International Student Admission

ABC is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for the training of international students.

Information required for admission:

Applications

Submit an application for admission using ABC’s Online Application (preferred), or a printable application is available on-line. If you use the printable application instead of the online application, please send the printable copy via email to admissions@abc.edu or mail it to:



Appalachian Bible College
Admissions Department
161 College Drive
Mount Hope, WV 25880



Submit a $35 application fee with your application. If unable to pay the application fee online you may pay by sending a money order or U.S. check payable to Appalachian Bible College. Do not send foreign currency.

Transcripts

Submit official academic transcripts/documents from all previous academic work to include all high school grades, and if applicable any college level courses taken. All documents and diplomas must be certified by the school issuing grades/diplomas and translated into English. Faxed or scanned documents cannot be used for final acceptance.

TOEFL Scores

If English is not the official language of your country, you must demonstrate proof of proficiency in the English language by achieving a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based), 175 (computer-based), or a score of 59 from the Internet based (IBT) TOEFL. An official copy of scores must be received. If English is the official language of your country, you must take the ACT or SAT and have an official copy mailed.

Medical Form & TB Test Results

Complete the Medical Form that is provided online. Make sure your immunization dates are all listed as well as answering a few general health questions. You will also need to have a Tuberculosis Skin Test done (TB Tine or PPD) four months prior to arriving in the United States. Mail to the same address listed above.

References

Reference forms are provided electronically through the application process by email to the references of your choice. Also, reference forms are available online if you need a printed version. Friend references must be completed by two people who are not relatives and can evaluate the applicant's character. An additional Pastor Reference form is provided for the applicant's pastor or youth pastor. In the event that the applicant’s pastor is their parent, another church leader may complete the reference form. If the person that is identified as a reference is unable to electronically receive and complete this form, a reference form may be downloaded from the following link and mailed to the above address:
Pastor Reference
Friend Reference

Financial Requirements

Verification of personal financial resources for the first two semesters of tuition is required. The applicant must provide an official Bank Statement or (no more than six months old) showing that you/or your parents have funds on deposit equal to the total expenses for the first academic year, or an affidavit of support when a sponsor is involved for financial support. Sponsorship is verified for the school and embassy through the I-134 Affidavit of Support Form.



Down Payment

A minimum down payment of $2,000.00 USD, or one of the other higher payment options is required to complete your admissions requirements before a letter of acceptance and an I-20 is mailed. Payments may be paid along with completing a payment form and mailing them to:



Appalachian Bible College
Admissions Department
161 College Drive
Mount Hope, WV 25880


Payment Policies
Payment & Insurance Options

Acceptance

When we notify you that you have received “Final Acceptance”, ABC’s Designated School Official will complete and mail the I-20 to you at the address and by the courier that you request.

American Consulate or Embassy Procedures:

Government Forms

After receiving the I-20 Form you must then complete the Form I-901 available to download at www.fmjfee.com. You may complete Form I-901 online and make your $200 payment by credit card (this will expedite the process), or mail it along with the appropriate fee (usually $200) to the address listed at the bottom of the form. Please follow the instructions.



This is a new requirement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, effective September 1, 2004. This fee covers the costs of processing immigration paperwork using the Student Exchange and Visitors Information System (SEVIS).



When you receive your $200 receipt (Form I-797) in the mail, you are then ready to make an appointment with an American consulate or embassy. Take your I-20, bank statement, Form I-797, with other required documents (check local requirements) to apply for an F-1 student visa.



***According to U.S. visa laws and regulations, all non–immigrant visa applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of residence and must show that they intend to depart the United States after their temporary visit.  While there is no specific list of documents to be provided or things that must be done in order to demonstrate strong ties outside of the United States, applicants may wish to bring a variety of materials that can assist in demonstrating these ties.  Be prepared to demonstrate that you have been accepted by ABC, that you are able to afford your studies, that you have specific reasons for choosing ABC, and that you have sufficient ties to your home country that would ensure your return after graduation. Notify us when you have obtained your visa and when you plan to arrive in the United States.

Arrival Information:

If you are planning to arrive in the United States within three days of the semester start date, we are happy to provide ground transportation from either the Raleigh County Airport in Beckley, WV, or the Yeager Airport, in Charleston, WV. You must notify us in advance by email or phone.

Requirements for ABC Applicants Having F &ndash 1 Student Visas

  • Have a valid passport.
  • Attend Appalachian Bible College, the school stated on the I-20.
  • Carry a full academic course load (twelve credit hours per semester) and make reasonable progress toward a degree.
  • Report any changes in status immediately to the college DSO.
  • Report to ABC’s International Student Advisor/Designated School Official within one week of arriving on campus. We will provide you with ABC’s International Student Handbook that will be of great assistance as you adjust to life in the United States.

Prior Planning is Necessary

  • The normal cycle to process these documents and records is four to six months.
  • A student studying at another U.S. college/university with a current I-20, who wishes to transfer to ABC, must contact ABC’s Admissions Office to request admissions procedures and is advised to consult with their current college’s International Student Advisor for transfer procedures.


We suggest that you stay in regular contact with ABC’s Director of Admissions during the admissions process and with our International Student Advisor once you have completed the admissions process. Email is the best way to stay connected. Please let us know when you are scheduled for your appointment with the American Embassy/Consulate, so that we may pray especially for you on that day.

Parents, we know you have specific concerns so we’ve compiled a separate page with answers to the most commonly asked questions.
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