Interested in applying to Mercy College as an F-1 international student? Our International Admissions team will be able to walk you through each step of the process.
If you are interested in one of our exchange programs, please connect with our Center for Global Engagement to learn about the application process.
Are you currently a holder of another nonimmigrant visa (NIV) status? Do you need to apply for a Change of Status to F-1? Review our Change of Status Guidelines.pdf first to make sure that you are eligible.
As an F-1 international student, there are a few instances where you can be approved to work. Learn more to ensure that you maintain your status while working.
As an F-1 International student, there are a number of things that you will need to travel internationally after your initial arrival in the U.S. When traveling, it is important that you hand carry (instead of packing in checked luggage) the following:
* As long as a student maintains status, the Designated School Official (DSO) will endorse the I-20 Form for the purpose of traveling abroad. Every student is required to contact the DSO in a timely manner in order to establish endorsement eligibility.
*If you are a student in OPT (Optional Practical Training, please contact the International Students Office to learn about the special guidelines that are applicable to you
Students may also want to consider bringing the following:
The mission of the International Student Services is to assist members of the Mercy College international community by providing support and advising to ensure academic success while maintaining compliance with immigration regulations. The office works to provide a meaningful cross-cultural experience for both international students and domestic college community members. The International Students Office also works in collaboration with other departments to create opportunities where international students can foster a sense of community amongst each other while fully integrating into the Mercy community.
As an international F-1 student, you must show that you can support the costs of studying and living in the U.S. for the entire duration of your program. This is required by law. Annual costs include both Tuition & Living Expenses. We look to see readily available funding for at least the first year. Proof of income can be used to show ability to cover the costs beyond the first year.
For the most up-to-date Tuition costs, please review the Mercy College Course Bulletin or visit this link
Living expenses at Mercy College are estimated at $14,000 for I-20 issuance purposes. It is the estimated cost of living, books, and transportation for international students studying at Mercy. This is the estimated costs regardless of whether students live on or off-campus. You must provide proof for I-20 issuance that you can cover the $14,000 estimated living expenses. You may spend more or less, but this is what we estimate that you will spend on living books, transportation, etc.
Learn more about payment deadlines, scholarships, and procedures to finance your education at Mercy College.