International students at Southwestern Seminary are required to be in compliance with all federal immigration regulations applicable to their visa type (visa status). Southwestern Seminary does not admit students who are currently in violation of their statuses with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) formerly known U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Prospective and returning International students should contact the Office of International Student Services (ISS) in order to comply with the proper admissions procedures. International students are allowed to enroll only at the Fort Worth and the J. Dalton Havard campuses. New International students can begin only during the Fall or Spring semesters.
Application Process for International Students
Statement of Financial Support
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all F-1 visa students provide evidence of adequate financial support, as noted in #10 (Financial Support) on page 2 of students' I-20 document: "You must demonstrate that you are financially able to support yourself for the entire period of stay in the United States while pursuing a full course of study." Hence, students who have dependents must provide adequate financial support for all his or her dependents.
Written Communication Course
A Written Communication Course is now required for all graduate level students for whom English is a second language and English speakers who do not come to seminary with the requisite number of college level English courses. This is a two-hour course and students must enroll during the first semester at Southwestern Seminary. Academic credit will be given for the master's level students, but cannot be used as elective credits in the degree programs.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
All permanent residents and international applicants who are citizens of a country where English is not their first language must take the TOEFL and have the score sent to the Admissions Office. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam or 79 on the internet-based exam is required for master level applicants. Southwestern's institutional code is 6668. Doctoral requirements may be higher; please consult the section of the Academic Catalog pertaining to the specific degree in question. To schedule a time to take the test, visit www.ets.org/toefl.
All transcripts of academic degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a recognized credentials evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES), PO. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087. A baccalaureate degree equivalency is required for entry into a master level program. If the applicant has post-baccalaureate work in theological study for transfer, it must be at the master level and include subject breakdown. A copy of the evaluation results should be sent directly to Southwestern from the evaluation service. This transcript evaluation is to be requested and paid for by the applicant.
Permanent Residence Card
All Resident Alien applicants must provide a copy of their Permanent Residence Card I-551 (Green Card) with the application. The Green Card is issued to all Permanent Residents as proof that they have been granted eligibility to live and work in the United States.
R-1 Visa and Other Non-F-1 Visa Types
An applicant classified as R-1 status for religious work must furnish a copy of the R-1 visa along with the I-94 and employment verification letter from his or her current employer. All other visa types should contact the Office of International Student Services regarding specific admission policies related to their visa statuses.