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International Students
Students from countries other than the United States are an important part of the University community and are encouraged to apply. Merit-based and talent-based scholarships for international students are available to full-time undergraduate students studying on the Macon Campus.
Admission Policies for International Students
International students wishing to apply for admission may apply online via the Common Application or the Mercer Application. An application may be completed in any given semester at least three months prior to the intended date of enrollment. An application fee of $50 is required. International students must meet the admission requirements listed below. This includes freshmen or first-time students, as well as transfer students.
Definition of an International Student
An F-1 (Student) Visa is required of all students who are not citizens of the United States, for study at Mercer University. An I-20 Form is issued to all accepted and approved international applicants. The I-20 Form is used to obtain the F-1 Visa. The University has been authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students and to issue I-20 Forms.
English Language Requirements
Qualified students applying for undergraduate studies whose native language is not English may be eligible for admission into the University, if they can show proficiency in English. The minimum composite TOEFL score is 80 IBT (internet based TOEFL), 213 CBT (computer based TOEFL), 550 PBT (paper based TOEFL) and minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Qualified students with scores below these minimums, or who have no TOEFL or IELTS score, may be conditionally admitted contingent upon their successful completion of English Language Institute (ELI) course(s) on the Atlanta campus. Placement testing is done upon arrival for conditionally admitted students who have no TOEFL score.
Refer to individual graduate and undergraduate school programs for international admission requirements. The English language ability of all students whose native language is not English will be evaluated upon arrival, for advising purposes.