International Applicants

Union Theological Seminary values the diverse perspectives that international students bring to our community. International study in the U.S. can be complicated, but Union will offer support and resources to make your travel and study a formational and meaningful experience. International students make up approximately 18% of enrolled students at Union.

English Language Requirements

Presently, all classroom lectures are conducted in English. Because we want all students to be able to thrive in such an academic setting, all applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in English during the application process. You can demonstrate proficiency by providing English Language Test Scores. Note: English Language Test scores are waived if you previously attended a school where the main language of instruction was English.

Union accepts the following score reports. If you are unable to provide

Funding for International Students

All International Applicants are eligible to receive an institutional scholarships and grant awards from Union. Most scholarships provide partial tuition, so admitted international students must secure additional sources of funding to afford the total cost of attendance (external scholarships, church or diocese support, family or personal funds).

Note: The following scholarship awards provide for full-tuition and expenses for International students.

  • Doctoral Scholarship and Stipend (PhD) – provides full tuition plus a $30,000 living stipend for all admitted PhD applicants.
  • Ecumenical Fellowship Program (STM) – full tuition plus cost of living for an STM student from an African country; applicants from other developing nations are also considered

Admitted International Students

Once accepted, the Office of Student Affairs will help international students request important travel documentation such as the Form I-20. This document requires students to gather information about your financial status, interest in studying in the United States, and proof of housing and support. Additionally, Union can walk you through the visa process. International students who have been accepted to study at Union can learn more information here.

Once you are accepted and arrive, Union will host an International Orientation prior to domestic students’ arrival on campus. During the school year, the International Student Caucus will organize programming, events, and provide support throughout your study at Union Theological Seminary.