International Students

International students seeking admission to Wesley Biblical Seminary need to provide additional information in the application process. The seminary primarily accepts international students to study online and live Zoom from their own country but will also consider applications for study in the United States.

International Students Studying Online and in Virtual Classes

  1. Students applying to be part of the Shepherd Project should complete the Shepherd Project application instead of the regular application.
  2. The student should provide an official copy of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score that indicates the student’s ability to work at the graduate level with the English language. A total TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5 is acceptable. A student should go to the TOEFL or IELTS website for further information.
  3. The student should provide a written official endorsement from the student’s sending church or Christian organization indicating plans for ministry after graduation from Wesley.
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International Students Studying in the United States

  1. The student must first complete an application (see Admission Procedures) to begin the process to study at Wesley.

  2. The student should apply and acquire a passport from his or her country’s government.

  3. The student should provide an official copy of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score that indicates the student’s ability to work at the graduate level with the English language. A total TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5 is acceptable. A student should go to the TOEFL or IELTS website for further information.

  4. Once the student receives acceptance to study at Wesley Biblical Seminary, the student must supply evidence of the financial resources necessary to cover the cost. The potential student should complete the worksheet of projected expenses that is available from the Director of Financial Aid. After receiving adequate evidence of sufficient finances, the Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Registrar will send a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status.

Sufficient evidence of financial resources should include such things as (a) personal bank statements; (b) letters of financial support from foundations, churches, or individuals with copies of bank statements demonstrating said support; and (c) certificates of any awarded scholarships.

  1. Once students have their I-20, they will then need to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee. This fee can be paid at FMJFee.com. For more information, view the Form I-901 Fee Payment tutorial online.

  2. The student should then apply for a nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States at a designated U.S. embassy or consulate. Make sure to bring all required documents.

  3. On-campus international students must also provide a deposit of funds in US dollars to serve as an emergency fund and to cover the cost of return airfare for the student and any accompanying family members. This deposit of funds shall be made before admission is granted and will be held in the student’s account at WBS until the funds are needed.

  4. The seminary is not authorized to accept students into the Doctor of Ministry degree.