Reach Your Full Potential

International Students


Live and learn in the United States. We work to inspire and support student success. We embrace the humanity in our students and strive to compassionately support you with services, resources and opportunities to achieve success.

At Lenoir-Rhyne, we value the insight, experience and diversity that international students offer to the LR experience. We invite you to study on our campus, which offers challenging academic programs, a safe and inclusive community. Join our friendly community of students, faculty and staff as you make Lenoir-Rhyne your second home.

Our faculty are among the best, and you’ll have access to a high-quality education, as well as collaborative research, entrepreneurial and clinical experiences and other real-world learning opportunities.

Santiago Ambroggio

LR provides incredible opportunities and support to international students. It may be a small school in size, but it has remarkable academic and non-academic opportunities for you.

Santiago Ambroggio '19, MBA '21

Take the Next Step


Our Bear family welcomes you with open arms and is committed to your academic success. Complete our request for information form to get started with getting personalized information about studying at LR or apply now for admission. We are excited you are considering making Lenoir-Rhyne your future home. Imagine an unforgettable and memorable campus experience, and your decision to attend LR is one you will not forget.

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Why Choose Lenoir-Rhyne

  • Majors & Academic Programs

    With more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors, Lenoir-Rhyne offers an immersive education to international students who seek personal and professional growth opportunities. Our faculty build on the foundation to provide a highly accessible, award-winning education so you can become a successful, engaged member of the workforce. Class sizes are small to provide experiences and growth opportunities of a large university with the personalized community of a smaller one.

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  • Advising & Academic Support

    Our advising and academic support services assist you in successfully navigating your academic journey from orientation through graduation.

    Provided services equip you with the strategies and resources needed to:

    • Explore academic interests and choose a major
    • Develop plans to reach educational, personal and career goals
    • Engage in more productive study and learning behaviors
    • Get tutoring assistance in courses or receive help planning, writing and reviewing papers
    • Manage time more effectively
    • Achieve the goal of earning a Lenoir-Rhyne University degree
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  • Start Your Graduate Degree Early

    The Lenoir-Rhyne Bridges to Dreams program is designed to assist current LR undergraduate students complete a graduate degree. Through dual enrollment, qualified LR undergraduates may begin graduate courses while still completing an undergraduate degree. Current LR students may enroll in up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework provided they meet the academic criteria for admission and are accepted into the program. These graduate courses may be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

    Learn About Bridges to Dreams Dual Enrollment
  • Internships & Career Preparation

    LR prepares students for careers or graduate school through individual assessments, career counseling and internship assistance. Coaching support can include résumé building, interview skills, job search strategies and networking assistance.

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  • Student Research & Scholarship

    Undergraduate research is a critical part of the student learning experience at LR. Students’ opportunities to create and present their independent work are plentiful and are vital components in practically every academic program.

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Ainee O'Connor

The LR community is welcoming and friendly. I am from England and coming to the U.S. to study was both exciting and daunting. However, I soon felt at home at LR, and it became my home away from home.

Ainee O'Connor '20, German/International Economics

Student Life


The variety and volume of academic opportunities are matched by a boundless array of activities and events that bring the campus community together outside the classroom. At LR, you have access to:

  • More than 60 student clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Engaged student community offering many events throughout the year, including performances, concerts and other events, many of which feature LR students.
  • Twenty-three intercollegiate athletic teams, which compete in the South Atlantic Conference.
  • Major urban and outdoor amenities and cultural opportunities.
  • Recreational options abound in the Greater Hickory Area such as hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, breathtaking views and more.
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Some international students weren't able to go home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and some found it safer to remain at LR. They made a community and family in the midst of the pandemic having meals together, going on excursions and more.

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With support from alumni, parents and friends, Lenoir-Rhyne University raised a record amount of funds and commitments in the past fiscal year in support of students, academic programs and athletics.

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