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Exchange Student Application Check List
  1. Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores) (see below for requirements)
  2. Complete Exchange Application Form 
  3. Questionnaire for International Students and Student Health History and submit with all other required documents by March 30 for fall semester or September 28 for spring semester
  4. I-20 Eligibility Form
  5. Proof of Financial Capability to cover living expenses presented in English: (Support letter, income verification, and bank statements dated after Sept 1 for the Spring Semester and after April 1 for the Fall semester)
  6. Tentative Schedule of Classes  provides that list of classes offered at Mercy College. Use the Course Form to indicate the classes (6-8 classes) you want to take.  This form must be signed by  an official of the sending university office. The course list can be found at COURSE LIST
  7. Transcript must be up to date and translated into English
  8. Residence information about Plans for Living and Application form (review housing information  and download application, complete and email to
  9. Two letters or recommendation (Mercy College Interview Form to be completed by Advisor plus one letter from Office of International Programs or Study Abroad Office)
  10. Proof of Insurance (optional but strongly recommended)
  11. Immunization Records (MMR & Meningitis)
  12. Copy of school picture ID at home institution
  13. Copy of Passport page that includes picture (must be valid for 6 months past period of intended stay at Mercy)

Please review the following material before completing the forms:

  • Mercy College incoming study abroad students will need an F-1 visa and will be receiving an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1Student Status). They are not eligible and should not apply for the J1 visa. Please keep this in mind when making the visa appointment.
  • Financial documents submitted as part of the I-20 application package should be no more than 3 months old (dated in April or later for Fall students or September or later for Spring students)
  • All students must be registered full-time (at least 12 credits in the classroom. No online classes are permitted).
  • The average student takes 15 credits ( 5 classes) and 15 credits is the standard course load for exchange students as well.
  • Exchange students are only permitted to register for undergraduate courses level 400 and below.
  • Students must live on campus. Please pay close attention to housing deadlines and requirements for the housing application. That information will be communicated upon acceptance. Any requests for exceptions to on-campus housing must be communicated in advance to International Student Services at
  • Exchange students do not qualify for internships and are not permitted to work off campus while studying at Mercy College. Students can however work on campus for up to 20 hours per week.
  • Students can enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before semester starts.  Students have a 60 day grace period after semester ends (but cannot remain in the residence hall during the grace period).  Students should avoid booking flights until they have their visas, and should be mindful of the residence hall opening and closing dates and deadlines.  
  • While in the U.S., if students want to visit other countries outside the U.S., they must check the visa entry requirements of that particular country beforehand and must make sure they obtain a travel signature from the International Student Services Office.
  • Once the exchange program is completed, students can request official transcripts to be sent to their home institution by emailing

All questions should be sent to International Student Services at

Completed Documents

Completed documents can either be emailed to International Student Services at
They may also be sent by mail to:
International Student Services
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 USA

Learning Expectations

Class Format

  • Combination of lectures, group projects and experiential learning


  • A (highest grade), A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, F (failing)

Class Size

  • Varies from 15-35 students depending on the subject

Course Load

  • 12-16 credits a semester (the average student takes 16 credits)


  • Courses can count for 1,2,3 or 4 credits, so a student could possibly take four to six classes for a full-time schedule.  Most courses are three or four credits.(This is equivalent to 6 or 8 ECTS.)


  • Grades are determined by a combination of one or more factors, which could include exams, group projects, papers, call participation and presentations.

Official Transcript

  • Upon completion of the semester, you  should complete the transcript form to be sure you receive an official transcript of the grades you received while studying at Mercy College.  More information is also available about transcript requests upon completion of the semester.
Language of Instruction

All courses are conducted in English.  We request non-native speakers have a minimum score of:

  • 6 on the IELTS test
  • 71 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 
  • 197 on the TOEFL Computer Based Test or
  • 527 on the Paper Based Test
Course Registration Information

The International Student Office registers all visiting students for courses.  

  • Course listings for the fall semester are available by mid-March.  The deadline to submit fall course selections is April 15.  
  • Course listings for the spring semester are available by mid-October.  The deadline to submit spring course selections is November 1.

Exchange students cannot register for more than 4 courses.

Course descriptions are available in the Mercy College Bulletin and at (site).  Each academic school lists its courses by program.