Information for International Students: Master Level - Knox Theological Seminary
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Information for Master Level International Students

Knox Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

The Certificate of Eligibility (1-20) needed to obtain a student visa cannot be issued until the student has been admitted to Knox and has met the language and financial requirements to our satisfaction.

I. Establish Your English Language Proficiency

All international applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This testing requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned an academic degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. or those who have passed level 109 at an ELS Language Center. (See the ELS website: www.els.com/ for information on international ELS centers.)

The Knox TOEFL code is 5382. Enter this code on your answer sheet when you take the exam. You can also enter the code on the Score Report Request Form for tests taken less than one years ago. Knox does not accept TOEFL scores more than one year old. For registration and test-site information, call or write: TOEFL/TWE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or Phone: 609-882-6601 or see the websitewww.toeflgoanywhere.org.

II. Submit Admission Application & 1-20 Documentation

The Admissions Office must receive the following items no later than three months prior to your expected date of entry:

1. Completed application form and

  • a recent photograph of yourself
  • your testimony – 500-1,000 words, typed
  • non-refundable application fee ($100/U.S. funds payable to Knox)

2. Three references: (Pastoral, Academic, Personal)

3. Official transcripts (mark sheets)

  • from all colleges/universities attended

4. Proof of English language proficiency

5. Statement of Financial Resources

6. Original Bank Letter of Deposit indicating the exact U.S. dollar amount available to you for the first year of study. Your bank letter must be in English, contain NO alterations, and be dated no earlier than six months from the date you wish to begin your studies. The minimum amount required for a 12-month academic year is:

  • $32,870 for an unmarried student
  • $47,390 for a married student
  • Add $3,000 per dependent

Reminder: Federal regulations do not permit non immigrant aliens to work off-campus in the United States except under extraordinary circumstances. Spouses and children of an F-1 student may not accept employment under any circumstances.

7. Original affidavit letter of support and a Bank Letter of Deposit from any individual or organization providing support (dated no earlier than six months from the date you wish to begin your studies). You are likely to need this documentation to prove to the U.S. Consular Officials and U.S. Immigration that you have sufficient funds. It is suggested that you request two originals of all documents for this purpose (send one to Knox and keep one for your use).

Note: International students currently in the U.S. must also provide the following documents:

  • Transfer letter (if transferring from another school in the U.S.)
  • Copies of:
  • Visa page
  • Passport page with expiration date
  • Both sides of 1-94 card
  • Both sides of 1-20 card

Within one month of receiving your documents, Knox will notify you by letter advising you of the status of your admission.

III. Submit Your Scholarship Application

Knox Seminary currently offers scholarship for tuition assistance only. You should attempt to secure support from your church, missionary society, foundations, or individuals.

Send the completed Scholarship Application to the Admissions Office along with your Application for Admission. You will be notified by letter whether or not scholarship has been granted.

An international student receiving scholarship in his first year of study may anticipate a similar award each subsequent year of study, however a new Scholarship Application must be submitted each year.

IV. Obtain Your Student Visa

Upon review of the completed Statement of Financial Resources and supporting documents we will mail you the 1-20 form. (The student is responsible for the shipping fee which must be paid in advance.)

You will need to take the following documents to the local consulate:

  1. Valid passport for yourself, and if applicable, your spouse and your dependents.
  2. 1-20 form from Knox Seminary.
  3. Proof of language proficiency.
  4. Verification of financial support.
  5. Your acceptance letter from Knox Seminary.

You may be required to demonstrate that you have comprehensive health and accident insurance for yourself and your family. We recommend that you obtain insurance coverage that will cover you during your trip and your time in the United States.

You should check with your local consulate before you go, to see if there are any additional documents they will need you to provide.

V. Complete Your Registration

You are expected to arrive in Fort Lauderdale no later then the “report date” on your 1-20. Bring your visa documents and passport for yourself, and if applicable, passports for your spouse and your dependents to the Resistrar’s Office so you can complete your enrollment and register for your courses.

As a reminder, it is very important to keep your visa, the I-20, and the I-94 together with your passport. These documents work together to provide valid proof of your legal entry into the United States.

If you have questions please contact us:

Phone: 954.771.0376 Fax: 954.351.3343
E-mail: [email protected]

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The following figures are estimated costs for a calendar year (12 months) and are subject to increase without notice. You are required to certify that you will have, readily available, the estimated sum covering your expenses for your first year at Knox (exclusive of travel expenses) and pledges of support for your remaining years of study.

*Note: A proportionately larger amount must be certified if you plan to bring your spouse and dependent children (add $3,000 per each dependent child).

Estimated Annual Budget for Expenses

Single   *Married

Seminary Expenses

Tuition & Fees 6,410 6,410
Books 600 600
Annual Seminary Expenses 7,010 7,010

Monthly Personal Expenses

Housing:
Food 200 450
Rent 750 1,000
Electric 75 90
Water 25 30
Basic phone service 50 50
Miscellaneous household 60 120
1,160 1,740
Apparel & Services:
Clothing & personal care 100 190
Entertainment 75 150
Miscellaneous emergencies 50 70
225 410
Medical:
Health insurance 100 380
Life insurance 50 100
150 480
Transportation:
Auto payment 300 300
Fuel & oil 100 150
Maintenance 50 60
Auto insurance 170 225
620 735
Monthly Personal Expenses 2,155 3,365
Annual Personal Expenses 25,860 40,380

Annual Seminary + Personal Expenses

32,870 47,390

Source of Funds Documentation

All documentation must be submitted in English or accompanied by an official translation. Bank letters should have amounts expressed in U.S. dollars or have the current exchange rate.

Personal Account (Checking or Savings)

Letter from an officer of the bank or other financial institution in which he or she has deposits giving the following details: date account opened, total amount deposited for the last year, and present balance. All letters must be originals (no photocopies) and dated no more than six months prior to the intended date of entry.

Family member or relative

1. Letter from an officer of the bank or other financial institution in which he or she has deposits giving the following details: date account opened, total amount deposited for the last year, and present balance. All letters must be originals (no photocopies) and dated no more than six months prior to the intended date of entry.

2. Official affidavit of support that specifies the amount of support and the number of years that they will provide support.

Sponsor(s)

Each sponsor must provide:

1. Letter from an officer of the bank or other financial institution in which he or she has deposits giving the following details: date account opened, total amount deposited for the last year, and present balance. All letters must be originals (no photocopies) and dated no more than six months prior to the intended date of entry.

2. Official affidavit of support that specifies the amount of support and the number of years that they will provide support.

Other (Government or Employer)

1. Official award letter from the government or employer giving the following details: Name of the applicant, the amount of money available for each year of study, the duration of the award (including beginning and ending dates), the requirements of the award, the degree for which the award is tenable, and the name of Knox Theological Seminary as the institution to which the award is applicable.

2. Letter from an officer of the bank or other financial institution in which they have deposits giving the following details: date account opened, total amount deposited for the last year, and present balance. All letters must be originals (no photocopies) and dated no more than six months prior to the intended date of entry.

Note: Salary verification letters from employers are NOT acceptable.

Other (Loans)

Official letter from credit institution indicating approval of the loan and the amount approved.

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