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Admission for International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are considered international students.


Application Deadlines

The application deadline for international students is May 1 for fall admission and September 1 for winter admission.


Additional Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements for your program, international applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency of a bachelor’s degree.

    Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following agencies:
    • American Assoc. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    • World Education Services


  1. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency.

    Unless an applicant is a native English speaker or received the college/university degree from an English-medium institution, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based). TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at the TOEFL website »


  3. International students must submit a Declaration of Finances form.

    International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download PDF » 

After You Are Accepted

I-20 Form

After admission is granted and financial documentation and degree confirmation are received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the I-20 Form. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service may enroll. Southern does not accept visas issued for admission to other institutions.

On Campus

International students admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified of any change in the entering date after admission has been granted.

All international students with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) for each semester in attendance.


International students with student visas may work on campus provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.

Don't Leave Home Without These Items

International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:

  • An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
  • I-20 Form issued by Southern Adventist University
  • A valid passport
  • A valid visa to travel to the United States
  • Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University


Apply Now

International students may apply online or download the printable application and mail it with the application fee (USD $25/online or $40/printed) to:

Graduate Studies
Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

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