International Students

International Students

Mercyhurst University participates in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and welcomes applicants from nations around the world. In compliance with SEVP, international applicants are subject to additional application requirements.

Applicants must submit a copy of their passport photo page. The U.S. government requires that international applicants demonstrate the financial ability to live and learn in the United States. To meet that requirement, international applicants must also submit a completed Certification of Finances form (showing funds in U.S. dollars), and a Bank Affidavit, notarized and on bank letterhead, verifying U.S. dollar amounts available.

If English is not the student’s first language, scores on the Duolingo, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEFL Essentials, or PTE tests are required, with a Duolingo score of 100+, IELTS score of 6.5+, TOEFL score of 79+, TOEFL Essentials score of 8.5+, or PTE score 85+. Applicants with SAT/ACT scores or two or more years of full-time English curriculum can request a waiver.

Finally, educational records must be translated into English and notarized. The transcripts of students transferring from a university outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or SpanTran using “Course-by-Course Report”. Full course descriptions and transcripts must also be submitted with the application.


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