Degree-seeking international learners are welcome. You will have the flexibility of studying in residence or from a distance in your home country through our hybrid programs. As an international applicant you will complete our standard admissions requirements and provide the following additional documentation to support your admissions consideration and future F-1 or J-1 student visa. Please be sure to check our admissions application deadlines to complete your application in a timely manner.

An international student is a non-US citizen or non-US Permanent Resident Green Card Holder. International students usually need an F-1 Student Visa or J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa to study in the US.

Applicants living outside the United States should consult denominational leaders in their home countries before applying to the Iliff School of Theology. Such leaders can provide guidance regarding special denominational requirements and optimal places of study to prepare for the distinctive ministry in their home countries. United Methodist students from outside the United States should contact their local World Communion Scholarship Committee or the General Board of Global Ministry for financial assistance.

Some Things to Consider When Choosing Your Degree Program and Learning Delivery Method (On Campus vs. Journey/Hybrid)

Generally, immigration regulations allow three online credits as part of your total enrollment to count toward full-time requirements for F-1 and J-1 students. For immigration purposes, hybrid classes are considered in-person classes. However, for some sponsors hybrid classes are considered online classes. Many sponsors have strict policies and limits regarding the number of online or hybrid classes a student can take throughout their degree program at the Iliff School of Theology. Please check with your sponsoring agency to confirm their policy on online coursework or you may be responsible for the cost of those classes or encounter difficulty authenticating your diploma with the Ministry of Education of your home country after graduating.

To complete your international application, complete all admissions requirements along with the following additional steps.

1. English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the required minimum score on one of the following tests taken within the past two years. 

  • Internet test (iBT): 90 or higher
  • Computer test (cBT): 230 or higher
  • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher
  • 5 or higher

If you have studied at a high school, college, or university in a country where English is the native language then you may be eligible for a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement. Contact your Admissions Representative for more information.

2. Credential Evaluation of International Transcripts

All applicants who attended a college or university outside of the United States must send their official transcripts to a recognized NACES agency, click here for a full listing, for a course-by-course evaluation of all university work completed. Once the evaluation is completed, a copy of the report must be sent to the admissions office directly from the evaluating agency.

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Since the evaluation process may take several weeks to complete, please start the application early and pay close attention to the priority deadlines of your desired program.

3. Demonstrated Financial Support

In order to receive an I-20 form, which will allow you to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa, accepted international students (including students living in Canada and Mexico) must demonstrate ability to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, health insurance, and living expenses for one year of study at Iliff School of Theology. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family. Documentation of personal or family funds should be on official bank letterhead stationery, be dated within the past six months, be from an individual bank account and show funds that are immediately accessible and transferable. Credit card statements, business accounts, property value documents, solvency statements, statements of income, and insurance policies may not be submitted as sources of financial support. If you are receiving financial support through an outside scholarship or sponsoring agency a recent copy of your support letter is required stating the amount of support and duration of the award. Photocopies, faxes, and scanned documents are accepted. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents. Click here to review our current cost of attendance.

4. Passport Identification 

All accepted international students will be required to provide a photocopy of the identification page of their passport. This ensures that the name and date of birth listed on your I-20 is accurate. The name and date of birth on your application for admission must match those listed on the identification page of your passport. If the names on your admission letters, I-20 form, and passport do not match, you may have difficulty during your student visa interview or when you enter the U.S.

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