International Student

Study in the heart of the United States of America as part of a thriving Christian community dedicated to high-caliber academics.

Our international students come from more than 40 countries and make their home on Taylor's residential campus in Upland, Indiana. Through classes, activities, and life in our residence halls, you'll gain a rich, multi-faceted experience that will change you intellectually, professionally, and spiritually.

Students who have dual citizenship and a U.S. passport do not need to complete steps 4 through 6, but should use their U.S. passport to come to the States.

How to come to Taylor as a foreign passport holder:

  • Step One – Complete Your Application

    Complete the Online Application.

    The name you use on your application should match the name on your passport.

  • Step Two – Submit Your Christian Character Reference Form

    The Christian Character Reference is a crucial piece of the application, because your faith is important to us. Taylor University is a Christian university dedicated to discipleship through academics and the rest of your life. Every member of our community professes faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Step Three – Submit Your Academic Transcript

    It's important that your academic transcript be in English (or a decent translation) and comparable to Taylor's suggestions for academic preparation.

    Your past schoolwork should include:

    • Mathematics (algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry)
    • Natural Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
    • Social Sciences (history, government, sociology, psychology, economics)
    • Humanities (literature, music, art)
  • Step Four – Submit Your Affidavit of Support

    In your Affidavit of Support, you will outline sources of financial support (separate from the University). This can include grants from your native country, bank statements, pledges from family, friends, or other sponsors. This information is kept confidential.

    Your application will not be considered until the affidavit of support is received by the admissions staff.

  • Step Five – Get Accepted

    Once you are accepted, Taylor will send you the I–20 form. In order to get the I–20 form to you, Taylor needs a phone number and a physical address (no P.O. boxes). The physical address should match the following fields as closely as possible:

    • Name
    • Street number
    • Street name
    • City
    • Country
    • Zip code

    If you have concerns, please contact Dereck Kamwesa, International Student Recruiter.

  • Step Six – Pay SEVIS Fee

    You must pay a $200 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before you apply for a student visa.

    You can pay by:

    • Credit Card: online at DHS's fmjfee.com.
      • Follow the instructions.
      • Print out the payment screen to verify your payment.
      • Bring that printout to your visa interview.
    • Western Union with local currency.
      • Only available where Western Union offers its Quick Pay service.
      • A properly completed Western Union receipt serves as a proof of payment for the visa interview.
      • Request the Blue Form by clicking on Payment Services or Quick Pay.
      • More instructions here.
      • Find the nearest Western Union agent location.
    • Check or money order.
      • Check or money order should be:
        • Payable to "I–901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee".
        • Made in U.S. dollars and drawn from a bank located in the United States.
      • Two options:
        1. Internet–generated coupon.
          • Go to fmjfee.com.
          • Enter basic information.
          • Print out a coupon.
          • Mail a check or money order with the coupon to:
            I–901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
            P.O. Box 970020
            St. Louis, MO 63197–0020
        2. Paper option.
          • Download or obtain Form 1–901.
          • Complete form and mail it, with check or money order, to:
            1–901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
            1005 Convention Plaza
            St. Louis, MO 63101
      • For both options, once the information and fee are processed, SEVIS will be updated with the fee payment information and a receipt will be issued. The first options will allow you to print an electronic receipt. The second will send you a receipt in the mail.
      • The fee must be paid at least three business days before your scheduled interview.
      • Bring your I–901 receipt with you to your visa interview.
  • Step Seven – Obtain a Student Visa

    To study in the United States, you must obtain a student (F–1) visa from the U.S. embassy in your country of residence. To apply for this visa, you need your I–20 form. Most likely, you will also need:

    • Visa application form
    • Proof of financial resources
    • Passport–size photographs

    Contact the U.S. embassy closest to you for specific instructions.
    Find more information here.

    Students from Canada and Bermuda are exempt from applying for a visa, but must provide SEVIS fee payment verification and their I–20 or DS–2019 Form to an immigration inspector when applying for entry to the United States as an F–1 student.

    Dereck Kamwesa, our internationl student enrollment manager, will send you more information about the visa interview process. Be sure to read and follow it closely.

    The sooner you apply for your visa, the better.

    Once you've received your visa – or if you have further questions – please let us know.