Apply as an International Student

To apply online to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) as an undergraduate student, complete the  Jefferson Online Application or Common Application  and submit all supporting materials by the below deadlines.

For more information about the Common Application, visit to learn about this college application that is accepted by more than 450 higher education institutions.

Freshmen Applicant Deadlines:

Early Action Deadline: November 1
Regular Decision Deadline: March 1*

Physician Assistant Deadlines:

Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Studies (Freshmen Only-Fall Only) - 5-year Accelerated B.S./M.S. - Assured Admission Option Deadline: December 15

Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Studies (Freshmen Only) - 4+2 B.S./M.S. - Preferred Admission Option Deadline: March 1*

Please Note: It is recommended that Spring 2018 applicants submit their application and all supporting materials by December 1.

Transfer Applicant Deadline:

Regular Decision Deadline: June 1*

*Applications received after the regular decision deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Application Materials

To be considered for admission to Jefferson, international applicants must submit:

  • Completed application (online or by paper) with $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Attested copies of secondary school marks
    • Grades 9-11 if you haven't graduated from high school
    • Grades 10-12 if you have graduate from high school
  • Attested copies of university marks from all colleges/universities attended (if applicable)*
  • One of the following marks of English proficiency:
    • Minimum TOEFL scores: 79 IBT
    • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and university readiness. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here.
  • Essay of at least 250 words. Please choose from one of the essay prompts below.

    Freshmen Essay Prompts (please note specific essay prompts for OT and PA applicants below):

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

    4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 

    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Whay does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

    Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy and Psychology/Occupational Therapy Applicants Essay Prompt:

    Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be an Occupational Therapist (OT) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the OT profession. Limit to one page.

    Physician’s Assistant Applicants Essay Prompt:

    Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be a Physician Assistant (PA) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the PA profession. Limit to one page.

    Transfer Essay Prompt:

    Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

*Photocopies of school records are permissible, but they must be unopened and sealed/attested by the school. 

Note: Students applying for transfer to Architecture or Fashion Design must submit a portfolio.