Undergraduate Admissions

International Students

Choosing to study in another country is a big decision, which is why we do everything we can to make our international students feel as welcome, safe and supported as possible.

As a student at Jefferson, you’ll join a collaborative community, explore big ideas and prepare to help shape the world.

No matter which area of study you pursue at Jefferson, you’ll collaborate with classmates across majors to solve actual problems for actual companies like Verizon or NASA. Our students have created solutions for young adults with disabilities, designed new products for Tenneco, developed a vaccine and more. Our signature Nexus Learning™ approach gives you the tools, connections and confidence to reach your full potential.

College is more than an education—it’s an experience. From activities and clubs on campus to Philadelphia’s parks, sporting events and incredible music scene, life at Jefferson includes time and space to live. As a new student, you’ll also make friends at our international student orientation program, complete with small-group meetups, Q&A sessions and more.

At Jefferson, you'll be steps away from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Our students explore art and science at world-class museums like The Barnes Foundation or The Academy of Natural Sciences, eat at trendy new restaurants and visit high-end boutiques. They also participate in service missions and community initiatives—check out Park in a Truck!

One of the most walkable cities in the United States, Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods—from the lively music scene in Fishtown to the Italian Market in South Philly. With a low cost of living and job-market growth above 10%, Philadelphia is a fantastic place to be.

Our admissions team is here to answer your questions and help you take the next step in applying and completing your international forms.

Reimagine your city’s architecture. Develop products and bring them to market. Help small businesses plan for the future. Each of our 160-plus programs of study gives you the freedom to explore the intersections between disciplines—and prepares you for what’s yet to come.
Our average class has only 18 students, giving you immediate access to expert faculty who take your interests to heart and help you chart a path to the future. 
Our graduates go on to prestigious graduate schools in cities all over the world. They’re hired by companies like Target, Amazon and Pfizer. They’ve invented new machines, founded non-profits and become best-selling authors of fictional works. 
The Philadelphia region is blooming with lively urban parks, re-imagined recreational landscapes, spirited pop-up gardens and scenic running and biking trails. From the massive trail systems of Fairmount Park and Wissahickon Valley Park to the delightful riverside enclaves of the seasonal Spruce Street Harbor Park and Race Street Pier to regional attractions like Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge National Historical Park, residents and visitors enjoy relaxing, exercising and playing in these public spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our non-binding Early Action application deadline for incoming first-year students is November 1. Our Regular Decision application deadline is March 1. Jefferson reviews applications on a rolling basis.

English proficiency requirements are waived for countries where the official language is English. View the complete list of countries where an English is the official language.

Learn more about application requirements for International students.

Students declare themselves as international students when they apply for admission to Jefferson.

I-20’s or DS-2019’s are issued once a student receives an offer of admission and confirms their enrollment to Jefferson. Additional information will be provided in the MyJefferson portal.

There are a limited number of on-campus jobs available to international students. While opportunities are available, students should not rely on obtaining an on-campus job to fund their studies at Jefferson.