International Student Certification of FinancesMercyhurst University recognizes the value and importance of the global community. Each year, Mercyhurst expands and enhances the international presence on campus with 46 countries currently represented. Mercyhurst is ranked No. 13 by U.S.News & World Report, Master's Universities - North, for most international students.
International graduate students should submit the following application materials when applying to Mercyhurst University.
Students with demonstrated English proficiency (IELTS of 6.5+) and who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, are invited to apply for admission to any one of our graduate programs. Students who wish to apply to master’s degree or graduate certificate programs should complete the following steps:
Upon acceptance, and in order to secure an I-20, applicants will need to submit the following:
Obtain Your Visa and Plan Your Travel to the United States
If you are residing outside of the U.S., you must obtain a passport from your government. Next, you must apply for an F-1 Student visa. As soon as you receive your I-20 from Mercyhurst University, schedule your visa appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to apply for an F-1 visa. Be sure to bring the following to your appointment:
Students applying for initial entry may be issued the visa up to 120 days before the start date of their academic program. You may not enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start date of your program, so make your travel arrangements with this in mind. We would like you to report to campus no later than 7 days prior to the start of the semester.
SEVIS transfer students, click here
Students should make housing arrangements in the U.S. prior to arriving. Mercyhurst University offers numerous housing options. If you are interested in on-campus housing, please click here.
Plan to attend the orientation session for your program. If you are unable to attend orientation, be sure to visit the International Office as soon as you arrive on campus to check in and maintain your status. You will need to provide the following:
In addition to tuition, fees, room, and board, international students should consider additional costs they may incur, such as books, health insurance and personal expenses. Use the currency converter to get a better idea how these costs translate into your currency. To assist with college costs, international students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships or graduate employment positions. The selection process for these positions is highly competitive and should not be considered your first plan for paying for your Mercyhurst education. Regardless of your need for financial aid, you must complete a International Student Certification of Finances form.
Multicultural Student Services is a comprehensive office that assists with the educational, cultural, social and personal needs of all students, with special emphasis on ethnic, gender, and minority issues. The primary focus of the office is to develop leaders and scholars and to create campus-wide awareness of socio-economic issues and to bridge the gap between students and faculty. The office also provides person support, leadership development, professional development and a diverse resource library. The Multicultural Center works with the International Office to host several fun and exciting events throughout the year, including:
We realize that sometimes, balancing the demands of college can be a bit overwhelming, especially for international students. That's why The Office of Academic Support offers a variety of support services to help international students with a variety of academic concerns. Our dedicated staff is ready to assist students with any of the following:
Please contact Kerrie Findlay, Academic Counselor/International Student Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office, located in Egan 124.
Enrollment Counselor for International Graduate Students
Phone: (814) 824-2297
Toll Free Phone: (800) 825-1926, ext. 2297
Fax: (814) 824-3297
U.S. Country Code: 001
Assistant Director of International Admissions/PDSO
Phone: (814) 824-3056
Toll Free Phone: (800) 825-1926, ext. 3056
Fax: (814) 824-3260
U.S. Country Code: 001