International Student Admissions - School of Theology & Christian Ministry
The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry welcomes applications from international students. We believe that life together with students from around the world 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, one can better understand oneself and their place in the created order of our Creator.
Admissions Process for International Students desiring to live and study on the campus of Anderson University School of Theology and 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.
English proficiency is required when a student’s home language is non-English; TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based), TOEFL scores of 213 (computer-based) or above, or Michigan test of English scores are accepted as such documentation of proficiency.
A prospective student must provide an Affidavit of Support with verifiable financial documentation. No application will be considered without this document.
The seminary admissions office will review all documents and determine if the student is educationally qualified to enter the seminary’s graduate program. The seminary will review educational transcripts, essays, and references for applicants. 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 financial 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.