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International Students

Garrett-Evangelical is blessed by the presence, gifts, and experiences our international students bring to the seminary community. 14% of our student body is comprised of international students and all admitted international students are awarded scholarships of at least 50% of their tuition.

Application Requirements

International students may apply for admission beginning in fall semesters only.  The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 1st. 

A completed application consists of:

  • Online Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 Application fee
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (TOEFL or degree taught in English)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants for whom English is not the first language and who have not completed a postsecondary degree where instruction was in English.  Results are forwarded to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Educational Testing Service code #1245).  A minimum TOEFL scores, as follows, is required for admission:

  • Internet-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 100; for MA and MDiv = 88
  • Computer-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 250; for MA and MDiv = 230

I-20 Processing Information:
In order for us to complete the I-20 form, admitted international students must provide information requested below and pre-pay for their first semester of study.  This money will be held in trust and will be refunded (minus the non-refundable deposit of $500) if for any reason you are not able to matriculate.  You must provide our office with proof of the ability to pay tuition, fees, and living expenses for the academic year. 

  1. $500 non-refundable deposit and pre=payment for your first semester of study

  2. Church Endorsement Form
    Garrett-Evangelical strives to cooperate with churches in other countries by admitting those students who, in the judgment of their churches, will enrich their future ministry through the experience of ecumenical study abroad. It is expected that students desiring a first professional degree will undertake such a program in their home country or a nearby area whenever possible.

  3. Affidavit of Support
    (You may print off as many of these as you need.)

  4. Bank Statement or bank letter (see bank statement and letter guidelines below).  An original is not required for I-20 issuance purposes but is strongly encouraged for the visa application.

Bank Statement guidelines:

  • Must be dated within the last six months;
  • Name of account holder must be present;
  • Amount of money in the account must be listed;
  • Must be in English, or include a certified English translation;
  • Type of account (eg. savings, checking, time deposit) must be included;
  • Type of currency must be included.

Bank Letter guidelines:

  • Name of account holder must be present;
  • Amount of money in the account must be listed -OR- letter must state that the holder has enough money in the account to cover the estimated costs;
  • Must be in English, or include a certified English translation;
  • Type of account (eg. savings, checking, time deposit) must be included;
  • Type of currency must be included;
  • Must be dated within the last six months.

International Student Stories

What attracted me to Garrett-Evangelical was the masters in pastoral care and counseling. Many schools I was looking at were not as strong in pastoral care even if they had counseling programs. I wanted to attend a seminary that will help me grow academically but also give me space to grow individually as I see more of God through fellowship. When I arrived the first day I knew that I made the right decision.

-Ornella Umubyeyi
Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Not only at the chapel, but also in the classroom, I am learning how to make worship a lifestyle with great friends at the seminary. I was surprised at the strong sense of community and fellowship at Garrett-Evangelical. Many people are dedicated to building a good community for the world.

- Whanhee Oh
Master of Theological Studies

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