As an institution committed to fostering global understanding and awareness, Mercyhurst University offers many opportunities for students from around the globe. Mercyhurst offers three exciting pathways for 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.
Students seeking to develop proficiency in English are invited to apply to our Intensive English Program (IEP)
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!
In order to provide significant opportunities for student success, our IEP provides intensive English language and culture preparation designed to enhance academic and spoken English proficiency. The IEP is divided into four, eight week sessions within the university calendar and an additional summer session. Our sessions cover five language levels: High Beginner to Advanced. Currently the IEP does not offer instruction to low beginners of the language, so students may enter the program after submission of current TOEFL or IELTS scores, evidence of previous English instruction, or an initial placement test taken at Mercyhurst. Students are placed according to proficiency and move through levels based on an assessment portfolio: a Mercyhurst placement/progress test, class performance, and internationally recognized exam scores (IELTS, TOEFL). Each level has 24 contact hours and the courses help students develop their language skills, cultural knowledge, and personal educational goals through an integrated approach towards language instruction.
Apply for the Intensive English Program
To complete your applications, please submit the following documents to Eric Evans at email@example.com after completing your online application:
For more information, please contact Eric Evans at (814) 824-2478 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Foundations Program is a two semester experience which 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 email@example.com after completing your online application:
For more information, please contact Eric Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 undergrauate admissions should 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 visit 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.
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.
The Multicultural Center 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:
For more information, contact Petrina Marrero at (814) 824-2369 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
Director of International Admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2478
Toll-Free: (800) 825-1926, ext. 2478
Fax: (814) 824-3260
U.S. Country Code: 001
Assistant Director of International Admissions
Phone: (814) 824-3056
Toll Free Phone: (800) 825-1926, ext. 3056
Fax: (814) 824-3260
U.S. Country Code: 001
Academic Director, Center for English Language Learning
Office: Egan 116
Academic Counselor, International Students
Office: Egan 124