Information for International Graduate Students

Why Should You Choose Villanova University?

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In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, We have a wide range of post-baccalaureate programs, offering more than 20 master’s degrees in the humanities, social sciences, public administration, mathematics, computing sciences, and the natural sciences. We also offer a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theology.

You will be part of a vibrant and diverse intellectual community.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.  

Villanova is home to students from all around the world, where more than sixty different countries are represented at the undergraduate level. Additionally, over eighteen percent of our graduate students across the university are from abroad.

Villanova University is located in a beautiful, safe, suburban town less than twenty kilometers from the east coast city of Philadelphia. With a major international airport in Philadelphia, it is easy to travel to Villanova from anywhere in the world.  Philadelphia, which is also known as “Philly” and the “City of Brotherly Love,” was founded by English Quakers in 1682.  It is the 5th largest city in the United States and the 2nd largest city on the East Coast, well-known internationally for its historical importance, its museums and orchestra, its many sports teams, and ethnic diversity.  Our campus is easily accessible by train, car, or regional public transportation. In addition, New York City and Washington, DC are only a few hours away.  The average temperature here is 18°C for the high and 8°C for the low, and we are on Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) in accordance with Greenwich Mean Time.

“Classes are usually very small, so there is always an opportunity for individual work with professors.” – Tatjana Prsa, Slovenia, Master of Science, Biology.

 “[Villanova] is allowing me to follow my dream of earning my Ph.D. and becoming a well-known scholar in the communication field. …. I am so excited to be part of the Villanova family now! - Marianela Nunez, Dominican Republic, Master of Arts, Communication.

“I believe my time in Villanova to be the continuation of my pursuit of education with an aim to free myself from induced and self-imposed ignorance.” - Shishav Parajuli, Nepal, Master of Arts, Political Science.

"Villanova has given me invaluable opportunities to conduct independent research and has prepared me for earning a PhD degree. As a first year, I've already presented posters at several conferences and I am involved in three different projects. I made the right decision coming to Villanova." - Joy (Yaeeun) Lee, Master of Arts, Psychology, Republic of Korea.

“Villanova University has offered me a new and dynamic approach to studies, with the availability of professors and the scholarly quest for truth and the need to help others in a changing world. Villanova is the right place for me, as I have found a home outside my home in Villanova University.”  - Andrew Chioma Ibegbulem, Master of Science, Counseling, Nigeria.

The Office of International Student Services is provided by the University to aid foreign students in becoming oriented to the University and the community. International Students may also use the office for aid with U.S. immigration requirements, and for assistance in using the facilities of the University. Contact Hubert Whan Tong by email or telephone the Office of International Students 610-519-8017.

All foreign students must register with the Office of International Student Services each semester. Any change of address must be reported immediately.

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

Multicultural organizations on campus, such as:

  • International Student Outreach Society (ISOS)
  • Villanova Indian Students Association (VISA)
  • The Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA)
  • The Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
  • Vietnamese Students Association (VSA)
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