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International Student Admissions

International students applying for a graduate program at the Talbot School of Theology must meet the admissions requirements for their program of choice, in addition to the international student admissions requirements found below. These requirements detail varying application deadlines, required documents and more.

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Our International Student Admissions office is here to help you navigate the application process. Contact us with your questions!

Joshua Esau

Assistant Director, International Admissions

Admissions Requirements

International students must follow the requirements listed below. In addition, you must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as well as an Affidavit of Support. All documents must be received before your application will be considered.

  • Submit an application

    Follow the steps to apply provided on the Talbot School of Theology graduate admissions page. Application deadlines vary based on program of choice and semester of entry.
  • Submit test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS

    Talbot requires English proficiency test scores from TOEFL or IELTS. These tests are required for non-native English speakers. The test score requirement for TOEFL/IELTS may be waived in some cases. Contact us to ask us how. English proficiency requirements vary by program. Please see the Talbot steps to apply for your program of choice to see requirements.
  • Submit an Affidavit of Support and Bank Statement

    Submit an Affidavit of Support for each individual source of funding. Before we can review your application you must be able to demonstrate a substantial amount of financial support from your own resources. 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.

    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
  • Submit international transcripts

    All International transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted, so you must have them evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). 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.
  • 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.

    Learn About Studying in the U.S. as an International Student