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Requirements to Apply

Requirements to Apply

Students from partner intuitions who are nominated by their home institution and accepted by Mercer University for a semester/academic year must supply the following details/documents within the formal application process:
 
Personal Data
Your city of birth, country of birth, country of citizenship, and country of permanent residence is requested to assist in completing your student profile with Mercer University and processing immigration documents for a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa.
 
Passport Information
Uploaded copy of your biographical passport page.
 
Emergency Contact
Personal information about two individuals who should be contacted in case of an emergency during your studies at Mercer University.
 
Academic Data & Course Requests
Uploaded copy of your transcript, short essay prompt, and a request for Mercer University course offerings.
 
J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to enroll in 12 credit hours of study per semester. Mercer University cannot guarantee that a seat within your top course selections will be available. The Office of International Programs and your assigned Mercer University Academic Advisor will diligently try to fulfill your course selection requests. It is highly recommended that you work towards completing your general education and elective credits while studying abroad at Mercer University.
 
English Proficiency
Proof of English proficiency test scores if English is not your native language. For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is not English, an official TOEFL score of at least 80, with at least 20 on each section, or an official IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

Sponsor Commitment & Financial Statement
Proof of funding and/or sponsorship for the fee’s in which you will be charged by Mercer University.
 
Incoming Exchange students must show the availability of funds to cover the expenses of on-campus accommodation, the university meal plan, and J-1 compliant student health insurance for the duration of study at Mercer University. These funds must be available in a savings or checking account to meet J-1 visa issuance regulations. Students can also show proof of scholarships and awards to count towards their ability to pay for fees while attending Mercer University.  If a student does not have the funds necessary to pay for the required fees within a personal account, a financial sponsor can be appointed (family members, etc.).

The figures below represent the minimal cost of living at Mercer University for an average exchange student. All items reflect 2017-2018 university rates.


  • International travel, required text books, domestic travel, and miscellaneous costs are variable, out-of-pocket expenses that will not be included on your billing statement from Mercer University. These out of personal expenses are not included in the totals above. Please keep this in mind as you are preparing your financial plan for studies in the United States. These personal expenses will vary by student.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses are estimated at $2,500 per year.
  • Health Insurance rates are subject to adjustment.