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.
To apply to Biola as an international student, follow the steps below:
Complete and submit your official application for admission. Every advantage goes to the early applicant!
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
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.
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.
Submit your scores from one of the following Standardized Tests:
Note: Please look at the admissions requirements below for the minimum score requirements.
Submit your completed affidavit of support.
Good News - We are still accepting applications, but time is running out and we encourage you to complete yours right away. Students who are applying from outside of the United States must complete their application no later than April 15th in order to have sufficient time for their student visa process and scheduling of an interview at the US Embassy.
SAT - 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.
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.
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)
IELTS - A minimum of Band 6.
Please follow the steps to apply and admissions requirements for Transfer students.
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.
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:
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.
Fitsum Mulat, Director of International Admissions
Pauline Kim, Senior Admissions Counselor (S. Korea)
Office Line: 562-906-4533
Christine Wijaya, Recruitment Officer (Indonesia)
Giovani Prayitno, Recruitment Officer (Indonesia)
Diana VanMeter, Recruitment Officer (Hong Kong)
"At Biola University, we believe that nurturing the soul and nurturing the mind are both essential for a meaningful education…out of this focused center, we are better able to produce graduates who are prepared for a vocation, spiritually mature, grounded in the Bible, globally minded, and ready to take on the challenges of the world."
Dr. Barry H. Corey