International Student Admission

International students are welcome at Grace Christian University. Due to strict government regulations, the University has detailed requirements pertaining to international students. The University does not have available special funding to assist international students in financing their education. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the proper documents and to furnish the University with these documents. International students who are seeking to enroll in an online degree program do not need USCIS or a student visa as long as the student is not physically present in the United States. Online programs are not able to enroll non-US citizens residing in the United States on a student (F-1) Visa. Refugees or undocumented individuals are permitted to attend following the standard admission criteria.

International students are therefore defined as those on an F-1 Student Visa attending On Campus and those attending Online but residing in a foreign country. International students must meet the stated admission criteria for domestic students for their program of interest and must:

1. Pass an English proficiency test. Grace Christian University accepts the following tests of English as a second language:

• ACT minimum cumulative score of 18+

• SAT minimum 510+ and Verbal 480+

• TOEFL minimum score of 550 is required on the paper-based test, 213 on the computerized test, or 80 on the internet-based test

• IELTS minimum score of 6.5

2. Provide proof of the ability to pay for the entire first year, and pay for the first semester before courses begin at Grace. The amount due before the student’s start date is determined by estimating class load, room, board, books, fees, and any other known expenses. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Business Office.

On Campus International Admission Additional Requirements:

1. Provide evidence that the student is a graduate of an accredited secondary school and the ability to satisfactorily complete college-level work in the United States of America.

2. Proof of country of citizenship required for the issuance of the I-20.

3. Official Transcripts must be evaluated by a profession international credit evaluation service that is accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). An official report must then be mailed directly from the evaluator to Grace Christian University.

4. Provide recommendation letters from an Educator and Pastor.