The international student community at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is diverse, thriving, and valued by the entire Gordon-Conwell community. International students across all our campuses represent 56 countries, including the UK, South Korea, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Macedonia, Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and more.
Gordon-Conwell takes seriously the task of providing quality education for international students who are preparing themselves for gospel ministry leadership in their own countries. Applicants are selected on the basis of potential for significant contribution to the Church in their own homelands. International students are expected to return to their native countries to provide leadership in ministry upon completion of their studies at Gordon-Conwell.
As a non-residential campus, the Charlotte campus does not provide the on-site room and board often required by international students. We welcome students currently in the country on an F-1 visa or other valid visa, and who provide their own living accommodations. Individuals who require further assistance are encouraged to consider our South Hamilton, Massachusetts campus, which offers a full range of services for the international student.
Disclaimer: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary makes every effort to provide international students with accurate resources and guidance for pursuing F-1 visas. Staff at the Charlotte campus are not lawyers or immigration officials, and any advice they provide should not be considered legal advice. It is each students’ responsibility to seek appropriate counsel for their immigration and legal needs.
The F-1 student visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad to international students coming to the United States for the purpose of pursuing full-time studies at an academic institution.
The Department of Homeland Security provides a comprehensive website for international students who wish to Study in the States. Visit the U.S. Department of State to learn more about the F-1 student visa.
To obtain a visa, you must first pay the I-901/SEVIS fee prior to applying at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Only the primary applicant is required to pay the SEVIS fee, meaning if you have family members that will accompany you to the U.S., you do not need to pay this fee for each family member.
Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to pay the I-901/SEVIS Fee.
To apply for an F-1 (and F-2) visa, you must schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is best to schedule this appointment as soon as you receive notice that you have been granted an I-20.
Please follow instructions for visa applications and interviews on the U.S. Department of State or Department of Homeland Security websites.
After you receive your F-1 (and F-2) visa(s), please notify the Admissions Office to confirm your plans and receive further instructions. As you begin to make travel arrangements, please remember that by U.S. law, you are permitted to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the start date listed on line #5 of your I-20.
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