International Students

International students must take additional steps to submit an application to Lehigh. Please find details about those required steps below. Additionally, because you may not have had the opportunity to visit Lehigh's campus, we encourage you to check out our virtual tour to determine if Lehigh is the right fit for you.

We also encourage you to learn more about our LU Diplomats to get a first-hand, international student perspective of Lehigh. Please feel free to contact these students with any Lehigh-related questions.

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.

The cost to submit an application is USD $70.00. You may request a fee waiver by submitting an email to explaining why you are requesting the waiver, accompanied by a letter of support from your secondary school college/guidance counselor or head of school.


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.

Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores

These scores must be submitted directly from ETS. All applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. IELTS scores can only be submitted electronically.

Advanced Placement

Lehigh grants advanced placement and credit for most Advanced Placement (AP) examinations completed with a score of 4 or 5; for International Baccalaureate Higher-Level examinations completed with a score of 5, 6 or 7 (except for IB HL Physics, which will not be accepted for credit); and for Advanced Level (A Level) examinations completed with a score of A or B.

Lehigh grants advanced placement and credit for the SAT II Chemistry examination if completed with a score of 750 or higher and for SAT II modern language examinations if completed with scores of 600 or higher.

U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents Living Abroad

Tips on applying to Lehigh as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien 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 or LU Diplomats 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.