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International Students

Traditional students applying for admission on an F–1 Visa

Bethel College is a four–year Christian college of the arts and sciences affiliated with the Missionary Church. The campus is located in Mishawaka, Ind., approximately 145 kilometers east of Chicago, Ill.; 410 kilometers south of Detroit, Mich.; and 209 kilometers north of Indianapolis, Ind.; and is served by the South Bend Regional Airport and Amtrak Train Services. Located in a suburban setting, the campus spans approximately 75 wooded acres. Restaurants, entertainment and shopping venues border the college campus. The area population is estimated at 300,000. Other universities and colleges in the immediate area offer cultural, recreational and academic opportunities in addition to Bethel College activities.

Application Process I–20 Form
Transfer of Academic Credits College Academic Year Calendar
Estimated Costs Financing Your Education
On–campus Employment Academic Policies
Student Life On Campus Regional Climate
Transportation International Students Coordinator for Intercultural Development
CSS Profile When Should I complete CSS Profile?

Application Process

Application deadlines
Fall semester: March 1
Spring semester: Oct. 1

The application for admission will be reviewed by the International Admission Committee only after all the items below have been received by the office of admission. All students must show ability to meet financial costs to travel to the United States, complete their education and return home. Financial assistance, which includes scholarship, will not be awarded until after a student has been accepted to the college and the CSS PROFILE has been received.

Applicants who are not United States citizens or United States permanent residents must submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission. Apply online at
  • A personal statement of faith, in English.
  • Official transcripts and/or certificates from all secondary and post–secondary schools. Students must have completed the secondary level (equivalent to high school in the United States) and must submit an official transcript of their secondary level courses.
    • All academic transcripts must be submitted in their original language along with official certified translations in English. Official certification and evaluation (a comprehensive course–by–course evaluation) must be completed by World Education Service, or a Bethel approved accredited agency.
  • Official score reports from the SAT , ACT, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or International English Language Testing System (IELTS ) should be sent directly to Bethel College. Only one of the tests is required, provided your score has met the minimum requirements. Students pursuing college athletics are encouraged (but not required) to take an SAT or ACT exam to assist in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) eligibility certification.
    • Bethel’s institutional code for the TOEFL is 1079. Register for the TOEFL at
      • The minimum required TOEFL score:
        • Internet–based exam: 76
        • Paper–based exam: 540
        • Computer based exam: 207
    • The minimum band score for the IELTS is 6.5.
    • Bethel's institutional code for the SAT is 1079 and the ACT is 1178.
  • CSS PROFILE. This form is required for the first year of entry to the college and does not have to be renewed each year. For more information regarding the CSS PROFILE.
    • The CSS PROFILE costs $25 for the initial application and one school report.
    • Bethel's institutional code for the CSS PROFILE is 1079.

Transfer students: if you are transferring from a college or university within the United States, you will need to have the international advisor at your current school complete the transfer student information form and provide a copy of your current I–20 and I–94 card.Top of Page

I–20 Form

The I–20 form for obtaining an F–1 student visa will not be issued to admitted students until the student has demonstrated financial ability to pay for all college and living expenses and the enrollment deposit is submitted to Bethel College. The enrollment deposit, which is due June 1, is equal to any remaining balance on your account for both fall and spring semesters after all Bethel financial assistance has been applied. If this balance is not paid, an I–20 will not be issued. All but $300 of this deposit may be refunded after an I–20 has been issued if a student cancels or has their visa denied before they enroll at Bethel.Top of Page

Transfer of Academic Credits

Students must submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Students transferring course work from institutions outside the United States must have their transcript evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or by a Bethel approved accredited agency. A comprehensive course–by–course evaluation is required. Upon receipt of the WES evaluation, the Bethel registrar will determine the transfer of credit to Bethel College. Visit the WES website,, for more information.Top of Page

College Academic Year Calendar

Fall semester – 16 weeks (August – December)

Spring semester – 16 weeks (January – May)

Summer session – 6 weeks (May – July)Top of Page

Estimated Costs

2012 – 2013 fall and spring semesters only

Tuition (based on 12–17 credit hours per semester) $23,930.00
Room and board (2 semesters/20 meals per week) 7,280.00
Medical insurance (required) 645
Books/supplies (estimated) 1,600
Services Assessment 350
International student deposit (one time) 700
Total (fall and spring semesters) $34,505.00

These costs are for a single, undergraduate student enrolled in a traditional academic program. Living expenses for married students will be higher. Extra costs are possible, depending on tuition charges, course registration, class fees, housing and meal plan options, etc. Based upon recent trends, students and parents should plan and estimate that the total cost will increase about 4–6 percent each year.Top of Page

Financing Your Education

Bethel College financial assistance for international students is very limited. Therefore, each student is responsible for finding his/her own source of funds. Seeking sponsorship is highly encouraged. The International Student Scholarship is awarded to as many as five applicants each fall and one applicant each spring. Awards vary based on student need. Final candidates are selected by the International Admission and Scholarship Committee based on academic achievement, test scores and leadership qualities. Students receiving the award must live on campus and are subject to scholarship rules in place at the time of enrollment. The application for admission and all supporting documentation must be submitted by March 1 for fall enrollment and Oct. 1 for spring enrollment to be eligible for consideration. No additional form is necessary to apply for this scholarship.Top of Page

On–campus Employment

International students have access to on–campus jobs. For some students, on–campus employment may be a requirement of their work–study obligation to the college. Students may apply for an on–campus position after their arrival to Bethel. International students are restricted from off–campus employment by the regulations affiliated with their F–1 student visa status.Top of Page

Academic Policies

Grading Scale: 4.0 – A    3.0 – B    2.0 – C    1.0 – D

For undergraduate international students to maintain their F–1 student visa status with the United States government, they must enroll for at least 12 credit hours of classes each semester (fall and spring). Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to be considered academically qualified to continue studies. A cumulative grade point average below 2.0 is classified as academic probation. Students placed on academic probation have one semester to re–establish good academic standing before dismissal from the college and loss of their F–1 student visa status.Top of Page

Student Life On Campus

Bethel is an evangelical Christian college. All students are required to attend chapel services on campus three times a week during the fall and spring semesters. The Bible is taught in these services. Various other campus organizations and committees of the student government provide functions on campus of spiritual emphasis, social activities, sporting events and concerts.Students living in campus housing have curfew hours each day: Sunday – Thursday, 12:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 2 a.m. If desired, international students can be introduced to a host family off campus. A host family often provides housing during college break periods when on–campus facilities are closed. A host family maintains close contact with the international student and is available to help the international student make adjustments in his/her new cultural setting.Top of Page

Regional Climate

Four seasons are experienced each year in northern Indiana. Winter (December – February) is very snowy and cold. The average high in January is 4 degrees Celsius and average annual snowfall is 1.8 meters, so students should be prepared for temperatures of freezing, or below. Students should have a very warm coat, boots and hand gloves for this season. The summer months (June – August) bring the average high temperatures up to 23 degrees Celsius. Moderate to cool temperatures are experienced in the spring (March – May) and fall (September – November). The various seasons offer a variety of outdoor activities for Bethel College students.Top of Page


Public forms of transportation are available via airlines, trains and buses. Intercity bus and taxi service is available near Bethel’s campus. Students arriving via air can choose to fly into the South Bend Regional Airport, which is about 13 kilometers from Bethel College, or they can fly into Chicago O’Hare or Midway Airports and take a bus to the South Bend Regional Airport.Top of Page

International Students Coordinator for Intercultural Development

The international students coordinator is the person who counsels international students concerning their needs while on campus. Matters such as housing needs, immigration law, visas, OPT /CPT , etc. are handled through the international students coordinator. There will be a mandatory international student orientation for all new students prior to the first day of classes. This orientation includes information on F–1 rules and regulations, campus employment, a meeting with the wellness center staff, a campus tour and other events designed to help new international students adjust to the regional culture and meet new people.Top of Page

CSS Profile

What is the CSS PROFILE?

The CSS PROFILE is a financial assistance application provided by the College Board that Bethel and other private colleges use to determine a student’s eligibility for financial assistance. It utilizes an in–depth needs analysis basing your family’s contribution to your college fees on three years of income.

Where do I get a copy of the CSS PROFILE?

You may submit a CSS PROFILE by applying online at

How do I complete the CSS PROFILE?

While the CSS PROFILE is not a difficult application to complete, it takes time and effort. You may not have all your information complete at the time we require you to complete your CSS PROFILE , so your best option is to estimate your current year’s income. It is often helpful to look back at your previous year’s documents to help you more accurately estimate.

You and/or your parents will need these documents to complete the CSS PROFILE:

  • Tax returns (if applicable)
  • Wage statements
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Current bank statements
  • Current mortgage information
  • Business and farm records
  • Records of stocks, bonds and other investments
  • Benefits and retirement plan information

If your custodial parent’s marital status is separated, divorced or remarried, you will be sent an email alerting you that your noncustodial parent needs to complete the NONCustodial PROFILE . Your noncustodial parent will also need the above documents in order to complete their required portion of the CSS PROFILE accurately.

Along with biographical, financial and personal information, you must indicate you want Bethel College to receive your CSS PROFILE in order for the school to receive your results.Top of Page

When should I complete CSS PROFILE?

Deadlines for the CSS PROFILE are as follows:

  • Fall semester entry: March 1
  • Spring semester entry: Oct. 1

Remember, it can take several days for the CSS PROFILE to be processed, so plan ahead.

Further information may be obtained from:

  • Bethel College
  • Office of Admission
  • 1001 Bethel Circle
  • Mishawaka, IN 46545

You may also contact the Office of Admissions through e-mail: Top of Page