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Mercyhurst University recognizes the value and importance of the global community and each year the university expands and enhances the international presence on campus. Currently, 46 countries are represented. Mercyhurst is ranked No. 13 by U.S.News & World Report, Master's Universities- North, for most international students.

The Mercyhurst University Office of International Admissions and Services welcomes and encourages interested international students to apply. We offer various services to help international students feel welcome and comfortable. We help them make the most of their experiences at Mercyhurst and in the United States.

"I'm from Cyprus, so I never got to visit Mercyhurst before I enrolled. I arrived here after a 20-hour flight and it seemed as if I had arrived at a castle. I started crying because I could not believe how beautiful it was." --Mariana Suri '02


Application Requirements

  • 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.
  • 2015-2016 International 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 record 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 2015-2016 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."


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.  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 a 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.


Student Services

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.  For more information, contact Pertina Marrero, Director, at (814) 824-2369 or by email at


What Students Say

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.


Intensive English Program

Mercyhurst's Intensive English Programs prepare students to continue in a degree program at either Mercyhurst University or another American college or university of their choice.  Through a combination of English language study, personal counseling, and immersion in the American culture, students learn the skills needed to succeed in higher education.   The University enrolls over 200 international students and has an excellent academic reputation as well as a beautiful and safe campus.  Students who complete the Mercyhurst Intensive English program will be well-qualified for any future plans.  Learn more about this program.

Apply for the Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program Application

For more information, please contact Monica Clem, at (814) 824-2430 or by email at


Forms & Documents

2014-2015 International Student Financial Aid Application
2014-2015 International Certification of Finances

2015-2016 International Certification of Finances
2015-2016 International Student Financial Aid Application
  Health Center Pre-Admission Health Record



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

Adiba Shahjahan
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