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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-quality academics.

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

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How to Come to Taylor as a Foreign Passport Holder

Students who have dual citizenship and a U.S. passport do not need to get an affidavit of support, a student visa, or pay the SEVIS fee, but should use their U.S. passport to come to the States.

Phase 1: Complete the Admissions Application

Your first step is to complete Taylor’s Online Admissions Application. The name you use on your application should match the name on your passport.

The Admissions application will include:

  • Completing the application form.
  • Submitting your Christian Character Reference.
  • Sharing your story.
    • Write about what God is doing in your life.
  • Sending your academic transcript.
    • Submit a transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. It is important that your academic transcripts be translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service before being sent to the Admissions Office. You can contact any credential evaluator approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES).
  • Submitting your test scores.
    • Send in your SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS scores.
  • Submitting 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.

Once you have completed Phase 1, you have officially applied to Taylor. We will review your application and notify of you of our decision and next steps via email.

Phase 2: Confirm Your Acceptance to Taylor

If you are accepted to Taylor, you will need to confirm your intention of attending Taylor before proceeding with the international student process.

Confirm your acceptance by paying your matriculation fee online.

After you pay your matriculation fee, you will receive an email from your Admissions Counselor with the housing form. Please complete the form to indicate your preferences for where you will live on campus.

Phase 3: Complete the International Student Process

After you pay your matriculation fee, your acceptance to Taylor is confirmed. At this point, your Admissions Counselor will have connected you to Taylor’s Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP.)

To begin the international student process, you will need to:

  • Submit the I-20 form.
    • 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 your Admissions Counselor.
  • Pay your 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.
  • 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.

Phase 4: Get Ready to Move to Taylor

Everything is in order for you to move to campus! We’re excited that you will be joining our community soon. Please prepare to move to campus a week before the semester begins so you can participate in International Orientation.

Register for International Orientation here.

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Office of Intercultural Programs

The Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP) exists to meet the needs of international students, American underrepresented students, missionary kids (MKs), and third culture kids (TCKs). OIP is committed to the racial, cultural, and leadership development of OIP students. OIP also enriches the broader Taylor community by implementing programs that promote awareness of diversity-related issues; encouraging positive, respectful, and meaningful dialogue. The office fosters intercultural community at Taylor by cultivating a safe and welcoming environment and educational opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff.

Learn more about Taylor’s intercultural community and the Office of Intercultural Programs.

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.