International Students

The application process for international students is unique and can seem complicated. It is our hope that this page will reduce this stress by taking you step by step through the process.
How to Apply:
I. Prelimininary Evaluations
Prospective international students must complete and submit these evaluations to the Beeson Divinity School Office of Admission before beginning the standard application process for admission
  • World Educational Service (Official  course-by-course transcript of academic work sent through World Educational Services)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Any applicant whose native language is not English must also submit a score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL. Students should arrange to take the TOEFL by visiting or by writing to Educational Testing Service at P.O. Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540.

III. Apply to Beeson

Once the above material is completed, an international prospect may begin the standard application processFollowing an admission decision, the applicant will need to complete the Affidavit of Financial Support, including an official bank statement.

*A note regarding student visas:
The United States Information Agency's insurance regulations for J visa holders require international students and their dependents to have and maintain health insurance during residency in the United States. Proof of coverage is required before registering for classes. The law mandates that Samford University must deny student status to international students who do not continute to comply. Information about specific carriers, minimum coverages, and premium costs is available from the Office of Admission, Samford University. For more information, please contact Ashley Gassner at
Further information for prospective international students can be found on page 25 of the current Beeson Divinity School Bulletin