Finances for International Students
This matter can be difficult, especially if your country has strict regulations about taking funds abroad. Check with your bank’s foreign exchange department when you are getting your financial support documentation in order, and make the necessary arrangements to bring sufficient funds with you and transfer other needed funds.
Arrange a convenient way to bring funds into the U.S. or to have them transferred efficiently to your American bank account once you open one (as soon as possible after your arrival). You should bring sufficient funds with you in U.S. currency and traveler’s checks to get through the first few weeks while your account is being opened and your bank is clearing bank drafts. It is suggested that you carry a recognized credit card (Visa or MasterCard, for example), and (A) at least two hundred dollars if single, or (B) five hundred dollars if married: one hundred in cash and the rest in traveler’s checks. Bring the rest of your money in traveler’s checks or a bank check. Be sure that bank drafts are payable to you personally and are made out in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. When traveling it is helpful to have a few one-dollar ($1) bills for small needs, and quarters (25 cent pieces) for telephone calls. Do not carry large amounts of cash.
If you arrive at Southeastern less than a month before registration and have not paid fees ahead of time from your own country, you will need to have access to sufficient funds (such as traveler’s checks) to pay in full your first semester tuition at registration and pay for your accommodations, etc. Remember, you cannot count on being able to establish a bank account immediately and have quick access to funds.
Southeastern Baptist ScholarshipInternational Students receive the Southern Baptist scholarship during their first semester at Southeastern and therefore pay half of the regular tuition rate. If you intend to maintain the Southern Baptist scholarship on your tuition, you must join a SBC church within the first semester of attendance and submit a completed certification of church membership form to the Registrar’s Office. If you do not, you will no longer receive the Southern Baptist scholarship and will be expected to pay the non-Baptist affiliated tuition rate.
Southeastern General ScholarshipIn addition to receiving the Southern Baptist scholarship, International Students are eligible to apply for institutional scholarships or financial aid. Applications will only be processed if submitted by the Financial Aid deadlines. The amount of each award is discretionary and does not exceed the cost of tuition fees. It is given for tuition only. If part of the scholarship is not needed for tuition, it will not be given to the student for other expenses but returned to the scholarship fund. It is not guaranteed that you will receive scholarships every year. You must REAPPLY EACH YEAR for financial aid if you wish to receive it. Please contact the Financial Aid office or visit the Financial Aid portion of our website for more information.
Academic RequirementInternational students who have entered the U.S. on an F-1 visa must maintain full-time status. Undergraduate students must maintain 12 credit hours in both fall and spring semesters. International MA and MDiv students must register for at least nine credit hours each fall and spring semester. ThM, DMin, EdD, and PhD students must maintain continuous enrollment. Students must be enrolled full-time in on campus classes. International Students are allowed to take one online class per full course load.
Visa Information for International Students
Traveling to Southeastern
Pay Attention to Your I-94 Card
The I-94 card is one of the most important immigration documents since it is what indicates your non-immigrant status in the U.S. and how long you may legally remain in the country for that particular trip. You can find your I-94 card online.
It is very important to pay attention to what is written on this card when you enter the U.S. Before you leave the immigration area, be sure to check the status you have been given and the date you must depart.
If you find anything that appears to be in error, politely point it out to the immigration official. It is the date written on the I-94 and not the expiration of the visa stamp that controls how long you can remain in the U.S. A new I-94 card with a new date is issued each time a nonimmigrant legally enters the U.S.
Immediately Upon Arrival
Getting through U.S. Immigration and Customs can be a challenging experience. Allow approximately two hours for the process, though the time could vary. Make contact with us ahead of time so that we can be of help when you get to the Wake Forest area and can pray for you as you travel.