Admissions of international and non-US citizens
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Apply to Lehigh as an international
Lehigh accepts the joint request and the coalition request – follow the procedures on the Common application website or Coalition application website. To see all of our requirements, forms and deadlines, please use the Application Toolkit. If you are a non-citizen, be sure to indicate this when using the toolkit to see all of the additional forms and requirements needed to apply to Lehigh. Any student whose first language is not English should indicate so to learn more about the TOEFL requirements.
All non-US citizens are required to submit the completed Lehigh University Finance Certificate form for all planned years of undergraduate enrollment and submit by the application deadline to [email protected] or via the LU FileSender. To qualify for need-based financial assistance, you must also submit the CSS Profile by the appropriate application deadline.
Note: Tuition, room and board in Lehigh can cost over $ 79,000. If your family cannot afford this amount for four years of study, your application will not be complete without a CSS profile. A bank statement / certificate is not required with your finance certification form.
Applicants must complete or have completed the equivalent of 12 years of education (primary and secondary) or the study program that leaves them eligible for admission to university-level studies in the education system in which they are enrolled. For example, students who are completing or have only completed an O-level or GCSE / IGCSE study are not eligible to apply and should do so when they complete the last year of A-level study, or the equivalent.
All the testing requirements necessary to apply to Lehigh can be found in the Application Toolkit. To ensure that your latest test results are fully reflected, please submit them to Lehigh before the application deadline. Exam results submitted after the application deadline may not be received in time to be considered when reviewing applications by the admissions committee. Please plan accordingly in order to register and complete the exams with sufficient time for the testing agency to score your exam, for you to request the testing agency to submit these results to Lehigh University and for Lehigh to process the results before considering your application. Official score reports should be sent to Lehigh by the testing agency. Scores sent by e-mail, fax and photocopied are not official and will not be accepted.
English proficiency requirement
Lehigh requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. The results of an English proficiency assessment must be submitted unless the candidate’s native language is English or the last two full years (not including the current year of study) of formal education completed have summer in English. TOEFL and IELTS are preferred, however TOEFL ITP Plus – CECR C-1 level (for students in China until the rewrite of TOEFL iBT tests), TOEFL IBT Home Edition, and Duolingo English test will be considered if these exams are not available to the student. Scores must be submitted directly by the testing / assessment agency and the most competitive applicants score over 90 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS, 627 (CECR C1 level) on the TOEFL ITP-Plus or 110 on Duolingo. SAT, SAT Subject Test, and ACT results cannot be used to meet the English proficiency requirement.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents living abroad
Tips for Applying to Lehigh as a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Living Abroad:
- Start early.
- If you plan to apply for federal financial aid (campus work studies, Perkins loans, Stafford loans), you must have a US Social Security number. You should apply to the local U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible. Visit our Financial Aid Office for more information.
- Provide us with an email address that you check regularly so that we can communicate with you effectively.
- Contact your admissions counselors with any questions.