Become part of a diverse community focused on changing the world.

As an international student, you will feel right at home as you contribute your perspective to the varying viewpoints that make up the Harris community. Our students hail from 36 countries and speak 38 languages. Half come from outside the U.S. Our network of students, faculty, staff, and nearly 4000 alumni worldwide are passionate about doing good—for Harris and the world.

Before You Join Harris

Be sure to check out our virtual tour and read our Admissions Blog and Profiles to see what other international student experiences are like at Harris. 

There are a lot of things you need to do before the first day of class. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) offers many resources to help make your transition as easy as possible, including:

Visa Requirements

The University is able to sponsor full-time students in F-1 or J-1 status (when eligible).

The visa application process typically begins in the Spring. OIA offers detailed information about obtaining your visa as well as the application process for admitted students. In addition, the OIA staff can answer most questions related to immigration issues, visa requirements, and travel restrictions.

If you have a spouse or family that will be joining you, they may qualify for a dependent visa. If so, you may be able to add them to your F-1 or J-1 visa. In some cases, they may qualify for their own visa. Again, the OIA staff can answer most questions related to visas for your family.

Funding Options for International Students

Since scholarship funding at Harris is limited, we encourage international students to consider a number of different options when it comes to funding their education. 

Not sure where to start? Check out our 6 Funding and Financial Aid Tips for International Students

Most international students will utilize the following or combination of: 

Campus Life

You will find numerous living options, a rich campus life, and a university committed to welcoming international students. The Harris Office of Student Affairs as well as OIA will be your resources to the numerous services that respond to the unique needs of international students.

Alejandra Chavarria, Headshot
Student profile

Student Profile: Alejandra Chavarria, MPP Class of 2022

“COVID-19 has shown very clearly that international development is a global effort—we can’t think as individual nations anymore, but as a global community.”