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International Student Admissions

If you’re an international student applying for a School of Education graduate program, please take a look at the admissions requirements below to prepare for your application. Please be aware that you will need to meet the requirements for your selected program, in addition to the international student admissions requirements found below. The requirements below share details on our application deadlines, required documents and more.

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Thank you for your interest in the School of Education. We want to get to know you and help you navigate the application process. Have questions? Contact our International Admissions office!

Joshua Esau

Assistant Director, International Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Review the admissions requirements, application deadlines and required document information below to find all the details you need to know about international student admissions.

  1. Submit an application

    Make sure to submit a School of Education admissions application. Pay close attention to the application steps and additional program-specific admissions requirements. If you're an international student who won't need a visa because you're planning to remain in your country and study in a fully online degree program, please follow the general and program-specific admission requirements and deadlines.
  2. Verify English proficiency

    International students must verify their English proficiency by submitting the applicable test scores (100 iBT on the TOEFL exam or 7.5 on the IELTS exam). If you don't yet meet this requirement, we have additional options for you. If your TOEFL iBT score is from 90–99 (Or IELTS overall 7.0) you can be admitted under our pathway program so you can start your education courses while also taking Academic English Placement courses together. If your score is below 90 or below 7.0 consider Biola’s English Language Program to improve your academic English proficiency here on campus.
  3. Submit an Affidavit of Support and Bank Statement

    Submit an Affidavit of Support for each individual source of funding. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not allow us to issue I-20 forms (used to obtain student visas) without documented proof that the student has sufficient funds to study in this country. The affidavit of support form assures us that you will receive continued financial support from your sponsor(s) for your education at Biola University. In some cases, official notary of the Affidavit of Support is required. We also require that corresponding bank statements be attached.

    Download the Affidavit of Support in the Online Application Portal.

    Financial Aid

    It is important to understand the cost of attending a private university in the United States before beginning the application process.
    • Before requests for financial aid can be considered, the applicant must complete and return the application with the required transcripts, references, Affidavit of Support, etc., and be accepted for admittance.
    • It is essential that the university clearly understands the applicant's qualifications and sponsor's financial resources before evaluating eligibility for scholarship assistance. Incomplete or un-notarized affidavits will be returned to the applicant.
    • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should specify this request with their completed application forms.
    • International Student Aid Grant
      Although some financial aid is available, international students should be prepared to show financial support for the full cost of tuition, living expenses and student health insurance. Please see the following requirements for aid:
      • Immigration status must be F-1 (student visa)
      • Maintain minimum academic standing of 70% / "C"
      • Must be a full-time student during the academic year at Biola (9 or more units per semester)
      • Application is sent to admitted students only
  4. Submit international transcripts

    All international transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted, so you must have them evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or another approved transcript evaluation agency. Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have WES send them directly to Biola University (13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official. This process takes an average of four to six weeks and costs approximately $300 USD.
  5. Receive the I-20 Form (hybrid/on-campus students only)

    The I-20 form is used to apply for a student visa. Biola University will issue you an I-20 form once you complete the process detailed above, are accepted to the university and pay an enrollment deposit of $100 USD. In some cases, a $1,900 tuition deposit may be required. You will then make an appointment at your nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate to schedule your F1 Student Visa Interview. View helpful resources on studying in the United States.

    Students transitioning into life on Biola’s campus should review resources from our Global Student Programs & Development department, or learn more about studying in the U.S. as an international student.