International Students

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 Ministry and Services (ISMS) 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.

English Language Institute (ELI)

An English Language Institute (ELI) course is now required for all students who are required to submit TOEFL scores (or any equivalent assessment), except PhD students. Students will be placed into a four-hour course during their first semester at SWBTS. Placement will be determined by evaluation of the student's TOEFL scores and written application. ELI coursework is graded and recorded on the student's Adult Education transcript at SWBTS.

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

Transcript Evaluation

Official transcripts must be translated into English, indicating degree(s) earned and date(s) conferred. They must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. In addition, applicants are required to submit translated transcripts from all previous institutions outside the United States to SpanTran, The Evaluation Company, for evaluation. For the SpanTran evaluation application, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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 Ministry and Services regarding specific admission policies related to their visa statuses.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: Not eligible to begin in summer semester

Office of International Student Ministry and Services

  • Andrew Morris, Director
  • Phone 817.923.1921 x3971
  • Email


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