International Applicants

ABC is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for the training of international students and the granting of the Form I-20, for an F-1 Student Visa.

Application Processing for International Students

Submit an application for admission using ABC’s online form (Preferred), or a printable application is available on-line http://www.abc.edu/apply-now.php. 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 Office
161 College Drive
Mount Hope, WV 25880-9902
U.S.A.

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

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) TOFEL. An official copy of scores must be received. If English is the official language of your country, you must take the ACT (www.actstudent.org) or SAT (www.collegeboard.com) 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.

Reference

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:

http://www.abc.edu/pub/forms/friend-reference.pdf

http://www.abc.edu/pub/forms/pastor-reference.pdf

Financial Requirement

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 I-134 Affidavit of Support form http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-134.pdf

***Even though you may receive an ABC $3,000 International Student Scholarship and have a campus job, $18,450 is still the required amount for your bank statement and an initial deposit for the first semester will be required prior to arrival.**

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 “Final Acceptance” and an I-20 is mailed. Payments may be paid along with completing a payment form and mailing them to:

Appalachian Bible College
Business Office
161 College Drive
Mount Hope, WV 25880-9902
U.S.A.

Payment Policies & Payment Form links:

http://www.abc.edu/pub/payment_policies.pdf

http://www.abc.edu/pub/payment_and_insurance_option.pdf

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

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

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.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Appalachian Bible College admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical handicap or age to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to the students of the College. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical handicap or age in administration of its educational policies, financial aid opportunities, admissions policies, employment practices, athletic and other school administered programs

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