Undergraduate International Students

No matter where you are from or where you are going, your EMU degree will prepare you for a purposeful life and a meaningful career.international students hiking at High Knob in the Shenandoah Valley

Our campus is located in the peaceful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the United States. Our students represent diverse backgrounds from all over the world, including approximately 100 international students coming from 44 different countries. Our students also come from many faith backgrounds, with 60+ faith traditions represented on campus.

The EMU Experience

student smelling her plate of food at the international food festAt EMU, we have 50+ strong academic programs that challenge you to pursue your passion. Small classes and well-rounded curriculum create opportunities for expert professors to mentor you 1:1. Internships, on-campus employment, rich intercultural experiences, and PhD-level research opportunities put academic excellence into action.

Both inside and outside the classroom you will be encouraged to grow emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, and to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Explore your talents and meet others through clubs, sports, the arts, service opportunities, and much more. EMU is your next adventure!

Applying to EMU

Are you ready to take the first step in the admissions process? Apply today! We accept applications on a rolling basis. Deadlines to apply are October 1st for the Spring semester and June 1st for the Fall semester. We encourage you to apply in advance so that all steps can be completed on time as wait times for visa appointments can be lengthy. Here is what you can expect from the admissions process:

  1. Submit your free application!
  2. Send your Official High School or College transcripts to admiss@emu.edu.
  3. Send us your Official Scores from one of the following English Proficiency Tests (Duolingo, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, ACT, PTE).
    • Need to work on your English skills? Don't worry. Perfect your academic English skills through our Intensive English Program before beginning as an Undergraduate Student.
  4. Receive an Official Admissions decision from your Admissions Counselor.
  5. Begin Financial Aid & Visa Application Process.

Financial Aid

A U.S. Degree from a private university is an investment in your future, but does not come for free. EMU seeks to make this opportunity more affordable by offering Financial Aid. International students are also able to gain valuable experience and earn money through a variety of interesting jobs on campus through EMU’s Work Program. 

For more information about Financial Aid, please visit the International Student Financial Aid page or contact your admissions counselor!

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Living Arrangements

International students benefit from state-of-the-art housing in newly renovated residence halls. Students are able to stay on campus for most holidays, but not all. In addition, EMU does not guarantee housing for International Students during the summer months but there are on-campus apartments for rent. Meals are available when school is in session in the Dining Hall, Royals' Den and Common Grounds Coffeehouse.

  • Find more information about Housing and Residence Life here.
  • Find more information about summer housing here.

 Other admissions options:

  • Need to work on your English skills? Don't worry. Perfect your academic English skills through our Intensive English Program. Upon completion, receive automatic admission to EMU (and up to 15 credit hours toward your degree) without need of a TOEFL or IELTS!
  • If you are seeking admission to one of our graduate programs, you should contact the program directly.

Note: The International Student Referral Program is suspended effective January 2023 pending review.

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