees (plus Student Health Insurance and any Additional Department fees)

Academics Only

  • 61 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS
  • 12 credit hours of undergraduate courses for each semester
    • See below for participating UMKC departments
  • $9,416 tuition and educational fees (plus Student Health Insurance and any Additional Department fees)

(1) All face-to-face international students are required to purchase health insurance through UMKC.

UMKC Academics

Classes from multiple Schools at UMKC to choose from!

Departments and Programs:

  • Art & Art History
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Economics
  • English Language & Literature
  • Foreign Language & Literatures
  • History
  • Philosophy & Political Science
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Race, Ethnicity and Gender Studies

No Additional Department fees

Departments and Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Enterprise Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate

2021-2022 Additional Department fees: $900 per semester

Departments and Programs:

  • Architecture, Urban Planning + Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics & Astronomy

2021-2022 Additional Department fees: $1,200 per semester

Departments and Programs:

  • Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education

2021-2022 Additional Department fees: $220 per semester

Students must have at least a score of 70 on the TOEFL to qualify. Students must have taken 1 semester of academics with a score of at least 80 on the TOEFL. Law School semester is for graduate students only and is 9 credit hours at the JD non-resident graduate tuition rate.

Departments and Programs:

  • Common Law
  • Legal Analysis & Writing
  • US Law & Culture
  • US Legal Skills & Research

2021-2022 Total Cost: $23,360 per semester

For details on full UMKC tuition rates, please see the Cashiers Office website.

Other Costs to Consider

  • Books for undergraduate coursework will cost about $250. Books for Law courses will be more expensive.
  • Living expenses will cost approximately $1,000 – $2,000 per month, depending on personal choices about where to live and shop and how to travel around the city.
    • For details on housing options and costs, please see the ALI Housing page.
    • Lunch will cost approximately $10 per day. The cost can vary depending on personal choices about where and what to eat.

To apply to the program, you will need to submit a bank statement. The amount required on the bank statement may be different from the amounts listed above. This is because the government needs to see estimated living expenses too. For bank statement amounts, visit UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office Cost of Attendance webpage or contact the ALI at ali@umkc.edu.
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More Information

Take a look at our Future Students page for information on cost, scholarships.

Visit our Apply page to find application requirements and materials.


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