Graduate International Student Instructions

International graduate students who have been fully admitted to Philadelphia University are eligible to receive a SEVIS I-20 for application for an F-1 visa. Please review the following pages, as the information is intended to help you understand the steps you need to take from now until you arrive on campus.

Please note that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires F-1 and J-1 visa applicants to pay a one-time fee of $200 to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS). The fee must be paid at least three business days prior to applying for your visa or applying for admission at a U.S. port-of-entry for those exempt from the visa requirement. The fee must be paid prior to submission of a change of status petition or reinstatement application. The fee must be paid  online at and must be accompanied by a Form I-901. It can be paid by you or by a third party, inside or outside the U.S. If you are denied a visa, the SEVIS fee will not be refunded. However, if you reapply for a new F-1 visa within 12 months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.

In order for the University to issue your SEVIS I-20, you must submit the following:

  • A completed and signed International Student Agreement Form
  • A completed, notarized Statement of Support Form. Students supporting themselves do not submit this form.
  • Official bank statements no more than six months old.
  • A Transfer Recommendation Form for students currently studying in the United States. 
  • Official or attested copy of degree certificate and university transcripts.
  • Official test report (TOEFL/ IELT/ GRE)

Registration and Orientation

Class registration takes place shortly after you make a tuition deposit. You will receive notification from Graduate Admissions. International students must be on campus for the International Student Orientation, usually taking place a few days before classes begin.


Graduate tuition for most programs the 2015-2016 academic year is $1,070 per credit-hour (including a $20 educational services fee per credit hour). For full-time students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Studies Program, the annual tuition is $41,055 . Graduate students who take undergraduate day or evening classes will pay the respective day or evening rate for these classes. An international student fee of $110 per semester will be charged to all graduate students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Estimated Expenses

  • Tuition: $19,260
  • Room and Board: $11,985
  • Books, Insurance, etc.: $3,500

English Language Requirement

All international graduate students are required to provide proof of proficiency in English at the time an application is considered for full acceptance. Required levels of English proficiency are any one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL) – minimum of 79 (Internet-based) or equivalent
  • International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) – minimum of 6.5
  • Successful completion of Level 5 at BridgePathways at PhilaU
  • Proof of successful completion within the last year from an accredited English language program also approved by Philadelphia University. For a current listing, visit the International Admissions website.
  • Applicants who meet all admissions requirements but lack the minimum English Language proficiency may be granted conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students may begin their studies at BridgePathways at PhilaU.

Full-time Student Status

Requirements to maintain F-1 student status as mandated by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Have a valid I-20
  • Have a valid passport and an F-1 student visa.
  • Be a full-time student (for graduate students this means registering for at least nine credits per semester).