International First-Year Students


If you are a first-time university student or a student with fewer than 12 completed university credit hours, you are considered a first-year student.

Apply for Admission and Scholarship Opportunities

As an accepted international first-year student, you are eligible for housing and need-based scholarships.

To be considered for admission you must apply online and submit the following:

English Proficiency Testing Requirements

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How to Meet Edinboro's English Proficiency Requirements

If you have met Edinboro University's academic requirements but have not yet satisfied the English proficiency requirement, you may apply for conditional admission based upon eventual completion of the English Language Institute (ELI) program at Jamestown Community College (JCC).

Jamestown Community College, which is part of the State University of New York, has specific coursework that will help you strengthen your skills for official enrollment at Edinboro. The college, located about 65 miles northeast of the Edinboro campus, provides extensive student support services on a full-residential campus. Learn more by visiting

While attending JCC, you will be enrolled full time in a course of study that is designed to improve your English proficiency to be academically successful at Edinboro. To begin your degree program at Edinboro, you will need a minimum GPA of a 2.0 at JCC and a letter of recommendation from the ELI instructor.

A $1,105 international student scholarship is available to students who are accepted to this program and enrolled at JCC full time (12 or more credit hours per semester).

Additional credits completed at JCC may be transferred back to Edinboro University per articulation agreements.

You may stay in a modern suite-style residence hall on campus equipped with a full kitchen and individual bathrooms. Check out additional housing options at JCC.

Summer Immersion Program

Want to improve your English language skills prior to starting at PennWest Edinboro? Get a head start on your academic program at Edinboro by enrolling in JCC's summer English Language Immersion program. This program offers you an opportunity to study English grammar and improve your vocabulary, pronunciation, listening skills, speaking, reading and writing. No minimum TOEFL score is required.

For more information on this program and to apply, visit or contact Jamestown Community College at 716-338-1291 or


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All English proficiency exams must be taken within 2 years of application submission.

Application Deadlines

The application for admission and all supporting documents must be received no later than the date indicated for the corresponding semester.

  • Fall Semester (begins in late August) – June 1
  • Spring Semester (begins in mid-January) – Nov.1

Please contact our office directly if you haven’t submitted all of your documents by these dates. We may still be able to work with you to help you complete your application.

Once you’re admitted, there are additional steps you will need to take. Our Global Education Office is here to welcome and assist you.

Contact Us

International Admissions Office
Meighan Lloyd
115 Academy Hall
200 E. Normal Street
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-1768