We are thrilled that you are considering joining the Lehigh family! We welcome you to learn more about our institution and process of applying.
Connecting with Lehigh
We realize international students may not have the opportunity to visit Lehigh's campus in person, so we encourage you to check out our virtual tour for a “walking tour” of campus that follows the Admissions’ tour route. And please explore our Youtube channel, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr accounts to learn more about Lehigh and determine if we are the right fit for you.
Applying to Lehigh as an International
Lehigh accepts the Common Application and Coalition Application—follow the procedures on the Common Application Website or Coalition Application Website. To see all of our requirements, forms and deadlines, please use the Application Toolbox. If you are a non-citizen, be sure to indicate this when using the toolbox to see all of the additional forms and requirements necessary to apply to Lehigh. Any student whose first language is not English should indicate this to learn about TOEFL requirements.
All non-U.S. citizens are required to submit the Lehigh University Certificate of Finances form filled out for all intended years of undergraduate enrollment and to submit it by the application deadline to LUinternational@lehigh.edu or through the LU FileSender. To be considered for need based financial aid, you must also submit the CSS Profile by the appropriate admissions application deadline.
Note: Tuition, room and board at Lehigh can cost upwards of $79,000. If your family cannot support this amount for four years of study, your application will not be complete without a CSS Profile. A bank statement/certificate is not required with your Certification of Finances form.
Applicants must be completing or have completed the equivalent of 12 years of education (primary and secondary) or the program of study that leaves them eligible for admission to university-level study in the educational system in which they are enrolled. For example, students who are completing or who have only completed O level or GCSE/IGCSE study are not eligible to apply and should do so when they are completing the final year of A level study, or the equivalent.
All testing requirements needed to apply to Lehigh can be found in the Application Toolbox. To ensure full consideration of your latest test results, please submit them to Lehigh before the application deadline. Exam results submitted after the application deadline may not be received in time to be considered when applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Please plan accordingly so that you register and complete the exams with sufficient time for the testing agency to score your exam, for you to request the testing agency submit those results to Lehigh University and for Lehigh to process the results before reviewing your application. Official score reports should be sent to Lehigh by the testing agency. Emailed, faxed and photocopied scores are not official and will not be accepted.
English Proficiency Requirement
Lehigh requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Results from an English proficiency assessment must be submitted unless the applicant’s first language is English, or the last two full years (not including current year of study) of completed formal instruction have been in English. The TOEFL and IELTS are preferred, however TOEFL ITP Plus – CEFR C-1 level (for students in China until TOEFL iBT testing resumes), TOEFL IBT Home Edition, and Duolingo English Test will be considered if those exams are not available to the student. Scores must be submitted directly from the testing/assessment agency and the most competitive candidates score above a 90 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS, 627 (CEFR C1 level) on the TOEFL ITP-Plus, or 110 on Duolingo. SAT, SAT Subject Test, and ACT results cannot be used to meet the English proficiency requirement.
U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents Living Abroad
Tips on applying to Lehigh as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident living abroad:
- Start early.
- If you plan to apply for federal financial aid (campus work study, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans), you must have a U.S. Social Security number. You should apply for this at the local U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible. Visit our Office of Financial Aid for more information.
- Provide us with an email address that you check regularly so that we can effectively communicate with you.
- Reach out to your Admissions counselors with any questions.
Additional Resources for International Students
Frequently Asked Questions for Non-US citizens
In addition to the English testing requirement (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo), the main difference in the application process for Non-US citizens is that they must submit a Lehigh Certificate of Finances form; and if applying for financial aid then they must submit the CSS Profile. Both of these forms must also be submitted by the application deadline that you are applying. For instance, if applying Early Decision 1, then the forms are due November 1 and if applying Regular Decision or Early Decision 2, then the forms are due by January 1.
Non-US citizens must submit a Lehigh Certificate of Finances form; and if applying for financial aid then they must submit the CSS Profile. An application will not be complete without these forms. The Certificate of Finances form should be sent through the LU File Sender (preferably) or attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not need bank statements to accompany the Certificate of Finances form. The CSS Profile should be submitted through the College Board.
Both of these forms must also be submitted by the application deadline that you are applying. For instance, if applying Early Decision 1, then the forms are due November 1 and if applying Regular Decision or Early Decision 2, then the forms are due by January 1.
**Note: US citizens abroad can apply for aid using the FAFSA and CSS profile by deadlines indicated on the Financial Aid website; no Certificate of Finances form is necessary.
More on the Lehigh Certificate of Finances form:
This form serves as a proof of available funds for the cost of attending Lehigh. A student who is not applying for financial aid must submit the Lehigh Certificate of Finances form showing availability of funds for all years of attending Lehigh (tuition, room & board, fees, etc.= $79,000 USD).
If applying for financial aid, non-US citizens must still complete the Lehigh Certificate of Finances with a value of funds available for each year. This can be anywhere from $0 – $79,000 for each year. We do not have a minimum family contribution as financial aid packages range from full tuition, room and board to a few thousand dollars. Merit scholarships range from $5,000 to full tuition and there is no separate application to be considered for merit.
Lehigh University provides need‐based financial assistance to a limited number of admitted non-US citizens who have applied for financial aid and who have demonstrated financial need. It is our goal to meet 100% of the demonstrated need (not including travel and personal expenses) for as many admitted students as possible with the limited funds available. Admissions decisions for non-US citizens are, however, need-aware. This means that international citizens will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students, guardians, or sponsors to pay educational costs alongside our holistic admissions process. Some candidates who apply for financial aid and do not demonstrate need may be admitted without a financial aid offer. Other candidates whom we would like to admit may be declined because we have exhausted our financial aid budget.
Results from an English proficiency assessment must be submitted unless the applicant’s first language is English, or the last two full years (not including current year of study) of completed formal instruction have been in English. The TOEFL and IELTS are preferred, however TOEFL ITP Plus – CEFR C-1 level (for students in China until TOEFL iBT testing resumes) and Duolingo English Test will be considered if those exams are not available to the student. Scores must be submitted directly from the testing/assessment agency and the most competitive candidates score above a 90 on the TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS, 627 (CEFR C1 level) on the TOEFL ITP-Plus, or 110 on Duolingo. SAT, SAT Subject Test, and ACT results cannot be used to meet the English proficiency requirement.
We do not waive the application fees for non-US citizens.
Students who earn the International Baccalaureate (IB) may be granted credit in higher-level or subjects with scores of 5 or better. This also applies to students who earn a grade of A or B on Advanced Level (A Level) examinations. All students will have their credentials evaluated on an individual basis for specific course equivalency.
If you have been enrolled in a post-secondary institution for any amount of time or already have a bachelor’s degree, then you should apply as a transfer student. More information on the application process >
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides all required visa documents for students. OISS also offers cultural and international programming on campus, including Orientation for Int’l students 1 week prior to classes starting, International Bazaar, Diwali celebration, career and professional development workshops, connections to the local community, and much more! Questions regarding 1-20s or Visas, international orientation or other programs for current international students should be sent to OISS: email@example.com
The International Center for Academic and Professional English at Lehigh University helps multilingual speakers of English improve their communication skills with flexible, student-focused program options that are grounded in evidence-based practice and connected to the resources of the larger university community. Questions regarding programming or courses can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the 2019-2020 academic year, over 1,000 international students from 90 countries studied at Lehigh. 465 of these students are undergraduates from 70 countries. 9-10% of each incoming freshman class are international students from around the world. Please see the Geographic Distribution - International Nation of Origin table in the Census Data that indicates how many from each country are represented at the UG level for the 2019-2020 school year.