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International Students



As an international student, you will travel thousands of miles from home in search of a quality education and a multi-cultural experience.  As you begin your search for the right college you may be asking yourself….What do I want from a U.S. college experience?  Some answers may be a challenging education, nurturing environment, opportunities to explore a variety of disciplines and memories that last a lifetime.  Choose Albright College as your home away from home and you’ll find all that and more!

 


Academic Highlights

Founded in 1856, Albright College has long enjoyed a tradition of academic excellence.  Albright is committed to preparing students to enter a rapidly changing world by encouraging students to have more than one area of concentration and providing students with valuable experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Albright uses a course unit system, which means that all courses are equal to one unit.  To graduate from Albright, students need to complete 32 courses (or course units).  Albright’s curriculum consists of four components:

  • General studies courses
  • Major or area of concentration courses
  • Elective courses
  • Non-credit requirements
  • General Studies - Students take 11-15 general studies courses in the areas of English composition, humanities, natural science, quantitative reasoning, social science, the fine arts and interdisciplinary studies.  The general studies component of the curriculum allows students to be exposed to subjects outside of their area of concentration which makes them well rounded individuals who can speak on a variety of topics.

  • Area(s) of Concentration - Students with a single concentration are required to take 13 courses, while 14 courses are typically required for a combined concentration (seven from each concentration).

  • Elective Courses – These are courses that students choose to achieve the 32 required for graduation, whether to reinforce a student’s concentration or to explore a different interests; the number needed to reach 32 will vary depending on the number of courses required for a student’s concentration(s). 

  • Non-Credit Requirement - Students must complete a non-credit requirement, called the College Cultural Experience, by attending a series of cultural events, by the end of their sophomore year.  This requirement allows students to experience things that maybe they haven’t before and to learn more about a particular area of interest.  Examples of Experience Events include attending plays on campus or on Broadway, listening to speakers who are experts in a specific field, watching performances of various talented individuals and groups, and the like.

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Diversity

Part of an international experience is not only learning about the host culture but also meeting people from other parts of the world as well.  At Albright, our students hail from twenty-two states and fourteen countries.  While much of your knowledge will come from the classroom and research, you will learn even more through meeting and exchanging ideas with students who come to Albright from various parts of the country and world.

Mr. T

“Albright College is very diverse and students are interested in getting to know one another.  I am really comfortable sharing and talking about my ethnicity and experiences.  Faculty members also understand international students and are enthusiastic to help us.  I feel at home in the Albright community.”

Takuya Iwata (aka Mr. T), Saitama, Japan

Albright’s international faculty add to the diverse campus atmosphere as well.  They hail from:

  • Canada
  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Puerto Rico
  • Switzerland

Activities are another way to integrate with others.  In November, a much anticipated event is the annual International Student Dinner where international students prepare their favorite dishes for the whole campus to enjoy.  The international students also entertain the campus community with a talent show, performing their favorite dances and songs.

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Academic Year

Albright College’s academic year is composed of a fall semester (September to December); an optional January interim; and spring semester (February to late May).  We also offer two summer sessions.  Newly enrolled international students may enter the College during either the fall or spring semester.  January and summer start dates are not available.  Please indicate on your application for which semester (fall or spring) you are applying.

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Application Deadlines

Applicants seeking admission to Albright as first year students are encouraged to apply early in their final year of secondary school.  Students applying for the fall semester should apply no later than June 1 and those applying for the spring semester should apply no later than December 15.  Please note, that we do make exceptions and can often accept late applications.

All accepted students who wish to enroll at Albright are required to submit a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit.  A student’s I-20 form and pre-arrival forms will be sent upon receipt of the required deposit.

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Application Instructions for Undergraduate Students

We will be able to make an admission decision upon receipt of the following documents:

  1. The Application for International Admission
    Please forward your application, essay and the non-refundable $25.00 application fee to the Office of Admission. The application is available in PDF format for your convenience.

  2. Teacher Recommendations
    Please request that a teacher complete the Teacher Recommendation form.  If your teacher has written a detailed recommendation we can accept it in lieu of completed Teacher Recommendation form.  You may submit more than one recommendation but it is not required.

  3. The Secondary School Report and Counselor Recommendation
    If you have a school counselor, please request that he/she use the form or write a letter providing us with information regarding your academic standing, grades in academic subjects and rank in class, as well as their comments.  If you do not have a counselor, please submit a second teacher recommendation.

  4. Academic Transcripts
    International students are required to submit either an original secondary school transcript or a copy of the transcript with an official school seal or a notarized copy of the transcript.  An up-to-date transcript includes grades for the last four years of school as well as a listing of courses, exams, marks and certificates in progress.

  5. Standardized Test Results

    Students whose native language is not English are required to submit results from any one of the following tests:

    - Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL)
    - International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    - American College Testing (ACT)

  6. Certification of Finances
    An international applicant is required to have a financial sponsor complete the Certification of Finances form and submit a bank statement issued within the past six months.  Both the Certification of Finances and supporting bank statement must show that the sponsor is willing to pay and can afford the cost of the student’s education.  Our fees are listed at http://www.albright.edu/admission/tuition.html

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Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Any student who is currently enrolled in or has previously matriculated to another institution of higher education and has yet to complete a bachelor’s degree, should apply to Albright as a transfer candidate.  Our recommended application completion date for a fall semester transfer is June 1, and students applying for the spring semester should apply no later than December 15.  A credit evaluation will be completed within 2 weeks of acceptance.  Students will be notified in writing about approved transfer credits.

We will be able to make an admission decision upon receipt of the following documents:

  1. The Application for International Admission
    Please forward your application, essay and the non-refundable $25.00 application fee to the Office of Admission. The application is available in PDF format for your convenience.  Please be sure to mark the Transfer box under the College Plans section of the application.

  2. Professor Recommendation
    Please have a professor write a recommendation letter.  You may submit more than one recommendation from a professor.

  3. Academic Transcripts
    Please submit an official or notarized copy of your post secondary school transcript with course titles and marks.  Your secondary school transcript will also be required if you will have fewer than 8 courses which will transfer to Albright.

  4. Detailed Course Information in English
    In order to determine which university courses are eligible for transfer to Albright, we need to receive course descriptions in English as well as information about the length of each session and how many hours each course was studied. 

  5. Albright College Transfer Questionnaire Form
    This form should be completed by an official of the university at which you are currently or were most recently enrolled.  When submitting the questionnaire to the appropriate administrator, please request that it be returned directly to Albright’s Office of Admission.

  6. Standardized Test Results

    Students whose native language is not English are required to submit results from any one of the following tests:

- Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- American College Testing (ACT)

  1. Certification of Finances
    An international applicant is required to have a financial sponsor complete the Certification of Finances form and submit a bank statement issued within the past six months.  Both the Certification of Finances and supporting bank statement must show that the sponsor is willing to pay and can afford the cost of the student’s education.  Our fees are listed at http://www.albright.edu/admission/tuition.html

  2. International Student Transfer Form
    Students that are transferring from another institution within the United States must complete the top portion of this form.  The bottom of the form should be completed by a Designated School Official (DSO) when you near completion of your studies at that institution.

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Scholarships

To be considered for a scholarship, no additional forms need to be submitted.  All scholarship decisions are based on a student’s academic history.  Scholarships amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 for full-time students taking classes on Albright’s campus.  If awarded, the scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided a student maintains satisfactory grades.  At the start of each semester, half of the scholarship amount is applied to the student’s bill twice a year.

On campus jobs may be available but will not be a significant source of income.  International students are permitted to work no more than 20 hours per week and will usually earn less than $2,000 a year.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions concerning international student admission or need any of the forms mentioned above, please contact the Office of Admission at:

ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
Office of Admission
13th and Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612

Phone:  (610) 921-7700
Fax:  (610) 921-7729
Email:  international@alb.edu

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