International Students

Welcome to Biola University!

We are excited that you have chosen Biola University and we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community. Here are your "next steps" towards your enrollment process:

Biola ID number and Biola NetID

Your Biola ID number

  • You will receive this via email approximately one week after your acceptance letter.
  • You can also contact your admissions counselor to request it.
  • Need help? Here are some hints.

Your Biola NetID

  • Before you can use Biola's online portal ( system or Biola's Google Apps, you need to set your NetID password.

Submit Enrollment Deposit

Pay your $300 enrollment deposit to secure your spot at Biola.

  • Use your my.biola account to pay online, or
  • Pay by mail, making your check payable to Biola University. Send to:
    • Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Ave
      La Mirada, CA 90639

For detailed instructions on paying your Enrollment Deposit online, or for further tuition payments, please refer to the Payment Options menu below.

Biola Email Account

Once you deposit, all electronic communcation will come through your Biola email.

Follow these instructions to set up your Biola email account.

Biola email is powered by the Gmail email client which includes a variety of Google Apps to ease communication, electronic data sharing and calendar scheduling across our campus.


Log into your my.biola account and complete the Housing Application or the Request to Commute form.

Every student must:

  • Submit a $250 housing deposit and complete the housing application.


  • Complete the request to commute form.

Registration Profile

By completing your registration profile, you are taking an important step to becoming a Biola student. Accepted students who have submitted their enrollment deposit and registration profile by May 1 for fall semester, or January 1 for spring semester, will receive instructions for completing registration for their first semester courses through my.biola.

For more information on how to register for classes, and when you can start the class registration process, please visit Academic Advising.

Down Payment

At Biola University we offer a variety of down payment options.

Learn More on the Down Payment Page.

Health Forms

Complete and return these forms to finalize the process of becoming a Biola student.

The Biola Student Health Center asks that you submit the required health forms. You may email them directly to the Biola Health Center at, please ensure to put your Biola ID number on all forms. Health forms are due by August 1 or you may bring original copies with you to student orientation. Note: Athletes must complete the athletic physical form instead of the regular health form.For more information you can contact the Student Health Center at 562-903-4841 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Global Student Orientation

Orientation for international students and US citizens living abroad will begin mid-August 2016 (dates TBA), but there is some flexibility to your arrival time. Click here for more information and to register.

International students and US citizens living abroad may begin moving into campus housing prior to traditional incoming students. For a list of activities and times The Office of the Registrar can provide help acclimating to college and choosing your class schedule, and the Global Student page on the Student Life website provides practical information about living in a new country, including banking information, getting a driver's license and even a listing of local churches.

SOS Information

Student Orientation Services (SOS) is a service provided by current student leaders to help all incoming students transition into college life, particularly life at Biola University! For a move-in schedule and list of student orientation activities and dates, visit the SOS website.

Biola Athletics Information

If you are a member of a Biola athletic team, please contact your coach regarding the date you are to report to campus. Athletes participating in a fall sport often need to arrive on campus prior to the official move-in date.

Payment Options

You may pay online through your my.biola account. To set up your my.biola account, follow the instructions below:

  1. Find your Biola ID number in your acceptance email from Biola with the subject line "You got in ... What's Next?" If you do not know your ID number, you can email to retrieve it.
  2. Go to my.biola, and click the link first time logging in? (You will need to enter your Biola ID, found in your acceptance packet and/or acceptance email)
  3. After you answer a few questions to set up your account, you will need to create a password and receive your NetID (personal information provided must match what we have on file for you).
  4. Use your NetID and password to log in the my.biola portal.

Once you have set up your account, log in to my.biola and follow these simple instructions to pay your deposit:

  • Click the Student Financials tab.
  • Under Student Accounts click Manage My Account.
  • In the payment window that opens, click eDeposits.
  • Choose the appropriate term, then click the select button.
  • Choose Undergrad Enrollment Deposit and click the select button.
  • Confirm your selections, and click continue.
  • Enter your bank information and finalize your payment.

You will receive a receipt via your email account and notification when your enrollment deposit has been processed.

Check Or Money Order

Please make checks or money orders payable to Biola University. Funds must be drawn in USD, and the student's legal name and Biola ID number must be given as reference so that the payment can be credited accordingly. If you are sending a check or money order from overseas, we encourage you to use a courier service that allows you to track its receipt. Mail can be sent to:

Office of Admissions
Biola University

13800 Biola Avenue

La Mirada, CA 90639



Please visit the Peer Transfer website for wiring methods.

In Person Payments

If you are currently in the area, or will be traveling to visit Biola before you enroll, you can also make a payment in person at the admissions reception desk.

1-20 Requirements and Instructions

A student who is accepted and desires to attend Biola must notify the university by completing the steps listed on the What's Next page. In addition, international students are required to complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20 from Biola University:

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statements (certificate of deposit)
  • For those who are currently studying in the US with an F1 visa (in high school or college), there is a transfer of SEVIS records that must be done by the school that has issued your current I-20 this must be completed when your school year ends (Biola Transfer Authorization Form). You must submit a copy of your current I-20 along with this form. You may email these documents to
  • Additional Information for F-1 visa

Scholarships for International Students

International undergraduate students may qualify for the following scholarships. The requirements are listed under each category. Please note that Biola University does not offer full scholarships and all international students are expected to have sponsorship to meet most of their educational expenses. The scholarships offered are to supplement to overall cost in tuition, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses.