Degree Programs

Harcum is an Associate Degree granting Liberal Arts College. The term "Liberal Arts" means that students gain expertise in one particular field and exposure to other academic subjects. Harcum faculty members teach and guide students through the learning process in small classes and often become life-long mentors and friends.


Admissions Requirements:

Students who have completed secondary school education (high school) in good standing are eligible to apply for admission. Most students begin their studies in the Fall semester (in late-August), although it is possible to begin in the Spring semester (in mid-January). Recommended application submission dates are:

  • Fall semester - March 15
  • Spring semester - October 15

Applications past the deadline will be accepted only as space is available.

To apply, international students should review the admissions requirements of their desired program and submit the following documents:

  • Harcum College Application for Admission
  • Official secondary school (high school) academic records (transcripts, certificates, and diplomas) with certified English translations. Students transferring from other universities should also forward all official university transcripts.
  • Exam scores - SAT-I or ACT if you are a native English speaker or study in a secondary English-speaking school
  • TOEFL if you are a non-native speaker of English. Harcum's code is 2287 (minimum TOEFL score: 500 - paper based test, 61 - internet based test) Note: some programs may have specific TOEFL score requirements.
  • An Essay written by the student
  • Application for Form I-20 - Official letter of support from sponsor stating amount and duration of support. Sponsors with U.S. citizenship/permanent residence should submit Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (download from Official letter from bank on bank letterhead stating amount of funds in sponsor's account (in English).
  • A letter of recommendation from a person outside your family
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • $50 non-refundable application fee (waived if you are already enrolled in the English Language Academy)
Financial Aid & Scholarships

All full-time degree seeking students can apply for Harcum scholarships.

                Harcum Scholarships

Applicants who are U.S. citizens or are Legal Permanent Residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after January 1 to be considered for other forms of financial assistance.

Other Financial Aid Resources


Academic Support

  • English Language Academy - Helps international students to be successful in their academic program.
  • Academic Support Services - Trained students and paid staff lead individual and group tutoring in a variety of subjects at no cost to the student.
  • Career Services Center - Assist students with internship and practical training placements and job search strategies.
  • Transfer Services  - Assist students with transfer to a four-year college.


Housing and Meals


During your stay at Harcum College, you may choose to live in one of the residence halls. The Center for International Programs works with the Residence Life staff to match each international student with an American student, but sometimes this may not be possible. 


Harcum College Dining Services

Meals are served in the Klein Hall dining room, with a wide variety of choices at each meal (ranging from hamburgers, to salads, to vegetarian cuisine.)


Campus Life

The Harcum College campus is an active environment where students have many opportunities to be involved in cultural events, the arts, lectures, social activities, student organizations, sports and special activities designed to welcome and support international students.

The campus is within close proximity to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. All of which can be reached by public transportation, so a car and driver’s license is not necessary.