Special Academic Programs

Special Academic Programs

The Office of International Programs & Services collaborates with a variety of international partners to develop and manage special academic programs such as dual-degree and transfer programs. Special Academic Programs at Millersville offer students from international partners the opportunity to study at Millersville and earn a degree. Students on these programs are typically admitted as a cohort each fall semester, though individual students may apply to start in the fall or spring semester. 

  • CHEPD 1+2+1 Program
  • CHEPD Yes Program
  • Central China Normal University 1+1 
  • Xinyang Normal University 2+2 

APPLICATION

Complete the Special Academic Program application by completing the following items. Submit all documentation by the deadlines below for guaranteed on-campus housing. Late applicants can be accepted.

Application Deadline for a fall term start: April 1st

  • Online Registration Form
  • Sources of Funds Form
  • Proof of Funds: Bank statement from the student or parent. A program sponsor may also submit a letter of financial support.
  • University Transcripts/Academic Records: Both English and native language.
  • Copy of Passport: Copy of the information page.
  • English language proficiency score: Refer to this webpage for TOEFL and IELTS score information. Special academic students may also waive English proficiency scores for admission. All students who do not submit scores will be tested upon arrival by the English Language Institute. Depending on the results, students may be ineligible to take academic classes and be required to attend the English Language Institute, at an additional cost.

GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE ADDITIONAL ITEMS BELOW: 

  • Personal Goal Statement/Essay: Why are you interested in studying at Millersville University? What are your professional goals?
  • Letter of Academic Support: Students from Central China Normal University only
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: All other students

MEET YOUR PROGRAM ADVISOR:

Submit application items and your pre-arrival questions to the staff member below.  

Christina Kinney
Assistant Director of International Partnerships
Christina.Kinney@Millersville.edu 

  • WHAT'S NEXT?

    Partner students: Acceptance letters along with immigration paperwork will be mailed directly to the sponsoring organization or the international office of the host university.

    Individual applicants: Acceptance letters will be mailed to the home address you provide on your application.

    Upon acceptance, students will receive a series of emails from office staff regarding all important information prior to arrival, such as:

    • Important dates
    • Confirming housing, meal plans, and course registration.
    • Visa and immigration information.
    • Millersville email and account information.
    • Financial and billing information.
    • Health insurance and medical forms. 
    • Flight and arrival information. 

    To see semeter start and end dates, please visit the academic calendar.

  • On-Campus Housing & Meal Plans
    If you are from the following partner program, then in regards to housing while at MU, you must live in on-campus housing according to the agreement between your university or program and Millersville University. You may elect an option during application. If you do not elect a housing option, you will be automatically assigned a Double Occupancy Semi – Suite. This means you will share a bedroom with one student. Your bedroom is next to a second bedroom with two other students. These two bedrooms make up a “suite,” Each suite has two bathrooms. 
    • CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

    Partner students are generally housing in South Village. Both American students and international students are housed in the Villages.

    ROOM DESIGNS AND LAYOUTS

    CURRENT ON-CAMPUS HOUSING COSTS


    If you are from the following partner program, then in regards to meal plans while at MU, you may elect a plan during application. If you do not elect a plan, you you will be automatically assigned the Pirate Bucks Plan, to eat in the dining halls and other locations on campus. You may elect a different plan during application. 
    • CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

    All other students living on campus have a choice as to which meal plan you would like to have according to the agreement between your university or program and Millersville University. First year students and students with less than 30 credit hours earned, will be assigned the EPPIIC Bucks Plan. 

    All plans are a declining balance card. This means that you pay as you go. Unused money from fall will be rolled over to spring. Unused money in spring does not roll over and is not refunded. 

    DINING OPTIONS AND COST

  • Off-Campus Housing & Meal Plans

    Students not required by their home university to live on-campus have a choice as to which type of housing you would like to live in according to the agreement between your university or program and Millersville University.

    • If you chose to live ON-Campus, a room will be guaranteed and reserved.
    • If you chose to live OFF-Campus, you are on your own with regards to securing housing with your apartment and no room will be reserved for you in the dormitories.

    Immerse International: Immerse was founded in 1987 to be a multicultural community where international students can thrive in personal relationships, professional development and spiritual formation. They are not part of Millersville University. Click HERE for more information.

    Most rooms are double occupancy. The leases/contracts are for 12 months, but shorter terms can be arranged upon request. 25% of the residents are American students that have expressed interest in making friendships with international students. Utilities, WiFi, Cable TV, and meals/self-service food is included.

    Student Lodging Inc.: This company is an off-campus housing provider many Millersville students use. SLI strives to give students more freedom than residence hall living, but keep the safety and security as close as possible to the standards on-campus. Their properties are all within a close proximity of MU. Click HERE for more information.

    Other Options: There are a number of shared local apartments; many are in walking distance to MU’s campus. If you decide that you wish to live in an apartment, you will be solely responsible for contacting your landlord, arranging your deposit payment which will be due before you arrive in the US, your check-in day, obtaining furniture, finding roommates, etc.

    *Keep in mind that these apartments are all unfurnished so you would be responsible for purchasing and transporting furniture once you arrive.


    If you live at Immerse International, evening meals are provided Monday-Friday. Food items are provided in the studentkitchen for all other (self-service) meals.

    If you are in an apartment you will be responsible for cooking meals on your own. There is a John Herr’s grocery store within a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride. There is also a Weis grocery store within a 10 minute bus ride.

    Students who live off-campus are also eligible to purchase an on-campus commuter meal plan.

    DINING OPTIONS AND COST

  • Local Transportation

    BUS
    MU students may access the MU Xpress, MU Park City Xpress and Route 16 at no charge by showing their student ID cards, which students receive during International Student Orientation. It is important to know that there can often be delays for bus routes in the United States so be sure to leave a bit early.
    Note: These bus routes are only active during the fall and spring academic terms, and are generally not provided during holidays.

    M.U. students who would like to travel to other locations on RRTA's buses will need to transfer. Students can show their student ID cards for the base fare on Route 16 and MU Park City Xpress and ask the driver for a transfer slip. When you transfer to another bus, give the driver the transfer slip and a nickel, plus any additional zone boundaries you cross as follows:

    Zone Information: These are just estimates. You should review updated costs upon arrival.

    • One Zone: 20¢
    • Two Zones: 50¢
    • Three Zones: 85¢
    • Four Zones: $1.25

    AMTRAK TRAIN
    There is an Amtrak station in Lancaster city, about 10-15 minutes from campus. The Lancaster station is connected to the Philadelphia station. From the Philadelphia station, students can access, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

    TAXI/RIDE SHARE
    Students can use Uber, Lyft, or other local taxi services. Many of these require the use of a smart phone and require downloading a phone application.