Overview of Admissions

Admissions

International Students

Hellenic American University is host to a diverse, multi-cultural student community, with international students accounting for about 20% of the total University student body. As a university with a mission to educate global citizens, it is committed to maintaining and strengthening the diversity of the University community, and welcomes applications from students throughout the world.

International applicants who wish to study at Hellenic American University must obtain the appropriate student visa before enrolling and attending classes.  The appropriate documents for the visa application will be issued upon admission provided (a) they provide proof of sufficient funding to cover the cost of their studies (tuition, fees, living expenses and incidentals) for the duration of their program and (b) have paid the required non-refundable deposit.  Please note that verifying proof of sufficient funding is a legal obligation on the part of the University and unless satisfied the institution will be unable to issue the appropriate visa documentation

International Student Applications for the Nashua Campus

If you are an international applicant applying to attend classes at the Nashua, N.H., campus and you are not a U.S.  citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) you must obtain a student visa to enter and study in the U.S. Applicants for admission are advised to verify the student visa requirements for nationals of their country through the appropriate U.S. consular authorities and to compile  the necessary public/government documents for submission in support of their visa application.  Please note that consular authorities retain the right to deny a student visa application.  As such it is advisable that no travel plans be made until your student visa has been approved. 

International Student Applications for the Athens Campus

If you are an international applicant applying to attend classes at the Athens, Greece campus and you are a citizen of a non-European Union member state, in accordance with Greek law, you must obtain a student visa to enter Greece; subsequently, you will be required to apply for a residence permit.  Details are available on the Hellenic American College website. Applicants for admission are advised to verify the student visa requirements for nationals of their country through the appropriate Greek consular authorities and to compile the necessary public/government documents for submission in support of their visa application. Again, consular authorities retain the right to deny a student visa application, so it best that you make no travel plans before your student visa has been approved. 

If applicable, international applicants are urged to register early for the appropriate TOEFL/TOEIC test administrations. Applicants must make their own arrangements for the examinations and have the results forwarded to the University.

Hellenic American University Admissions

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Hellenic American University students bring a remarkable broad array of talents, interests and experiences to the university community. The University is proud of its diverse and talented student body, and is committed to recruiting graduate students with academic potential who can contribute to the life of our academic community.

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Learn more about the University

Choosing where to study at university is a very important decision, and the more informed you are before you make it, the better. We invite you to learn as much about Hellenic American University as you can. The website provides a good deal of information, but we also encourage you to speak with our Admissions staff or arrange a visit. Our staff can answer your questions about the academic programs, admissions process and financial aid. They can also arrange for you to sit in on a class and talk to students and professors.

Admissions Office

505 Amherst Street

Nashua, NH 03063

+1 603 577 8700

Undergraduate Applications

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Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants will need to have a number of documents sent to the Office of Admissions. These include transcripts and evidence of English-language proficiency. All support documentation should be either the original documents or notarized copies. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree program—either as a first-year applicant or as a transfer student—you will need to submit the following material:

  • A completed undergraduate admissions Application Form
  • High school diploma from an accredited high school or foreign secondary school equivalent
  • Official diploma, transcripts, and certificates of all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. These documents may be sent directly from the issuing institution to Hellenic American University, or the applicant may receive them in a sealed envelope and submit them with the application. The sealed envelope(s) must not have been opened before receipt by Hellenic American University in order for the transcript to be valid
  • Evidence of proficiency in English, if your native language is not English. See the separate section on English-language Proficiency for a list of language certificates and test results that the University accepts as such evidence
  • The required personal essay that is included in the application form. The essay gives you an opportunity to discuss your goals and reasons for studying in a program of Hellenic American University
  • Two Recommendation letters 
  • A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or a state or federal government-issued identity card
  • A non-refundable application fee of $42

SAT and ACT scores, although not required, will assist your acceptance decision.

Making sure that the material you submit is accurate and complete will help you avoid unnecessary delays in the admissions process. The Office of Admissions does not return application materials to the applicant once they have been submitted.

English Language Proficiency

If you are applying for admission and your native language is not English, you will need to submit evidence of proficiency in English. You can submit any of the following certificates and test results:

  • A high school Diploma and/or transcripts from an institution whose language of instruction is English
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education Certificate (GCSE)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 5.5
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum iBT total score of 80
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with minimum score of 750
  • Michigan English Language Assessment (MELAB) with a minimum score of 77
  • University of Michigan Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)
  • University of Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
  • Hellenic American University Advanced Level Certificate in English (ALCE)

You will need to make your own arrangements to take the test and have the results forwarded to Hellenic American University.

Mathematics Placement

The University has a Mathematics Placement requirement, which is discussed in the Hellenic American University online catalog in the General Education section on Mathematics and Analytics.

Graduate Applications

Applications are accepted throughout the year. You may apply by submitting an application for a Hellenic American University graduate degree program at any time during the year.

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Application Requirements

You will need to submit the following required admissions material:

  • A completed Application Form for the Graduate Programs or the Application Form for the PhD in Applied Linguistics 
  • An undergraduate (or graduate in the case of the Ph.D. program) degree from an accredited college or university with at least a B (3.0) grade point average;
  • For those applicants whose native language is not English, the University requires evidence of proficiency in English. See the separate section on English-language Proficiency for a list of language certificates and test results that the University accepts as such evidence.
  • Signed and sealed envelopes containing official transcripts from each college/university (graduate or undergraduate programs) previously attended. These may either be sent directly from the institution, or received by the applicant in sealed envelopes and submitted with the application. The sealed envelope must not have been opened by the applicant under any circumstances in order for the transcript to be valid;
  • An up-to-date résumé;
  • The required essay;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation for the Graduate Programs or for the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics ;
  • A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or a state or federal government-issued identity card;
  • A non-refundable application fee of $70 ($140 for the Ph.D. program).

All the material submitted for admission should consist of either the original documents or notarized copies. Documents that are not in English are accompanied by certified English translations.

Making sure that the material you submit is accurate and complete will help you avoid unnecessary delays in the admissions process. All applications and support materials are kept by Hellenic American University and a copy by Hellenic American College. The Office of Admissions does not return application materials to the applicant once they have been submitted.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

For those applicants whose native language is not English, the University will accept the following forms of evidence:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum iBT total score of 90
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a minimum score of 850
  • Michigan English Language Assessment (MELAB) with a minimum score of 81
  • University of Michigan or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • Other evidence of proficiency will be reviewed individually

Additional Requirements for the MACI and MAT

Evidence of Second Foreign Language (if involved) or Greek Language Proficiency (if the candidate is not a native Greek speaker) for MAT and MACI applicants.

Acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which the second foreign language is the language of instruction
  • equivalent certificate of proficiency for the second foreign language (if involved)
  • equivalent certificate of proficiency for the Greek language (for non-Greek citizens)
  • other evidence of proficiency will be reviewed individually
Entrance Exams for the MACI and MAT

For the MAT program, candidates without a background in linguistics, language and literature or translation/interpreting, are asked to take an entrance exam to test their preliminary translation competence. The exam includes the translation of a text from English into Greek in two hours. The text is about 300 words long and you are allowed to use dictionaries.

Applicants for admission to the MACI who fail to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English during the interview will be asked to take an entrance exam. The test is administered on site and involves an oral translation of a general text from English into Greek.

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics

Admission requirements are the same as those in all other Hellenic American University graduate programs with the following exceptions:

  • Applicants should already hold a master’s degree
  • Two reference letters must be submitted
  • Applicants also need to submit a sample of academic writing

Transfers and Waivers

Transfer of Credits

Students transferring from another higher education institution may be eligible to transfer some credits of coursework done at other institutions. The determination of eligible transfer credits for each student requesting them will be made by the relevant admissions committee for that program. Hellenic American University is ultimately responsible for determining the precise number of credits that can be transferred.

If credits are transferred, only the credit (and not the grade) appears on the Hellenic American University transcript. The grades do not transfer and do not become part of the student's GPA. Only grades given by Hellenic American University courses appear on the transcript and count toward the student’s cumulative GPA. 

Undergraduate Transfers

Students can transfer up to 60 credits (30 credits for Associate Degree programs) of undergraduate coursework for courses already successfully completed in another institution with a grade of C- or better. Students applying for admission to the undergraduate programs may also transfer a complete associate degree. Credits may only be transferred from higher education institutions recognized by their respective national regulatory authorities.

The last 60 credits of the undergraduate degree program must be earned through studying the Hellenic American University curriculum in order for the student to be awarded an undergraduate baccalaureate degree.

Graduate Transfers

Students transferring from another institution may be eligible to transfer up to 9 credits—for the MAAL program up to 6 credits—of graduate coursework for courses already successfully completed. In no case will the number of credits allowed exceed 25% of the total required for graduation for that program. The University will establish a limit of credits that may be transferred toward graduation requirements for each graduate program.

Waivers

Courses may be waived under certain conditions. Waivers may be awarded for prior experiential learning and/or for credit by examination. When a course is waived, the Admissions Committee determines if credit will be granted (waivers without substitution) or no credit will be granted (waivers with substitution). If waivers are awarded without substitution, they appear on the University transcript with no grade.

Undergraduate Waivers

No more than 50% of the credits required for an undergraduate degree can be awarded as waivers. When credit is awarded on the basis of prior experiential or non-collegiate-sponsored learning alone, student learning and achievement are demonstrated to be at least comparable in breadth, depth, and quality to the results of institutionally provided learning experiences.

Graduate Waivers

Courses may be waived under certain conditions. However, no more than 9 credit hours of coursework can be waived for a graduate degree. Waivers without substitution have been established only for the MBA and MAAL programs. 

Waivers WITH Substitution for Professional Experience:
An applicant with at least five years of experience in any professional area in which the University offers a degree may have the first professional course in that major area waived WITH substitution of another course (No credit is awarded for either non-collegiate sponsored instruction or prior experiential learning).

Non-degree Applicants

Hellenic American University welcomes applications for non-degree status. A non-degree student (also referred to as a special or non-matriculated student) is one who is not pursuing a degree. Non-degree students can take up to 30 credits, or approximately 10 courses.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Applicants

Undergraduate applicants need to submit the following documents for consideration for admission to the University with non-degree status:

  • A completed undergraduate admission Non-Degree Application Form
  • Official Diploma, transcripts, and certificates of all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. These documents may be sent directly from the issuing institution to Hellenic American University, or the applicant may receive them in a sealed envelope and submit them with the application. The sealed envelope(s) must not have been opened before receipt by Hellenic American University in order for the transcript to be valid.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or a state or federal government-issued identity card
Graduate Non-Degree Applicants

Applicants must submit the following documents for admission as non-degree students in the University’s graduate programs.

  • A completed Graduate admission Non-Degree Application Form
  • An undergraduate (or graduate in the case of the Ph.D. program) degree from a recognized university with a liberal arts or general education component, or an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, with at least a B (3.0) grade point average
  • Signed and sealed envelopes containing official transcripts from each college/university (graduate or undergraduate programs) previously attended. These may either be sent directly from the institution, or received by the applicant in sealed envelopes and submitted with the application. The sealed envelope must not have been opened by the applicant under any circumstances in order for the transcript to be valid
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • A copy of the applicant’s driver’s license or a state or federal government-issued identity card
Change in Status

Non-degree students who decide to pursue a degree at the University should petition the University for a change of status. A student may change status from non-degree to degree or vice versa only once. Non-degree students who become degree-students must follow the degree programs in effect at the time they are admitted.

Overview of Admissions

Students can apply at any time during the year for admission for either the Fall term, which normally begins in September, or the Spring term, which begins in February. The Office of Admissions processes and reviews applications as they are received, and a decision is made soon after supporting materials, such as test scores and transcripts, are received and the Admissions Interview is completed. 

Admissions Criteria

Admission to Hellenic American University’s undergraduate and graduate programs is based on prior academic performance, work and other non-academic experience, involvement in extra-curricular activities and for proficiency in the English language. The selection process gives particular emphasis to evidence of leadership potential along with academic excellence. Additional criteria are set for specific graduate programs, including the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics.

For detailed information on admissions criteria and the application process, consult the undergraduate and graduate applications sections.

Applicants are asked to submit documentation of their academic record, test scores and other materials. A personal interview is required of every applicant who appears to meet the standards for admission. These are usually done in person but a video-conference or telephone interview can be arranged for applicants who do not live in the area.

Conditional Admissions

In some cases an applicant may be admitted conditionally before all entrance requirements have been satisfied. This happens, for example, when students apply during their last year in high school before graduation. Such students are admitted on the condition that they graduate from high school and submit a copy of their diploma. Another example concerns students who show strong potential for successfully completing the program, but whose level of English is slightly below the admissions requirements. Conditional admissions give students time to make up any outstanding requirements and be officially admitted.

Non-discrimination policy

Admission is open to students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical disability, or veteran status to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Hellenic American University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Accuracy of Information and Privacy Concerns

Hellenic American University may make inquiries concerning the accuracy of the information provided in the candidate’s application. Decisions on admission are made in good faith on the basis of information provided by the applicant and his/her referees. The University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or to terminate registration, if it later discovers that false statements have been made or material information withheld or omitted.

Hellenic American University’s Student Records Policy protects the privacy of student academic records. This policy is consistent with United States Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232G; 34 CFR Part 99).

Financial Aid

Hellenic American University admits students on the basis of academic potential and qualifications and not on their ability to pay. The University offers financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need as well as scholarships to students with exceptional academic promise. In addition, limited teaching and research assistantships or work study are available to qualified students.

Financial Planning

Hellenic American University can help students apply for student loans from financial institutions. Special financial arrangements are possible for employers who wish to finance their employees’ educational program.

Tuition Guarantee Program

Hellenic American University promises that the tuition rate that applies when you’re first admitted to Hellenic American University will remain the same until you graduate. The Tuition Guarantee Program means that you will know in advance how much your education will cost.

Types of Financial Aid 

Need-based scholarships

Need-based scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and who maintain good academic standing. Although need-based scholarships may cover a significant part of tuition fees in the case of exceptionally needy students, the University cannot guarantee that all need will be covered in all cases. The amount of need-based awards is decided on a case-by-case basis. To maintain and renew their awards undergraduate recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 while graduate students a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Merit-based scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to applicants with exceptional academic achievement, leadership potential or involvement in community service, depending on the particular type of scholarship. Recipients of these scholarships need to maintain a higher GPA than need-based recipients. 

Corporate scholarships

The University Corporate Scholarship program provides sponsoring organizations with merit-based partial or full tuition subsidies for selected employees. Contact the Financial Services Office to see if your company participates in the corporate scholarship program and if not, how it can join.

Early Admission Scholarships

Early-admission scholarships are awarded to applicants who meet the University’s admission requirements and make an early decision to attend. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Applying for Financial Aid

Only applicants who have been granted full admission to a University degree program and students pursuing a degree program will be considered for financial aid.

New Students

If you are a first-time degree student or a transfer student and wish to be considered for financial aid, you will need to complete and submit the Financial Aid application available from the Office of Admissions at the time that you apply. Since the University admits students on a need-blind basis, the Financial Aid Committee will consider your application only after you have been admitted. If you are applying for need-based scholarships, you will also need to submit supporting documents that provide information on your and, if applicable, your family’s financial resources.

Continuing Students

All financial awards are reviewed in terms of GPA and service to the academic community before they are renewed each year. Aid can be suspended or revoked if a student does not maintain academic standing appropriate to the award or does not demonstrate appropriate conduct within the University as outlined in the Student Handbook. Students’ GPAs are reviewed each semester to ensure that academic standing is being maintained.

Continuing students may reapply for financial aid if their or their family’s financial circumstances change, but not before a full academic year has elapsed from the date of their original award.

Obligations of Financial Aid Recipients

Financial aid recipient students are expected to further the mission of the institution by assisting the University through volunteer work in their department, events and other projects. Students are asked to commit specific hours of service to the University community. Their contribution is evaluated and the results considered for the renewal of financial aid. 

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