International Students

Welcome to Hannibal-LaGrange University!

Thank you for considering continuing your education at Hannibal-LaGrange University. We understand that international students face many unique challenges when studying abroad. Our staff seeks to help international students have the best experience possible – from a smooth admission process through to the successful completion of a degree.

Please contact us with any questions you have about Hannibal LaGrange University, the international admissions process, life in Hannibal, Missouri, or any other concerns. We look forward to welcoming you to the HLGU community.


Dr. Virginia Gray
Director of International Students
ESL Coordinator
SEVIS Designated School Official (DSO)
Ty Williams
Assistant Director of International Students
Resident Director of Nunn-Cook and Crouch Halls

About HLGU and Our International Student Program

Hannibal-LaGrange University is a professional and liberal arts university housed in an environment of Christian influence. The 110-acre campus is located on the northern edge of Hannibal, Missouri, and is home to approximately 1,200 students. Over 95 of our students come from 26 different countries including: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, China, Congo, Dominican Republic, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Tahiti, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

With students traveling from around the world to study with us here at HLGU, we are ready and willing to help you gather all the necessary materials required for admission to the University as well as entrance to the United States on an F-1 student visa. For both of these to occur the following documents are required:

Health Insurance


Checklist for International Student Admission

Forms from Student

Official Documents

  • Official high school transcript (If you plan to try out for an athletic team, make sure you include an official letter stating that you are in the top 50% of your class. The 50% letter must include your class rank as well as an original signature from your school principal or headmaster. A copy of the signature will not be accepted by the NAIA)
  • Translation of high school transcript
  • Official university transcript (If you have attended a university before)
  • Translation of university transcripts
  • Official ACT/SAT score
  • Official TOEFL score
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Fees / Finance

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Hannibal-LaGrange University offers ESL courses for those students that score between 30 and 68 on the TOEFL iBT. Please contact us for more information.


Hannibal-LaGrange University provides scholarships for qualifying international students. Please contact us to find out more information.

Athletic Eligibility

Two of the three following items are required for students to be eligible to participate in NAIA athletics. One set of original documents must be mailed directly from the student’s high school to the NAIA. A second set of original documents must be given to Hannibal LaGrange University.

  • Original letter stating your class rank and graduation date ( you must be in the top half of your class, above 50% overall. The 50% letter must include your class rank as well as an original signature from your school principal or headmaster. A copy of the signature will not be accepted by the NAIA.) Click to view sample letter
  • Original ACT/SAT score (minimum ACT = 18; minimum SAT = 870 without the writing section)
  • Original transcript showing a cumulative grade point average at or above 2.00 on the 4.00 scale used in the United Sates. This may require you to have your transcript translated and/or evaluated by a professional organization. We can help you through this process, but your original transcripts must be submitted early to avoid missing part of your athletic season.

For more information regarding eligibility, please visit the following resources:

Submitting Your Application

Mail all original documents (as listed above) to:

Virginia Gray
Director of International Students
Hannibal-LaGrange University
2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, Missouri 63401

You may also e-mail scanned documents to esl@hlg.edu to expedite the application review process. Please email documents in PDF or JPEG file formats. Official admission will not be approved until original documents have been received.

Contact Information

Center for International Students

International Links