Anderson University welcomes applications from international students. We believe in real life together with students from around the world. Diversity helps prepare us all for living as world citizens and for accepting one another as equal members of the human family. In understanding another culture, we better understand ourselves and our place in creation.
For an application file to be considered complete, all international students must provide the following information.
- Online Application
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores
- Copy of Passport
- Affidavit of Support
In addition to these items, each program has its own requirements. Please use the sections below to identify additional information that will be needed.
In addition to the above-listed items, you must provide:
- Proof of high school graduation – sent directly from your school
School of Theology & Christian Ministry
It is important for international student applicants to understand that admittance to Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry is a process involving several steps. Anderson University and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry are registered with and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services, for the attendance and enrollment of students who are citizens of other countries into degree programs and the issuance of an authorization form I-20 for F-1 type visas. Each applicant for admission is considered individually on the merits of education, citizenship, and basic religious faith; as much information as possible is gathered to determine the suitability of Anderson University and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry to the student’s needs, as well as the student’s suitability to the institution. The student’s plans and past activities in home, community, school, and church are considered in the admissions process.
It should be noted by international students that Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry does not provide full scholarships or finances to students.
Complete the above-listed steps.
Students applying for graduate study in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry must also submit:
- College Transcript Evaluation from World Evaluation Services
- References (3)
- Essay: 200-300 words addressing the following topics
Your education goals
your faith experience
why you chose to apply to AU
The seminary admissions office will review all documents and determine if the student is educationally qualified to enter the seminary’s graduate program. There may be a fee if the transcripts require verification.
All application forms and documents including transcripts must be on file with the School of Theology and Christian Ministry Office of Student Development before June 1 for August admission. Failure to meet this requirement will delay potential admission until the following January (e.g., if materials are received in July, the student is not eligible for admission until January).
All materials sent to the School of Theology and Christian Ministry will be given to the Anderson University Office of International Student Services. This office will review all materials to determine if the student is eligible for a student visa under the guidelines of the United States Department of Immigration. The Affidavit of Support is a critical document for determining eligibility. A student must also complete a health record as a part of the student visa process.
It is important to understand that steps one and two are independent of each other. A student may be determined to be ineligible academically to enter the master’s program, or the Office of International Student Services may determine the student does not qualify for a student visa under U.S. guidelines. A student must obtain approval from BOTH the seminary and the Office of International Student Services in order to move to step three. Completion of one step does not guarantee the completion of the others.
The Office of International Student Services will determine eligibility for students to receive a student visa. This approval and related information will be sent to the U.S. Embassy in the country where the student resides via SEVIS. This information will be sent to the U.S. Embassy only after satisfactory and verifiable completion of steps one and two above.
A student must then arrange an interview with the U.S. Embassy in his or her country if required. Student status is ultimately determined by the United States Government and not by Anderson University or the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. If the U.S. Embassy refuses to provide an applicant with a student visa, there is little to nothing that Anderson University or the School of Theology and Christian Ministry can do to change that decision.
Questions regarding this process or admission should be directed to the Office of Adult and Graduate Studies at email@example.com.