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

Graduate Admissions Requirements

Students with demonstrated English proficiency and who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, are invited to apply for admission to any of our graduate programs. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at

Students who wish to apply for graduate admissions should submit the following:

Upon acceptance, the International Student Office (ISO) will contact you in regards to your required I-20 documents which you will need for your 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.

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.

Note: the International Student Office offers airport pickup for first-time students who are arriving in Erie during normal business/evening hours. If you would like the ISO to pick you up, please send your itinerary to and we’ll happily arrange transportation to campus.

If you have questions, please contact the International Student Office at


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

Once You Arrive

  • Attend your mandatory new student Summer Orientation.
  • Check your Mercyhurst email regularly for instructions on how to maintain F-1 status, enroll in health insurance, and update your SEVIS record
  • Keep in regular contact with the International Student Office at

Cost and Aid

In addition to tuition, fees, and 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. Mercyhurst seeks to assist deserving students in affording their education, but all are expected to contribute to the total cost of their education. For questions regarding financial aid, please contact the International Student office at


Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that 14 percent of non-qualified scholarship and fellowship payments (tuition benefits that exceed the cost of tuition and fees) paid to F and J visa holders be withheld as federal income tax. When applicable, this withholding will be applied to students’ Mercyhurst bills as a fee at the beginning of each semester.  

Health Insurance

Mercyhurst University is committed to ensuring that all of our international students have access to health care while living in our community. Therefore, all F1 and F2 international students (undergraduate, graduate and adult) sponsored through Mercyhurst's SEVP program will be automatically billed for the Mercyhurst University Student Health Insurance Plan. This charge will appear on the student's bill, along with student tuition, fees and other expenses of university life. This insurance plan is $687 (USD) per semester for the 2020-2021 academic year.

If you have access to health insurance that is valid within the U.S., and meets the standard of coverage required by Mercyhurst, or if you need more information, please visit our Student Health Insurance webpage.

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 Center

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 the Office of Academic Support at

Tutoring and 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. 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 find the latest TutoringCenter information on the Mercyhurst Hub.

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 professors' suggestions 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. Please find the latest Writing Center information on the Mercyhurst Hub.

Contact Us

Courtney Olevnik
Director, International Student Services
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Office: Egan 207
Phone: 814-824-3056
Toll-Free: 800-825-1926, ext. 3056

Maria Antunez
Assistant Director, International Student Services
Office: Egan 205
Phone: 814-824-3059
Toll-Free: 800-825-1926, ext. 3059
Email: ​​

Meet the Staff

International Admissions
Courtney Olevnik
Director, International Student Services, Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Maria Antunez
Assistant Director, International Student Services