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Exchange Student Application Check List
  1. Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) (see below for requirements)
  2. Complete Exchange Application Form 
  3. Questionnaire for International Students and Student Health History and submit with all other required documents by March 30 for fall semester or October 15 for spring semester
  4. I-20 Eligibility Form
  5. Proof of Financial Capability to cover living expenses presented in English: (Notarized Affidavit of Support letter, income verification, and bank statements)
  6. Tentative Schedule of Classes at Mercy College (6-8 classes)
  7. Transcript (translated into English)
  8. Residence information about Plans for Living and Application form (review housing information  and download application, complete and email to
  9. Two letters or recommendation (Mercy College Interview Form to be completed by Advisor plus one letter from Office of International Programs or Study Abroad Office
  10. Proof of Insurance (optional but strongly recommended)
  11. Immunization Records (MMR & Meningitis)
  12. Copy of school picture ID at home institution
  13. Copy of Passport page that includes picture (must be valid for 6 months past period of intended stay at Mercy)

All documents should be sent to Dr. Sheila Gersh at

Completed Documents

Completed documents can either be emailed to Dr. Sheila Gersh: or sent to: Dr. Sheila Gersh, Executive Director Center for Global Engagement Mercy College 555 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 USA

Learning Expectations

Class Format

  • Combination of lectures, group projects and experiential learning


  • A (highest grade), A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, F (failing)

Class Size

  • Varies from 15-35 students depending on the subject

Course Load

  • 12-18 credits a semester (the average student takes 16 credits)


  • Courses can count for 1,2,3 or 4 credits, so a student could possibly take four to six classes for a full-time schedule.  Most courses are three or four credits.


  • Grades are determined by a combination of one or more factors, which could include exams, group projects, papers, call participation and presentations.

Official Transcript

  • Upon completion of the semester, you  should complete the transcript form to be sure you receive an official transcript of the grades you received while studying at Mercy College.  More information is also available about transcript requests upon completion of the semester.
Language of Instruction

All courses are conducted in English.  We request non-native speakers have a minimum score of:

  • 6 on the IELTS test
  • 71 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 
  • 197 on the TOEFL Computer Based Test or
  • 527 on the Paper Based Test
Course Registration Information

The International Student Office registers all visiting students for courses.  

  • Course listings for the fall semester are available by mid-March.  The deadline to submit fall course selections is April 15.  
  • Course listings for the spring semester are available by mid-October.  The deadline to submit spring course selections is November 1.

Exchange students cannot register for more than 4-5 course.

Course descriptions are available in the Mercy College Bulletin and at (site).  Each academic school lists its courses by program.