International Students Application Process

Gateway welcomes students from all over the globe.

International applicants must complete a pre-application prior to receiving the regular application packet.

All pre-application materials must be submitted by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Pre-application requirements:

  • Pre-Application form 
  • Applicants must complete and submit financial documentation as described on page 3 of the pre-application. Please refer to the Estimated Financial Expenses document to determine how much financial support is needed. Financial amounts must be converted to U.S. dollars and all supporting documents must be translated into English.
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, we require an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Please see our catalog to determine the required TOEFL score for our different degree programs. An exemption of the TOEFL requirement may be granted if the applicant has received a degree from an accredited institution where the instruction was entirely in English. Other exemptions are available if applying to our Korean-English Bilingual or Chinese-English Bilingual programs.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts of all college, university, and seminary education. These transcripts must be translated into English and sent in a sealed envelope directly from the educational institution to the Admissions Office. If transcripts of the qualifying degree are from a school outside the United States, they will need to be evaluated by a professional evaluation agency.
  • Submit a regular Application for Admission form.

Upon final approval for admission, the applicant will be issued an I-20, which is necessary for the F-1 visa application or to transfer from another approved SEVIS school.

To be considered a Southern Baptist-status student, international applicants must be a member of a Baptist church in their home country or a member of a Southern Baptist church in the United States prior to admission. Southern Baptist students must maintain their affiliation and active membership in a local Southern Baptist church during their studies at Gateway Seminary.

Further information about any of the above is available from the International Student Advisor's Office at 888-442-8701.