International Student

Admissions Process for Master's or Doctoral

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Lancaster Bible College welcomes international students and values the global diversity and cultural perspective these students add to our campus and community. Select seminary and graduate programs are available to international students who need an I-20 to study in the United States

The process for international study can be complicated; therefore we seek to simplify the process and guide you along the way. Below is an overview of the steps necessary to apply to LBC as an international student. Our admissions staff is always available and willing to answer any questions you may have.

In order for you to be considered for admission to LBC you must:

An international student fills out an online application

STEP 1: Complete an application

You will first need to complete the online application. Our admissions staff will then be in contact with you to help guide you through the rest of the process.

STEP 2: Provide satisfactory academic history, references, and test scores, including:

    • Proof of an education background equivalent to an American bachelor’s education.
    • Academic credentials from any university or colleges attended after completion of bachelor’s degree.
    • Application for International Student Financial Aid sheet. Federal regulations require that international students prove that they have the funds to cover their education expenses.
    • Two letters of reference. One must be from a pastor and the other may be either an academic or employer reference.
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Satisfactory Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo) scores. These are the minimum English language proficiency scores Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School accepts for master’s or doctoral admission.
      Exams Master’s Doctoral
      TOEFL 79 100
      IELTS 7.0 7.5
      Duolingo 105 120

Applicants must submit official copies of their scores. Click Here to Send Your Score(s)

An LBC | Capital graduate from India

STEP 3: Start the F-1 Visa and Immigration Process

After our review of this information, and if everything is acceptable, we will grant you Provisional Acceptance.

Once all application materials have been submitted and you have been accepted into LBC, you will need to begin the application process for an F-1 Visa. Our Admissions Counselor and Designated School Officer will guide you in more detail through this process.

FIRST: Submit Application for International Student Financial Aid and Bank Statements

Government Regulations require any student planning to study on an F-1 visa must provide proof of finances for at least the first academic year.

SECOND: Submit a Down Payment

International students must submit the funds to cover their first ¼ (quarter) of the educational costs upfront to Lancaster Bible College. The funds will be held in escrow and will be returned to immediately if unable to attend LBC.

THIRD: I-20 and F-1 Visa Application

After receiving the down payment, LBC will send you an I-20 Form. This form provides the government with the information necessary to issue you a visa. You will need to complete the visa application process through a US Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Fall Students

  • Apply before June 1
  • All Paperwork submitted by July 1
  • Payment must be submitted before August 1 (money may be sent by check or money transfer.)
  • Once Payment is received an I-20 will be issued by Lancaster Bible College. Once the student receives the I-20, the student may apply for a Student Visa.

Spring Students

  • Apply before October 1
  • All Paperwork submitted by November 1
  • Payment must be submitted before December 1 (money may be sent by check or money transfer.)

Once Payment is received an I-20 will be issued by Lancaster Bible College. Once the student receives the I-20, the student may apply for a Student Visa.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

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