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  • Locations: Bethlehem, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Information, Materials, Materials Science, Mechanical, Systems
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University Homepage   |    P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science Homepage

Lehigh University Web Pages relating to Study Abroad and International Student Exchange

Office of International Affairs   |   Office of International Students and Scholars  

English as a Second Language   

Information for Incoming Exchange Students   |   Office of Study Abroad

Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, PA, is among the most highly-regarded private research universities in the United States, with 4,756 undergraduates from 46 states and 44  foreign countries, and nearly 2,100 graduate students. It is part of a campus community characterized by a faculty of exceptional scholars and researchers, talented students, dedicated staff and extraordinarily committed alumni. Lehigh's ranking among national research universities is 35th according to the U.S. News and World Report entitled, "2009 America's Best Colleges."

Lehigh professors are world-class scholars who are known for their excellence in ground-breaking research and exceptional teaching, and for their enthusiasm for engaging students in a shared intellectual journey. A total of 629 faculty teach at Lehigh University. About 70 percent of all full-time faculty are tenured, and 99 percent of Lehigh's 440 full-time faculty hold a doctorate degree or the highest degree in their field.

The 1,600-acre wooded campus includes more than 153 buildings with 4.3 million square feet of classroom, laboratory, office and living space.

The university was founded in 1865 by railroad entrepreneur Asa Packer, who recognized the need for workers who were broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Lehigh is known for integrating scholarly pursuit and research with practical application oriented toward societal issues and solving real-world problems.

The university has four colleges: The College of Arts and Science, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The colleges offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees, and collaborate on a variety of cross-disciplinary programs and on cross-college faculty research.

Lehigh confers 14 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and offers more than 90 undergraduate programs and majors, featuring more than 2,000 courses. There are nearly 40 programs offered at the graduate level.

Lehigh University is ranked in the top tier among national research institutions in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2010 Rankings).


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted


Fall or Spring

Students can study at Lehigh for one semester only, with no possibility of an extension.


English Proficiency

TOEFL  or IELTS scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based - 570
  • Computer-based - no longer used by Lehigh
  • Internet-based - 90
iBT TOEFL Scores:
Reading 24
Listening 17
Speaking 24
Writing 25
Total Score 90

Minimum IELTS score: 7.0

Disciplines Available

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information & Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Additional application materials?

Original financial documents proving financial support for a semester is required.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

For Fall, students will be notified by April 15th.
For Spring, students will be notified by November 15th.


Semester Dates

  • Fall : late August to mid-December
  • Spring : mid-January to mid-May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |    Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

International students in F-1 status are required to register for and compute a full course load of 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students.

Grading System

Letter Grade Meaning Grade Points
A Excellent 4.0
A- Excellent 3.7
B+ Good 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- Good 2.7
C+ Competent 2.3
C Competent 2.0
C- Continuation competency 1.7
D+ Passing 1.3
D Passing 1.0
D- Passing 0.7
F Failing 0.0

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students? Yes.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Three days before the official university-wide orientation.


Entry Visa

1.    Pay SEVIS Fee

Beginning October 27, 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all individuals receiving a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Form I-20 to pay a $200 SEVIS fee ($180 for individuals receiving a Form DS-2019) before they may apply for the U.S. entry visa.  For further information please check with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country on the payment procedures.

2.    Apply for a Visa

When you receive your United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration documents you are to read and sign the SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 immigration document, then schedule an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate. Please take the following documents with you to your appointment:
  • SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019
  • Application forms required by the U.S. Embassy/Consulate (DS-156, DS-157 and DS-158, whichever apply to your situation, or in some consulates the new DS-160 form is being used)
  • Lehigh acceptance / admission letter 
  • Original financial support documents
  • Proof that you will be returning to your home country after your stay in the U.S. 
  • Valid passport
Note: The SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 is not a financial guarantee from Lehigh University. It is used for immigration purposes. Please refer to Helpful Hints to Obtaining a U.S. Entry Visa which gives you additional information on how to request the visa.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Health and Wellness Center   |   Health Insurance

Lehigh has a mandatory insurance policy for all international students. University Health Plans administers Lehigh University's student health plan. Lehigh insurance can ONLY be purchased at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. After you complete the application, you must go to the Bursar's Office, Alumni memorial Building, to pay the fee. If possible, this should be done the same day you request the insurance. If payment for purchased health insurance is not made by the tenth day of class, you risk your registration being put on hold and dropped from the insurance.

State Department regulations require all J-1 visa holders and their dependents to be covered by health and accident insurance while in the U.S.  Undergraduate student plans for 2014-2015 are $1997 for the year, $889 fall only, and $1315 spring only.  University Health Plans administers Lehigh University's student health plan. For further information or to purchase health insurance, please visit the website listed above.

Lehigh requires immunizations. All international students must show proof of a recent tuberculosis skin test (within ten days of test taken) or have the test performed free of charge at the Health Center. In addition, students should be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. Vaccines are available at the Health Center. There is a fee charged for this service.


When should I arrive?

The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) conducts an intensive orientation program for newly arrived international students and scholars. The program includes presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and the opportunity to meet Lehigh officials who can assist you in many ways.  For registration information and the orientation schedule, please visit the Prospective Students & Scholars page.  Students should plan to arrive on campus prior to these dates.  

Is airport reception available?

Transportation can be arranged from Kennedy and Newark Airports prior to coming for fall orientation.

Is there any bank on campus?

There are several banks near campus. Wells Fargo has a branch office on campus at the University Center (second floor), 610-758-2265 and at 4th Street and Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 610-861-1010.  

To open a checking account at the university branch, you need a Lehigh ID card and a valid passport or a Social Security number.


Estimated cost of attendance

Food/meals - Information on dining options and meal plans

Housing  - Information on housing options and rates

Local transportation

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery)  and Personal expenses - approximately $1,110 per semester

Other administrative fees
Technology fee: $150 per semester
Engineering and Science Fee: $220 per semester


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Office of International Students and Scholars



Bethlehem is a city of nearly 72,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.

Bethlehem is situated at almost an equal distance from Philadelphia and New York. After a short 1.5-2 hours drive one can be in Manhattan or in downtown Philadelphia with all they can offer.  Bethlehem is appreciated because it can offer a quiet environment with all amenities and the advantages of a big city without any of the drawbacks.

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