International Students

The 2015 Spring and Fall application is now available.

We are happy you are here! An international student (first time college student as well as transfer student) is one who will be attending Biola University on an F-1 student visa. U.S. citizens living abroad should follow the application guidelines for First-Time College Students or Transfer Students.

  • Steps to Apply

    To apply to Biola as an international student, follow the steps below:

    1. Complete and submit your official application for admission. Every advantage goes to the early applicant!

    2. Submit a non-refundable $55 application fee.* If applying online, you may submit the fee by credit card. Otherwise, please send a check or money order made payable to Biola University, with the student's name indicated on the memo-line, to the address below:

      Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Avenue
      La Mirada, CA 90639

      * Biola will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, or you may submit the Biola Request for Application Fee Waiver form and accompanying documentation.

    3. Submit an official transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts must arrive with a certified English translation documenting your coursework, examinations taken, grades received, passing and maximum marks, and evidence of secondary school graduation. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Biola via the aforementioned address above.

    4. Submit your scores from one of the following Standardized Tests:

      • SAT (Code 4017)
      • ACT (Code 0172)
      • If English is your second language – TOEFL or IELTS
    5. Submit your completed affidavit of support.

  • Application Deadlines

    To qualify for an application deadline, all materials must be received in the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline date. If a student qualifies for a specific application deadline, they will be notified of admission by the corresponding notification date.

    Applying for Fall Semester

    Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
    Early Action 1 Nov. 15 Jan. 15
    Early Action 2 Jan. 15 Feb. 15
    Regular Mar. 1 Apr. 1

    Note: Applications for the fall semester that are received after March 1 are considered late, and are processed if space is available and time allows.

    More Information on Early Action Deadlines

  • Admissions Requirements for First-Year International Students

    • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith.
       
    • The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent to that according to the grading system used by the country that a student is applying from. (Please Note that Biola does not have a translation or evaluation service, and students are required to submit records in English. If the school does not issue an English translation, the student is responsible to get an official translation done by a known agency. Please see the transfer student information below regarding transferring college units to Biola). 
       
    • The student must submit one of the following Standardized Tests:
    1. SAT I - A minimum combined score for the first 2 tests (Reading + Math) of 920. Please note that this does not include the Writing portion of the test.

    2. ACT - A minimum Composite score of 19
      Note: The average Critical Reading/Math SAT score for incoming freshmen at Biola is 1,110. The average Composite ACT score is 24.

    3. TOEFL - This is an English language proficiency test taken by non-native speakers of English. A minimum iBT score of 79. (Speaking 22 and Writing 19)

    4. IELTS - A minimum of Band 6.

    • Financial ability to meet the cost of education at Biola University (Tuition, Room, Board, Health Insurance). Please refer to the current tuition and cost.
  • Admissions Requirements for Transfer International Students

    • International Student Transferring from a school within the United States

      F-1 visa holders who desire to transfer to Biola (from another US high school, college, or university) must complete all requirements listed above, as well as:

      • Submit copies of their I-20, passport with F-1 Visa pages, and I-94.
      • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended in the United States.
      • Submit a complete Transfer Authorization Form signed by the current school to verify that they are in status.
    • International Student Transferring from a school outside of the United States

      Students who desire to get transfer credit for college courses taken outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent Credential Evaluation Agency located in the United States, such as the American Education Research Corporation. A 2.5 GPA is required for international transfer students.

  • Requirements for I-20 Issuance

    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:

  • 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.

  • International Student Resources

  • Meet the International Admissions Team

    Fitsum Mulat, Associate Director of Admissions

    Pauline Kim, Senior Admissions Counselor (S. Korea)

    Christine Wijaya, Recruitment Officer (Indonesia)

    Sunny Kim, International Admissions Assistant

    Pia Mollick, International Inquiries Assistant

Please Note: Our International Admissions Counselor, Fitsum Mulat, serves as the counselor for all non-US citizen international students. Please contact international.admissions.assistant@biola.edu for any questions you might have. Thank you!

 

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    January 24, 2015

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