Definition of an International Student
An F-1 (Student) Visa is required of all students who are not citizens of the United States for study at Mercer University. An I-20 Form is issued to all accepted and approved international applicants. The I-20 Form is used to obtain the F-1 Visa. The University has been authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students and to issue I-20 Forms.
International students may submit an application for undergraduate admission in any given semester at least three months prior to the intended date of enrollment. International students must meet the admission requirements listed below. This includes freshmen or first-time students, as well as transfer students.
A complete application file must include:
- Application for Admission (Either the Mercer Application or the Common Application)
- An official secondary school or official university transcript(s)
- A course-by-course evaluation of transcripts completed and forwarded to Mercer by a service such as Josef Silny and Associates. Grade point average (GPA) must be listed.
- An official TOEFL score of 80, with at least 20 on each section (see English Language Requirements below)
- A Declaration of Finances*, as evidence of the ability to meet the costs of an education at Mercer
*The University requires each international applicant to complete a Declaration of Finances in U.S. dollar equivalents, and this declaration is subject to approval by the Director of International Admissions.
Qualified students applying for undergraduate studies whose native language is not English may be eligible for admission into the University, if they can show proficiency in English. The University's minimum proficiency level is a score of 20 on each section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum composite TOEFL score is 80. Qualified students with scores below these minimums, or who have no TOEFL score, may be conditionally admitted contingent upon their successful completion of Mercer University's English Language Institute (ELI) course(s) on the Atlanta campus. Placement testing is done upon arrival for conditionally admitted students who have no TOEFL score.
Refer to individual graduate school programs for international admission requirements. The English language ability of all students whose native language is not English will be evaluated upon arrival, for advising purposes.
Office of International Programs
Visit the Office of International Programs for a more comprehensive overview.