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International Students

Southeastern seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping international students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission in their country of origin.

It is Southeastern's desire to:

  • Train international Christian leaders for ministry in their countries of origin,
  • Further the mission of Southeastern, and
  • Satisfy the laws and regulations governing international students.

The admissions procedure for international students requires additional information and processing time due to seminary policies and the requirements of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. For more information about the admissions process, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@sebts.edu.

Additional Application Forms for International Students

This packet includes forms required by the U.S. government to verify your financial support and other forms necessary for the issuance of an I-20.

In order to qualify for admission to the seminary, the prospective student should check with the admissions advisor for his/her program for the minimum required TOEFL score Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Generally, students must have a minimum score of 79, or 100 for advanced and research degrees.

Due to the difficulty in interpreting international transcripts, a WES (World Education Services) evaluation is required of all students who have studied outside of the United States. All official transcripts from non-US educational institutions – high school as well as any post-secondary transcripts –must be translated (as applicable) sent directly to WES by the issuing institution. This is a requirement before your admissions file will be considered complete. You will find all the information you need at www.wes.org.

You can apply for your evaluation on the WES website, and should apply for the Course-by-Course evaluation if you have completed any university-level coursework.

If your transcripts and diplomas are in languages other than English, you must provide a translation. On the WES form, request a copy of the report to be sent to "a third party" and indicate the following:

Office of Admissions
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
PO Box 1889
Wake Forest, NC 27587-1889

International applicants must complete the International Student Agreement in order to be admitted to Southeastern. The form is available in the International Student Packet. The Student agreement is available upon request from admissions@sbets.edu