Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently Asked Questions
International Students at Edinboro University
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why Edinboro University?
- Where is Edinboro University located and what is the weather like?
- How can I apply for admission to Edinboro University?
- What documents are needed to complete my application?
- What if I have credits from an international college or university?
- What English proficiency exams are accepted by Edinboro University?
- What is the cost for the first year of attendance?
- What programs of study are offered at Edinboro University?
- When are Edinboro University's application deadlines?
- Where will I live?
- What if I arrive early?
- What are meal plans and flex dollars?
- What is the advance deposit requirement?
- How can I apply for F-1 Student Visa?
- What travel arrangements should I make?
- What medical history and health insurance coverage do I need?
- How will I be able to manage my finances?
- What happens at Orientation?
- What is a "credit"?
- How will I be graded in class?
- What are transcripts?
- What if I lose my student identification (ID) card?
- Can I work while attending school?
- Can I receive any scholarships from Edinboro University?
- How do I apply for a Driver's License or State Identification Card?
- Family Invitation Information - Tourist Visa
Why Edinboro University?
Edinboro University is the largest and most comprehensive multi-purpose university in northwestern Pennsylvania. Edinboro has a tradition of educational excellence, matched by a distinguished faculty of more than 400, two-thirds of whom have doctoral degrees or the highest degree in their fields. The current student to instructor/professor ratio is 18:1.
The University offers more than 100 associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs. Edinboro offers many programs for both undergraduate and graduate students at an affordable price and in a safe environment.
The enrollment at Edinboro is approximately 8,000 students (fall 2011), with students coming from various different states in the United States, as well as a dozens of countries from around the world. Edinboro University provides an environment that ensures fair, just and equitable treatment, and nurtures civility, respect and dignity for all members of the Edinboro University community.
Significant resources have been committed to ensure the safety and security of the students, staff and visitors who arrive on our campus. The 14 officers of the University Police Department provide Edinboro University with a high degree of protection. Police patrols and programs complement the efforts of various student affairs resources to ensure that a safe and secure learning environment is maintained at all times.
Where is Edinboro University located and what is the weather like?
Edinboro University is located in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is located in the eastern part of the United States. The states of Ohio and New York border Pennsylvania.
Mileage from major cities to Edinboro University:
- Erie, Pennsylvania - 23 miles
- Cleveland, Ohio - 95 miles
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 110 miles
- Buffalo, New York State - 114 miles
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - 281 miles
- Washington, D.C. - 355 miles
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 388 miles
- Newark, New Jersey - 405 miles
- New York, New York - 414 miles
During the school year (from August to May) you will witness the seasons changing from summer to fall (autumn) to winter and to spring.
When you arrive in August, it will be summer with temperatures ranging between 15-30 degrees C (59-86 degrees F). During the fall/autumn, the temperatures slowly begin to get colder. November through March (winter) temperatures are very cold and there is a lot of snow. A single snowfall can average up to ten inches. Spring temperatures are usually cool, and gradually it becomes warmer as the summer months move closer.
You must begin by following our International Student Application process and completing the online application. With this application, Edinboro University requires that you submit an official copy of your academic credentials (a transcript or record of your grades) from the secondary school(s) you attended.
Proof of financial support is also required. You may send a bank statement, affidavit of support, and/or letters from sponsors stating that sufficient funds are available to finance your education to fulfill this requirement.
If English is not your official language, you must provide proof of English proficiency. Please see the following section about acceptable proof of English proficiency and required standards.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is offering an International Bridge Program for accepted international students who would like to improve their academic English and become familiar with our campus prior to the start of the Fall semester. This program is also available to students with a TOEFL score between 475-499 (paper based), 151-172 (computer based) or 52-60 (internet based) who would like to enroll at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the bridge program, students who previously scored 475-499 are guaranteed enrollment in Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the fall semester. The overall goal of this bridge program is to prepare students for university coursework. More information regarding this program can be found at: International Bridge Program.
Edinboro University must receive all of these documents, along with a non-refundable application fee of $30 (U.S. Dollars) in the form of a certified check or bank draft payable to Edinboro University of Pa., before your application will be processed.
- Online Application Form.
- Official transcript(s) or certified copy of secondary and post secondary (if attended) academic records, in English.
- Official report proving English Proficiency.
- Proof of financial support (bank statement, affidavit of support, and/or letter of support).
- Application fee of $30 (US dollars) made payable to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
The documents listed do not have to be sent together; they should be mailed when each is completed.
The Admissions Offices at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania REQUIRE that all internationally-educated applicants have their foreign credentials from a college or university evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation service. For a list of accredited foreign credential evaluation services, please check with NACES. Transfer applicants must have a "Course by Course Report" completed by the service. Many Edinboro University applicants choose World Education Services (WES) as their evaluation service.
All applicants whose native language is not English should submit to the University proof of English Proficiency. Acceptable proof of English proficiency include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Lanugauage Testing System (IELTS), Pearson Test of English, or STEP-EIKEN. English is an official language in many countries and is used by millions of people as a second language. Second language speakers of English are not necessarily fluent in Standard Academic English.
The following chart states the minimum required test results from each respective testing organization:
TESTING ORGANIZATION UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENT GRADUATE REQUIREMENT TOEFL (paper-based) 500 550 TOEFL (computer-based) 173 213 TOEFL (iBT) 61 79 IELTS 6.0 6.5 Pearson 44 53 STEP-EIKEN 2A --
The International Bridge program is available to students with test scores below the above mentioned test results, who would like to enroll at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the bridge program, students will begin their selected program of study at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in the fall semester.
The current cost of studying at Edinboro University for one full year is $26,000.00 for undergraduate students and $29,000.00 for graduate students. To see a breakdown of these cost, please choose one of the following by clicking: Graduate or Undergraduate
Edinboro offers more than 100 associate (two-year), bachelor's (four-year) and master's (graduate) degree programs. See the complete listing here.
Because of the extensive amount of time it takes to secure travel arrangements and acquire a Visa, students should submit all requested information by June 1 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.
If you are a freshman and under the age of 22, you are required to live on campus for at least two academic years. On campus housing is available in three traditional residence halls and Edinboro University's eight new Highland Residence Halls - modern suite-style housing featuring climate control and housing-wide wifi connectivity. Housing accommodations require a $75 deposit at the time you submit your advance tuition deposit.
All on-campus residents are asked to sign a Housing and Food Service Agreement for two academic years. Each room is furnished for two students with two beds, dressers, desks, chairs and closets/wardrobe. Rooms are also equipped with free local telephone service (no longer offered in our newer Highlands facilities). Internet connection is available in all of the rooms at no additional cost. Mail/post is delivered and picked up at all residence halls Monday through Friday, with the Highland residence halls having a central mail facility in the Campus Center building. All residence halls are coed, which means that both men and women are in the same residence halls, however on different floors or wings. More information can be found at Residence Life and Housing.
A reasonable nightly fee will be charged if on campus housing is needed before the start of class.
As an on-campus resident you are required to purchase a meal plan. There are many types of meal plans that you can choose from when arriving at Edinboro University. Flex Dollars is a pre-paid account that offers meal plan members the opportunity to make purchases above the dining hall options that are covered on your meal plan. These flex dollars can be used at the a la carte dining options throughout campus.
Meal Plans and additional flex can be billed to the student account prior to September 6, 2013. After September 6, 2013 you must see staff at the Dining Services and ID Office located in Van Houten Dining Hall and payment is due in full at the time of purchase.
210 Block + 350 Flex
Averages 14 meals per week. 210 Meals per Semester and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 210 meals during the semester. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
210 Block + 150 Flex
Averages 14 meals per week plus Flex Dollars. 210 Meals per Semester with a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 210 meals during the semester. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
175 Block + 350 Flex
Averages 12 meals per week. 175 Meals per Semester and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 175 meals during the semester. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
175 Block + 150 Flex
Averages 12 meals per week plus Flex Dollars. 175 Meals per Semester with a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 175 meals during the semester. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
105 Block + 350 Flex
Averages 7 meals per week. 105 Meals per Semester and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 105 meals during the semester. (Only for Off-Campus and Non First Years On-Campus Students) **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
105 Block + 150 Flex
Averages 7 meals per week plus Flex Dollars. 105 Meals per Semester with a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 105 meals during the semester. (Only for Off-Campus and Non First Years On-Campus Students) **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
60 Block + 350 Flex
Averages 4 meals per week plus Flex Dollars. 60 Meals per Semester and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 60 meals during the semester. (Only for Off-Campus and Non First Years On-Campus Students) **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
60 Block + 150 Flex
Averages 4 meals per week plus Flex Dollars. 60 Meals per Semester with $150 flex. With this Meal Plan, you can enjoy up to 60 meals during the semester. (Only for Off-Campus and Non First Years On-Campus Students) **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
19 Meals per week + 350 Flex
Get all nineteen (19) Meals per Week and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars with this Meal Plan! **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
19 Meals per week + 150 Flex
Get all nineteen (19) Meals per Week and a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars with this Meal Plan! **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
14 Meals per week + 350 Flex
Fourteen (14) Meals per Week and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. This Meal Plan allows up to 14 meals each week. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
14 Meals per week + 150 Flex
Fourteen (14) Meals per Week and a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars. This Meal Plan allows up to 14 meals each week. **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
10 Meals per week + 350 Flex
10 Meals per Week and a minimum of $350 Flex Dollars. Enjoy up to 10 meals per week with this Meal Plan! **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
10 Meals per week + 150 Flex
10 Meals per Week and a minimum of $150 Flex Dollars. Enjoy up to 10 meals per week with this Meal Plan! **MEAL PLAN PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
For total flexibility! Purchase as little as $100 in Flex Dollars. Extra flex dollars can be added with check or cash. (Only for Off-Campus Students)
Additional Flex Dollars
Choose the amount to add to your account! (Minimum $25.00)
You may have already received your Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Students Status) from Edinboro University. In order to obtain an F-1 Student Visa you must apply for one at a United States Consulate or Embassy within your home country. The following documents should be brought with you when you go to either of these government offices:
- A valid passport
- Your Edinboro University Form I-20
- Financial documentation to support the I-20. You will need to provide proof of support for at least one full year of study. Examples include a bank statement, an affidavit of support from a sponsor and/or letters stating that you have been awarded a scholarship.
- Documentation showing your intention to return to your country of residency after completing your education within the United States. Examples include papers showing that your family owns either a home, business, or other property within your country, a letter from a potential employer willing to consider you for a position after your return, or a letter from an educator stating that the knowledge you seek is greatly needed in your country.
If you have I-20 Forms from more than one college/university in your possession and have not yet decided where to attend, please note that you must attend the school whose I-20 Form you use when applying for entry to the United States. You may not use one school's I-20 to enter the United States and then, upon arrival, attend the other school. By law, you are only authorized to attend the school whose I-20 you used upon entry.
Consult U.S. Embassies Website for updates on country-specific visa processing requirements.
Your travel arrangements should be made from your home to your final destination of Erie, Pennsylvania, or Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Erie is located approximately 20 miles north of Edinboro. However, you will have to fly to a larger airport first. We recommend Pittsburgh International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, or Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
AIRLINES with service to Erie International Airport:
- Delta Connection / Pinnacle - service provided to Detroit
- U.S. Airways Express / Piedmont - service provided to Philadelphia
- Continental Connection / CommutAir - service provided to Cleveland
GREYHOUND BUS LINE also provides service from larger cities to Erie and Edinboro. They can be reached at 814-725-8701 or 1-800-231-2222 (in the United Sates).
FULLINGTON TRAILWAYS also provides service from larger cities to Erie. They can be reached at 1-800-942-8287.
The Office of International Student Services will provide transportation from Erie to Edinboro University for those students who inform us of their travel arrangements in advance. A member of our office or community will be at the bus terminal or airport when you arrive. In order for us to accommodate your arrival, we need to know your specific arrangements at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
In order to serve international students' medical needs and provide our university physicians with information relative to their personal medical history, it is required upon enrollment that you have your family physician complete a Confidential Health Record. The Emergency Treatment Authorization form may be completed by you or your parent(s). These forms will be collected at the student orientation.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (EUP) requires J and F visa holders to maintain adequate insurance coverage. International students must maintain valid medical insurance for the entire period of their enrollment at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. For each semester of enrollment J and F students must provide proof of insurance coverage to the International Student Services Office.
These requirements have been established in an attempt to provide the best medical care possible and to avoid excessive medical costs in the event of an illness or accident.
For more information and/or upon your acceptance to Edinboro University, please visit our Medical Insurance webpage.
Upon arrival to the United States you will need to have U.S. currency (dollars) available to you; however, it is not recommended that you carry large amounts of currency with you while traveling. An alternative to carrying "cash" you may:
- Direct transfer of funds - You can have the funds directly transferred from your home country bank to your Edinboro Student Account with the University.
- Traveler's Checks - If you must carry a large sum of money with you, traveler's checks are a safe way in which to carry it. Traveler's checks may be exchanged for cash at any bank and are accepted by many stores. However, it is advisable that you purchase them in U.S.A. currency. Most banks outside major cities are unable to exchange foreign currency upon demand. You may have to wait as long as 5 business days in order to complete the exchange. If your traveler's checks are in US dollars, your money should be immediately available to you.
- U.S. Currency and Cash - You should carry a small amount of US currency with you when you travel to the US. As long as you do not intend to take a taxi from the airport to the University, $100.00 should be a reasonable amount to carry with you. This should be carried in small denominations such as $20, $10, $5, and $1, as well as some change in the form of coins.
- Credit Cards - Credit cards are widely accepted at stores and restaurants in the US. If you wish to have one, you may find it more convenient to apply for a credit card in your home country. Some of the more popular and most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card. It is convenient to have a credit card, however, it is not necessary to have a credit card in order to function in the United States.
- Personal Checks and Currency not in U.S. Dollars - US Banks will accept both of these forms of money, however, your money will not be immediately available to you. Personal checks will require between 2 and 4 weeks before being cleared and available for you to spend. Currency that needs to be exchanged into US dollars will require approximately 5 days for the exchange to be complete. Only major banks in large cities will be able to exchange money in the same day.
Orientation is offered each fall for all new international students. During the orientation period, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Office staff and other helpful individuals. Orientation time has been reserved to accomplish important University procedures such as registering for classes, paying tuition bills (full payment of fees for one semester are due upon registration of classes), opening bank accounts, and buying textbooks. This time will also be used to introduce students to the various University facilities, services, and offices. Students will be able to purchase necessary items such as notebooks, pens, pencils, sheets, blankets, towels, pillows, and so forth.
Most colleges and universities use a credit system in which each course is allotted a specific number of credit hours; representing the number of hours the student spends in class each week. The norm is 3 credits per course and a normal workload for an undergraduate student would be between 12 and 15 credits, which is 4 or 5 classes (normally) meeting 12-15 hours per week. For a graduate student it is usually between 9 and 12 credit hours each semester.
The professor evaluates academic performance in each course by using number or letter grades. At the end of the semester you will receive a number of credits corresponding to the courses that you have successfully completed. Your credit hours are multiplied by your grades, which will in turn determine your "grade point average" (GPA). GPA's are used to give an overall indication of your total academic performance and are used by the admissions office and employers interested in your academic history.
The grading system by Edinboro University can be seen in the following table:
Grade Points Undergraduate Graduate A 4.0 Excellent Excellent B 3.0 Good Good/Average C 2.0 Average Passing D 1.0 Passing Failing F 0.0 Failing Failing
Undergraduates are expected to complete their studies with a C or better average; graduates are expected to complete their studies with no less than a B average.
A transcript is a list of your academic credentials. When you are applying to Edinboro University, this is the document provided to our admissions office by previously attended institutions. These are detailed records of your past academic experiences.
Our standard practice is to send all admitted students an email requesting an advanced deposit. Our intent is to get the information to you quickly as airmail is not always timely.
In addition to your official acceptance letter you need to have a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status - For Academic and Language Students issued by Edinboro University, commonly referred to as an I-20. This certificate is needed for you to apply for a student visa at the US Embassy/Consulate in your country. To obtain the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status - For Academic and Language Students from Edinboro University we require an advance deposit of $500.00 (USD). Upon receipt of this advanced deposit EUP will issue your I-20 and a receipt.
If you are unable to secure a student visa, $400.00 (USD) of your advance deposit will be refunded less any processing fees. The refund will be processed after we receive your written request to cancel your acceptance.
If you accept our offer of admission, you must comply with the advanced payment requirement. This requirement is not intended to be an inconvenience. Rather, it is meant to demonstrate your strong intention to attend EUP.
Report any lost, stolen or misplaced ID card to the ID Office in Van Houten Dining Hall immediately; there is a $10 charge for the replacement of your ID card.. This will protect your account balance for both flex and meals against fraudulent use.
The USCIS rules and regulations allow an F-1 student to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full-time during school vacations. You may seek on-campus employment but there are no guarantees that you will secure employment, as opportunities are limited. It is important for you to realize that on-campus employment will not pay you enough to meet your educational expenses. It will earn you funds to utilize as "spending money" for personal needs.
Edinboro University has recently reduced the tuition charged to international students; international students are now charged the same rate as any other American student from outside of the state of Pennsylvania. As an international student, you do not qualify for any type of U.S. government aid.
Edinboro University also offers merit-based scholarships administered by the university, you will be considered for these upon completion of the application process. You may also look at the university maintained list of scholarship opportunites for more information by clicking here.
How do I apply for a Driver's License or State Identification Card?
If you have an international driver's license, you may use it for up to one year. If your foreign license or international driving permit expires before one year, you must apply for a Pennsylvania learner's permit leading to a Pennsylvania driver's license
In order to acquire a learner's permit (or Pennsylvania ID card), you must present the following items:
Your Social Security Card OR a denial letter from the Social Security Administration.
Your valid passport with I-94 attached.
Your current I-20 and your stamped VISA contained within your passport.
A letter from International Student Services stating you are an "in status" student.
Once you have your Pennsylvania learner's permit, you will need to return to the DMV after your requisite "learning period." To successfully attempt your driving test, you must show up with the following:
- A legally registered, inspected, and insured vehicle.
- A legally licensed driver, age 21 or older.
For further information about the driver's license process, please see the Department of Homeland Security's "Fact Sheet."
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