Did you know that there are nearly 70 international students attending Saint Francis University representing 35 countries from all over the world. If you wish to study in the United States, SFU is a great option to consider.
Saint Francis has been helping international students reach higher and go farther than they ever dreamed they could. Our students have gone 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 at Saint Francis.
International Student Programs
217 Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 600
Loretto, PA 15940
+1 (814) 472-3322
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You can receive admission to Saint Francis if you meet the academic requirements, but do not meet the English proficiency requirement. Study intensive English through Level 4, and then enter directly into the credit-bearing International Oasis program with no TOEFL score required. You may apply for admissions directly to the university or apply to the Intensive English Program only. Option 1: Apply directly to Saint Francis University as an International student. International students who are academically admissible to SFU but do not have sufficient language proficiency will be admitted to the intensive English program.
How to Apply
Option 2: Apply for the SFU Intensive Program Only-
Students can choose to apply to the Intensive English Program only then
decide later whether to apply to a university or return home.
There are four semester-long levels in the IEP + International OASIS. All levels meet for 18 hours of classroom instruction. International OASIS is the credit-bearing transition level into university courses. It is 9 hours + university courses.
International OASIS – College Success Strategies (The IEP Bridge Program to the university)
* Students must arrive on arrival days. Students should email email@example.com with their flight plans and travel information to ensure a ride from the airport. Orienation is required for all incoming international students.
* Applications after the deadline may be considered individually on a space available basis, as time permits for housing and visa processing. Program dates above are listed for class semester plus mid-semester intakes for those wanting to come early or late.
Upon arrival, students will take the iTEP Academic Core, give a writing sample, and participate in an oral interview. Those scores will be combined to place students into the best suited level. Students can take the iTEP and send the scores with their application for advanced placement into the program.
(Semester - 15 weeks)
Fees may change without notice.
This bridge program is designed for international students who, upon applying for admission, have secondary school records that indicate potential for college success but have demonstrated a need for academic/English support. Students in the program receive extra support for their academic and social transition to college. The bridge program consists of up to three credit-bearing success strategies courses plus university courses. Students who are interested in placing into the bridge program should send their TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP scores to firstname.lastname@example.org
The bridge program teaches and reinforces important academic skills, while also helping students in academic writing, grammar, reading, and/or listening and speaking skills that will help them succeed in the university.
Upon admission to the bridge program, students sign an agreement that outlines the requirements for program participation. These consist of mandatory structured study sessions for five hours weekly, academic counseling, and enrollment in GEN/ College Success Strategies courses that best suit their needs.
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. Good luck.
As you make Loretto your new home away from home, you may wish to check out our Visitor Information listing.
Here is a collection of information for incoming students to assist you throughout your college experience.
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 in 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 are able to meet the requirements for a visa each year.
The U.S.A. issues different types of visas to students.
A full-time student would receive an F-1 or M-1 visa.
Your spouse and children would receive F-2 or M-2 visas.
An Exchange Visitor would receive a J-1 visa.
Exchange Visitors come to the U.S.A. for consultation, training,
research or teaching, or for an approved Au Pair or temporary work
After a college, university, or English language school has accepted
you for admission to full-time study, the school will send you a
document called an I-20 form, which is the application for an F-1 visa.
If you will be an Exchange Visitor, the organization or U.S. Government agency that is sponsoring you will send you a DS-2019 form, which is the application for a J-1 visa.
The mission of the Office of International Student Programs (ISP) is
to welcome international students from around the world, and ensure
their needs are met throughout their experiences in our Intensive
English Program and the rest of their academic careers at SFU.
works with SFU students, faculty and staff to support the overall
success of our International Students. International Students at SFU
receive personal and direct attention from the point of applying,
arriving, orientation, on-campus housing, special trips and activities,
Currently the ISP is recruiting international students from around
the world, searching for students of excellence from diverse
backgrounds. We are also offering generous, new International Excellence
scholarship awards! We are currently admitting students into our
Intensive English Program as well as our traditional Undergraduate and
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