International Student Admissions

Getting Started

International students who wish to enroll in online courses must be aware that the USA Patriot Act places certain restrictions on the use of distance education courses to complete degree requirements. International students must note that the USA Patriot Act stipulates that “International visa students may only take 1 online class per semester (No more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester or trimester). Full online course of study can be taken online or through distance education when it does not require the student’s physical attendance (Living Outside the United States).” For more information, please contact the Admissions office.

International; Living Outside the United States

Estimated Cost of Attendance based on 30 credit hours per academic year
***Federal Financial Aid is not available for International Students***
Master’s Degree Academic year Summer Total
Tuition/fees - $20,550 0 $20,550
Housing & Food - 0 0 0
Books & Supplies $2,500 0 $2,500
Total - $32,355 $23,050


Estimated Cost of Attendance
***Federal Financial Aid is not available for International Students***
Doctorate Degree Academic year Summer Total
Tuition/fees - $7,200 0 $7,200
Housing & Food - 0 0 0
Books & Supplies $2,500 0 $2,500
Total - $9,700 $9,700

HTS Online Learning Policy
We do not require an F-1 Visa for International Students living in their home country.

English Proficiency
Information on taking the TOEFL test is available online at www.ets.org/toefl or you may write to Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541. • TOEFL Score – All international students who do not have English as their first language must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admission are: Written TOEFL – 550, Computer based TOEFL – 213, and Internet based TOEFL – 80. (www.toefl.org). Scores must be sent directly from the reporting agency to Hood Theological Seminary.
• We will accept the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.5. (www.ielts.org).

Official Transcripts
Transcripts from outside of the US: International applicants must submit transcripts to International Education Evaluation (IEE) for an official evaluation. This enables the Admissions Office to evaluate your transcripts on the same level as US-accredited institutions. Click the following link to apply: https://myiee.org/university/hood-theological-semi... Simply set up your account with IEE and we will have access to your information within 5 days of you submitting the required documentation.
Transcripts from the United States: International applicants’ official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Hood Theological Seminary Admissions Office.

Outside Scholarship Sources
International Education Financial Aid https://www.iefa.org/
The student must plan to finance their education.

International; Living in the United States
Federal regulation 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) states:
For F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken online or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination, or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An online or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student’s course of study is in a language study program, no online or distance education classes may be considered to count toward a student’s full course of study requirement.

English Proficiency
Information on taking the TOEFL test is available online at www.ets.org/toefl or you may write to Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541. • TOEFL Score – All international students who do not have English as their first language must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admission are: Written TOEFL – 550, Computer based TOEFL – 213, and Internet based TOEFL – 80. (www.toefl.org). Scores must be sent directly from the reporting agency to Hood Theological Seminary.
• We will accept the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.5. (www.ielts.org).
• Proof of Funding – the following documents can be considered:

o Bank Statement verifying a minimum balance equivalent to the cost of attendance which includes tuition, fees, books, housing and personal expenses. The statement should be notarized by the bank and include the signature of an officer of the bank. The statement must not be more than three months old.

o Affidavit of support – Your sponsor must submit an official bank statement and a written statement detailing the amount they are sponsoring for you the student.

• All documentation should be submitted to the Recruitment & Admissions office no later than May 1 of the year of attendance. Once the student has been accepted Hood Theological Seminary will be issue the I-20 Document.

Estimated Cost of Attendance based on 30 credit hours per academic year
***Federal Financial Aid is not available for International Students***
Master’s Degree on Campus Academic year Summer Total
Tuition/fees - $20,550 0 $20,550
Housing & Food - $4,832 0 $4,832
Books & Supplies $2,500 0 $2,500
Total - $27,822 $27,822

Estimated Cost of Attendance

***Federal Financial Aid is not available for International Students***
Doctorate Degree on Campus Academic year Summer Total
Tuition/fees - $7,200 0 $7,200
Housing & Food - $4,832 0 $4,832
Books & Supplies $2,500 0 $2,500
Total - $14,532 $14,532
The estimated cost of attendance does not include travel to and from the United States. If the student decides to take summer courses the estimate will increase. Hood Theological Seminary does not provide insurance for students, and it will be the responsibility of the International Student to acquire and maintain insurance. The seminary meal plan covers the designated meal for Track 1 Students, which is lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. All other meals are at the expense of the student. **Cost of Attendance can be expected to increase 5-10 percent each year and should be planned for in your source of funding. If the International Student wishes to bring family members with them, housing and meals are not included in the cost of attendance. Hood Theological Seminary only provides housing and meals for the attending student.
• F-1 student visa (http://isso.ucsf.edu/immigration-visas/f-1-student/f-1-visa-checklist). In order for you to begin the process of applying for an F-1 visa you must fully complete the steps listed above. International Students must pay the SEVIS immigration fee and schedule an interview at the U.S. Consulate in their country of residence for an immigration interview. The U.S. Consulate will review your F-1 Visa request.

Official Transcripts
Transcripts from outside of the US: International applicants must submit transcripts to International Education Evaluation (IEE) for an official evaluation. This enables the Admissions Office to evaluate your transcripts on the same level as US-accredited institutions. Click the following link to apply: https://myiee.org/university/hood-theological-semi... Simply set up your account with IEE and we will have access to your information within 5 days of you submitting the required documentation.
Transcripts from the United States: International applicants’ official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Hood Theological Seminary Admissions Office.

Financial Statement of Responsibility
Request the International student financial statement form by emailing admissions@hoodseminary.edu

Outside Scholarship Sources
FastWeb: fastweb.com
International Education Financial Aid https://www.iefa.org/

The student must plan to finance their education.