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
Upon accepting an offer of admission, all international students must 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 also 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 will issue an I-20 form for an F-1 visa application. The deposit amount is set every January and can be found on the Certification of Financial Support for INS Form I-20.
- Low-Residency Degree Programs. Students in the Doctor of Ministry Program (D.Min.) are not required to submit a deposit and should use the Certification of Financial Support for INS Form I-20 for Low-Residency Programs.
Important Note for D.Min. Students: Because the D.Min. program is classified as a low-residency program, international students must 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. 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.