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International Students: Why Choose HU?

Gain the American experience and a great student-centered education in highly-sought after science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

An international student planning to study at the University with a student (F-1) visa must satisfy the appropriate admissions requirements and procedures, demonstrate proficiency in the English language, and provide an affidavit of financial support. Academic records should include courses studied, grades earned, diplomas, certificates, and results of comprehensive national examinations. A certified translation of previous education records is required if the records are in a language other than English.

An applicant whose native language is not English may demonstrate English proficiency by submitting his or her scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), other testing, or a personal interview.

Acceptable demonstrations of English proficiency would include one of the following:

  • Completing a college degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Earning a score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Earning a TOEFL score of 79 or higher on the web-based version or earning an IELTS score of 6.0

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-USICE), approves Harrisburg University as an institution eligible for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

This approval allows an international student to apply for entry into the United States for study on an F-1 visa only after an "Affidavit of Financial Support" is deemed sufficient by the university. If you are accepted into a degree program, you will receive an acceptance letter. In the days following your acceptance, your Student ID number will be sent to you via separate correspondence. You will need that Student ID number to make your deposits online.

If you are an international student residing overseas, a $200 (USD) deposit is required to be paid to receive your I-20. This deposit is refundable upon denial of Visa within six (6) months of the issue date of your acceptance letter. You may make your I-20 deposit online here. A USICE Form I-20 is then certified and submitted to SEVIS. The SEVIS application fee of $200 is then paid by the student directly to SEVIS. Additionally, after you receive your I-20 you make your non-refundable tuition deposit of at least $1,000 online.

Following entry into the United States and arrival at the university, the student will be required to provide a copy of the passport, I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, and the Form I-94 departure record to confirm all identification information in SEVIS.

An international student does not qualify for Federal and State financial aid but may be considered for institutional aid awards or private education loans through participating lenders.


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