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Live Chat for International Students

If you are an international student and are considering applying or have applied to Penn State Great Valley, join the Admissions Team for a Live Chat!

We will be happy to answer your questions about our graduate degree programs, classes, campus life, or anything else on your mind.

On Thursday, February 5th  from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, staff from the admissions office at Penn State Great Valley will be online to answer your questions via Adobe Connect.

Live Chat

When you enter the meeting, register as a guest.

We look forward to chatting with you!

The Admissions Team

Did You Know? Penn State has been cited as one of the top universities in the world, according to the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Penn State is ranked 58th worldwide, joining top schools from countries including Australia, Belgium, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland in the top 100.

Penn State is a public research university serving Pennsylvania as well as the world. While Penn State has a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff across the state, we are one university.

Penn State Quality:

Penn State is in the top one percent of universities worldwide with the largest alumni network in the nation. Founded in 1855, it combines academic rigor with a vibrant campus life. A nationally recognized Research-I institution, Penn State teaches students to be leaders with global perspectives.

With locations throughout the state, Pennsylvania is Penn State's campus

With 24 locations across the state of Pennsylvania, Penn State serves many students and communities, carrying out the University mission of teaching, research, and service.

Students can choose the Penn State location that best meets their needs - We are all Penn State! While you have a choice of 24 campuses at Penn State, you'll be part of one university working together to give you an excellent education and a head start on a successful future.

Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies at Great Valley offers you a variety of professionally oriented master's degree programs taught in a dynamic business environment. The University strategically developed its School of Graduate Professional Studies to be located close to the largest city in Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia, a global center for finance, health care, business, technology, and engineering.

A Famous Brand

Think of the opportunities you will have with a degree from one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the world.

Every student who successfully finishes a degree program at one of Penn State's 24 campuses will receive a diploma from "The Pennsylvania State University." The Penn State diploma is the same, regardless of where you complete your studies. That's because we are one university.

When you complete a master's degree through Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies, your degree will have the same look and wording as the degrees that students enrolled in other Penn State academic units receive.

View the sample wording of a Penn State diploma

Penn State Welcomes International Students

Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies at Great Valley welcomes the richness international students bring to its University.

We are located in the Great Valley Corporate Center in a suburb of the great city of Philadelphia with easy access to numerous financial, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and R&D enterprises and facilities, as well as various historical sites and tourist and scenic attractions.

At Penn State's School of Graduate Professional Studies, you will study in the same classroom with engineers from Lockheed Martin and Boeing; information specialists from Siemens; financial analysts and mutual fund managers from Vanguard; sales and marketing executives and merchandisers from QVC; chemists and research scientists from Merck and Pfizer; executives from government and public sector organizations; and many other professionals who bring a wealth of experience to the classroom that you can rarely find in other graduate programs.

Your professors conduct high-quality research; are well-known and regarded in their fields; and have substantial practical experience in various industries. Our staff is the most helpful and friendly you can find at any university.

We welcome international students and value the diversity and cultures you bring to Penn State. We understand what it takes to adjust to a new cultural environment as you come to the United States and our campus to pursue your graduate study, and we are here to help. We will make sure you have pleasant transition to your new school and a most rewarding experience.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


The Chancellor's Scholarship for Graduate Study

When you apply for admission, you will automatically be considered for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is a merit-based scholarship offered to qualified international students who are planning to pursue a graduate program at Penn State Great Valley beginning in the 2015 Fall Semester, taking 12 credits per semester.

Applicants who are offered admission for the 2015 Fall Semester and who have demonstrated excellent academic performance in undergraduate and/or graduate school and who show future academic promise, as based on information submitted in support of their admission application, including undergraduate and graduate transcripts, previous work experience, and standardized test scores (if applicable), will be automatically considered. Applicants must be planning to enroll in a graduate degree program offered at Penn State Great Valley on a resident instruction basis.

Scholarships are competitive and will be for $10,000 or $15,000. The scholarship will be applied to tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year (one academic year).

The scholarship will be awarded over two semesters; disbursement of the award in the second semester will be conditional on the student maintaining at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.0 and completing a course load of 12 credits in each semester of the award.

Unlike other scholarships at Penn State Great Valley, a Chancellor's Scholarship is offered only at the time of a selected student's formal offer of admission to a graduate degree program. It does not require submission of the Campus Scholarship Applications or a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information, contact an Admissions Counselor at gvadmiss@psu.edu.


Orientation Program for New International Students

Penn State Great Valley offers an orientation program for new international students in August for students who begin their studies in the fall semester.

All new international students are requested to participate in the orientation program, which is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of life at Penn State and in the United States. Through this program, you will have a chance to get to know the faculty, meet other students, enhance your English conversation skills, and enjoy the Greater Philadelphia area. It's a great way to get acclimated to your new surroundings.

Students are responsible for their housing costs, some meals, entertainment, and incidentals.


Penn State Great Valley International Applicant Guidelines

Fast Facts for Submitting Documentation
Penn State Great Valley welcomes international applicants to its diverse student body. International applicants follow the same application procedures as other graduate school applicants. In addition, original documents listed below must be submitted as part of the application process. Applicants on a student (F) visa from another school must request a new "F" visa through Penn State Great Valley. All international applicants must hold a post-secondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized, degree-granting international institution.

New students are admitted once a year in the fall semester. Degree application is required. Non-degree enrollment is not permitted.

Questions can be directed to the admissions office at gvadmiss@psu.edu.

Documentation Needed

H1B Visa

H4 Visa

F Visa

J Visa

Original Transcripts / Mark Sheets for all years

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Original diploma for all degrees

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X

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Transcripts, diplomas, and certificates that are not in English require attested English translation from your home school, an evaluating agency, or an U.S. college or university's foreign language department.

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X

X

X

TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Minimum score is: 550 (Paper based), 213 (Computer based), or 80 general and 19 speaking (Internet based). TOEFL code: 2660

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X

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X

Proof of employment with salary

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Proof of funds showing that you have at least $61,000 in financial support for your first academic year (fall and spring semesters only)



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X

Proof of American health insurance

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X

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Passport I94 page (original)

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Fall Application Deadline

July 15

July 15

April 30

April 30

Spring Application Deadline

Nov 1

Nov 1

N/A

N/A

Summer Application Deadline

March 30

March 30

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N/A

Documentation Information

Mandatory Medical Insurance
Sickness and accident medical/hospital insurance that meets guidelines established by Penn State is mandatory for all incoming international students and accompanying dependents (spouse and/or dependents) during their entire program of study at Penn State. Students who do not abide by this requirement will not be allowed to continue registration. For more information, visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/services/insurance/accidentSickness.shtml

Permanent Residents
Follow guidelines for U.S. citizens and present your original green card to the Admissions Office, along with transcripts and diploma from international universities, for review. Note: We cannot accept notarized copies. You must submit original documents.