The application deadline is May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. The acceptance process must be completed by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester to allow sufficient time for the student to obtain an I-20 and student visa.
In addition to meeting the freshman or transfer acceptance requirements, an international student must send official copies of all education documents that are validated by school or national officials. These should be in the original language, accompanied by a certified English translation.
Students for whom English is not their native language must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting one of the following:
- Minimum score on the TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 550 on the paper based test, or 225 on the computer based exam, or 75 on the internet based test or
- IELTS 6.0
- Minimum score of 3.9 on iTEP.
- Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan* test or
- Minimum score of 430 on the SAT critical reading component or
- Minimum score of 17 on the ACT English section or
- Transfer of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours from a college or university where English is the language of instruction.
The I-20 Process
All students needing an I-20 must meet the following:
- Be academically accepted
- Submit legible copy of valid passport
- Submit bank statements that give evidence of support to the financial claims on the certificate of finance form
- Submit the international student deposit of $1000 which includes the $100 residence hall room deposit, and a $100 non-refundable processing fee.
- Pre-payment of $6500* for undergraduate students or $5500* for ESL students
- Upon receipt of I-20 student must submit payment to SEVIS for I-901.
*If a student is not granted a visa and does not enroll, these funds will be returned minus the processing fee and any transaction fees.
As required by law all international student information is entered in the Student & Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) when an I-20 is issued including when the student enrolls or does not enroll, falls below a full-load of classes (12 hours), changes their address or withdraws from the university.
Current immigration laws allow an international student with an F-1 Visa to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during vacations provided that the student is registered for the subsequent academic semester. While there are many campus jobs available, Southwestern does not guarantee student employment.
Major medical insurance coverage must be purchased through Southwestern at registration. If a student is already insured through the SDA system, he/she must provide documentation of equivalent insurance coverage. No insurance coverage refunds will be made after the second week of classes.
International students should not leave their homeland until they have the following:
- A letter of acceptance from Southwestern Adventist University
- An I-20 from Southwestern Adventist University
- A valid passport and F-1 Visa for travel to the United States of America.