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International Students

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—and you join them. Through classes, activities, and life in our residence halls, you'll gain a rich, unique experience that will change you intellectually, professionally, and spiritually.

How to Come to Taylor as a Foreign Passport Holder

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.

Step 1: Complete Your Application

Fill out the Online Application. The name you use on your application should match the name on your passport.

Step 2: 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 3: 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 4: Submit Your Afidavit 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 5: 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 Yosef Teklewold, International Admissions Counselor.

Step 6: 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 7: 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.

You will be sent more information about the visa interview process. Be sure to read and follow it closely.

The sooner you apply for your visa, the better.

Need Help or Ready for Next Steps?

Once you've received your visa—or if you have further questions—please contact Yosef Teklewold, Taylor’s International Admissions Counselor.