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, and late applications are charged a non-refundable $55 application fee.

    2. Submit a non-refundable $45 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
        Please note that Transfer students who have earned a minimum of 15 transferable college units (completed after high school graduation) are not required to submit SAT or ACT score. However, if English is a second language, they may still be asked to take Biola's English Placement Exam (BEPE).
    5. Submit your completed affidavit of support.

  • International Student Admissions Requirements

    • 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.
  • Transfer Information for 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.

  • 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, charged a late fee of $55, and processed if space is available and time allows.

    More Information on Early Action Deadlines

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Financing your education is certainly a large part of planning to enroll at Biola University. International students are responsible to submit an affidavit of support and bank statement to show how they plan to pay for their education.  Biola offers select scholarship opportunities for those who qualify, although this cannot be guaranteed for every applicant. All materials must be received by the appropriate deadline date to qualify for any available scholarships or grants. Please click the link below for detailed information on undergraduate international scholarship options.

    Scholarships for International Students

  • International Student Resources at Biola

    As an International Student attending Biola University there are a number of on-campus events, clubs and ministries to be involved with. Our Global Student Programs and Development department exists to support and empower international students in their transition and involvement here at Biola University.


  • A Letter from Biola University President, Dr. Barry Corey

    Dear college-minded International Student,

    Why Choose a Christian University?

    When considering which university to attend, high school students and their parents should think not only about how a university teaches students and equips them with facts and knowledge, but also about how a university grows a student and enriches their soul. Sadly, many universities in America and across the world have lost their “soul” and drifted away from moral and religious concerns. Many colleges have abandoned their Christian roots or shunned faith altogether, replacing it with aggressive secularism and a sometimes antagonistic prejudice against the role of belief in education.

    Christian universities do still exist, however, and their insistence on a robust integration of faith and academic learning provides an important alternative in the contemporary landscape of higher education. At a Christian university you will find top-notch training in a variety of disciplines — science, health, math, art, music, language, business, etc. — that is coupled with and informed by the pursuit of God and the study of Scripture.

    At Biola University, where I work, we believe that nurturing the soul and nurturing the mind are both essential for a meaningful education. We teach our students to integrate their faith with their academic and professional development. No matter what their career aspiration or major, each student at Biola receives a foundational education in Bible — taught by some of the brightest biblical scholars today. We believe that the Bible is the center of knowledge, and that 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.

    Trends in American Universities:

    One trend in American higher education that all universities are dealing with right now is the challenge of adapting to the digital revolution. The Internet and other digital technologies have changed everything in culture, including higher education, and universities have been presented with new problems and possibilities as a result. At Biola University, we have prioritized the leveraging of new technology for the purposes of our mission. For example, we have started offering numerous online courses to our students, and we’ve put select courses and lectures on iTunes U, where people across the world can download free Biola University educational resources. Our seminary, Talbot School of Theology, has also started a faculty blog — The Good Book Blog — to provide solid biblical scholarship online to anyone in the world. In coming years, Biola has plans to organize even more of our academic resources to make available to the world beyond our campus borders.

    Another, more regrettable trend in American universities is the trend of hyper-fragmentation. American universities are increasingly characterized by fragmentary interest groups and hyper-specialized disciplines, each with their own focuses and agendas. The “uni” aspect of the university is increasingly lost. At many universities, there is no consensus about the end goal of education or what exactly a successful college graduate should look like. Part of the confusion comes from the postmodern attack on the very notion of a unifying ideal, and part of it comes from a resistance to any suggestion that a conviction, ethic, or moral foundation should inform education.

    Christian universities like Biola fight against this fragmentation by focusing everything we do around a core conviction — in this case, the all-encompassing conviction that God is the author of all truth and that all knowledge comes from him. The liberal arts education at Biola is not fragmentary; it’s interdisciplinary. It is an education that gives students a reason for learning and a foundation upon which to expand their horizons and explore their vocational purpose. It’s an education that believes in the relevance of a Christian worldview and seeks to apply it to all areas of life.

    Dr. Barry H. Corey

Please note that our International Admissions Counselor, Fitsum Mulat, serves as the counselor for all non-US citizen international students. Please contact for any questions you might have. Thank you.


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