Graduate Admissions

How to Apply: International Applicants

Along with your completed graduate application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Alvernia University considers you an international student if you are a non–U.S. citizen or a non–U.S. permanent resident. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have studied in foreign countries (excluding study abroad programs) must complete step 1. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

  • Order these items: your foreign credential evaluation, a copy of the English translation and a copy of your transcript or mark sheets. Students who have studied in foreign countries will need to request a course-by-course evaluation. Any non–U.S. college or university work not included on another U.S. university transcript (i.e., study abroad) must be evaluated course-by-course by a foreign credential service and translated into English. A copy of the report should be sent directly from the company to our office:

     Alvernia University
     Attn: Graduate Admissions
     540 Upland Avenue
     Reading, PA 19611

     Here is the agency that specializes in foreign credential evaluations. You’ll find plenty
     of information on their website regarding how to make a request and the fee for
     the evaluation.

     World Education Services, Inc.
     Ask for a “Course-by-Course Report.”

     Foreign credit evaluation can take several weeks. That’s why we recommend that
     you order an evaluation as early as possible.

  • If you are from a country where the native language is not English, provide an official report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Test. If you haven’t taken the TOEFL Test (or your official report is more than 2 years old), you’ll need to take the test.  Please note that an official report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

  • Application Deadlines:  Fall semester deadline is May 1st and the Spring semester deadline is Oct 1st.


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