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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 multicultural experience. Albright College has what you’re looking for:

  • Challenging academics
  • A nurturing and supportive environment
  • A diverse student body
  • A wide variety of disciplines for you to choose from (and combine)
  • The chance to make memories that last a lifetime

Academics

Founded in 1856, Albright College enjoys a long tradition of academic excellence. We are committed to preparing you to enter a rapidly changing world by encouraging you to study multiple disciplines and by providing you with valuable experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

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

  • General EducationA diverse, dynamic and inclusive sequence of educational experiences that set the stage for your major and illuminate its linkages to other fields of study. Click here for details.
  • Courses in your majorStudents with a single concentration are required to take 13 courses; students with a combined major typically are required to take 14 courses (seven from each major).
  • Elective coursesThese are courses that you choose to achieve the 32 required for graduation, whether to reinforce your major or to explore different interests. The number needed to reach 32 will vary depending on the number of courses required for your major(s). 
  • Non-credit requirementsYou must complete a non-credit requirement, called the Experience, by attending a series of cultural events by the end of your sophomore year. Experience Events intensify and complement the learning in other components of your General Education coursework.

Diversity

Part of an international experience is not only learning about the host culture but also meeting people from other parts of the world. Albright students come from 26 states and 18 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 travel to the College from various parts of the country and world.

Activities are another way to integrate with others.  In November, the annual International Student Dinner is a much-anticipated event at which 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.

Academic Year

Albright College’s academic year is composed of a fall semester (September to December); an optional January interim; and a spring semester (February to 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.

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. Your I-20 form and pre-arrival forms will be sent upon receipt of the required deposit.

Application Instructions for Undergraduate Students

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

  • 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.
  • Teacher RecommendationsPlease request that a teacher complete the Teacher Recommendation form. If your teacher has written a detailed recommendation, we can accept it in lieu of a completed Teacher Recommendation form. You may submit more than one recommendation, but it is not required.
  • The Secondary School Report and Counselor RecommendationIf 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.
  • Academic TranscriptsInternational students are required to submit an original secondary school transcript; 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.
  • Standardized Test ResultsStudents 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)
  • Certification of FinancesAn 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. Click here  to view Albright’s tuition and fees.

Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Any student who is currently enrolled at or who 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; for the spring semester, it is December 15. A credit evaluation will be completed within two weeks of acceptance. You will be notified in writing regarding approved transfer credits.

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

  • The Application for International AdmissionPlease forward your application, essay and the non-refundable $25 application fee to the Office of Admission. Mark the “Transfer” box under the College Plans section of the application.
  • Professor RecommendationPlease have a professor write a recommendation letter. You may submit recommendations from more than one professor.
  • Academic TranscriptsPlease submit an official or notarized copy of your post-secondary school transcript with course titles and grades. Your secondary school transcript will also be required if you will have fewer than eight courses that will transfer to Albright.
  • Detailed Course Information in EnglishIn 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.
  • Albright College Transfer Questionnaire FormThis 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.
  • Standardized Test ResultsStudents 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)
  • Certification of FinancesAn 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. Click here to view Albright’s tuition and fees.
  • International Student Transfer FormStudents who 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.

Scholarships

You do not need to submit any additional forms to be considered for a scholarship. All scholarship decisions are based on a student’s academic history. Scholarship 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 you maintain satisfactory grades. Half of the scholarship amount is applied to your bill at the start of the fall semester; the other half is applied at the start of the spring semester.

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.

Contact Us

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

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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