International Student Admission

Look forward to being welcomed into a supportive community where you’ll adjust to life as a Bethel University student. We celebrate diversity, and we are excited to walk with you on this journey of academic and spiritual growth as you live out your calling.

Bethel is a Christian college affiliated with the Missionary Church, located in Mishawaka, Indiana. The area, approximately 145 kilometers east of Chicago, Illinois, is served by the South Bend International Airport and Amtrak Train Service.

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International students who wish to apply for an international scholarship must apply and have all supporting documents in by the Feb. 1 deadline. Students are welcome to apply for admission after Feb. 1, but will only be eligible to receive merit- and talent-based awards

Download a PDF of the International Student Information, which is also listed below. If you’re unable to visit campus in person, get a preview with our virtual campus tour.

Application Process

All international students are welcome to apply online for free. The application for admission will be reviewed by the International Committee only after all the items below have been received by the Office of Admission. All students must show ability to meet financial costs to travel to the United States, complete their education and return home. Financial assistance, which includes scholarships, will not be awarded until after a student has been accepted to the university.

Applicants who are not United States citizens or United States permanent residents must submit the following:

  • Application: Apply online 
  • Personal statement of faith, in English.
  • Official transcripts and/or certificates from all secondary and post-secondary schools. Students must complete the secondary level (equivalent to high school in the United States) prior to beginning classes at Bethel and must submit an official transcript of their courses.**
  • Affidavit of Support: This form is required for the first year of entry to the college and does not need to be renewed each year. The Affidavit of Support is designed to provide financial information to Bethel University so that we may better assess your financial needs. No application for admission will be considered until the Affidavit of Support is received, fully completed, and signed by the student and parent.
  • Official Score Report from the SAT, ACT, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and/or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be sent directly to Bethel University.  Only one of the tests is required.  Students pursuing college athletics should take an SAT or ACT exam to assist in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) eligibility certification.
  • Transfer Students Only: The International Admission Counselor can send you additional information about transfer application requirements after applying.

**Note: All academic transcripts must be submitted in their original language along with official certified translations in English. Official certification and a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation must be completed by an approved accredited agency. Bethel University recommends using World Education Service, wes.org, for transcript translations.

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