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International Students

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Part of what makes Rosemont attractive is our cultural, socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic diversity, all of which are tied to our mission. We enjoy having students from all over the globe in our classrooms who contribute to our community's understanding of the world in exciting ways. All benefits available to traditional students are also available to international students. 


How to Apply as an International Student

  • A completed application for admission.
  • Evaluation of your high school transcript or college transcript by ECE (Education Credentials Evaluation) or WES (World Education Services.)
  • Students may submit an IELTS score in addition to a TOEFL score
    • 6.5 Undergraduate
    • 7.0 Graduate
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a score of 500 paper (173 computer, 61 Internet based) is required; a score of 550 paper (213 computer, 79 to 80 Internet based) is recommended.
  • SAT 1 exam.

Cost of Attendance and Scholarships

Rosemont offers scholarships to international students based on academic merit. You do not need to apply separately for this scholarship. Completing your application file will automatically qualify your for consideration of these awards. You will be notified of your scholarship, if you do qualify, in your acceptance letter.

Otherwise, all financial costs of attendance are the responsibility of the student. Parents or sponsors are required to provide documentation of financial resources to support a student's total educational and personal expenses prior to the issuance of the I-20 for a student visa

COST OF ATTENDANCE

International Merit Scholarships

  • Residential - $4,500 - $7,500
  • Commuter - $3,500 - $5,000

Check out css.collegeboard.org to see what scholarships you could be  could be eligible for.

Obtaining a Student Visa

Once you are accepted and have paid your tuition deposit, you will need to arrange for your entry into the United States by obtaining the appropriate visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate near you. We will send the student visa application (Form I-20) to you with instructions on obtaining your F-1 student visa after we have received official certification of finances.

When you receive your Form I-20, present this form, your passport, and original documentation of your financial resources to a U.S. consular officer to obtain your visa for entry to the United States. F-1 student status will allow you to remain in the U.S. as long as you are a properly registered full-time student.

To maintain full-time status you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. We recommend 16 credits per semester. F-1 status will allow you to work part-time in on-campus jobs at Rosemont College and work in an optional practical training job directly related to your field of study for 12 months during or after your studies.

Entry into the United States

When you arrive at a port of entry into the United States, you will be required to present your visa and Form I-20 along with your passport and financial documents to the immigration officer. The immigration officer will stamp the I-20 and return it to you. He or she will issue a completed I-94 Arrival-Departure Record. The I-94, which is an extremely important document, indicates the date when your permission to remain in the U.S. expires and must be kept in your passport. The I-20 is the permanent record of your permission to enter and remain in the U.S. and must be kept in your possession as long as you are a student.


Education in the United States

American students receive twelve years of primary and secondary education before they are eligible to attend a university or college. As college students, undergraduates in the United States complete four years of study to earn a bachelor's degree. Earning a bachelor's degree involves studying one academic discipline in-depth (a "major") and taking courses in other disciplines ("electives").

International Baccalaureate

Rosemont will consider granting advanced credit on an individual basis for students who have scored successfully on the International Baccalaureate Examinations.

Transfer of Prior College Credit

If you have prior college credits or a degree from an accredited international institution or technical school and wish to find out if these credits will transfer, you will need to have each transcript evaluated by ECE (Educational Transcript Evaluations) or WES (World Education Services).

Location and Climate

Rosemont's campus is located in a beautiful, historic community 17 km west of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is the sixth-largest city in the United States and offers a rich cultural, historic, and social environment. Rosemont College is located within a two-hour drive of such other major metropolitan areas as New York City, Washington DC and Baltimore, and is just 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

Public transportation to nearby Philadelphia and other major cities, as well as to the Philadelphia International Airport, is within walking distance from Rosemont's campus.

All students should expect significant changes in the weather over the course of the academic year - cold winters, hot summers, and pleasant days in between. In winter, the temperature frequently drops to between 10 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -4 degrees Celsius). In summer, the temperature often rises to between 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (32 to 37 degrees Celsius) with high humidity.

Plan to wear warm clothing during the winter months (November - April). An overcoat is a necessity. Clothing for rainy weather is also needed. Most students do not dress formally for class, except on special occasions. On campus, informal attire such as tops (t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts) and jeans (slacks or long pants), are acceptable.

Rosemont College Support Services

The International Student Services Office will advise you on: immigration issues, financial matters, campus services for academic and personal counseling, medical care, and host families. A division of the Student Affairs Department, the Office plans an international student orientation at the beginning of the fall semester that will help you meet other international students and make a smooth transition to the Rosemont community.

Basic health services are available to Rosemont students for normal care at no extra charge, though international students are required to purchase health insurance through Rosemont College. Information on the student health insurance plan is available through the Office of Student Life. Also, all new students are required to show evidence of having been immunized against certain infectious diseases, including tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B.

Personal counseling is also provided by a licensed psychologist with other professionally trained counselors to provide the opportunity for support, crisis management, limited therapy, and consultation.

FAQS for International Students

Below are some of the questions international students often have. If you have any further questions, send an email to admissions@rosemont.edu and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: Rosemont College has rolling admissions, which means there is no fixed application deadline. However, please note that the Office of Admissions strongly encourages you to apply as early as possible so that adequate time is given to obtain a student visa.

Q: Is there an application fee for international students?
A: There is no application fee if you apply online.

Q: Are scholarships available to international students?
A: Yes. Students are eligible for the Rosemont College International Scholarship, which is based upon academic achievement. This scholarship ranges from $3,500 -$7,500

Q: Is TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS required?
A: The TOEFL is required for all international students with two exceptions. If English is your first language then a TOEFL score is not required. If you meet one of the criteria for TOEFL exemption, please indicate your reason for not submitting a TOEFL score in your application. Students who do not take the TOEFL must take the SAT 1 exam.

Q: What if the SAT is not offered in my country?
A: In some countries, such as China, the SAT is not offered. In such cases, Rosemont College will waive the SAT requirement. However, the TOEFL is still a required part of the admissions process.

Q: Does Rosemont offer Graduate degrees?
A: Yes, Rosemont College is comprised of three schools: The Undergraduate College, Adult Professional Studies, and the School of Graduate Study. Rosemont College offers undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree program, where they would begin to take graduate level courses their senior year.

Q: What countries do Rosemont students come from?
A: Rosemont students have hailed from all over the world including, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Japan, Ireland, Barbados, Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Russia, Kenya, Macedonia, South Asian Republic, Ivory Coast, Poland, the Former Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and Brazil

Q: Is there an International Student Club?
A: Yes. With one of the largest memberships, the International club[BROKEN LINK] welcomes students who have a passion for international education. The International Student Club seeks to increase cultural awareness amongst the Rosemont community by organizing speakers, field trips, and hosting the annual Multicultural Festival every spring.

Q: Is there support for International Students on campus?
A: Absolutely. The Office of Student Life will help you with all immigration and naturalization issues. Once enrolled at Rosemont, you will find that skilled members from the Office of Student Life will help familiarize you with campus and the surrounding area. The Office of Student Life also coordinates communication among international students at Rosemont and other nearby institutions, along with organizing receptions, festivals, and field trips into Philadelphia.

Q: What is the institutional code for Rosemont College for the TOEFL and SAT exams?
A:The Rosemont school code for the TOEFL and SAT is 2763.

Q: I still need more info, what's my next step?
A: For more information on everything from getting a student visa to options for working, please continue to the following link: http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/. And as always, feel free to reach out to us at  admissions@rosemont.edu.