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 experiences. In recent years, students have come from Australia, Bosnia, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Great Britain, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, and Uganda. This international presence helps to encourage dialogue, valuable exchange, and a tangible sense of unity in Christ 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 (www.ets.org/toefl). The seminary's TOEFL Institute Code is: #2804. The minimum TOEFL iBT scores required are 96 (M.Div.), 100 (M.A.), 104 (Th.M. and D.Min.).
Certification of Financial Support for INS Form I-20
Upon accepting an offer of admission, all international students must not only submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit but also demonstrate that sufficient funds are available to cover tuition and other expenses to be incurred during their course of study, including travel to and from the United States, by submitting the appropriate certification of financial support form by the deadline indicated on the form:
- Residential Degree Programs. International students in residential degree programs must submit a deposit (less any seminary financial aid awards or other documented scholarships) covering their first year's educational expenses. The deposit amount is set every January and can be found on the form for Certification of Financial Support for Residential Programs. The deposit (and certification form) must be received before the seminary will issue an I-20 form for an F-1 visa application.
- Low-Residency Degree Programs. International students in the Doctor of Ministry program (D.Min.) must complete the form for Certification of Financial Support for Low-Residency Programs and pay the tuition and registration fees due (less any seminary financial aid awards or other documented scholarships) before the seminary will issue an I-20 form for an F-1 visa application.
Important note for continuing D.Min. students: Because the D.Min. program is classified as a low-residency program, continuing students who have been out of status, i.e., not in residence, for more than five months, as from October to July between onsite intensives, must obtain a new INS Form I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee again before entry in to the United States as a student. Continuing students who have been out of status for less than five months do not pay the fee. The SEVIS fee for issuing an I-20 for F-1 students is $200.00.
International students are eligible for the seminary's need-based and merit-based financial aid awards (see Eligibility for Financial Aid). International students are not eligible for federal student loans.
Note: International applicants are reminded that federal law strictly limits off-campus employment in the United States.
A full list of admission requirements for international students can be found in the Application Packet. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions. For questions pertaining to visas and the visa application process, please contact Mrs. Ann Sanchez, Immigration Services Counselor.