Spring on the York College campus

International Students

York College of Pennsylvania welcomes students from around the globe to join our university community. Established in 1787, York College is a private, four-year university serving nearly 4,000 bachelor-level students. We offer more than 70 academic programs, many of which include internships and co-operative exchanges to provide practical training and experience-based learning opportunities. Our students have gone on to work for companies like Tesla, Volvo, Boeing, PepsiCo, and more. 

There is no application fee, and York College is SAT optional. York College of Pennsylvania is committed to maintaining affordable tuition, while also offering a variety of options for partial scholarships.

Opeoluwa 'Daniel' Adesola is a Biology major and international student at York College of Pennsylvania. Hear firsthand from Daniel as he discusses his experience coming to the United States and finding success as a college student at YCP.
Two students studying microbiomes in a petri dish during a biology lab.

Why York?

York College's student-focused educational experience and supportive campus community are designed to help you thrive.

  • YCP is a fully accredited institution.
  • We focus on hands-on education, with opportunities for internships and paid co-ops.
  • Tuition and campus housing fees are affordable, and help us provide a meaningful student experience.
  • Scholarships are available for both international students and first-time students, in addition to merit-based aid.
  • York enjoys a central, convenient location near Baltimore; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; New York; Pittsburgh; Harrisburg; Hershey; and more.
A Kinsley School student working on a Computer Science project
Tyler Franks '23

Think critically. Learn actively. Graduate ready.

“I’m learning things quickly and applying them almost immediately to my field of study...These are experiences that will help me adapt no matter where the industry goes in the future. I feel really prepared for whatever my career holds."

- Tyler Franks '23 (Computer Science)

Applying to York College

Follow this guide to submit your international student application.
  • Submit Application

    Submit Application

    Submitting your application to York College of Pennsylvania is the first step toward admission. You'll begin by creating an account and completing our application form

    Once you've submitted your application form, please be sure to provide all required documents to complete your application in full.

    While York offers an affordable option for obtaining a bachelor's degree abroad, we do not offer full scholarships. International students are asked to submit their financial plan for application consideration. Without adequate funding a United States Embassy or Consulate will not approve travel to the U.S. Please complete our Financial Certification Form and submit it along with your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and essay. 

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    We understand that due to complications from COVID-19, students may not have access to standardized testing. As a result, York College will be test-optional for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

    Supporting documents for your application are very important. We cannot issue you an admission decision unless we have all of the proper documentation. Therefore, in addition to your completed application, we’re asking that you submit the following items:

    • Official copy of your secondary school report with grades or mark sheets, translated into English if needed. They should show 3 years of results. Please include which subjects you are taking in your last year of secondary school. Transcripts should be sent directly from your secondary school or examination board to York by emailing admissions@ycp.edu, faxing +17178491673, or Application platform such as the Common Application. Images of transcripts or mark sheets taken by mobile phone are not acceptable.
    • Proof of English proficiency — English language proficiency is required for all students whose native language is not English. Proof of English proficiency is required for both admission and the issuance of visa documents.
    • At least one letter of recommendation (two if no SAT)
      • If you are applying for a STEM program it is recommended you submit a letter of recommendation from a math teacher stating your potential for subjects such as trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus.
    • Statement of Purpose of 250 to 650 words responding to one of the prompts below
      • Describe a class that was particularly challenging for you and what you did to meet that challenge. Describe, in detail, the subject matter. Consider the actions you took to be successful in that class.
      • Describe, in detail, a class that engaged your imagination. What did you like most about that class?
      • Describe the ways in which you believe college course work will be different from high school. Include the steps that you will take to remain on track for success in a college environment.

        If applying through the Common Application, we will honor writing samples supplied through that process.

    International Transfer Students

    Transfer students must submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation. It must be a "course-by-course" and not a general evaluation. Approved international evaluation companies are:

    Special Circumstances

    • Students who have taken West African Exams must provide the information below for verification purposes. If you have not taken these exams yet, we will ask you to submit this information at a later time.
      • Ghana: Index Number, Exam Type Exam Year, Date of Birth, Serial Number, and Pin.
      • Nigeria: (WASSCE) Reference Pin, Exam Type, Exam Year, Exam Number. (NECO) Exam Year, Exam Type, Token, Registration Number
      • Sierra Leone: Exam Type, Candidate Number, Year, Card Serial Number, Pin, Email
      • Gambia: Exam Type, Candidate Number, Year, Card Serial Number, Pin, Email
      • Liberia: Candidate Number, Exam Type, Exam Year, Card Serial Number, Card Pin, Email
    • Students from India who have taken CBSE Exams can send their Roll Number, School Number and Date of Birth, and if applicable their Admit ID.
    • Students from Ethiopia must submit their Ethiopian University Entrance Examination/Secondary School Leaving Examination issued by the National Educational Assessment and Examinations Agency.
    • Students from Jamaica should have their CSES, CAPE sent by their secondary school or the Caribbean Examinations Council.
  • Mailing Address & Contact Information

    Mailing Address & Contact Information

    York College of Pennsylvania
    441 Country Club Road
    York, Pennsylvania, 17403
    United States of America

    FAX: +17178491673
    Email: admissions@ycp.edu

  • Admitted Students

    Admitted Students

    Mrs. Ines Ramirez serves as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Assistant Director of Intercultural Student Life and International Student Support. She processes the initial I-20 visa forms and serves as the primary point of contact on visa issues. Mrs. Ramirez can also provide important information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) options.

    She can be reached by phone at +1717-815-1786 or by email at iramirez@ycp.edu. Her office is in the Iosue Student Union, Room 101C

    Applying For a New F-1 Student Visa

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold other legal status, you need an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Visas are issued by United States embassies and consulates not York College of Pennsylvania.  You cannot be issued an I-20 until after you have been admitted to York and submit the proper paperwork. 

    Once you schedule your visa interview appointment, remember that you must bring the following documents to present to the consular officer:

    • Your original Form I-20 from York College of Pennsylvania,
    • Valid passport with at least 6 months validity,
    • The confirmation page from your “Nonimmigrant Visa Application”, also called Form DS-160,
    • Department of State visa application fee payment receipt,
    • Two photographs that meets all requirements for a U.S. visa.

    A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you qualify for a student visa. The officer may request additional documents, which you may bring to your interview, such as evidence of:

    • Your academic preparation, which may include transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended and standardized test scores required by your U.S. school,
    • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of your program of study,
    • Demonstrate you have access to at least $42,200 for a bachelor seeking student and $34,000 for a master level seeking student per academic year to support your studies, live, and travel. If you require a dependent F-2 visa, please certify an additional $7,000 for each dependent such as a spouse or child. Please refer to the documentation requirements if an I-20 for your F-2 dependent is needed. 
      • You must provide bank statements for anyone listed on the Certification of Finances form as well as tax forms, or pay stubs, or a letter from an employer stating your parent / sponsor's position, title, salary and how long they have worked at their current place of employment.

    When you receive the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) I-20 form you will sign Line 11 on Page 1, then take all three pages of Form I-20 to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you to apply for an F-1 student visa. Since you may need to provide certification of financial support when applying for a student visa we recommend that you obtain duplicate certifications of all financial documents.

    If your visa is approved, you will receive an F-1 stamp in your passport. Some U.S. Embassies will place your I-20 in a sealed envelope and staple it to your passport. It is recommended that you do not open this envelope. The immigration officer at the U.S. port-of-entry will open the envelope and check your documents when you arrive. Check your visa for errors, such as your date of birth or before you leave the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

    You may not enter the U.S. on your F-1 visa more than 30 days prior to the report date on your I-20.

    Upon entry into the U.S., a Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) will create an electronic I-94 record of the non-immigrant arrival. The CBPO will also provide an admission stamp directly in the passport which will be annotated with the date of admission, class of admission and admitted until date. It is very important to keep the original I-20 with you during your travels as the CBPO may ask to see it upon your arrival to the United States.

    Evidence of Financial Ability

    A prospective student must have financial evidence showing that they or a sponsor has sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the period of intended study. Evidence of financial ability includes but is not limited to:

    • Family bank statements.
    • Documentation from a sponsor.
    • Financial aid letters.
    • Scholarship letters.
    • Tax forms or letter from an employer showing annual salary. 
    • Scholarship documents showing your financial guarantee (if you are being supported by a scholarship). If you are a SACM student, you would need a valid financial guarantee letter.
    • If you have a sponsor who will support your education, you will need to complete the Affidavit of Support and provide bank statements as discussed previously  
    • Please upload the copy of financial documents as part of complete your I-20 application

    Preparing for Your Visa Interview

    Apply for you visa as soon as you get your I-20: The process of getting a visa can take some time. Check for visa wait times in your home country. If there are no appointments available in your area, you may wish to pursue an expedited appointment.

    Practice Conversational English: You need to be comfortable explaining yourself and having a conversation.  For example, be able to tell the interviewer where York College is located. Whatever happens, stay calm and positive.

    Dress Professionally: Make it clear you care about the interview and its outcome.

    Know Your Course of Study: Be able to explain why you want to study in the United States as well as why you chose Yorke and your particular course of study. You also want to clearly state how your degree will help you with your career goals.

    Have Your Documents Ready and Organized:

    • I-20
    • Acceptance letter
    • Financial documents or proof of financial support
    • Passport valid fort at least 6 months
    • SEVIS payment receipt
    • Photos for visa
    • Completed visa application (DS-160)
    • Transcripts or mark sheets, and diploma
    • Test scores such as Duolingo, TOEFL, IELTS, SAT

    Have a Financial Plan: You will need to pay for tuition, housing, food, transportation, books, and so on. Therefore, have a reasonable plan that will allow you to explain how you will pay for your education and living costs, such as you or your family’s savings, and any scholarships you may have received.

    Explain Your Ties to Your Home Country: Since you are applying for an F-1 student visa, you want to explain you will be returning home after studying in the USA. For example:

    • Your family
    • Property/businesses you may have
    • Employment
    • Long term professional goals

    Other Important Forms

    On Campus Employment

    On-campus employment is available for domestic and F1 students. Jobs may be available in Dining/Catering Services, Admissions, Tutoring and other areas. Please note there are more students than jobs, so apply early! Opportunities can be found online at…

    The Tuition Payment Plan allows students to pay a semester's tuition and fees over a four- or five-month period. Monthly payments are deducted from a checking or savings account or by credit card. 

    How to Get an SSN

    Call York Social Security Administration
    2670 Industrial Hwy, York, PA 17402
    Phone: (888) 329-5732  (automated system)

    You can speak to a Social Security representative by calling toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm., Monday through Friday.

    Bring your I-94 or I-551 or I-766, I-20, and passport. Bring the original documents, not copies or images on a phone.

    For More Information

    Ines M. Ramirez, PDSO
    Assistant Director of Intercultural Student Life and International Student Support
    Student Union, Room 101C

Common Questions

  • Is York a university?

    Yes. York College of Pennsylvania is technically a university — offering bachelor, master, and even doctoral degrees.

  • What are the most popular majors?

    Most international students will apply to one of our STEM-related programs. For an entire list of the 70+ programs York offers, visit our Majors and Minors page.

  • Does York offer scholarships?

    Students are considered for merit-based scholarships while their application is being reviewed. There are additional scholarships available for new students. These scholarships are competitive and are not guaranteed.

    Private scholarships may be found through external resources, such as internationalscholarships.com.

    While York offers an affordable option for obtaining a bachelor's degree abroad, we do not offer full scholarships. International students are asked to submit their financial plan for application consideration. Without adequate funding a United States Embassy or Consulate will not approve travel to the U.S. Please complete our Certification of Finances and submit it along with your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and essay. 

  • Is York College of Pennsylvania safe?

    Our campus has a low crime rate and a state-of-the-art healthcare system right in the city of York — making the area a safe, healthy place to study. YCP also has a full-time campus security staff and safety features spread throughout campus to ensure that students feel comfortable in their surroundings and are able to focus on their academic experience.

  • What are the benefits of an education from York College of Pennsylvania?

    York has been touted as a top school by US News and World Report, under both the "Best Regional Universities - North" and "Best Value Schools" categories. Our student body represents 26 countries, and last year, students from 60 countries were offered acceptance into the College. York's Alumni Association offers a strong, widespread network for our graduates, and our Career Development Center prepares students to excel in future job searches and workplace environments. 

  • What is the weather like in York?

    York, Pennsylvania experiences four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The summer months, June to September, can be very warm, with an average temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 29.5 degrees Celsius. During the months of November to March, the average temperature is 52 degrees Fahrenheit / 11.3 degrees Celsius. The average amount of snowfall is 25 inches / 63 centimeters. 

  • What is there to do?

    York has over 100 student clubs and organizations that provide activities both on- and off-campus. Nearby downtown York is also home to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, art galleries, historic sites, and other cultural opportunities.

  • How can I connect with York College of Pennsylvania?

    Please feel free to email Christian DiGregorio, Director of International Recruitment, at cdigregorio@ycp.edu.

    You can also connect on WhatsApp, Telegram, LINE and Zalo at +17173099108, or WeChat at YorkCollegeofPA

Contact Us
International Admissions
Christian DiGregorio, Director of International Recruitment

Miller Administration Building
441 Country Club Road
York, Pennsylvania, 17403
Room 112