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As an institution of higher education committed to fostering global understanding and awareness, Mercyhurst University offers many learning opportunities for students from around the globe. Mercyhurst offers two exciting pathways of study for international students:


Students with demonstrated proficiency in the English language (IELTS of 6.5 or TOEFL of 550 on the paper-based test) can matriculate directly as a traditional undergraduate or graduate student.

Students in need of language support as they begin their undergraduate program (minimum IELTS of 5) are invited into our International Foundation Program (IFP), a one-year, credit-bearing program. IFP students are fully matriculated, degree-seeking students.

Mercyhurst attracts students from nearly 50 countries. Learn what our international students have to say about how they chose Mercyhurst and what their experience has been like!

Tell us more about yourself by filling out this online form.

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Traditional Undergraduate Admissions

Students with demonstrated English proficiency (IELTS of 6.5+) are invited to apply for admission as an undergraduate student. Traditional undergraduate students enter into an academic program of study directly and are not required to take Intensive English or Foundations courses. Please contact Eric Evans, director of International Admissions at for more information. Students who wish to apply for undergraduate admissions should submit the following:

  • Use our streamlined online application.
  • If your records are written in a language other than English, translation of the documents into English and a statement attesting to the accuracy of the translations must be submitted (notarized).
  • If English is not your first language, your scores on the TOEFL and/or IELTS must be submitted. Applicants for admission must present a TOEFL score of no less than 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, and 79-80 on the Internet-based test. Applicants for admission must present a IELTS score of no less than 6.5.
  • A 2017-2018 Certification of Finances, completed with amounts shown in U. S. dollars.
  • Bank affidavit on official bank letterhead (a notarized document verifying US dollar amounts available). This is required by the U. S. government, and will be attached to your final immigration documents.
  • Original test score results of the ACT or SAT (if available; however, if you plan to participate in inter-collegiate athletics, they are required).
  • Your Pre-Admission Health Forms must be completed in full, including required information from your doctor. 
  • You must submit proof of health insurance coverage. This is needed to attend school in the United States.  Students may use - but are not limited to - the health plan provided by the university.  Contact International Admissions for more information about the health insurance available through the university.
  • A photocopy of your passport photograph page.
  • Completed 2017-2018 International Student Financial Aid Application.
  • If you are transferring from a university located outside of the United States, you must use World Education Services to evaluate your transcripts. Please use "Course-by-Course Report."

International Foundations Program

The International Foundations Program is a two-semester experience that allows undergraduate students to take credit-bearing courses at Mercyhurst, as well as receive additional language support through academic courses focused on enriching their language development. Acceptance into IFP is based on TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants must demonstrate an adequate command of the English language. Upon acceptance into the International Foundations Program, students select an academic major and begin the Foundations year. 

During the first semester, students will take:

  • WL 108: Listening and Speaking for Academic Success, 3 credits
  • WL 110: Reading and Writing for Academic Success, 3 credits
  • Two academic courses that meet requirements for the student’s chosen major, 6 credits 

During the second semester, students will take:

  • WL 201: Digital Literacy, 3 credits
  • ENG 110: Composition, 3 credits
  • ENG 100: Critical and Evaluative Reading, 3 credits
  • Two academic courses that meet the requirements for the student’s chosen major, 6 credits

To complete your application, please submit the following documents to Eric Evans at after completing your online application:

  • Copy of your passport.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts, including high school and/or college. All transcripts must be in English. Students who wish to transfer credits from other institutions must also submit copies of the catalog course descriptions from the college or university they attended and a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
  • Financial guarantee, bank statement and/or  2016-2017 International Student Financial Aid Application. All documents must demonstrate enough funds to pay for the entire first year of study.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  •  Pre-Admission Health Forms.
  • Proof of insurance coverage. All students in the United States are required to provide evidence of health insurance. Mercyhurst University provides health insurance plans for students. Please contact the International Admissions office for more information about these plans. 

Apply for the International Foundations Program

For more information, please contact Eric Evans at

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Obtain Your Visa and Plan Your Travel to the United States
If you reside outside of the U.S., you must obtain a passport from your government. Next, you must apply for a 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 the F-1 Visa. Be sure to bring the following to your appointment:

  • Visa application.
  • Receipt confirming payment of the SEVIS fee. You may visit to pay the fee.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) forms.
  • Financial evidence detailing the source and amount of funding.
  • Official academic transcript and official acceptance letter.
  • Proof of English proficiency may be requested.

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. 

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. Intensive English and International Foundations Students interested in housing should contact Eric Evans at

Once You Arrive

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:

  • Photocopies of all your travel and immigration documents. This includes your passport biography page, visa page, copy of your I-20 and your I-94 (travel record). Print the I-94 record.
  • Updated local address. You are responsible for reporting any address changes to the International Office.
  • Sign up for health insurance if you do not yet have it. 

Costs and Aid

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, scholarships for international students are available; students receiving international student scholarships are with the understanding that the student lives on campus and participates in a campus meal plan at a level determined by the university. Awards vary and are awarded to International students with strong high school academic achievements and financial need. Regardless of your need for financial aid, you must complete a2016-2017 Certification of Finances form. Mercyhurst seeks to assist deserving students in affording their education, but all are expected to contribute to the total cost of their education.

Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Student Services assists with the educational, cultural, social and personal needs of all students, with special emphasis on ethnic, gender and minority issues. The primary focus is to develop leaders and scholars and to create campus-wide awareness of socio-economic issues, while bridging the gap between students and faculty. We also provide personal support, leadership development, professional development and a diverse resource library. Multicultural Student Services works with the International Office to host several fun and exciting events throughout the year, including:

  • International Night
  • International Day of Peace Observance
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
  • World AIDS Observance
  • Cultural Awareness Week 

 Academic Support Services

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 provides several 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: 

  • Concerns about academic performance
  • Navigating the college environment
  • Registering for classes
  • Understanding academic requirements
  • Change of major and transcript requests

We also offer academic workshops at various points in the semester. Previous workshops have included study skills, test taking, and note taking.

Please contact Kerrie Findlay, academic counselor of International Student Support at or stop by her office in Egan 126.

Tutoring & Writing Center 

The Tutoring Center offers one-on-one or small group tutoring in most subject areas, including English language support. Many international students benefit from seeking both content tutoring as well as English language tutoring, which can help understand readings and specific vocabulary. Tutors are current Mercyhurst students, and tutoring is completely free! Students seeking tutoring can schedule an appointment via TutorTrac, the University’s tutor scheduling software, at Students seeking tutoring for a class for which there is no tutor schedule in TutorTrac may request a tutor by emailing the Tutoring Center at Please visit the Tutoring Center’s Portal page at

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the library. Writing consultants help students at any stage in the writing process, including analyzing and understanding the assignment; revising and editing a rough draft; using correct citation styles: MLA, APA, or Chicago style; and incorporating professor’s suggesitons about a draft. Students may bring in any writing project for any class. Students can come in during drop-in hours or make an appointment with a consultant via TutorTrac ( Find the latest Writing Center information via Twitter and Facebook (@WritingCenterMu) or search for us on the My.Mercyhurst Portal.

Forms & Documents

2017-2018 International Student Financial Aid Application
2017-2018 Certification of Finances

Pre-Admission Health Forms
2018-2019 International Student Financial Aid Application
2018-2019 International Student Certification of Finances

Meet the Staff

Eric Evans
Director of International Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2478
Toll-Free: 800-825-1926, ext. 2478
Fax: 814-824-3260
U.S. Country Code: 001


Angela Phillips
International Enrollment Counselor/DSO
Phone: 814-824-3056
 800-825-1926, ext. 3056
Office: Egan 205


Janelle Newman
Academic Director, Center for English Language Learning
Office: Preston 208

Kerrie FIndlay
Academic Counselor, International Students
Office: Egan 126