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International Students

Holy Cross College welcomes the diversity and richness that international students contribute to the campus. Last year we accepted students from many countries including Brazil, Vietnam, Uganda, Iraq and England.

Our small size and personalized approach to higher education provides the ideal environment for students from other countries and cultures who wish to pursue high-quality undergraduate collegiate studies in the United States.

International students must complete their application to Holy Cross College by August 1* for fall semester enrollment or by November 15* for spring semester enrollment, providing all supporting documentation to the Admission office by that date.

* Applicants from Canada and Mexico may submit documentation through August 10 for fall semester and through December 1 for spring semester.



To apply for admission to Holy Cross College please complete and submit the following:

  1. An Application. Our online application will take approximately 15-20 minutes to finish.
    Note: after completing the first page, you will receive an automated email with a PIN and login information. If you need to stop and return to your application at a later time, use the login information provided in that email. Once you review and submit your application, you will no longer be able to login to your form.
  2. An official transcript or record of secondary school and/or post-secondary academic work. All transcripts and records must be accompanied by certified English translations where applicable. You may be required to submit an evaluation report through WES or AACRAO.
  3. Test Scores.
    • Please submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ( Minimum TOEFL score of 530 on the paper exam or 71 on the internet-based exam. The International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS) is also accepted with a score of 6.0.
    • For students in English-speaking countries or for students graduating from English-speaking secondary schools, we prefer that you submit official results from the SAT Scholastic Achievement Test I (, institution code 1309), or the ACT American College Test (, institution code 1203).

A formal essay is not required for admission. If you wish consideration of unique circumstances, you are encouraged to provide a personal statement detailing your situation, including relevant information. You may submit your statement via e-mail at

Note: International students who are transferring from another college or university in the U.S., please contact the Office of Admission for additional information and requirements. Please see: Admitted students already studying in the U.S.

The College is required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to determine that you have sufficient financial resources to cover all of your expenses while you are in the United States. Once you are admitted, you will need to provide the following before we can issue an I-20 in order for you to apply for your F-1 Visa:

  1. A completed and signed Financial Guarantee Statement (click to open) and official documentation verifying that you possess sufficient financial resources to cover your cost of attendance (tuition and fees, living expenses, textbooks) at Holy Cross College for one year. Official verification documentation cannot be more than six months old. Students applying for the Fall semester must have documentation of $38,000 (U.S. Dollars) in the Specific Source of Funds section on the Financial Guarantee Statement before an I-20 can be issued.
  2. A copy of the photo identification page of your passport as required by the Department of Homeland Security.
  3. Complete and signed F-1 Transfer Recommendation Form by school official of previous college or university

In collaboration with Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross now proudly offers international students who do not meet the minimal TOEFL requirements an opportunity to attend the Saint Mary's English Language School for non-native speakers ranging from beginner to advanced level. Students selected will reside at Holy Cross and attend the program that focuses on preparing students for U.S. higher education. Each day there is a five-hour course load with classes in English reading, writing, listening and speaking. Modern Language laboratories are available for additional practice. Extracurricular cultural immersion activities, like field trips to Chicago, are available. Additional information can be provided by visiting the program website at Saint Mary's College English Language School.

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Admitted students entering the U.S. on an F-1 Student Visa

If you are currently residing in your country of citizenship, we will mail your I-20 form via private carrier along with your acceptance letter and packet. You must then make an appointment with the nearest United States Embassy to apply for your F-1 Student Visa. This link will provide helpful information about applying for your visa.

Admitted students already studying in the U.S.

If you are currently studying in the United States and hold an F-1 Visa, to transfer to Holy Cross please do the following:  submit your official college transcripts, the Transfer Personal Record form, and an International Transfer Student Release which can be obtained through the Office of Admission at Holy Cross College.  Please call 574-239-8400 and ask to speak with the international student advisor.

Important scholarship information for international applicants

Scholarship funds for international students are extremely limited. International applicants for admission must therefore be prepared to pay for all or nearly all of their educational and living expenses. Review of financial resources is part of the admission decision for all international applicants and no admission decision will be made without complete financial documentation.

Other important information for international applicants and admitted students

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