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International Student Information

Student diversity is a hallmark of the academic experience at BTS. You will enjoy meeting and developing life-long friendships with men and women from around the neighborhood and around the world. Our aim is to make your experience at BTS as spiritually, academically, and culturally fulfilling as possible.

To provide all students with a dynamic academic experience, the following are additionally required for international student admissions.

“It is great to see how BTS has impacted lives for God's kingdom.”
Pastor Paul Hong MA Old Testament and MDiv, BTS 1995

Special Instructions for International Students

If you are an international applicant whose native language is not English, or who has not received a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an English-speaking institution, you must send official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the admissions office. BTS requires all such prospective students to take the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). The minimum required score is 20 in each of the four sections (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). The minimum total score for the MA/MDiv is 80; 90 for ThM; 100 for DMin. For information concerning the TOEFL iBT Test, visit www.ets.org. An international applicant who has a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an English-speaking institution is exempt from submitting TOEFL iBT, but may be required to take ACS courses. This is to ensure the success of the student in graduate level theological education.

F-1 Students

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), F-1 students must be both matriculated and enrolled full-time (at least nine credits per semester, except during the summer). To remain "in status," F-1 students must stay in compliance with these requirements. You must also be making satisfactory progress toward your degree program. (Guideline for studying in the US.)

In addition, international students who require an I-20 must provide evidence of documented financial support by submitting three forms: an I-20 Dependent Form, an F-1 Financial Form, and an affidavit of support with original bank statements. Students coming from other institutions in the United States must also submit a transfer form. These forms may be obtained here.

You must also demonstrate that you have enough financial support to cover the first full year of seminary before admission can be granted. BTS reserves the right to request payment in full for the first enrollment year in an amount that covers full-time tuition and living expenses. Individuals who will be studying as students in the US for the first time must also pay an initial status fee to the government before applying for a visa. For more info, see the international student info guide above or visit www.FMJfee.com.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to call anyone on our amazing admissions team at 800.235.4021

Ryan Egli
Director of
Enrollment and Marketing
Ext: 122
Pastor Michael
Contact for:
MA, MDiv, DMin
Ext: 152
Lisa Mutch
Contact for:
MA Counseling,
Ext: 153
Reverend Dr. Oh
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Ext: 144
Ginny Hartman
Contact for:
Financial Aid
Ext: 141
Patsy Byrd
Contact for:
General Information
Ext: 146

Are you in need of additional training?

Our Advanced Cultural Studies program focuses on English as a second language curriculum designed for people doing theological studies at the graduate level. The innovative curriculum orients students to theological terms, academic writing skills, and a full program of core courses that prepare international students for the seminary experience.

"I can’t tell you how pleased, encouraged, and excited I am at the response of our international students at BTS to missional ideas and missional ministry innovations, and how insightful and perceptive are their incorporations of missional ideas to their own culture and ministry context. Not to us, but to God alone be glory. I truly believe that international BTS graduates have the potential truly for changing the church and Christianity in the U.S., and around the world, in part because of the missional theology and ideas that they’re wrestling with, grasping, and seeking to apply in their educational training at BTS."

R. Todd Mangum, PhD, Dir. of ThM Program, Professor of Theology


Whether you are looking for more information regarding a program, scheduling a visit, starting the application process, or just wanting to talk to someone about your dreams, our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have.

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