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International Students

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
Undergraduate Student

Lehigh accepts the Common Application—follow the procedures on the Common 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.

Financial Forms

View Application Requirements and Lehigh University's Certificate of Finances form (pdf).

All non-U.S. citizens are required to submit the Certificate of Finances form filled out for all four years and to submit it by the Common App deadline to or through the LU File Sender. The preferred form is the Lehigh University Certificate of Finances form (pdf).

Note: Tuition, room and board at Lehigh can cost upwards of $73,000. 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) 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

Virtual Tour

Explore Campus from Anywhere

Follow the route of the undergraduate admissions tour to see academic and student-life buildings, and learn about life at Lehigh along the way.