International Student Admissions

Denver Seminary is dedicated to the global reach of the gospel and therefore welcomes students from around the world to pursue their master’s degree. Becoming an international student at Denver Seminary takes place in three steps:

International Student Application Forms and Resources

Step 1: The Admissions Process

In addition to all regular application procedures for admission to Denver Seminary, special procedures apply for international students. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by either:

1. Submitting official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Admissions Office. Denver Seminary’s institutional code for the TOEFL is 4080. The following minimum score requirement for the TOEFL apply:

Internet-based Test (iBT) Section Requirements

Reading:    22
Listening:  21
Speaking:  21
Writing:      22

Total Score Requirements: 86/227/567 (iBT/CBT/PBT)

2. Submitting a letter of recommendation from Spring International Language Center showing successful completion of its intensive English language program as well as the specialized seminary preparation program.

  • The intensive English program covers the basic (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) skills necessary for seminary studies.
  • The seminary preparation program equips the student with the theological language and the research and presentation skills needed at the seminary level.
  • Both programs, which can be taken simultaneously, assess the individual needs of students and provide specialized training to ensure success in seminary studies.

In addition, SILC is conveniently located near Denver Seminary and students have the opportunity to interact with Denver Seminary faculty and student body prior to beginning their studies at the seminary. More information can be found on SILC’s website.

F-1 Exemption Policy

Denver Seminary provides access to educational programs to undocumented adults that were brought into the U.S. as minors and are unable to study due to their immigration status. If a potential student has not studied in the U.S. as a minor, they will need to follow the normal application process outlined for international students and obtain the appropriate student visa from the U.S government. Students who have been granted an F-1 exemption will not be required to take the TOEFL. Note that the F-1 exemption is not to be considered a pathway to U.S. citizenship. To request an F-1 exemption, the undocumented individual will need to provide the following in addition to the degree-seeking applicant requirements:

  • Proof that the individual has resided continuously in the U.S. from 9th grade onward, and completed grades 9 through 12 in an American secondary school.
  • Proof that the individual has graduated from an accredited college/university in the U.S. 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all international students and their dependents for the duration of their studies at Denver Seminary. Health insurance and medical care in the U.S. is expensive. While the Seminary offers an insurance plan, students may be able to find a more affordable plan elsewhere. For example, some countries’ embassies offer affordable coverage to their citizens while in the U.S. Click here to view the Denver Seminary plan.

Items required as part of the admissions process:

1. $45 nonrefundable application processing fee drawn from a U.S. bank or an international money order payable in U.S. dollars.

2. Completed application for admission including the international supplement of the application questionnaire.

For more information about how to apply to Denver Seminary as an international student, or to receive general information about the Seminary, please contact us at 303-762-6937 or

Step 2: Receiving your I-20 and Obtaining your Visa

The I-20/Visa Guide

The I-20 Visa Guide is designed to assist you in applying for and obtaining your I-20, and includes information about the various documents and forms you will need to complete the process. Cost of Education: Denver Seminary requires international students to provide verification of funds for the duration of their program of study. 

To help you gather the required information, use the collection of documents in our I-20 Application Portfolio, which will assist you in the process of applying for and obtaining your I-20.  The “MDiv and MA Budget Worksheet” and "ThM Budget Worksheet" will help you estimate the cost of your education, and the form entitled “Information Required for Issuance” will provide us with the required information to get started on your I-20. Please review the guide and complete the three additional components of the portfolio below:

Estimated Expenses for 2016-2017 Academic Year*

Tuition and Fees
Daily Living Expenses
Insurance & Medical



*Students with children should add $3,500 per child to the estimated expenses.

Step 3: Making the Transition to Campus

The third step, once you have been accepted into a degree program and obtained your I-20 and visa, is to make the transition to Denver Seminary. The International Student Handbook is specially designed to help make that transition easier, and we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the content in this document. At this point, the Department of Students Life will be your main source of assistance. Student Life provides resources, a network of support, and opportunities for students to develop meaningful relationships in order to successfully complete their academic programs.  

The office of Student Life is located on the first floor of the Graber Administration Building, with office hours from 8:30am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Contact us at 303.357.5838 or

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