The International Student Experience

Earlham is a liberal arts college with a lot of heart.

Here, students, faculty and staff come together from around the globe to learn, to inspire, to grow—and ultimately, to change the world.

Your Epic Journey

The Epic Journey is what we call your four-year experience at Earlham College. It combines best-in-class classroom experiences with off-campus study, internships, research experiences, student leadership and more. Your Epic Journey is designed by you, with support and guidance from Earlham mentors, advisers, career coaches and more.

You’ll also have an Epic Advantage—our guarantee that you will have the opportunity to pursue a funded internship, research, or other career-discerning opportunity somewhere in the world.

Students use their Epic Advantage to pursue internships in their home country, the United States, or another place entirely; to obtain a professional certification aligned with their career goals; or to conduct research alongside Earlham faculty in places such as Iceland, Peru and Turkey.

The result? You will be exceptionally well-prepared for a successful career and a life of purpose.

Click anywhere on the Epic Journey map to zoom in and learn more.

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The Epic Advantage

Earlham guarantees each student a fully funded career-discerning experience—such as an internship or research opportunity—up to $5,000.

Search Earlham’s academic programs

Earlham offers more than 60 majors and minors, and there’s no additional fee if you decide to double major—your tuition remains the same.

Many majors are also available as minors, and Earlham offers unique academic programs called applied minors, which focus on combining coursework with practical experience. 

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International student success stories

Vaishnavi Walade Projects for Peace

Vaishnavi Walade ’23

Passionate about advocacy for education and climate change, Vaishnavi received a $10,000 grant from the Projects for Peace program to develop and lead climate education workshops at eight elementary schools in Uran, Maharashtra, India.

Students at Little Sheba's restaurant

Nico Quijano Franco ’24

Earlham senior Nico Quijano Franco is one of 10 global leaders chosen for the Future Nobel Laureate Scholarship in 2023. 

Students posing with food items at Jungle Jim's

Sean Ahn ’23

As he began his final spring semester at Earlham, Sean already had five offers for admission— from Kansas City University, Indiana University, Detroit Mercy University, Columbia University and UNC—for graduate school in dentistry.


Earlham’s student body is made up of about 20% international students who represent over 45 countries. From personalized advising and mentorship to academic support to opportunities for engagement on and off campus, the Earlham community is ready to welcome and support you throughout your college years.

Academic support

In addition to our robust academic support for all students, you’ll get to know our international student advisers work with our students from the moment they confirm their admission. They serve as a source of advice, support and information on matters of immigration regulations, cultural adaptation and practical concerns.

Students at Little Sheba's restaurant

Richmond, Indiana

Earlham College is located in Richmond, Indiana—a small city in the heartland of the United States. In Richmond, you’ll find great food (Earlham favorites include Thai Thara, Gulzar’s Indian Cuisine, and La Mexicana) and plenty of outdoor activities, including bike paths, parks and nearby lakes.

Richmond is also just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas, including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago—the third largest city in the United States.

Students posing with food items at Jungle Jim's


Your new favorite grocery: Jungle Jim’s International Market in the Cincinnati, OH area is just a one-hour drive from Earlham College. This massive grocery store sells over 180,000 international products. The International Student Advisers organize trips here several times during the semester!

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Where do Earlham graduates work or pursue advanced degrees?

Select Industries

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Non-profits
  • Internet and software
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Government
  • Sales and marketing

Select Grad Schools

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • University of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • University of Oxford
  • Tufts University

Earlhamites are recipients of the Rhodes and Fubright scholarships, Watson Fellowship and funding
from the Davis Projects for Peace program.

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Frequently asked questions and contact

Can I go abroad on an Earlham program as an international student?

Yes! It’s the same cost for tuition, fees, housing and meals to participate in one of our many programs abroad as it is to be on campus, so we encourage all of our students to take this opportunity. Our faculty will help you navigate specific visa regulations.

Can I get an on campus job?

International students are allowed to work in the United States with some restrictions. Students on an F-1 visa are permitted to work on campus during the semester and during long breaks. Earlham typically limits on-campus jobs to 10 hours per week during academic semesters.

Can I receive financial aid?

Earlham offers both merit scholarships and need-based grants to international students, based on your entire admission application, including evaluation of your achieved grades and family financial information. Earlham will meet the demonstrated financial need of United World Colleges students with a combination of the Davis UWC Scholarship, the Earlham UWC Scholar award, and a work award. For more details, please contact our director of international admissions.

What are my next steps?

Apply for free. Use the Common Application to apply for enrollment at Earlham College. Work with your counselor to send your transcript, school report and letter of recommendation. Earlham is test-score optional regarding the SAT or ACT.

Take English proficiency test: Every international student whose first language is not English must submit the results of one of the following English proficiency tests: Duolingo English Test, TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, or Cambridge. Or, you may use your IB English score if you have achieved marks at the CEFR B2+ level.

Submit family financial information: After you submit your application to the College, you will need to complete the International Student Financial Information form. This form will appear directly in your applicant status portal. All international students, regardless of ability to pay, must complete this form.

Susan Hillmann de Castañeda

Director of International Admissions
[email protected]
WhatsApp +1 765-400-9995

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.