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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Intensive English Program at Saint Francis University is designed for international
students to prepare for undergraduate or graduate studies at an American
university by offering courses for English for academic purposes (EAP). The IEP
is a member of English USA, the American Association of Intensive English
The highlight of the IEP
Francis University is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the U.S.A.,
and the oldest dedicated to Franciscan values. Our University is an
inclusive learning community that welcomes all people. Saint Francis University is located in
Loretto, Pennsylvania, two hours (80 miles) east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It is a scenic mountaintop location on a 600-acre campus. Attractive areas
include Washington D.C., Baltimore, Niagara Falls, New York City, and many more
Admission to SFU
If you do
not meet the English proficiency requirement, you will need to study at the IEP
in Level 3, 4, or Level 5/International OASIS. You can choose to apply for the
SFU Intensive English program only and decide later whether to apply to a
university or return home. Successful completion of the program is the only
English requirement to proceed to SFU. Depending on your English proficiency,
it may take one or two semesters to be fully matriculated to the credit-bearing
transition level into university courses.
Intensive English Program Only
If you have
a proof of English proficiency (IELTS: 6.5, iTEP: 4.0+, TOEFL IBT: 80, TOEFL
PBT: 550), you don’t need to take the IEP. Apply directly to SFU as an
international student. You will be admitted to the university.
may be recommended to take GEN 121, 122, and/or 123 depending on your skills in
English needed. The international students taking the GEN courses and major
courses will be placed in the International OASIS (Opportunities for Academic
Success in Studies) program for the first year. This bridge program provides
extra support for the academic and social transition to college to reinforce
important academic skills. Please see more information about the OASIS.
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.
If you are
academically admissible to Level 5/OASIS, you can complete your English language
training and fully matriculate directly into undergraduate or graduate program
at SFU without the required TOEFL/iTEP/IELTS score.
Programs in the IEP
meet for 18 hours of classroom instruction. Currently, we do not offer courses
for Level 2 low intermediate and Level 1 beginning. Fall/Spring: 16 weeks;
Summer: 8 weeks
English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
programs are available to meet specific needs of a group of students or
employees who wish to enhance communication skills and target language
proficiency in English. A customized English program will be implemented as the
curriculum is developed with the effort from the coordinator, ESL instructors,
content instructors, and facilitators.
English Summer Camp(2-4-week
Summer Camp is a fun and culture-learning oriented short-term program. This can
collaborate with SFU STEM Summer Academies led by SFU faculty in June and July.
International high school students participate in one or two camps learning
with American high school students and take intensive English instruction and
cultural exploration for another two weeks. For accommodation for housing,
please contact the Office of Residence Life at 814-472-3029. STEM Summer
Academies Schedules are available on https://www.francis.edu/STEM-Summer-Academies/
* Students must arrive on arrival days. Students should email firstname.lastname@example.org
with their flight plans and travel information to ensure a ride from the
airport. Orientation 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.
change without notice.
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.
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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