Admissions Information for International Students

International applicants must complete a pre-application prior to receiving the regular application packet.

Process for international student application:
  1. Submit all pre-application materials (A pre-application checklist is provided to help you organize your materials) before the deadline (November 1 for spring semester and June 1 for fall). Pre-application includes the following elements:
    • Pre-Application Form
    • Financial support verification. All international students must complete and submit the official financial documentation to show that adequate financial resources are available for seminary education and living expenses while in the U.S. (Estimated Financial expenses). Financial amounts must be converted to U.S. dollars and all supporting documents must be translated into English.
    • An official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report that is no more than one year old (minimum 550 on the paper-based exam or 80 iBT). An exemption of the TOEFL requirement may be granted only when the applicant has received an acceptable degree from an accredited English-speaking college or university.
    • Official transcripts of all college, university, and seminary study. These transcripts must be translated in English and sent in a sealed envelope directly from the educational institution to the Admissions Office. Unsealed transcripts sent from the applicant will not be accepted. Transcripts submitted by educational institutions outside the United States will need to be evaluated by an evaluation agency. The applicant will need to send the transcript to an evaluation agency such as the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. An official copy of the evaluation results should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
  2. Submit a regular application for admissions.
  3. If approved for admission, you will be given an I-20, which includes a listing of all academic fees, living costs, and incidental expenses for the first academic year. You will need to take the I-20 to the United States embassy in your country and apply for an F-1 Visa.
To be considered a Baptist-status student, international applicants must be or have been a member of a Baptist church in their home country or of a Southern Baptist church in the United States prior to admission. Applicants must maintain their affiliation and active membership in a local Southern Baptist church upon arrival at Golden Gate Seminary.

Important: No international student should make plans to come to Golden Gate Seminary until his/her immigration papers are in proper order.

Further information about any of the above is available from the International Student Advisor's Office at 888-442-8701.