International Students

St. Vladimir's Seminary prides itself on its international student body. This diversity provides a unique and rich blend of different people, cultures, and educational experience. Students come from the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. This international flavor helps to encourage dialogue, valuable exchange, and a sense of unity among students of all nations.


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to give evidence of proficiency in the English language before their application can be considered. The usual basis for evaluation is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of the Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540 ( The seminary's TOEFL Institute Code is: #2804.  The minimum TOEFL iBT scores required are 96 (M.Div.), 100 (M.A.), 104 (Th.M.).


Upon admittance international students must submit a deposit (less any seminary financial aid awards or other documented scholarships) covering their first year's educational expenses.  This deposit must be received before the seminary can issue an I-20 form for an F1 visa application.  The deposit amount is set every January and may be found on the Certification of Financial Support for INS Form I-20 form.  International applicants must also demonstrate that sufficient funds are available to cover all other expenses to be incurred during their course of study, including travel expenses to and from the United States. For students in the Doctor of Ministry Program (DMin) please use the Certification of Financial Support for INS Form I-20 (DMin version).

Important Note for D.Min. Students: The D.Min. program is classified as a low-residency program; therefore, international students will need to obtain a new Form I-20 for each residency and pay the SEVIS fee before each entry in to the United States as a student. 


International students are eligible for the seminary's need-based and merit-based financial aid awards and scholarships.  In addition, applicants may be eligible for the seminary's need-based International Student Scholarship Assistance (ISSA) program.  This work-study program allows students to work approximately 5 hours per week on-campus to earn a maximum of $1000 USD per semester. 

Note: International applicants are reminded that federal law strictly limits off-campus employment in the United States.  International students are not eligible for federal student loans.

A full list of admission requirements for international students may be found in the Application Packet. For further information on international student applications please contact the Office of Admissions.  For questions pertaining to visas and the visa application process, please contact Mrs. Ann Sanchez, the Student Affairs Administrator.