It is strongly suggested that international students submit their application 1-2 years prior to the term in which they plan to enroll. In addition to the application for admission, required international documents (which are provided following admission) need to be completed and approved by the following dates in order to allow appropriate time for visa processing:
TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required (1) if the applicant has a degree conferred by a U.S. accredited higher education institution, or (2) if the official language of their country, or region of their country, is English. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. After that time, the applicant must retake the test and submit the new scores to Truett Seminary.
Students who do not meet the above requirements are ineligible for admission to Truett Seminary.
While tuition is a major factor when determining the cost of attending Truett Seminary, it is not the only factor. Here is an estimated outline of the cost of attendance for one academic year (assuming an 11-hour course-load):
If you are considering applying for one of the Seminary's competitive scholarships, please note that recipients of the scholarships are still responsible for non-tuition costs including insurance, housing, meals, etc.
Given the many adjustments for new students arriving to the U.S. and Truett Seminary, it is mandatory that international students come alone for their first semester at Truett.
It is in the best interest of the student and their family that this be in place, as it (1) allows for the student to adjust to challenges of their move and seminary life, (2) allows the student to determine the financial implications of family living here and better discern if and when the family will arrive, and (3) allows the student to become familiar with the Waco community and investigate any school/educational options for young children.
Additional financial resources are needed for living expenses and required health insurance for each family member. As with the student, documentation of resources to cover family expenses is required by the US CIS and is extremely costly.
International graduate students are required to maintain insurance coverage through Baylor's student health insurance plan. International students will be automatically enrolled in SHIP. International graduate students who are identified as a Graduate Assistant in their departmental offer letter and notified at that time will receive an insurance subsidy. If an International graduate student would like to add additional coverage (dental, dependents, etc.) or have not received the subsidy as noted in their offer letter, they should contact Betty Fornelius. Otherwise, the health insurance enrollment process will be automatic for our international students.
Once offered acceptance, international students must submit an enrollment deposit. Following receipt of the deposit, the students admission will be processed and Baylor University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office will send communication regarding next steps. For questions about visa processing and immigration requirements, please contact ISSS directly at ISSS_Support@baylor.edu or 254-710-1461.
*This policy will go into effect for students applying to enter Truett in Fall 2022.*
International students are required to submit a letter directly from the bank or a copy of the bank statement with his or her name on it verifying the CFR amount needed for enrollment. For scholarships, the award letter may serve as verification.
The student's admissions application will not be reviewed until this documentation is submitted. Once a student is accepted, this documentation is also required to be submitted to Baylor University International Student and Scholar Services.
Upon the student's arrival to campus, it will be expected that the funding for the student is secure as certified on the CFR. If the funding is found to be deficient or non-existent, the student will be dismissed from seminary either to return to their home country or to enroll in another school.
If the student's funding sources change at any point during his or her seminary education, the student is expected to disclose the change to the Student Services office immediately. If the student's funding source becomes insufficient at any point, he or she will be given a certain amount of time to secure new funding. If the student is unable to secure sufficient funding in the allotted time, his or her I-20 will no longer be considered valid and the student will be dismissed from seminary either to return to their home country or to enroll in another school.
Truett offers a number of occasional online classes each semester but does not offer any degrees that can be completed 100% online. However, Truett does offer a Certificate Program that can be completed entirely online. Learn more about this program here.