International students seeking to study online at WBS must either be recipients of our Shepherd Project International Scholarship OR they must be able to not only pay for seminary but come to Jackson for the required residencies and for graduation. They must have consistent access to high-speed Internet and be able to procure the necessary books for classes.


We are unable to provide housing or to financially assist international students and their families with moving to the States. International students seeking admission to our on-campus program must provide additional information in the application process. Please see the academic catalog for details. Here’s a basic overview of what is needed:

  1. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above. The student should have an official copy of the test score sent to the seminary. This is not necessary for those whose native language is English OR whose education up to this point has been in English unless deemed necessary after observing communication with the student. (Note: WBS’ TOEFL code is B358.)
  2. An endorsement from the student’s sending church or Christian organization.
  3. Adequate evidence of sufficient finances.
  4. A deposit of emergency funds to be held in the student’s WBS account.



The seminary will not assist international D.Min. students in relocating to the United States but will help them in procuring the tourist/visitor’s visas necessary to attend the two-week January and June intensives. Please contact the registrar for assistance.