Prospective International Students
Making the decision to relocate to another country for your education is a big one, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Fill out all of the necessary forms so your stay is focused on your education and future.
If you're an undergraduate student, please fill out the online application or the printable application. If you're a graduate student, review the eligibility information and fill out an online application.
Applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit official results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants from countries where English is the principal language may choose to submit official SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.
Basic requirements for admission include a minimum TOEFL score of 500, if it is paper-based, or a score of 173, if it is computer-based, a score of 61 if Internet-based, or a satisfactory SAT/ACT score, or IELTS score of 6.0. Clarion offers an Intensive English Program (IEP) and satisfactory completion of the program meets the university’s English language proficiency requirement.
Students who have graduated from a high school (or equivalent) where the language of instruction is English will be exempted from any general foreign language requirement at Clarion University. Academic credit and/or life experience credit will only be granted for knowledge of one’s native language in cases when specific courses or examinations offered at Clarion University are successfully completed.
Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, medical insurance is required of all international students enrolled at Clarion University.
Students who do not show proof of health insurance coverage comparable to the group insurance plan contracted by Clarion University will automatically be enrolled in the university endorsed program, and be responsible for payment. The estimated annual cost of the group insurance plan is $2,300/year, application and full payment of which is required at the time of your initial enrollment.
Please understand that the medical insurance premium is not included in the statement of account issued by the university for tuition, fees, room and board. A separate payment of cash or money order is required. Details of payment will be explained at the time of application.
If you have insurance coverage through your sponsor or through another agency in your home country which provides adequate coverage during your stay in the U.S. as a student, you may request to be exempt from subscribing to the group plan offered through Clarion University. Coverage must include:
- Minimum medical expense benefit of $100,000
- Minimum repatriation expense benefit of $25,000
- Minimum medical evacuation benefit of $50,000
- Deductible per accident or illness $500
- Coverage of treatment for pre-existing conditions immediately upon arrival in the United States
Students requesting exemption from the group plan are required to submit details of insurance coverage to the Office of International Programs upon arrival at Clarion. Details must be written in English and include the following information: company name and address, phone and fax numbers; complete name of policy holder and identification number, if assigned; effective date of coverage and expiration date of coverage; and policy details of benefits (as described above).
Other Resources for prospective students:
Estimated Total Costs (including tuition & fees)--Undergraduate
Estimated Total Costs (including tuition & fees)--Graduate
Financial Support Statement
Immigration & Pre-Arrival Information
Individuals seeking regular full admission to a graduate program must meet the minimum admission requirements for the Division of Graduate Studies and any additional requirements of the program. To meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies international applicants must provide evidence of:
- A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an acceptably accredited college or university.
International applicants must have their complete academic records (transcripts, mark
sheets, certificates) evaluated by one of the following professional credential evaluating
services: World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Applicants should request WES or ECE to forward the evaluation results directly to the Clarion University Graduate Admissions Office. Please note that evaluations must be received directly from WES or ECE; unofficial copies will not be accepted. In addition, you are required to submit copies of the academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates) in the original language and a certified English translation using the same format. These documents also should be forwarded to the Clarion University Graduate Admissions Office. Individuals who have not yet completed the baccalaureate degree may send transcripts for course work completed in the original language and a certified English translation, along with application materials. However, the WES or ECE evaluation of final transcripts, mark sheets, and/or certificates showing the completion of the course work and the degree will be required.
- A minimum quality-point average of 2.75/4.00 scale at the undergraduate level. Some programs require a higher undergraduate quality-point average. Please review the program admission requirements listed on the Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application.
Individuals not meeting the quality-point average requirement of a graduate program may be eligible for regular admission when the lower quality-point average is evaluated in terms of supplementary factors, including recommendations, examination scores on such instruments as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and/or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or achievement in graduate-level course work. Information regarding the GRE, GMAT, or MAT may be obtained from the Division of Graduate Studies.
Applicants should refer to the admission requirements on the enclosed Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application. Also, applicants should follow the directions outlined on the General Information on Procedures for Applying to Clarion University Graduate Programs sheet.
Admission of International Graduate Students
Clarion University welcomes international students to its campus and has an Office of International Programs to assist students from other countries in achieving a successful educational experience at Clarion. International students may write to:
Office of International Programs
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood St.
Clarion, PA 16214-1232 U.S.A.
International students seeking admission to graduate study at Clarion University should follow directions specified for all students on the "Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application." In addition, the international student applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
- Submit his or her application for admission at least four months prior to the term in which he or she wishes to begin study at Clarion.
- Demonstrate English language proficiency. Acceptable evidence of proficiency is successful completion of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet based). Also a minimum International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 7.0 is acceptable. Speech language pathology applicants are required to submit minimum TOEFL scores of 573 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 89 (internet-based) with a breakdown of minimum scores of 18 in reading, 26 in speaking, 21 in listening, and 24 in writing. Biology and mass media arts and journalism (communication) applicants are required to submit minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based). A minimum IELTS test score of 7.5 is acceptable for biology, mass media arts and journalism (communication), and speech language pathology applicants. Satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is also acceptable evidence of English language proficiency. Other evidence may be approved by the Graduate Studies Office, such as affirmation of proficiency by a Clarion faculty member, other individual, or organization known to Clarion University.
- Furnish evidence of financial support on the Financial Support Statement form. The applicant must provide an official statement from an authorized bank certifying that sufficient funds are available to the student to cover costs of university fees and general living expenses for one academic year of study in the United States. Immigration and Naturalization form I-20 will not be issued until the international applicant has submitted the required evidence of financial support.
- Carry a full program of studies (at least nine semester hours) upon admission and matriculation. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations require students holding an "F" or "J" visa to carry a full program of study.
- Be covered by adequate health insurance. Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, all international students are required to carry comprehensive medical insurance.