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It is Southeastern's desire to train international Christian leaders for ministry in their countries of origin, further the mission of Southeastern and satisfy the laws and regulations governing international students.
The admissions procedure for international students requires additional information and processing time due to seminary policies and the requirements of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. For more information, contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Additional Admissions Requirements
This packet includes forms required by the U.S. government to verify your financial support and other forms necessary for the issuance of an I-20. It also includes Southeastern's international student agreement.International Student Packet
Every international student must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The prospective student should check with the admissions advisor for his/her program for the minimum TOEFL score required for admission. Generally, students must have a minimum score of 79. Advanced and research degrees usually require a score of 100.
Due to the difficulty in interpreting international transcripts, a WES (World Education Services) evaluation is required of all students who have studied outside of the United States. All official transcripts from non-US educational institutions – high school as well as any post-secondary transcripts –must be translated (as applicable) and sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before your admissions file will be considered complete. You will find all the information you need at www.wes.org.
You can apply for your evaluation on the WES website, and you should apply for the course-by-course evaluation if you have completed any university-level coursework.
If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English, you are responsible for providing a translation. On the WES form, request a copy of the report to be sent to "a third party" and indicate the following:
Office of Admissions
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 1889
Wake Forest, NC 27587-1889Apply for WES Evaluation
It is the responsibility of the student to read and be familiar with any information pertaining to international student admission and enrollment found on this site and in the international student handbook. Below are a few policies and procedures international students should be familiar with.
Policies and Procedures
If accepted, and after completing a program of study, F-1 student status requires that students either return to their home country or enroll in a subsequent program of study at the same or different institution within a grace period of 60-days.
The international student deposit must be received by the admissions office before an I-20 may be issued. The deposit will be held by the accounting services office at SEBTS, and will be returned upon written request, without interest, in the following situations:
- after securing return travel arrangements to home country
- after confirmation of transfer to a different program of study after the completion of a degree
- after the completion of one full year at SEBTS and having no outstanding charges due to SEBTS. The deposit may be reduced by any outstanding debt owed to SEBTS.
International students are not permitted to work off-campus during the first year of study (per government regulations). Though students may work on-campus during that time, there is no guarantee of campus employment. If during their studies, international students are hired by a campus entity, or if after the first year by an off-campus entity, students must immediately notify the international student office and file the appropriate paperwork with USCIS.
If applicable, international students are required to have adequate health and hosiptalization insurance for themselves and their dependants.
International students must attend Southeastern’s International Student Orientation. Failure to attend this orientation may endanger their status as a student at Southeastern, as well as their student status with USCIS.
International students are expected to join a Southern Baptist-affiliated church in the area during their first semester. If they choose not to do so, they will be charged the non-Southern Baptist rate for tuition for subsequent semesters.