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  • Locations: Bethlehem, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Semester B (US Spr)
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines Available (engineering or related field): Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical, Systems Click here for a definition of this term Graduate Students Accepted?: No
Program Description:

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

University Info   |    College of Engineering and Applied Science Info   |  Exchange Student Info

Fast Facts

Lehigh University

  • is located 1 ½ hours from both New York City and Philadelphia.
  • -United Nations Partnership offers 56 UN-related programs every year. Lehigh was the 6th university in the world to have earned NGO-status from the UN.
  • has the most-played football rivalry in the U.S. with Lafayette College. Each fall, faculty, students, staff, and alumni gather to cheer on the Mountain Hawks.
  • is ranked in the top tier among national research institutions in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2010 rankings).
  • a real-time hybrid earthquake simulator as part of the NSF funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Lehigh Experimental Facility (EF).


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 five colleges: The College of Arts and Science, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Health. 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.

Terms of Exchange

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale. Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 90
    • Reading – 24
    • Listening – 17
    • Speaking – 24
    • Writing – 25
  • Minimum IELTS score – 8.0

Study Period

Fall, Spring or Academic Year

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam dates)

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

Academic Information

Disciplines Available

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

Course Contents

Course Descriptions   |    Schedule of Classes

Students must have the right prerequisites to take their selected courses.

Workload per Semester

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

Additional Application Materials

Students nominated by IIE to Lehigh must provide original financial documents proving financial support for a semester.

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • Required

Applications will be sent to the department corresponding with the applicant’s major for admission consideration. Students will receive their acceptance packet:

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


After student confirms their acceptance they will be contacted by Housing Services with a housing application. Exchange students who live on campus will be housed in one of 14 themed communities. Lehigh will make every effort to accommodate all incoming exchange students who choose on-campus housing if the housing is requested prior to the application deadline. You may not withdraw your housing contract once you have submitted it.

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated Cost of Attendance



Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) and Personal expenses - approximately $2,000 per semester

Other administrative fees

Mandatory International Orientation Fee: $160

Student Activity Fee: $125 per semester / $250 per year


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Global Partnerships & Strategic Initiative (non-academic advising/support)

Office of International Students and Scholars   | (immigration advising/support)

City Info

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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