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International Students Welcome

The University of Scranton Welcomes International Students

The University of Scranton welcomes international students into our online graduate programs. We have been teaching international students for over 50-years and are committed to serving a diverse student population. You will enjoy the benefits of earning your graduate degree online from an accredited U.S. university from your home anywhere in the world.

What draws these students to The University of Scranton?

Online courses are characterized by the same academic rigor, quality instruction, excellent faculty and identical diploma to traditional graduate degrees.

Small class sizes of no more than 20 students for online courses promote a high degree of interaction with the faculty and classmates, which students value and consider a benefit of online programs. Students can communicate with each other and their professors through email, online chat and message boards.

Admissions Information for International Graduate Students

An international applicant is defined as any non-U.S. citizen.

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or STEP to verify proficiency in English. A course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is also required.

Students can enroll in the online graduate program while living in countries outside the U.S.; however, the online program will not qualify a student for a student visa, and international students are unable to qualify for federal financial aid.

If you are an international student with a student visa for an undergraduate program or a traditional master’s degree, you will not be able to transfer or extend your current visa for The University of Scranton’s online programs.

University Memberships in International Organizations

The University holds memberships in several associations focusing on international education, including the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, AMIDEAST, the Pennsylvania Council for International Education and the Council of Graduate Schools.

Policy governing international students enrolling in online courses and programs:

U.S. Federal regulations may restrict international students enrolling in online courses and programs.

  • International students residing in the US under an F1 or J1 visa are not allowed to enroll in online programs.
  • International students residing in the US under an F1 visa may enroll in online courses provided they are enrolled in at least one on-ground course and maintain a full course of study. 
  • International students residing in their home countries are not restricted from enrolling in online programs.

All University of Scranton students with F1 and J1 visas who are interested in online courses should first consult with the Director of International Student and Scholar Services. Other international students should consult with their sponsoring organizations to determine if additional policies apply to online program or online course enrollment.


Discover how an online degree program from The University of Scranton can make a difference in your life. Request more information or speak with one of our Program Managers at 866-373-9547.