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.

  • Complete an Alvernia University Financial Statement.

  • Complete your online application (including all supporting documentation). While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way.

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

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