International Students

Joshua Esau

Thank you for your interest in our School of Education. We want to know you and help you navigate the application process. Have questions? Contact our International Admissions office!

Joshua Esau, Senior International Admissions Counselor



Admission Deadlines:

  • Online or Already in USA - November 1 for Spring Admission and July 1 for Fall Admission

  • On Campus - October 1 for Spring Admission and June 1 for Fall Admission

For those international students planning to study in a fully online degree program living only in their native country and not needing a visa:


Required Documents

1.) Submit all items listed on our admissions requirements webpage here.  This includes:

  • Evidence of English Proficiency: a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT or IELTS score of 7.5 is required for admission.

2.) Affidavit of Support  [Download the Affidavit of Support (PDF).]

  • Before we can consider your application you must be able to demonstrate a substantial amount of financial support from your own resources. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not allow us to issue I-20 forms (used to obtain student visas) without documented proof that the student has sufficient funds to study in this country. This means the applicant must raise 100% of the necessary costs. The Affidavit of Support form assures us that you will receive support from a sponsor or your parent(s) for the necessary funds to support your education at Biola. You need an Affidavit of Support form for each individual source of funding. You need to find a sponsor (or sponsors) who will pay for your educational expenses, or you must have the funds yourself (note: Copies of the Affidavit of Support may be made if more than one person will serve as sponsor for your expenses). We require that an official or notary public notarize the form. We also require that corresponding bank statements be attached.

English Language Program

Whether you plan on attending one of Biola’s top undergraduate or graduate programs or are simply interested in growing your English skills, Biola University’s English Language Program (ELP) can help you advance your academic English comprehension and communication.

Available Tracks


This track allows domestic or international students to improve their English-language proficiency to reach their university, career or ministry goals. Students who successfully complete ELP Level 3 and pass the final exit exam will receive a language waiver to Biola’s graduate programs. *This track is required for provisionally accepted students.

  • Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score:
    • TOEFL iBT: 55+ / IELTS: 5.5
    • Depending on the score, students will either be placed into Level 1, 2, or 3

Please contact with questions.

Academic English Program (AEP)​

This track offers all students (monolingual and bilingual) the opportunity to improve their academic English skills while taking graduate courses at Biola.

  • Upon the ELP Director’s evaluation, students will be required to take 1-3 ELP courses
  • Minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement:
    • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 90/IELTS 7.0, the AEP qualification is 80/High 6.5
    • For programs that require TOEFL iBT 100/IELTS 7.5, the AEP qualification is 90/7.0

Please contact with questions.


Financial Aid

It is important to understand the cost of attending a private university in the United States before beginning the application process. This section attempts to answer questions about financial aid available to international students.

  • Before requests for financial aid can be considered, the applicant must complete and return the application with the required transcripts, references, Affidavit of Support, etc. and be accepted for admittance.
  • It is essential that the University clearly understands the applicant's qualifications and sponsor's financial resources before evaluating eligibility for scholarship assistance. Incomplete or un-notarized affidavits will be returned to the applicant.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should specify this request with their completed application forms.
  • The International Student Aid Grant is available to international students who have been accepted to Biola University. Eligibility is based on academic achievement and financial need. Amount is around $800 per year for master's level education. There is no application necessary, however full financial sponsorship must be shown before you can be considered for this grant. The grant cannot be considered as part of your financial support documentation.
  • Scholarships available to international students are departmental scholarships and church matching scholarships.

Employment Opportunities

International students on F-1 visas may work on campus but not off campus. Accompanying spouses in the U.S. are not permitted to work unless also full-time students. Do not plan on any other employment while in the United States. Biola has around 680 on-campus jobs, but it is not guaranteed that you will get a job on campus.

Transitioning to the States and College Life

Please refer to the Global Students page on Biola's website for information and resources designed for our international students!


If you have any questions or would like more information on any graduate program at Biola, we're here to help! Please email us at or call 1-888-985-9858.


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