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Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University

Check whether Saint Francis University is right for you as an international student.

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Loretto, USA
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Study abroad at Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University (SFU) is a US university located on a mountain top in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It’s one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country, and the oldest that celebrates Franciscan values. SFU focuses on the values of faith, generosity, respect, discovery, and joy. It seeks to attract students with a passion to shape the world.

The University offers students career-focused studies, small classes with close mentorship, undergraduate research opportunities, and experiential learning through labs, fieldwork and internships. SFU is made up of three schools: The Shields School of Business, the School of Health Sciences and Education, and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

SFU’s athletics teams participate in NCAA Division I, and their program includes basketball, football, cross country and tennis. Their campus is a safe community full of student activities, leadership opportunities and spiritual programs.

Saint Francis University logo

Why study here?

  • Athletics and sports

    The University compete as the Red Flash in the NCAA Division I

  • Small class sizes

    SFU has an average class size of under 18, which means students can get individual attention

Life as an international student

The international students that attend Saint Francis University are from 35 countries across the world. The Office of International Student Programs welcomes international students from around the world, and guides them through their experiences in their Intensive English Program and the rest of their academic focus at SFU. It works with students, faculty and staff to support the overall success of international students who receive guidance from the point of applying, arriving, orientation, on-campus housing, activities and more.

The University’s clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved in campus life and meet new people. They cover a wide range of activities and interests, from academic societies, the arts, club sports and intramurals, to activity and event coordinators, and leadership programs.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Baseball Pitches 1
    • No. of Golf Coursenumber 9
    • No. of Tennis Courts 6
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Physiotherapy
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 2
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Swimming Pool
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches 1
    • Sport facilities 9
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 96
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
  • Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms

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Fees and funding

Saint Francis University has generous assistance available to international students. All international applicants will be considered for merit scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $20,000. International students may also be eligible for institutional need based grants. To be considered for any institutional grants, all applicants must submit the affidavit of financial support. Scholarships are guaranteed for all years of your program as long as you maintain good academic standing.

Merit Scholarships from $6,000 - $20,000 / year

International Students are also eligible for institutional need base grants

Average Scholarship - $15,000 - 16,000 If they are Catholic, they can get an additional $2,000

Scholarships do not cover health insurance or technology fee


Saint Francis University

117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA 15940, USA

Saint Francis University's 600-acre campus sits atop a gorgeous mountaintop in Loretto, PA.

Visa requirements for Saint Francis University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements