5.1.2 International Students

Students of high academic standing from other countries are encouraged to apply to the Seminary. Applicants should note that, while some limited financial assistance for tuition may be awarded by the Seminary (see section 9.3), complete financial support is not granted to any student. International students must seek additional means of support elsewhere.

International students (on F1 or J1 visa status) need to be enrolled full-time in the fall and spring semesters, according to the Seminary and the United States government policies. For full details, contact the International Student Coordinator at studentaffairs@wts.edu.

Applicants should note that because of United States banking restrictions, checks must be payable in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, with the bank’s computer code located in the lower left-hand corner of the check. Checks not meeting these requirements will be returned, which may delay admission.

In addition to the following, applicants from other countries should follow the application procedure outlined under the “General Requirements for Admission to Programs” section beginning in section 5.1. Applicants whose native language is not English should also see section 5.1.1 for further information for non-native English speakers (TOEFL and TWE).

In order for the applicant to receive from the Director of International Students the Certificate of Eligibility (Form DS-2019 for J visas or Form I-20 for F visas) necessary to obtain the visa for non-immigrant students, the applicant must have final approval of admission as a full-time student and financial documentation showing sufficient resources for his or her length of study in the United States.

All students on either a J visa or an F visa are required to study full time. The maximum number of semesters allowed to complete each degree program on a full-time basis (except as noted) is as follows: M.A.C/M.A.U.M, 4 semesters; M.A.R., 6 semesters; M.Div., 8 semesters; Th.M., 4 semesters; Ph.D., 12 semesters. D.Min. students are considered less than half-time from the start of the D.Min. degree. International students should always allow three years to complete an M.A.R. and four years to complete an M.Div., due to Greek and Hebrew requirements. A maximum of 3 semester credit hours may be taken through distance education in the fall and spring semesters.

An applicant may be requested to attend an interview with a designated Seminary representative in the applicant’s home country where practicable. A confidential report from the interviewer becomes part of the required credentials for application.

Students coming to the United States for the first time are encouraged to arrange, while still in their home countries, health insurance coverage that will adequately cover them and any family members who will be accompanying them until they can determine what coverage they need and be enrolled in a plan in the United States (see section 3.2.d regarding health insurance requirements).

Sponsors documented on affidavit of support forms must be legitimate and committed to giving the amount indicated. If they fail to support the student, his or her tuition scholarship (if applicable) will be revoked, which may result in withdrawal from Westminster.