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 314-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:


    1. Complete the online undergraduate admissions application.

    2. GMercyU will not require applicants for Fall 2022 to submit standardized test scores.

    If you choose not to submit an SAT or ACT score, but are applying for admission to any of the programs listed below, you will need to:

    • Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher in a subject related to their desired major (e.g., a biology teacher if the student is seeking admission to GMercyU’s Biology program)
    • Schedule an in-person or virtual interview with a member of the GMercyU Admissions team

    Accounting - CPA Track
    Biology
    Computer Information Science (CIS)
    Education
    Medical Laboratory Science
    Nursing
    Occupational Science (Pre-OT program)
    Psychology
    Radiation Therapy
    Radiologic Technology
    Respiratory Care
    Social Work

    Letters of Recommendation are not required for other programs, but are recommended. If submitted, the letter of recommendation should discuss the applicant’s character and promise as a university student.

    Other applicants may also be asked to submit an essay or personal statement and/or be asked to participate in an interview during the application review process. 

    Along with your application, you will need to:

    • Show satisfactory completion of (or current enrollment in) at least 16 units in prescribed and elective subjects as indicated on your high school transcript:
      • English: 4 units
      • Mathematics: 3 units
      • Science: 3 units
      • History: 1 unit
      • College preparatory electives: 3 units
    • First-Year Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 
    • Some programs, such as the Nursing program, have higher GPA and coursework requirements. Contact the Admissions Office or refer to the undergraduate catalog for additional detail. 
    • International students who apply to education, nursing and health profession programs must have the ability to obtain the background screening required for placement in a clinical/school setting and should review state licensure requirements before choosing to enroll.  The U.S. background screening process requires a U.S. Social Security Number. 

      U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is a requirement for licensure within certain academic programs. International students and students who are under DACA status or are undocumented should carefully review the licensure requirements for their state before enrolling in a degree program that leads to licensure. Additional information can be found on the National Conference of State Legislatures website

    SAT and ACT Test Scores

    Students seeking admission for the 2022-2023 academic year are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores, but they are welcome to do so. 

    • If you choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, you can send them 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.
    • Students applying to any of the programs listed above who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores do not need to submit a letter of recommendation or schedule an Admissions interview.
       

    3. 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 for all schools outside the U.S.

     

    4. Specific departments may have additional requirements.

     

    5. Score at least a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL test or a 6.0 on the IELTS test.

    • TOEFL and IELTS scores lower than the minimum will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • International students whose native language is English are not required to submit scores.
    • International students are exempt from submitting TOEFL scores if they score high enough on the SAT or ACT.
      • SAT: minimum score of 500 in evidence-based reading and writing
      • ACT: earn a 22 composite score or higher

    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

      Applicants who have had nursing education outside of the U.S. must have transcripts evaluated by CGFNS.   In addition, international students who apply to education, nursing and health profession programs must have the ability to obtain the background screening required for placement in a clinical/school setting and should review state licensure requirements before choosing to enroll.   

      U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is a requirement for licensure within certain academic programs. International students and students who are under DACA status or are undocumented should carefully review the licensure requirements for their state before enrolling in a degree program that leads to licensure. Additional information can be found on the National Conference of State Legislatures website

      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 the International Students Program at ruhl.j@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.
        • International students who apply to education, nursing and health profession programs must have the ability to obtain the background screening required for placement in a clinical/school setting and should review state licensure requirements before choosing to enroll.   

          U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is a requirement for licensure within certain academic programs. International students and students who are under DACA status or are undocumented should carefully review the licensure requirements for their state before enrolling in a degree program that leads to licensure. Additional information can be found on the National Conference of State Legislatures website

           

          Scholarships for F-1 Visa International Students

          To make your American education even more affordable, international students may be eligible to receive 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 a first-year student scholarship as outlined on the Scholarships page.

          Scholarships for International Transfer Students (24+ transferable credit hours)
          For international students transferring from another college or university, you also may be eligible for one of our Transfer Scholarships. Learn more on GMercyU's Scholarships page.
           

          International Student Support from GMercyU

          GMercyU’s International Student Liaison supports and advises international students and scholars on visa-related issues, work authorization and more. We’re committed to assisting students in a timely and accurate way.

          If you have questions, please feel free to email Jesse Ruhl at ruhl.j@gmercyu.edu or call 215-646-7300, ext: 21584.
           

          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.