International Students

International Students

Faith. Community. Culture. Service.

Students from 28 countries around the world call Anderson University their home, and we believe you can be at home here, too. With dedicated staff to guide you from application to graduation, you’ll find a community and support system that will accept you as you are and help you become who you’re meant to be.

Whether you are a citizen of a nation other than the United States, or a U.S. citizen who grew up in another country, we can help you on your journey here at Anderson University.

Choose a community that recognizes the importance of a global perspective in a diverse, ever-changing world. We believe you are called to soar, wherever God leads you. Find your purpose at AU, and reach greater heights.

*Only students on an F-1 Visa need to follow the International Student Application Process below. All other visa and status types should complete the traditional application process.

Anderson University does not add additional fees or service charges for international students; however, like all American schools, you are not eligible for State or Federal funds unless you are a citizen or permanent resident.

Our Cultural Resources Center has systems in place for you to get connected, build relationships, and find belonging at AU. Read more about the international student services we offer to give you a sense of belonging and acceptance within an international environment, just as you are.

Application Process

Students on an F-1 visa who wish to transfer from another university should fill out this form.

Your AU Story Begins Now

After attending RVA, an international boarding school in Kenya, I was drawn to apply to AU after several AU students who also attended RVA talked about it with me. They described AU as a perfect balance between learning and self-discovery, where you can genuinely get to know your peers and develop real relationships with the faculty and staff. I chose AU because of the Christian environment where you are challenged to make your faith your own and develop skills that allow you to articulate that during and after college. I have experienced the most life-giving stage of my life where I feel equipped and prepared to go into life after AU.

Victor Mweu, Class of 2019

Undergraduate Application Process
STEP 1: Admission Process

Please read the information below carefully and if you have any questions, please email Maria Acero, Multicultural Counselor, at mpacero@anderson.edu
After submission of required materials, applicants are individually considered for academic eligibility. Step 1 must be completed by: 

  • June 1 for Fall (August) Semester enrollment
  • Oct. 1 for Spring (January) semester enrollment 

1a. AU Online Application or through the Common App
(no application fee required)

1b. Submit official high school transcript to the Office of Admission at AU

1c. Submit an official score report from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo. This is required if English is not the first or primary spoken language.

  • Minimum TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
    • IBT (Internet-Based) score of 78
    • BT (Paper-Based) score of 72 – UPDATED
    • CBT (Computer-Based) score of 210
  •  Minimum IELTS Requirement: 6.0
  • Minimum Duolingo Requirement: 90-115
  • Proof of English proficiency may be waived on a case-by-case basis for those students who have attended secondary school in an English speaking (instruction) school.  Please contact your admission counselor to discuss the waiver.

1d. Submit an Application Essay (for those that didn’t submit an essay via Common App) 

  • Your Educational Goals 
  • Your Faith Journey 
  • Why Did You Decide to Apply to AU (include your intended major)

1e. File Affidavit of Support

  • The admissions process will not move forward without this done
  • Email Brent Doster (badoster@anderson.edu) to receive additional information and support if necessary 

Credits earned through educational institutions located outside of the United States will be considered for acceptance after an appropriate evaluation. Educational institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education (or other accrediting body) of the respective country in order for credit to be accepted. Students may be required to send their documents to an evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation report. An official copy of this report should be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at Anderson University. This report will then be reviewed to determine acceptable transfer credit. 

[ Once Step 1 has been completed, an I-20 is ready to be issued ]

STEP 2: Submit Enrollment Deposit 

2a. Submit enrollment deposit: $200 (non-refundable after May 1)

2b. Send I-20 mailing address & phone number

  • Physical Address (no P.O. boxes): Address must be recognized by FedEx
    • Name
    • Street Number
    • Street Name
    • City
    • Country
    • Zip Code
  •  A phone number where FedEx can reach you if there are problems with the delivery.

Note: Currently, I-20s can be submitted electronically. For those that must be mailed, first and second I-20 forms are mailed without a cost to the student. If a third I-20 is mailed, there will be a $50 charge to cover the cost of mailing. Anderson University does not issue more than three I-20 forms. Make sure you take all appropriate documents to your Visa appointment. Information on Visa Denials can be found here

STEP 3: Receive I-20 and Apply for Visa Application

Do not make travel plans until you have been issued your visa. Information on the process can be found here. The sooner you apply for your Visa, the better. Review the visa processing times to learn more. For questions throughout this process contact your admissions counselor or Brent Doster (badoster@anderson.edu)

3a. Receive your I-20 Package.

  • Read all the information.

3b. Pay the $410 SEVIS Fee. (Note: the fee must be paid at least three business days before your scheduled interview.)

3c. Complete the online Visa Application

3d. Upload your photo to complete the online process

3e. Pay the Visa Application Fee of $160. (Note: the fee must be paid before you set your visa appointment.)

  • If your visa is approved, you may also pay a visa issuance fee, if applicable to your nationality.

3f. Schedule a Visa interview at the United States Embassy. Please visit the student visa page for more information.

  • Email Visa appointment date to the CRC and Immigration Advisor.

3g. Take all appropriate documents to your Visa appointment:

  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Passport
  • Signed I-20 form
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • Visa application payment receipt
  • Affidavit of Support and supporting documents in English
  • Letter from the Office of Student Financial Services
  • Letter of Admissions
  • Letter from International Student Services
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Additional documentation may be required: standardized test scores, transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended

3h. Email the results of your Visa application to the CRC and Immigration Advisor.

STEP 4: Prepare for Stateside Arrival

After receiving approval of your Visa application, the Cultural Resource Center (CRC) will become your primary contact.  

4a. Complete and submit AU’s housing application 

4b. Communicate with CRC and your admissions counselor to register for courses. 

4c. Make airline reservations for the trip to Anderson 

  • Fly into Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
  • Anderson University is 98 km from the airport
  • Make sure to arrive in time for International Orientation
  • Email flight information to an admissions counselor 

4d. Communicate with CRC for airport pick up ($75 pick up fee)

4e.  Notify your family and friends of your new address so they can write and send you packages. Your new address will be:

YOUR NAME
c/o Anderson University
1100 East Fifth Street
Anderson, IN 46012
USA

Master of Business Administration Application Process

Required Documents:

  1. Online Application
  2. Three (3) References  
  3. Official bachelor’s degree transcripts via course by course transcript evaluation (approx $300 USD)
  4. MBA Affidavit of Support with supporting documentation
  5. Evidence of English Proficiency 
  6. Copy of passport photo page

Optional:

  • GMAT or GMAC scores
  • Resume
  • Essay or writing sample may be required upon request

Submit all documents to adultgrad@anderson.edu.

For documents that can only be mailed, send to:

Anderson University

Attn: AGA Processing

1100 E. 5th Street

Anderson, IN 46012

References

As you complete the application, there will be an option to add email addresses for your recommendations. If you do this, the system will automatically send them an online reference form to complete. You do not need to do anything else. If you do not include recommendation email addresses in your application, then please email your reference letters to us. 

Transcript Evaluations

We require a course by course transcript evaluation of transcripts issued by a college/university outside of the USA. This will cost about $300 USD. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly to us from the credential evaluator. When prompted, choose to send your evaluation to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. For transcript evaluations we suggest using World Evaluation Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.  

Affidavit of Support Financial Documentation

Anderson University does not have an international student scholarship program so you must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay for tuition, books, and other expenses. You will provide proof of financial resources by submitting the MBA Affidavit of Support form with supporting documentation as noted on the form. All documents should be in English.

Evidence of English Proficiency

Send us an email with proof of English proficiency by submitting documentation of ONE of the following:

  • Completion of English as Second Language (ESL) classes:
    • Pass level 6
  • Preferred TOEFL scores:
    • 72 paper-based test
    • 210 computer-based test
    • 78 internet-based test.
  • Preferred IELTS score:
    • 6.0.
  • Preferred Duolingo English Test score:
    • 50

The English Proficiency requirement may be waived If English is a primary language in your country of birth, country of residence, high school attended, or college/university attended.  Please contact your admissions recruiter to confirm. 

Getting your I-20 and Visa

After you have been accepted to Anderson University and all required documentation has been approved by our international advisor, we will let you know that it is time to submit your MBA deposit. Once the deposit is received, we will issue an I-20.  

By this point, we will be working very closely with you and will walk with you through the rest of the visa process. Do not make travel plans or purchase airline tickets until you have been issued your visa.

 

School of Theology and Christian Ministry Application Process

Required Documents:

  1. Online Application
  2. Three (3) References: Pastor/Church Leader, Professor/Employer,  and Personal
  3. Official bachelor’s degree transcripts via course by course transcript evaluation (approx $300 USD)
  4. Online essay form
  5. SOT Affidavit of Support with supporting documentation
  6. Evidence of English Proficiency 
  7. Copy of passport photo page

Submit all documents to adultgrad@anderson.edu.

For documents that can only be mailed, send to:

Anderson University

Attn: AGA Processing

1100 E. 5th Street

Anderson, IN 46012

References

As you complete the application, there will be an option to add email addresses for your recommendations. If you do this, the system will automatically send them an online reference form to complete. You do not need to do anything else. If you do not include recommendation email addresses in your application, then please email your reference letters to us. 

Transcript Evaluations

We require a course by course transcript evaluation of transcripts issued by a college/university outside of the USA. This will cost about $300 USD. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly to us from the credential evaluator. When prompted, choose to send your evaluation to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. For transcript evaluations we suggest using World Evaluation Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.  

Affidavit of Support & Financial Documentation

Anderson University does not have an international student scholarship program so you must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay for tuition, books, and other expenses. You will provide proof of financial resources by submitting the SOT Affidavit of Support form with supporting documentation as noted on the form. All documents should be in English.

Evidence of English Proficiency

Send us an email with proof of English proficiency by submitting documentation of ONE of the following:

  • Completion of English as Second Language (ESL) classes:
    • Pass level 6
  • Preferred TOEFL scores:
    • 72 paper-based test
    • 210 computer-based test
    • 78 internet-based test.
  • Preferred IELTS score:
    • 6.0.
  • Preferred Duolingo English Test score:
    • 50

The English Proficiency requirement may be waived If English is a primary language in your country of birth, country of residence, high school attended, or college/university attended.  Please contact your admissions recruiter to confirm. 

Getting your I-20 and Visa

After you have been accepted to Anderson University and all required documentation has been approved by our international advisor, we will let you know that it is time to submit your SOT deposit. Once the deposit is received, we will issue an I-20.  

By this point, we will be working very closely with you and will walk with you through the rest of the visa process. Do not make travel plans or purchase airline tickets until you have been issued your visa.