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!
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 email@example.com for more information. Students who wish to apply for undergraduate admissions should submit the following:
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:
During the second semester, students will take:
To complete your application, please submit the following documents to Eric Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org after completing your online application:
For more information, please contact Eric Evans at email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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 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:
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:
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 email@example.com or stop by her office in Egan 126.
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 mercyhurst.go-redrock.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the Tutoring Center’s Portal page at tutoring.mercyhurst.edu.
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 (mercyhurst.go-redrock.com). Find the latest Writing Center information via Twitter and Facebook (@WritingCenterMu) or search for us on the My.Mercyhurst Portal.
Director of International Admissions
Toll-Free: 800-825-1926, ext. 2478
U.S. Country Code: 001
Academic Director, Center for English Language Learning
Office: Preston 208
Academic Counselor, International Students
Office: Egan 126