International Applicant Resources

Thank you for considering NTS as you consider your options for graduate theological education!  As an international student, we are aware that new experiences in a new environment can challenge even the most seasoned travelers among us. The information and resources below are designed to provide you with answers and help for many of the questions you might have. 

For additional information, please feel free to contact Levi Jones, the Seminary’s International Student Admissions Counselor, at 816.268.5453 or at ljones@nts.edu.

International Student Handbook

Application Process

In addition to completing the regular NTS Application and Reference Forms, you will also need to submit the following: 

  • Your TOEFL score
  • Academic Transcripts (more information below)
  • Proof of Financial Support (more information below)
  • Transfer Authorization (more information below)

Academic Transcripts

NTS requires official transcripts from all the schools/colleges you have attended. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, send both the original language transcripts and their English translations.  If you previously attended school(s) outside the U. S., you must submit official, original-language records and the English translations from your previous country’s educational system. NTS will not accept interpretations of grades from foreign schools that have been made by another U.S. school.

Proof of Financial Support

If you are financially sponsored by a relative, friend or other person, you’ll need to complete and submit the Affidavit of Support Form.  This form should be completed by your sponsor and returned with the appropriate bank statement(s) along with all your applicant materials.

Keep in mind that if you are applying from outside the U. S., that you will be required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying for a visa, to document that resources are immediately available to cover your first year’s expenses. You must also show expectation of financial support for the remaining years of your program.

If you will be attending on a government sponsorship or other outside scholarship, you need to provide an official or certified copy of the award letter issued by your sponsor. That letter should include the U.S. dollar amount (per year) of the award. Scholarship letters must state that the scholarship has been awarded for study at Nazarene Theological Seminary, as well as list the expenses covered by the award and the maximum amounts available to cover each expense (fees, books, housing, etc.).

Transfer Authorization

International students who are currently enrolled at another school in the U. S. will need to have their current Academic Institution send a letter of good standing in addition to other application materials required for admission. This allows your current status with the Dept. of Homeland Security to be brought up to date before the transfer occurs.

Please submit the transfer authorization letter and copies of all previous immigration documents to the NTS Office of Admissons and the Registrar.  This transfer letter is required to complete the processing of an I-20 from your new school.

Important: You must provide verification that your financial sponsor (if applicable) has also approved the transfer.

Contact Information

Nazarene Theological Seminary’s International Admissions Counselor is Levi Jones. Please feel free to contact him at anytime at ljones@nts.edu or at 816.268.5453.