A Global Learning Community
Rooted in the Quaker values of equality, justice, respect and collaboration, an Earlham education creates an unending desire to see the world differently and to bring about change. Earlham prepares you for the challenges and decisions of your college career and for your life after college.
As an international student you play a key role in bringing the world to Earlham. We recognize and value the distinct perspectives you bring with you and how they can enrich experiences in and out of the classroom.
International students make up 18% of the total student body at Earlham. Our dynamic campus includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 75 countries.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus, too!
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Earlham offers merit scholarships, need-based grants and work awards to international students who meet certain requirements.
If you would like to be considered for a merit scholarship and a need-based grant, please complete the International Student Financial Aid Application. If you would like to be considered for only a merit scholarship, you may complete the Certification of Finances. We cannot evaluate an application without having received one of these documents.
While awards can cover up to full tuition, admission preference is given to students who have distinguished themselves academically and whose families have a significant ability to contribute to educational costs. It is important to note that the financial aid package offered at the time of admission is not increased in subsequent years (except for UWC students – see below). Students and their families are responsible for covering annual increases in tuition, fees, room and board as well as transportation, books, insurance and personal expenses.
Need-based grants are based on demonstrated financial need, academic accomplishments and personal qualities. These awards are renewable for each year of a student’s degree program at Earlham (for a maximum of eight semesters).
Merit scholarships are based on the student’s academic profile (cumulative grades, number and level of classes taken and test score results). These scholarships ranges from $2,500 to $20,000 and are awarded at the time of evaluation of the application to the College. The merit scholarship is renewable for each year of a student’s degree program at Earlham (for a maximum of eight semesters) if the student meets the GPA requirement. There is no separate application for the merit scholarship.
Davis United World College Scholars
Earlham is a proud member of the Davis UWC Scholars Program. Graduates of the United World College are eligible for special funding at Earlham College through the generosity of the Davis Foundation. Learn more
International Student Services
What do you need to know about being an international student at Earlham? Find out
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores are required of all international applicants.
If English is not your primary language, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS scores. The recommended TOEFL (iBT) is 92, and recommended IELTS score is 6.5. You may also submit an SAT or ACT score to enhance your competitiveness for admission and for scholarship consideration.
If English is your primary language, you may submit your SAT or ACT scores instead of TOEFL or IELTS.
International students may receive an allotment called "Work Awards." Employment opportunities for international students in the U.S. are restricted by law. Students who receive a work award as part of their financial aid package may work a limited number of hours on campus. Currently, students can earn up to $2,320 per academic year if awarded the full work award as part of the financial aid package. The Immigration and Naturalization Service severely restricts international students from being employed off campus.
All international students are required to have health insurance due to the high cost of medical care in the U.S. Students must participate in the Earlham health insurance plan if they have no other coverage that is valid in the U.S. Earlham's current plan covers 80% (at facilities approved as "in network") or 60% (at facilities considered "out-of-network") of basic medical expenses up to $50,000 for each injury or sickness. There is an annual deductible of $100. The current fee for one full year is approximately $1,000. Eyeglasses and dental work are not covered by Earlham student insurance.
International Student Services
Attending college in a country different than your own offers amazing opportunities to learn about another culture, different perspectives, and new ways of doing things. We also recognize that it can be overwhelming and perhaps a bigger challenge than you might have expected. So the College provides many resources. There are three international student advisers who will prepare your I20, provide guidance throughout the visa process, welcome you to campus, and offer support during your four years at Earlham. In addition you will have a faculty advisor and have access to peer mentors, teaching assistants, and a writing center. Find out more.
It's free to apply to Earlham!
Earlham receives over 500 applications from international students for 50 spots in our new class each year. We accept the Common Application and thoroughly read every part of your application to Earlham, giving special weight to your academic preparation. We hope to receive an application from you! Go to the Earlham Apply webpage and click on International Students for more information.
Contact International Admissions
Susan Hillmann de Castaneda
Director of International Recruitment
(800) 327-5426 (toll-free within the U.S. and Canada)