A Home Away from Home
Our international students come from far and wide and go on to become physicians, teachers, journalists, engineers, accountants, chemists, and so much more. We have a dedicated staff of international admissions professionals ready to help you find your place both here at Saint Francis and within our global community.
SFU offers a variety of resources to help you acclimate to campus life and succeed academically. Visit our Center for Academic Success for more information!
International Admission Policies & Procedures
We are so excited that you are interested in attending Saint Francis University. To complete your application for admission, please review the following information on how to enroll at Saint Francis University as an International student.
International Health & Immunization Requirements
Before your arrival on campus, your health information must be provided to the MyHealth Saint Francis student health center. You will find these requirements listed below.
Once admitted to the University, complete and submit your health and immunization forms about 2 weeks prior to arrival on campus.
Forms can be found on the Student Health Portal under "My Forms."
Required immunizations include:
- Meningitis (ACYW) after 16th birthday;
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (two doses);
- Varicella (two doses);
- Tetanus (within the last 10 years);
- Hepatitis B (3 doses);
- Tuberculosis screening (this can be done on campus);
- If you have had the BCG vaccine, you will need a chest x-ray or blood work
NOTE: Saint Francis University has a mandatory student health insurance policy. All international students at the undergraduate and graduate level will be automatically enrolled in the student health insurance through SFU. The cost will be applied to your student account.
The American Educational System
If you're considering attending Saint Francis University, you'll want to examine all your options carefully, and study all the terms and requirements. The following are resources we think might assist you in the transition process.
Education USA - This site has great information about the people and policies of education in the U.S. If you haven't visited it before, you should. It's full of advice and fantastic details what you really want to know about American Culture and ideals.
Edu Pass - This guide contains relevant information about studying and living in the United States. It covers every topic, from college admissions and financial aid to "culture shock" and clothing sizes.
GoCurrency.com - Currency Converter and current monetary exchange rates
United States Postal Service - Sending mail to international locations
Information on applying for a photo ID or PA Drivers License
Getting your VISA to study in the U.S.A. takes time but can be a surprisingly easy procedure and well worth the effort. The number of student visas issued by the United States has grown significantly in the last year in many countries.
Once you have been accepted into a U.S. program, you will complete the official paperwork that permits you to apply for a visa to enter and study in the U.S.A. While the application process for a student or exchange visitor visa can be confusing, hundreds of thousands of students can meet the requirements for a visa each year.
All full-time undergraduate students are required to purchase a laptop through the Laptop Program, which grants students access to the most up-to-date academic software, Internet, email, and printing services.