The seminary is NOT authorized by the USCIS to accept international “visiting scholars” with J-1 Exchange Visitor visas, whether as students or researchers.
As US immigration regulations are often subject to change, any international student seeking to study without F-1 visa status must first contact the seminary’s Director of Admissions before making application.
International applicants must meet particular Baptist Seminary of Kentucky admission guidelines beyond these:
- For applicants whose native language is not English, an official score report not more than three years old on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required prior to admission. Applicants for the Master of Divinity program must score at least 81 on internet-based tests, 220 on computer-based tests, or 550 on paper-based tests.
- Applicants who are graduates of a United States college or university may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.
- International students seeking F-1 visas must provide the affidavit(s) of adequate annual financial support, and unless transferring from a U.S. school, provide a deposit. This deposit is necessary in order to ensure at least minimum funds to begin studies.
- International applicants are advised to submit their applications at least four months prior to the semester or term in which they wish to begin studies. If admission materials are not complete at least 45 days prior to the date when the applicant wishes to begin their studies, the applicant will be notified of the withdrawal of their application.
- The seminary cannot provide any applicant a Form I-20 necessary for the F-1 (student) visa unless, at least 30 days before the semester or term begins, the applicant has been approved for admission and has provided the financial documents and deposit mentioned.
- Once accepted, applicants should plan to arrive on campus at least one week before new student orientation (but may not arrive more than 14 days before classes begin) in order to adjust to the community and receive assistance for special needs.
- Health insurance must be obtained before the student may enroll. Proof of insurance will be required.
Questions concerning admission to BSK’s Master of Divinity program should be directed to Jarrod Lopez, Director of Admissions.