International hurdles


Mandy Scritchfield, Assistant Community Editor

International students are arriving in greater numbers each semester at Mary- wood. The process for foreign students to become enrolled in an American in- stitution is extensive. There are certain hurdles that these students may encoun- ter that American students would not.

David Crisci, associate director of international affairs, said that even though the process to join an institution may be challenging, it is worthwhile.

“I think that studying at Marywood provides a good experience for not only the international students, but for the domestic students as well” he said.

The first few steps for applying are the same for international students as they are for domestic students. Before com- ing to Marywood, an international stu- dent must first prove they have a grasp

of the English lnguage in order to even be able to apply. Undergraduate and graduate students must first complete the application, and send their high school transcripts and test scores to university admissions. Finally, they must have a letter of recommenda- tion and there is a long list of of- ficial documents that are required.

“Joining classes is the same pro- cess for international students, as it is for domestic students. Howev- er, a greater difficulty is presented with the language barrier,” said Da- vid Crisci, associate director inter- national affairs here at Marywood.

Although, studying at Marywood may be a bit more difficult for internation- al students, Crisci said that Marywood provides tutoring and any kind of help that international students may need.

The “procedure” for interna- tional students to have the op- portunity to study at Marywood can be a long hard road. “It’s well worth it, though,” Crisci said.