International Student Admissions

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

Contact the Admissions Office


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. Southeastern’s school code for the TOEFL is 5620.

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

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 27587-1889


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.