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Alvernia University

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

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Reading, USA
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Study abroad at Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a private Franciscan University located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The University offers a vibrant intellectual environment in which students learn, discover, give and grow as leaders with moral courage.

Alvernia is guided by Franciscan values and rooted in Catholic and liberal arts traditions. Students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate programs across four main colleges: College of Business, Communication and Leadership; College of Health Sciences; College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

The University also offers degrees at the graduate level including master's and doctoral programs, as well as accelerated and adult education programs.

Alvernia’s main campus boasts a thriving living and learning environment. The 121-acre campus is home to about 3,000 students and is within a short drive to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City.

Why study at Alvernia University?

  • High ranking

    Alvernia has been ranked as a top national doctoral university (US News and World Report)

  • Experiential learning

    Apply knowledge through real-world and service learning opportunities and hands-on practice

  • Student safety

    Alvernia has been recognized for its exemplary efforts to student safety, well-being, and inclusion through online prevention programs (2021 Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention)

  • Small classes

    The University boasts a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and an average class size of less than 20

International students

No matter where you are from, you'll be welcomed at Alvernia University as your new home. Students from all over the world currently live and study at Alvernia, so you won't be alone as an international student.

The International Admissions team is responsible for supporting you with everything from your visa process and requirements to your unique needs as an international student. On-campus housing is available to all students, with a range of dining options available.

New Student Orientation takes place the third week of August. This is a great opportunity to learn all about Alvernia, meet new people, and settle into campus life. An Alvernia representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to the main campus in Reading.

Outside of the classroom, there are more than 50 campus clubs and organizations you can get involved in to meet like-minded students. Clubs cover sports, community, academics, environment, theatre, and load of other areas, so there's bound to be something perfect for you.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • No. of volleyball courts
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Personal Trainers
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 55
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    • Campus parking
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition

    USD $35,350 per year

  • Graduate tuition

    USD $15,660 per year

Undergraduate scholarships:

Presidential Scholarship provides

Amount: USD $24,000 scholarship per year Requirements: Most academically talented students, outstanding academic performance and standardized test scores each year.

Trustees Scholarship

  • Amount

    USD $23,000 scholarship per year

  • Requirements

    Qualified recipients, creatively adventurous students, with experiences, or achievements.

Veronica Scholarship

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    USD$22,000 scholarship per year

  • Requirements

    Qualified international students who exhibit leadership potential and a desire to serve as a cultural ambassador in the US.

Achievement Scholarship

  • Amount

    USD $20,000 scholarship per year

  • Requirements

    Maintain a full-time undergraduate status and meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines depending on GPA calculation.

Heritage Scholarship

  • Amount

    USD $18,000 scholarship per year

  • Requirements

    Full-time day students pursuing a bachelor's degree who maintain satisfactory academic requirements.

Catholic School Scholarship

  • Amount

    awards $1,000 to first-time

  • Requirements

    Full-time freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school. It can be combined with other awards. Automatically applied to eligible students' applications.

Graduate Scholarships:

Currently, no scholarships/aid is available for international graduate students.


Alvernia University

400 St Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607, USA

Reading is a historic city in the US state of Pennsylvania. It's the fourth-largest city in the state, and it boasts a lively and vibrant atmosphere for international students who choose to call Reading home.

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