International Student Degrees and Admissions

Study in America at Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Mercy University welcomes international students who want to earn a degree from an American university.  Our 160-acre, private campus provides a perfect home away from home where you can meet new friends, immerse yourself in American culture, and develop the knowledge and skills you need to make a difference in your career and your community.

When international students graduate from GMercyU, they are prepared for career success and ready to lead productive lives of deep meaning and value – no matter where in the world they call home.

GMercyU International Student Admission Requirements

At GMercyU, welcoming international students to campus is important to us!  That’s why we have simplified the admissions process.   

International Student First-Year (Freshmen) Student Admission Requirements

To enroll as an undergraduate international student at Gwynedd Mercy University, you need to:

  • Complete the online undergraduate admissions application
  • For students who wish to be considered for GMercyU's merit-based scholarships, please submit SAT or ACT Scores either directly to Gwynedd Mercy University from the testing agencies or as part of your official high school transcript. Our SAT code is 2278. Our ACT code is 3583.
  • Have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. We require a course- by-course evaluation from one of the above credentialing services.
  • Additional departmental requirements may apply.
  • Score at least a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL test or a 6.0 on the IELTS test

Please submit your foreign transcript evaluation report, recommendation letters (optional), and other necessary documents to:

Office of Admissions
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

International Transfer Student Admission Requirements

If you have completed high school (secondary school) and have been enrolled in a college or university in the US or overseas and earned 24 or more transferable credit hours, you should apply as a transfer student. 

Application materials needed for an international transfer student:

  • Complete the online undergraduate admissions application
  • Official transcript from each US college you attended
  • If you attended colleges or universities outside of the US, have your foreign transcripts evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators. We require a course-by-course evaluation from one of the above credentialing services. 
  • Additional departmental requirements may apply

Please call our Admissions Office at 800-342-5462 if you have questions about how to apply to GMercyU as a transfer student or to learn which of your credits will transfer.

International Student Graduate Admission General Requirements 

To enroll as a graduate-level international student at Gwynedd Mercy University, please contact Maya Tsai, Director of International Programs at tsai.m@gmercyu.edu before starting your application to get specific instructions on how to apply to GMercyU’s graduate programs.

In general, you will need to:

  • Have your transcript evaluated by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators if you hold a bachelor's degree from an institution outside of the U.S. We require a course-by-course evaluation from one of the above credentialing services.
  • Score at least a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL test or a 6.0 on the IELTS test.
  • Two supervisory letters of recommendation.
  • Additional departmental requirements may apply.
  • If you’re applying to our master's level nursing programs, you must have an R.N. license that is valid in the U.S. If you have a bachelor's degree from outside the U.S., but have a valid U.S. R.N. license, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GMercyU Conditional Admission Requirements for F-1 Visa International Students


Gwynedd Mercy University may offer you conditional admission if you are an international student who requires English language instruction before you can begin your studies at the university level. If you would like to request a letter of conditional admission, provide us with:

  • Completed online undergraduate admissions application. There is no application fee to apply to GMercyU.
  • High School and/or University transcripts in English
  • Completed GMercyU International Student Financial Declaration & Certification form
  • A copy your ESL school enrollment letter or I-20.

Scholarships for F-1 Visa International Students

To make your American education even more affordable, international students are invited to apply for a Gwynedd Mercy University undergraduate scholarship.  

Scholarships for International First-Year Students

For international students who have not previously enrolled in any postsecondary colleges or universities, you may be eligible for one of the following:

Scholarship Annual Value Cumulative GPA SAT ACT TOEFL IELTS
Presidential Scholarship Full Tuition At least 3.5 1360   79iBT 6.0
Mother Mary Bernard Scholarship $11,000-$19,000 Amount varies based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores, high school GPA and/or class rank 79iBT 6.0
International Student Scholarship $10,000 At least 3.0 N/A N/A 79iBT 6.0

Scholarships for International Transfer Students (24+ transferable credit hours)

For international students transferring from another college or university, you may be eligible for one of our Transfer Scholarships. Learn more on GMercyU's Scholarship page.

International Student Support from GMercyU

GMercyU’s Office of International Programs supports and advises international students and scholars on visa-related issues, work authorization, driver’s licenses, and more. We’re committed to assisting students in a timely and accurate way. If you have questions, stop by the office (located in Student Services in Griffin Complex) or email isl@gmercyu.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to the U.S. and Gwynedd Mercy University!

How to Maintain Your U.S. Student Visa

If you’re a current GMercyU international student, it’s vital you maintain your U.S. student visa to avoid problems with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Here are a few things GMercyU international students in the U.S. should do:

  1. Read and respond to all emails from GMercyU’s Office of International Programs
  2. Enroll in a full course load each semester (12 credits for undergrads and nine credits for graduate students)
  3. Tell the Office of International Programs about significant changes in your life (changes of address or major, plans to take a leave of absence, class withdrawals, etc.)
  4. Work only with authorization
  5. Get a travel signature before traveling outside of the U.S.
  6. Abide by grace periods. You may enter the U.S. 30 days before your program starts and must leave the country within 60 days of the end of your program.