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!

Traditional Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Students with demonstrated English proficiency are invited to apply for admission as an undergraduate student. If you have questions, please contact our International Student Office. For questions about graduate international admissions, please visit our International Graduate Admissions webpage.

Students who wish to apply for undergraduate 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 the International Student Office and we’ll happily arrange transportation to campus.

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; and are awarded to international students with strong high school academic achievements and financial need. For questions regarding financial aid, please contact the International Student Office.

Arrival to Campus

Once you arrive to campus:

Student Support Services

Academic Support

The Office of Academic Support provides several support services to help international students with a variety of academic concerns. Their dedicated team is ready to assist students with concerns about academic performance, navigating the college environment, registering for classes, understanding academic requirements, changing majors, improving study skills, and more!

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.

Tutoring 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! 

Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Hammermill 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.

International Student Requirements


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. 

Student 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. 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. 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.

International Recruitment Agents

Are you an international recruitment agency? We look forward to expanding our international footprint and welcoming new partners into our International Admissions Partner community. If your company is interested in becoming a commissioned agent please complete the International Admissions Partner Application form below. 

Contact Us

Courtney Olevnik
Director, International Student Services
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Office: Old Main 212
Phone: 814-824-3056
Toll-Free: 800-825-1926, ext. 3056

Maria Antunez
Assistant Director, International Student Services
Office: Old Main 209
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)
Territory: International Students
Maria Antunez
Assistant Director, International Student Services, Designated School Official (DSO)
Territory: International Students