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International students are a vital part of the Lehigh University community, and we are proud to be a destination of choice for some of the brightest minds from around the world.

Lehigh has consistently been named one of the top U.S. colleges and universities for international students, thanks to the size of our international community and our academic reputation. In 2021, Lehigh was honored with NAFSA’s Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which distinguishes overall excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus community. 

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is not part of Lehigh's admissions process. We are not able to answer any admission-related questions. Once you are admitted to Lehigh, you will work with the OISS on any immigration needs you may have. For information about estimated costs please visit this website. We do not advise or handle matters related to financial aid. Additionally, OISS provides information and orientation programming to help set international students up for success.

Undergraduate Admissions (Bachelor's degree)

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions handles admissions for prospective undergraduate students. Application requirements for international students vary from college to college. If you have any questions, contact Admissions at

Graduate Admissions (Master's and Doctoral Degrees)

For graduate students, each college at Lehigh has its own admissions requirements and procedures. If you have questions related to graduate admissions, you should contact the college you are interested in applying to. You can learn more on the individual college websites:

StepUp Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission

The International Center for Academic and Professional English (ICAPE) offers StepUp, an Intensive English Program that provides comprehensive English language and cultural training at all levels of proficiency. ICAPE’s goal is to help multilingual students develop a sufficient level of English language proficiency so they can communicate effectively in a variety of settings in the United States. 

Some students may receive conditional admission to a Lehigh program. This option may be offered to applicants who are academically qualified but who do not have the required minimum English language test scores for full admission. It means that the academic program wants you to complete some pre-academic coursework in order to ensure your success at the university.

In this case, before you are fully admitted as a matriculated Lehigh student, you must first successfully fulfill the specific StepUp conditions outlined by your academic department. When you fulfill these conditions by successfully completing StepUp, there is no need to submit new TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For information about ICAPE and StepUp programs, please visit their website