International Student Admissions

International Student Admissions

It is Southeastern's desire to train and equip international Christian students to fulfill the Great Commission both here in America and in their home countries, whether through on-campus learning or via online courses.

We as an institution are honored that you are considering our school for theological preparation! In order to gain admission into Southeastern, there are additional admissions procedures and policies for international students in order to meet the requirements of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Please remember that becoming an international student takes time and frequent communication. We care for you and desire to assist every step of the way.

For more information about the application process and becoming a student, contact the admissions office at For other helpful information regarding International Student Services, click here.

Application Information and Steps

  • Submit Online Application at least 4-5 months prior to desired start semester
  • Take TOEFL or DuoLingo English Test if you have not already
  • Submit transcripts for SpanTran Evaluation, which can take up to 4-6 weeks
  • Online Application must be complete at least 45 days from start of desired semester. This means every item must be submitted in order to the Admissions Committee to review, make a decision and issue an I-20.

Submit online application (found here:

Financial Affidavit and Financial Ability Forms: This packet helps you financially prepare for living on campus and pay for tuition. It also includes forms required by the U.S. government to verify your financial support and other items needed to issue the I-20. These two forms will be included in the application process.

TOEFL- The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required of every international student. Advanced and research degrees require a score of 100. Southeastern’s school code for the TOEFL is 5620.

A student may take the DuoLingo English Test (DET) in place of the TOEFL. The minimum DET score required for admission is 100. Advanced and research degrees require a score of 120.

Score 77-79: Require Theological English + Academic English Courses

Score 80-82: Require one English course (Theological or Academic)

Score 83+: No English course required

SpanTran Transcript Evaluation- Due to the difficulty in interpreting international transcripts, a SpanTran 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 (if non-English) and sent directly to SpanTran by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before your admissions file will be considered complete. If you are applying for graduate programs, you do not need to submit a high school transcript.

To order an evaluation, go to SpanTran Pathways - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You should apply for the course-by-course evaluation if you have completed any university-level coursework.

Office of Admissions

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

PO Box 1889

Wake Forest, NC 27587-1889

Financial Requirements

The U.S Department of State requires that all prospective F-1 students have financial resources to live and study in the United States. All International Students must provide proof that they have financial support for at least one year of study.

We request that Evidence of Financial Ability take the form of a bank statement with the currency designation in US Dollars only from the bank. If the student provides a bank statement in any other currency, then we cannot accept this as evidence for your Financial Ability.

For more information regarding this policy, please visit the following website:

Please see the amount of financial support that is required below based on your program and marital status.

Financial Ability Requirement Amounts: Tuition, Fees, & Living


Undergraduate – Single




Undergraduate – Married*




Graduate: All MA & M.Div Programs – Single




Graduate: All MA & M.Div Programs – Married*




D.Min Resident** – Single




D.Min Resident** – Married*




D.Min Non-Resident*** (Single or Married)




Ph.D/Ed.D Resident** – Single




Ph.D/Ed.D Resident** – Married*




Ph.D/Ed.D Non-Resident***




*Please add $2,500 for each dependent (child) that you will be bringing to the U.S.
**Resident students are students that will be physically moving to the U.S.
***Non-Resident students are students that will be living outside of the U.S. and coming to campus for only seminars.

Policies and Procedures

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.

After graduating from 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 Personal Emergency Deposit is refundable upon written request to the International Student Office to use at Student’s discretion after either:

  1. The student experiences financial hardship due to loss of support or other unexpected circumstances;
  2. The student has completed one full academic year of study;
  3. The student has completed his or her full program of study and has returned home.

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.

International students are required to have adequate health and hospitalization insurance for themselves and their dependents.

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.