Grace College of Divinity welcomes international students.  This page describes the admissions requirements for international students.  The college is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for the training of international students and the granting of Form I-20, for an F-1 Student Visa.

International applicants seeking admission for any degree or certificate program must complete the following steps PRIOR to being considered for acceptance to the college:

  • A completed Application Form (apply online) which includes:
    • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00
    • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (no more than two pages), in a format that is typed and double-spaced, using 12 pt. font size
  • Official/Certified English Translation high school transcripts or G.E.D. (if applicant has never attended college); applicants who have previously attended a college must submit official college transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A pastoral letter of reference (on official church letterhead) from the pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends.
  • A completed Personal Reference Form.
  • Statement of Financial Resources with supporting documentation.
  • GCD asks applicants from non-English speaking countries to submit one of the following assessments:
    • TOEFL Score. A minimum of 500 on the paper exam, 61 on the internet-based exam, or 173 on the computer-based exam
    • IELTS Score: A minimum of 5.5
    • PTE Score: A minimum of 51
    • ITEP Score: A minimum of 3.6
  • GCD may also ask international applicants to complete an Academic Skills Assessment (an essay assignment that is similar to a written project in an online GCD course).

Documents and completed forms can be sent to the following email address: admissions@gcd.edu

International Application Deadlines

  • For admission in the Fall semester, applications must be received by May 15.
  • For admission in the Spring semester, applications must be received by November 1.
  • For admission in the Summer semester, applications must be received by March 1.

Admission will not be granted until ALL documents are received and approved by the Office of Enrollment Management.

All living and transportation arrangements are the applicant’s responsibility.  The college does not provide student housing.  Once accepted, an I-20 form will be issued by the International Student Office and immigration documents can be processed.