International Students FAQs
Application materials and all required documents must be received at least three months before your intended enrollment date. Applicants may apply for admission for either the fall semester (begins late-August) or the spring semester (begins mid-January). Late applicants will automatically be deferred to the following semester.
Applications are accepted up to one year prior to the intended entering semester. All applicants are encouraged to send applications and credentials as early as possible. Early applicants increase their chance of admission.
While most new international students and Americans abroad begin their studies during the fall semester which begins during the last week of August, it is possible to apply for admission for the spring semester which begins in late January.
Yes, the application fee is $25 US Dollars for an on-line application or $40 US Dollars for a paper application.
Freshmen and transfers from international universities should send an application and supporting documents to the International Admissions Office by the following dates:
Transfer students from colleges and universities in the United States should send an application and supporting documents to the International Admissions Office by the following dates:
After the Application for International Admissions is received and complete with all required credentials and documents, an admission decision is usually sent within three weeks or less.
Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s academic credentials and proficiency in English/aptitude testing. The ability to finance their studies at Lock Haven University is also considered. Lock Haven is looking for students who have completed a strong academic curriculum, who are highly motivated, and who have scored well on their examinations.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. The TOEFL is the most frequently submitted examination score that the University receives, however,the Admissions Office will use other measures upon the applicant’s request. The IELTS, ACT, and SAT examinations may also be used.
No, the University would prefer that you apply during your final year by sending a transcript which includes your mid-year grades/marks of your final year and courses in progress. If you are admitted, your admission will be conditional until your final year grades/marks are received and reviewed by the Admissions Office. You will not be permitted to register for your first semester at LHU until your final transcript is received.
You will need to pay a $200.00 tuition deposit. If for some reason you are denied a student visa for Lock Haven University, you can request a new I-20 for admission the following semester.
As soon as your tuition deposit is received, you will receive detailed information from the Institute for International Studies concerning your arrival, LHU email account, math placement test, international student orientation, housing and meal plan, and required medical forms.
Lock Haven University will accept any Advanced Placement (AP) courses for credit with a score of 3 or better on the College Board Advanced Placement examination. In most cases, courses will transfer either as a general education requirement or as elective credit.
The University will also provide credit to students who meet the criteria (Higher Level or Standard Level with score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 or A, B, or C) for the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Additional information about the IB can be found online at www.ibo.org . In most cases, courses will transfer either as a general education requirement or as elective credit.
After you have been admitted to the University, you may request an evaluation by the Registrar’s Office. In order for credit to be evaluated and awarded, official copies of AP credits and scores must be sent directly from the College Board testing service. Any questions should be directed to the LHU Registrar’s Office by calling 570-484-2006.
With students from over 30 countries typically studying at LHU each year, there is a definite international atmosphere on campus. At LHU, about 2% of the total enrolled population are international students. Not only will you be making new American friends, but you will also be meeting people from all over the world.
Any person, who is not a United States citizen or Green Card holder, even if the person has been living in the United States, that person is considered an international student and should complete the an international application. For additional inquiries please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.
Students accepted to LHU will enter the United States on an F-1 visa. Shortly after receiving notification of acceptance, students will be provided with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status. This form will be submitted by the student to the United States embassy or consulate in his/her home country as part of the visa application process. Students with dependents should notify the Admissions Office upon applying to Lock Haven University. Financial support will need to be provided for F-2 dependent(s) in order for them to accompany the F-1 student to the United States.
Once an international student has been admitted and provided documented proof of financial responsibility, the Institute for International Studies will issue a Form I-20. You must then contact your appropriate American embassy or consulate and follow the procedure to apply for a student visa. The exact procedure can usually be found on the embassy or consulate web site.
In most cases, a tourist visa cannot be changed to a student visa while you are in the United States.
Students are housed on campus in a traditional dormitory. Students must live on campus for their first-year
For all first-year applicants on campus housing is required for the first year of study.
During the school year from August to May, our seasons change completely. When you arrive in August, it will still be summer with temperatures around 21° to 27° C. From November through March, winter temperatures in Lock Haven average -6° to -2° C and sometimes reach below -17° C. Temperatures will rise again in the spring.
Bentley Dining Hall offers a great selection of choices. The upstairs dining area is “all you can eat,” while the downstairs dining area is an “a la carte” food court. Students choosing to dine upstairs have great choices such as grill items, fresh pasta, pizza, deli, salad bar, desert cart and much more! There is also a Starbucks located on campus! More info.
The transportation system in the United States is quite different from many other countries. It is easy to travel to Lock Haven from several American cities. Susquehanna Trailways operates a daily bus service between Lock Haven and New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Williamsport. For schedules, log on to www.susquehannabus.com . Tickets can be purchased online.
Flying into Williamsport or State College is the third option. Both airports are about 35 minutes from the university. Students tend to take a taxi from these airports to campus. From either airport you can easily fly to almost anywhere in the United States and abroad. For more information on flights, connections, arrivals, and departures, please visit the websites for both airports at http://www.flyipt.com and www.statecollegeairport.org. You might want to check airline websites to look for airfare deals. Many airlines in the U.S. offer special airfares to students.