The Placement Department is the first point of contact at the Kuwait Cultural Office for Scholarship Recipients who will be pursuing undergraduate studies, English language or bachelor’s degree, in the United States.
We look forward to advising students on their application and admissions process, authentication of admission documents, registration with the Cultural Office and activation of scholarship upon arrival in the United States. Please review the information provided on this section carefully and thoroughly, as it will explain many of the steps you are required to complete before arriving to your location of study.
Processing times for Placement requests received via email: 7-10 business days.
Undergraduate sponsored students are assigned to a Placement Advisor based on the first letter of their first name. Refer to the two bullet points below for your Placement Advisor’s contact information.
Do not attempt to reach the Cultural Office-Los Angeles via KSIMS
- A – E and O – S: Contact Placement@kuwaitculturela.org
- F – N and T – Z: Contact Ms. Lupe Molina at Gmolina@kuwaitculturela.org
Contact your Placement Advisor at the Cultural Office-Los Angeles if you will begin your scholarship studies in any of the states listed below.
- Arizona (AZ)
- California (CA)
- Colorado (CO)
- Idaho (ID)
- Montana (MT)
- New Mexico (NM)
- Oregon (OR)
- Utah (UT)
- Washington (WA)
- Wyoming (WY)
If studying in other states, contact the Cultural Office-Washington DC via MyKSIMS DC. You may refer to their website https://kuwaitculture.com/ for further instructions.
If studying on private and/or family funds, contact email@example.com.
If pursuing graduate studies, contact the Director of the Graduate Department, Tatiana Mollazadeh at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLACEMENT AND ADMISSION PROCESS
MOHE – DAYRAH ACCOUNT
Students sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) must upload the documents listed below to their account in the MOHE Dayrah website and must ensure that the email address listed on their account is current and accurate. Documents must be in PDF format and not to exceed 900 KB. Students must also ensure that their account is assigned to the Cultural Office-Los Angeles. Visit the MOHE website www.mohe.edu.kw if you need assistance accessing your account.
Other sponsors: Students sponsored by other agencies in Kuwait must email the documents listed above directly to their Placement Advisor.
- Civil ID
- High school transcripts (years 9-12, in Arabic and English)
- IGCSE/GCSE and AS/A-level certificates (if applicable)
- High School Equivalency Certificate (if you attended a private high school in Kuwait or abroad)
- Authorization to Represent and Release Information Form
- Immunization records (with specific dates of vaccinations received, and certified by Ministry of Health)
- Official TOEFL or IELTS test report form
MOHE scholarship recipients are responsible for regularly checking their accounts in the MOHE Dayrah website after the scholarship announcement, as they will be provided a specified appointment time to complete their scholarship procedures and financial pledge. Further instructions are provided in the MOHE website at www.mohe.edu.kw
Students sponsored by other agencies in Kuwait must contact their sponsor directly to ensure that their scholarship procedures are completed.
Failure to complete this scholarship requirement will result in students not being able to activate their scholarship upon arrival in the United States.
FIND APPROVED ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AND/OR UNIVERSITIES
Students starting their scholarship studies at English language training levelmust attend programs and schools that are approved and open for English language training. Refer to the English Language School Listing in the Cultural Office website Here for approved English language programs. Students must apply to full-time and academic/intensive English track programs.
The maximum number of students allowed to enroll in each English language program at any given time is 50, selected programs may have a lower enrollment cap. Programs will be closed once the maximum enrollment cap for that school is reached. Admission documents will not be approved once program has reached maximum enrollment, students should be prepared to apply to a different program.
Students starting their scholarship studies at bachelor’s degree level must apply for admission to their scholarship-approved major, and to universities approved for the undergraduate study of that major. Refer to the University Listing in the Cultural Office website Here for approved majors and universities. Ensure to select undergraduate degree level (B) when searching approved majors and universities.
Universities may be restricted for specific majors, ensure to thoroughly review the notes for each major/university during your search. Note that not all approved majors listed on the University Listing are MOHE-scholarship majors.
ENGLISH PROFICENCY TEST REQUIREMENTS
Students planning to attend an English language program must have a minimum overall score of 5.0 in the IELTS Academic test, or an overall score of 45 in the TOEFL iBT.
Students planning to attend a bachelor’s degree program must have obtained admission with an IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT score that meets their specific university and major admission requirement.
IELTS and TOEFL tests must be taken in-person at approved testing centers in Kuwait.
Placement Advisors are available to advise students through the application process; however, students are responsible for filling out their admissions applications completely and accurately, and for submitting them to their program or university by their deadline.
Schools require that international students provide proof of sufficient funding for the duration of their studies in the United States before issuing admission documents. Students may submit their applications without proof of funding; however, schools will require proof of funding before applications can be reviewed and/or finalized.
Sponsored students who have applied to approved English language or bachelor’s degree programs and meet their scholarship requirements may request a Prospective Financial Support Letter (PFSL) from their Placement Advisor to fulfill the proof of funding requirement and complete their application.
APPROVAL AND AUTHENTICATION OF ADMISSION DOCUMENTS
REVIEW ADMISSION DOCUMENTS
Once admitted, schools will provide students with an official admission letter and an I-20 Form. The admission letter should indicate the student’s full name, school, specific major or program, college, campus and term admitted to.
The I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, issued by the designated school official (DSO), and enables prospective students to begin their F1 visa application process for the program and school the I-20 has been issued for. The I-20 is an important immigration document that is needed throughout the duration of studies and should be kept safe. Students must review carefully the instructions provided on Page #3 of their I-20.
Students are responsible for reviewing their original admission documents to ensure the accuracy and consistency of their biographical and academic information throughout their documents. The spelling of their first and last name should be consistent. To avoid delays in visa processing, students should review their documents as soon as they are received, and any corrections should be requested directly from the school as soon as possible.
Students are responsible for reviewing all school correspondence carefully and thoroughly as they must be aware of the conditions of their acceptance; including but not limited to all information regarding visa application, immigration guidelines, outstanding documents, enrollment deposits, mandatory orientation, placement tests, academic advising, class registration and withdrawal, housing, health insurance requirement, immunization requirements, school policies, and various deadlines.Upon accepting an admission, students agree to their school’s policies and are expected to meet their requirements and deadlines.
International students are required to have a valid F1 visa that permits them to study in the United States. The visa must be issued for the school that the student is planning to attend and has received approval for from the Cultural Office.
Admitted students will receive information regarding F1 visa application, immigration guidelines and travel information directly from the school. Students should also visit the US Embassy website for further information on what is expected of applicants during this process. Any questions regarding visa application should be directed to the school’s International Student Advisor.
International students may not enter the United States, on their F1 visa, more than 30 days prior to the program start date indicated on the I-20.
Student entering the United States more than 30 days prior to their program start date may do so if they have a valid tourist visa; however, they will be required to exit and re-enter the United States using their I-20 and F1 visa within the permitted time window to begin their studies.
The Cultural Office will not register and active scholarships for students who did not enter the United States with their F1 visa.
It is recommended that students arrive in the United States 2 weeks before their program start date to get settled before their classes start and to complete the required registration and scholarship activation with the Cultural Office.
If students experience any delays that may prevent them from reporting to their school by the program start date, they must inform their school and Placement Advisor immediately. Authorization to report later than the program start date indicated on the I-20 is required from both the school and the Cultural Office; students should not travel without prior authorization as they may encounter issues at the port of entry and may jeopardize their immigration status.
MOHE scholarship recipients are eligible to request a pre-travel allowance, to aid in travel expenses, directly from MOHE. This allowance is released by MOHE, not the Cultural Office. Students must complete this step before departing Kuwait to their location of study and should contact their MOHE Advisor directly for information on how to request it.
Students sponsored by other agencies in Kuwait should contact their sponsor directly for more information.
Students must enroll in courses required for their degree while adhering to full-time enrollment rules for international students. Questions related to their enrollment requirements should be directed at their school’s International Student and Academic advisors.
The Cultural Office does not arrange or cancel housing contracts for students and does not provide recommendations or assistance with obtaining housing and hotel accommodations. Students are fully responsible for making their own housing arrangements and covering all housing costs.
Universities may require that students live in on-campus housing during the first year, it may even be required during the second year. Some universities may accept exemption requests under certain circumstances; however, approval for these requests is not guaranteed.
Students wishing to request an exemption should contact their university’s Housing Office directly and should be mindful of all housing-related deadlines. It is recommended that students wait for written confirmation that their exemption request is approved by the university before signing a rental contract off campus.
HEALTH INSURANCE AND WAIVER
Sponsored students, who are Kuwaiti citizens and whose admission documents have been authenticated by the Cultural Office, may receive health insurance through the Kuwait Health Office in Washington DC once they enter the United States on their F1 visa and register with the Cultural Office. Upon receiving confirmation that their Cultural Office registration is completed, students may request a copy of their electronic health insurance card and/or coverage information from the Kuwait Health Office at email@example.com.
Students must waive their school’s health insurance plan every term. Schools automatically charge students for their Student Health Insurance Plan; students must complete the school’s insurance waiver process to opt out of the plan and remove charges from their account. Students who fail to waive their school’s insurance plan will be responsible for covering its fee; the Cultural Office will not cover -or reimburse- the cost of university health insurance plans.
Every school has different requirements and deadlines for waiving their insurance plan, students are responsible for finding out what they are early on and complying with them.
Students should be mindful that they will not be eligible to enroll in health insurance and receive an insurance card from the Kuwait Health Office until they have arrived in the United States. Therefore, they should plan their travels accordingly or request a deadline extension from the school in advance.
The FSL is only issued after students arrive in the United States and register with the Cultural Office. Students are responsible for planning their travels accordingly and registering with the Cultural Office in a timely manner so their FSLs are sent to their school by their deadline.
Students should plan to register with the Cultural Office 7-10 days before their program start date to ensure that their FSL is sent to their school by their deadline. Failure to do so may result in the student owing late fees or being dropped from their program/classes due to non-payment.