International Students

A Truly Global Community

Calvin Seminary is a truly global community, with students coming from over 20 countries around the world. Over 30% of students come from outside North America. As an international student, you will find a supportive, hospitable environment at Calvin Seminary.






Applying for Admissions as an International Student

The supportive community at Calvin Seminary begins even as you complete the application process and follow steps to enter the United States. If you have any questions about the admissions and financial aid process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Non-native in English: Applicants who are non-native in English must submit official TOEFL exam results as a part of their application for admission. A minimum internet-based total score of 80 with a score of 23 in the writing section is required. Use Calvin Theological Seminary's institutional code 1096 to order scores.Any exceptions to this requirement are handled on a case by case basis. Earning a previous degree at an English speaking college or university does not automatically exempt someone from the TOEFL requirement.Non-native English speaking individuals from countries where English is an official language, who also complete their primary and secondary education in English are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

Distance Learning Format Eligibility

International students are eligible for all residential programs at Calvin Seminary, including the Master of Divinity, the Master of Theological Studies, the Master of Arts, the Master of the Theology, the Doctor of Philosophy, the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy, and the Certificate program.

Additionally, international students are eligible for the Distance Learning format of the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Arts degrees. As a part of the distance learning programs, students are required to come to campus twice a year for a five day ‘intensive’ of face-to-face class interaction. For international distance learning students, Calvin Seminary will issue one I-20 per academic year (as long as the two intensives are less than 5 months apart) to F-1 international students.

Other Helpful information for international students

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