How to Apply as an International Student

All undergraduate students must submit a complete application to Alvernia University along with all supporting documents listed below. Please keep a copy of all documents submitted to Alvernia as you will be required to show them again at the American Embassy or Consulate in your country. You should apply as an undergraduate student (seeking a Bachelor's degree) online by submitting our Alvernia application or The Common Application.

Any questions should be emailed to the International Admissions office at Alvernia's Director of International Recruitment Sibel Ahi may also be contacted by phone at 610-568-1473


International Applicant Deadlines

  • To begin classes in January (Spring semester), applications and supporting materials must be submitted by October 1
  • To begin classes in August (Fall semester), applications and supporting materials must be submitted by May 1

Required Supporting Materials

English Language Proficiency

All students who are non-native English speakers or come from a country where English is not the official language will be required to provide proof of English proficiency.  Please use the CIA World Fact Book to verify if your country is considered an English-speaking territory. Students may take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to verify their own English Proficiency.

Minimum Score Requirements:

  • TOEFL: 550 or higher for the paper-based test, 190-213 for the computer-based test, or 75-80 for the Internet-based test.
  • IELTS: 5.5 or higher.
  • DUOLINGO: 85 or higher.


English proficiency testing may be waived if a student has had at least two consecutive years of education in an American high school or institution of higher education.  A transcript from the American school attended should suffice as proof of proficiency, unless otherwise determined by the Admissions Office.


Academic Testing

International students can complete the SAT or ACT and meet score criteria are eligible to receive merit scholarships. For more details regarding merit scholarships please click here.


* Important Note: The application process is different for adult education or graduate students (those seeking to earn a Master's or Doctoral degree). If you have already earned a Bachelor's degree or are seeking to attend as an adult student, choose the appropriate link below. 


International Students