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Advantages for Scandinavian Students

Mercy College welcomes Scandinavian students and enjoys the academic and cultural contributions that they make on campus. In an effort to streamline the admissions process, we offer several unique advantages for students from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

1. Sophomore Status for Undergraduates

  • Scandinavian students with an upper-secondary diploma are granted sophomore status, which means that you can complete your degree in three years. Students from Norway are considered eligible for full Lanekassen funding.

2. TOEFL Waiver

  • Norway: With a grade of a 4 or higher in your Vitnemal English class, your TOEFL requirement will be waived.
  • Sweden: With a grade of a VG ("C" on the new scale) or higher in your Slutbetyg English class, your TOEFL Requirement will be waived.
  • Denmark, Finland, Iceland: After the review of your application, you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver.

3. Foreign Transcripts for Admission

  • foreign academic credential evaluation is not required. Mercy College can make an admissions decision using your official secondary and/or university transcripts.

4. SAT/GRE/GMAT Optional

  • Mercy College is SAT/GRE/GMAT optional. We understand that it may be difficult to travel to a testing center and that the exams may only be offered a few times per year. Most importantly, we consider your final average and supplemental documents to be more important than just a single exam.

5. Lanekassen, CSN and Government Funding Friendly

  • We are familiar with the requirements of Lanekassen, CSN and other government programs. We provide a custom acceptance letter to make sure you meet the necessary requirements for funding.
Visiting Students

Although we would love for you to complete your entire degree at Mercy College, we also accept visiting students who want to study abroad! Many Scandinavian students complete their Bachelor's degree in their home country but spend their second year abroad in the United States. We can help you register for eligible courses and will give you a custom acceptance letter that states all of your courses so you can easily secure government funding.

Application Checklist for Scandinavian Students

Complete Application

a. Submit online or paper application:

b. Complete your application file by submitting:

  • All Applicants
    • Official academic transcript (Norwegian Vitnemal, Swedish Slutbetyg, etc.)
    • Application fee
    • Send documents to:

      Student Services Support Center
      Mercy College
      2651 Strang Blvd.
      Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-9910
  • Undergraduate Applicants
    • Please note that the Computer Arts & Design, Music Industry & Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Social Work and Veterinary Technology programs require supplemental documents. Please contact International Admissions for more information or visit your program's website.
  • Graduate Applicants
    • Some programs require supplemental documents. Please check your program's website for more information.

Once you are admitted, submit the documents listed below obtain Form I-20 form to the International Students Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of your program:

  • I-20 Eligibility Form
  • Copy of current passport (must be valid up to six months after your intended period of study)
  • Financial documentation (no more than three months old) for each sponsor
    • affidavit of support
    • proof of income
    • bank statements
    • Lanekassen, CSN, or government funding certification letter
  • F-1 Transfer Form (if you are transferring from another school in the U.S.)

Complete the Residential Life Application if you plan on living on-campus.

Register for Classes

Submit payment for first semester tuition, registration fees and the one time international student fee upon registration for classes.

Submit Meningitis and MMR Immunization Forms before the first day of class.

Make an appointment to obtain a visa in your home country or transfer your SEVIS record from another school in the United States.

Arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date of your program.