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International Students

Diversity of voices, of viewpoints, of constituents, of epistemology, and of learning praxis have each been central to the work and goals of Meridian University since the school’s inception.

International students are welcome to apply for admission into Meridian’s graduate degree programs.


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English Proficiency

All courses at Meridian are conducted in English. Students whose native language is not English are required to submit the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For admission, students are required to receive a score of at least 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based.

Financial Aid

Sources of Aid
  • Meridian’s International Student Scholarship
  • Meridian’s Diversity Grant
  • External scholarships (see the resources noted under “International Scholarship Options” below)
  • Meridian Internal Loan Program for FSA-Ineligible Students (availability is very limited and based on demonstrated financial need - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information)

Meridian encourages international students to research what scholarship, grant, and loan options are available to them based on their specific circumstances and resources.

Meridian’s International Student Scholarship

Meridian’s International Student Scholarship is available to students ineligible for Federal Student Aid, who reside in another country than the U.S.

The Financial Aid Process

International students start the financial aid process by submitting the Meridian Scholarship and Grant Application. After submitting this application, our Financial Aid Office will coordinate with the student as to what aid may be available. This process usually involves students demonstrating financial need via the Meridian Financial Need Form, which is provided as a PDF once the Scholarship and Grant application has been received.

More Information and Resources

Meridian’s Admissions and Financial Aid staff are based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Pacific Time) and can walk students through the process of applying to Meridian internationally.

At this time, Meridian does not offer visa services.

International Scholarship and Loan Options
General Information for International Students
Canadian Student Loan Program

Residents of Canada can explore educational loans through this program. Applications are available through the Canadian provincial governments.

Students from Latin American and Caribbean Countries

The Organization of American States, through the Rowe Foundation, offer interest-free loans to competent students from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help them finance their graduate, postgraduate or final two years of undergraduate studies at accredited universities within the United States. For more information visit: www.oas.org/rowe.

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