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International Students

International students at a Christmas party

Garrett-Evangelical is richly blessed by the variety of cultural heritages, spiritual perspectives, and personal gifts that our international students bring to our theological community. 15% of our student body is comprised of international students and admitted international students are awarded scholarships of at least 50% of their tuition. As our international and domestic students share academic and non-academic experiences, they both teach and help each other develop a broader, more inclusive and global perspective on what it means to be a Christian leader in today’s world.

Application Requirements

International students may apply for admission beginning in fall semesters only.  The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 1st. 

A completed application consists of:

  • Online Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 Application fee
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (TOEFL, Duolingo English Test, or degree taught in English)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Duolingo's English Test is required of all applicants for whom English is not the first language and who have not completed a postsecondary degree where instruction was in English. Results are forwarded to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (For TOEFL, Educational Testing Service code #1245).  Minimum scores, as follows, is required for admission:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 100; for MA and MDiv = 88
  • TOEFL: Computer-based for PhD, MTS, DMin = 250; for MA and MDiv = 230
  • Duolingo English Test: PhD, MTS, DMin = 115, for MA and MDiv = 85

Form I-20 Application Instructions

Steps for New Students

Newly admitted students can begin the process of obtaining a F-1 visa stamp. Read about the steps to this process below, and plan for arrival and entry into the U.S.

  1. Upon admission to Garrett-Evangelical, you are ready to start the visa process.
  2. In order for you to apply for a student visa at a U.S. consulate, you need to obtain Form I-20 from the Office of Student Life at Garrett-Evangelical. To initiate this process, please complete and submit the I-20 Request Form to the Admissions Office at Garrett-Evangelical. Within this form, you will find the estimate of expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year, required financial documentation needed, sponsor statement of support form, student endorsement form for MA and MDiv applicants and required deposit information.
  3. Once we have received your completed I-20 Request Form and all the accompanying materials, your file will be taken to the Office of Student Life in order for your I-20 to be processed. Once the I-20 has been issued, you will receive an email from the Office of Student Life.
  4. While you wait for the I-20 to arrive, you will want to a.) pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and b.) visit website of nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to learn about visa appointment requirements.
  5.  Receive your I-20 and review it for correctness.
  6. Schedule your F-1 visa appointment.
  7. Obtain F-1 visa: placed by US Embassy/Consulate in your passport.
  8. Plan travel to Evanston/Chicago: Permitted entry 30-days before the I-20 start date.
  9.  Meet fellow students and make friends at the required International Student Orientation, August 24-28, 2020.

If you are currently studying in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, you must submit the items listed above (Affidavits of Support, copies of bank statements or bank letters, and your International Student Enrollment Deposit) before submitting the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Transfer-In Form.

How to Get a Student Visa: The 1-20 Request Process Infographic


I chose Garrett-Evangelical because the faculty here are brilliant and have multicultural backgrounds. As an international student, I feel that faculty with diverse cultural backgrounds can provide me with many different perspectives and resources on theology and religion. -  - Yichen Liang


I chose to come to Garrett-Evangelical not only because of its strong theological foundation and its renowned faculty members, but also for the genuine love I felt from the very beginning of my application process. - Nander Novaes


I decided to attend Garrett-Evangelical primarily because it’s well known for its theological education, and the general reputation of the seminary is excellent. I wanted to seek a well-rounded theological education in western religion, especially Christianity. - Pranalika Parmar


Garrett-Evangelical motivated me to continue this journey and trust God for the resources we need as we move forward with the work that God has entrusted to us. Garrett-Evangelical has also helped me make the Gospel clearer to those I am honored to talk with about God. Because of the amazing scholars I encountered while at Garrett-Evangelical, I have learned to trust God more and devote my life to God and God’s call. - Evens Paul