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  • Apply to Gannon Global Students

     The Office of Global Admissions and Outreach staff wants to ensure that your application to Gannon University is complete and that all documents are submitted. To do this, you will need to follow the steps below.

    Evidence of English Proficiency

    Students who do not submit evidence of a minimal proficiency in English have the opportunity to test for proficiency upon arrival and if necessary, enroll into Gannon's  English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program.

    If you are coming from an English-speaking country (see list below), you will probably not need to take ESL courses. 

    • Australia
    • Belize
    • British West Indies
    • Canada- excluding Quebec
    • Fiji
    • Ghana
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Nigeria
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom

    *Other countries that have an English-language tradition will be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the success of similar students at Gannon or other U.S.-based colleges and universities.

    What are the tests I may need to take?

    We will accept results from these tests (if your score is less than the number shown you will need to take English as a Second Language courses):

    • TOEFL Internet-Based: 79
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • PTE: 53
    • EIKEN: Grade Pre-1
    • English3: 66
    • iTEP: 3.8
    • Duolingo: 100

    Health Sciences and select graduate programs may have different standards. Please check with your enrollment advisor for more information.

    Are there other ways to measure my English language skill?

    You must show us a transcript that lists the highest level of English you have taken and your grades at that level.   You must also submit a letter of recommendation written by the program director.

    Additional Measurements Accepted

    • Advanced Level (A-Level): C in English
    • ESL Language Centers: Completion of Level 112
    • Campus-based ESL:Programs at accredited US-based colleges or universities
    • SAT Critical Reading score of 500
    • ACT English score of 21
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): 5 in English
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): score of 80
    • Certificate in Advanced English with a C
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C
    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) O-Level: C in English
    • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE): C in English
    • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O-Level: C in English
    • West African Examinations Council (WAEC): C in English
    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE): C in English


    Accepted international students must provide official or attested transcripts prior to arriving on campus. 

    To submit your transcripts, please mail them via express courier to: 

    Office of Global Admissions and Outreach
    Gannon University MS#64
    109 University Square
    Erie, PA 16541

    For any questions regarding the deadline of which your transcripts must be turned in, please contact: 

    The Office of Global Admissions and Outreach at

    Letter(s) of Recommendation

    • One letter of recommendation required for undergraduate study
    • Three letters of recommendation must be forwarded for all graduate degree-seeking applicants. Letters should be submitted by individuals who are familiar with the student's academic and professional background.

    Additional Documents

    Applicants for undergraduate study

    • Official copies of academic records from each secondary/high school attended accompanied by official, literal English translations.
    • Statement of Purpose. This statement should include information concerning your life and specific purpose for applying to Gannon.

    Applicants for graduate study

    • Official copies of academic records from each college/university attended, accompanied by official English translations.
    • Official test report of graduate entrance exam (i.e. GRE, GMAT, or MAT) scores may be required by your program (please refer to your program's Fact Sheet to determine if this is a requirement). Non-degree students are not required to submit test scores.

    Bank Statement and Affidavit of Support Form

    Submit the affidavit of support form which is required for verification of financial resources in order to issue the I-20.

    An enrollment deposit may be required. Please contact the Office of Global Admissions and Outreach for more information.

    Gannon University will accept the following as financial proof:

    Original bank statements verifying account balances (from either U.S. or foreign banking institutions). The funds must be shown in U.S. dollars. Receipts from automatic teller machines do not constitute bank statements.

    Original letters from bank officials written in English on bank letterhead verifying the account holder, account number and current balance in U.S. dollars.