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 Alvernia's Director of Global Engagaement Sibel Ahi or you can call her office in the Holleran Center for Community & Global Engagement at 610-790-1925.
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
- Official copies of all education credentials, such as high school transcripts or equivalent high school completion certificate.
- Foreign Credential Equivalency Report(s) of all documents must be submitted, with a copy of the original documents. Suggested agencies include World Education Services (WES), Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants (JS&A), and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
- Financial Statement
- Two letters of recommendation are required, only if applying to the Nursing program. The letter writer must submit them to the Admissions Office on behalf of the student. The student cannot send their own copies of letters of recommendation.
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.
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.
* 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.