The international student community at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is diverse, thriving, and valued by the entire Gordon-Conwell community. International students across all our campuses represent 56 countries, including the UK, South Korea, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Macedonia, Haiti, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and more.
Gordon-Conwell takes seriously the task of providing quality education for international students who are preparing themselves for gospel ministry leadership in their own countries. Applicants are selected on the basis of potential for significant contribution to the Church in their own homelands. International students are expected to return to their native countries to provide leadership in ministry upon completion of their studies at Gordon-Conwell.
As a non-residential campus, the Charlotte campus does not provide the on-site room and board often required by international students. We welcome students currently in the country on an F-1 visa or other valid visa, and who provide their own living accommodations. Individuals seeking to enter the country on an F-1 visa are strongly encouraged to consider our South Hamilton, Massachusetts campus, which offers a full range of services for the international student.
Potential for Contribution to the Church
Vocational Goal and Christian Witness
Competency in English
Information regarding the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA. TOEFL scores must be sent to Gordon-Conwell; our code number is 8737.
Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) Candidates
Alternate Visas (non F-1)
Students with immigrant or non-immigrant statuses other than F-1 or B-1/B-2 must contact the International Student Advisor to provide further details.
The F-1 student visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad to international students coming to the United States for the purpose of pursuing full-time studies at an academic institution.
Visit the U.S. Department of State to learn more about the F-1 student visa.
Applying for Your 1-20/Visa Certificate
Upon acceptance to Gordon-Conwell, you must apply for a Form I-20. U.S. educational institutions provide the I-20 to support your application for an F-1 student visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate.
Questions regarding F-1 student visas and the Application for I-20? Contact the International Student Advisor at (704) 527-9909 or by email to email@example.com.
Submit Financial Affidavits
When completing the Application for I-20/Visa Certificate, you are required to show full proof of funding for one academic year. You must submit all original documents, including original bank statements, support letters/affidavits of support, and any other information requested of you. All documents must be dated within the last 3 months and should demonstrate reasonable means of support for future years.
Because Gordon-Conwell and the embassy/consulate both require original documents, request two sets of financial documents from each source of funding. Gordon-Conwell and the embassy official will subject financial documents (especially private sponsor guarantees) to careful review and consideration. Especially during your visa interview, be prepared to explain all financial sources and if requested, submit additional documentation as needed.
The International Student Financial Worksheet provides detailed information to help you prepare your finances and paperwork.
If you seek additional sponsors for your studies in the U.S., please send the Affidavit of Support to each sponsor.
Transfer Students (if applicable)
Canadian Students (if applicable)
To obtain a visa, you must first pay the I-901/SEVIS fee prior to applying at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Only the primary applicant is required to pay the SEVIS fee, meaning if you have family members that will accompany you to the U.S., you do not need to pay this fee for each family member.
Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to pay the I-901/SEVIS Fee.
Scheduling and Preparing for an Appointment
Please follow instructions for visa applications and interviews on the U.S. Department of State or Department of Homeland Security websites.
After you receive your F-1 (and F-2) visa(s), please notify the Admissions Office to confirm your plans and receive further instructions. As you begin to make travel arrangements, please remember that by U.S. law, you are permitted to enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the start date listed on line #5 of your I-20.
Information about New Student Orientation
F-2 spouses and children are not permitted to work while in the United States under any circumstances at any time.
Maintaining Lawful Visa Status
Lawfully maintaining F-1 visa status at Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte means that you must maintain full-time enrollment, which is equal to seven credit hours per semester. At Gordon-Conwell, most classes are 3 credits each, so this generally means you need to take at least three classes (9 credit hours) per semester to be considered full-time. Only one online or distance education course per semester can count toward full-time status.
In order for the Charlotte Campus DSO to verify enrollment status in SEVIS, international students must submit the two forms listed below each semester. Students must return these forms via email to the DSO within 7 business days from the first day of each semester you register for courses. The DSO will not verify your status in SEVIS without these forms.