Note: The following information does not apply
to Canadian applicants. Upon acceptance,
Canadian students will be issued an I-20 form to
present to the U.S. Immigration officer at the
border when entering the United States.
An international student who has been
accepted to Bethany and who has submitted the required funds
will be issued an I-20 form to present to the U.S.
Immigration officer at the border when entering the United
Additional admissions requirements will be
explained to the applicant upon contacting the Admissions
To contact the Admissions Office, please
Guidelines for International Students
Upon acceptance, students at
Bethany are expected to adhere to the following
Please read carefully.
1. Students are accepted only for the
beginning of the school year.
2. An applicant must submit the following items with his/her application:
A non-refundable application fee of $30 (in U.S. funds only)
A copy of his/her passport
A copy of his/her birth certificate
A copy of his/her high school diploma or transcript
Transcripts from any previous Bible schools attended (if applicable)
Two Christian Character Reference forms
All documents must be translated into English.
3. Non-immigrant students are
not permitted by U.S. law to seek employment in
this country. International students need to
make provision for any personal spending money
needed while here and should arrive with at
least $100 (U.S.) to cover their initial expenses.
4. When accepting international students, we only accept the
person making application. Spouses and
children are not permitted to come along with the
student. Married applicants need to take
into consideration the impact upon the family by
their absence for nine months. They also need to
make sure that the family will be adequately
provided for in their absence, and if needed by
the family, must be prepared to return home
early. Because M-1 international students
are not permitted to work during their time in
the United States, they must be aware that they
will not be able to provide for their family
during any unexpected emergency during their
5. We recommend that applicants do not borrow the money to purchase a
ticket and meet their expenses.
6. Before an I-20 form can be
issued, which is needed to obtain a
non-immigrant visa, students must be able to
show proof of ability to pay expenses that may
arise during their stay at Bethany. These
fees include required textbooks, a return
ticket, and any other unforeseen expenses that
may occur. Bethany requires a $1,500.00
deposit for these expenses, in addition to the
$8,504.00 necessary for one school year. This
can be paid after acceptance by certified check
or by wiring the funds directly to our bank.
Bank information will be given at the time of
acceptance. At the end of the student's
studies, the money not spent will be returned.
If a visa is denied, the deposit will be
refunded except for a $50.00 nonrefundable wire
7. Bethany does not issue I-20 forms after August 1.
8. Please note that Bethany it not an accredited institution. Bethany has
chosen not to seek accreditation in order to
have full liberty to fulfill its God-ordained
mission as a school of the Holy Spirit without
outside interference in any way. Upon completion
of the Biblical Studies or Advanced Biblical
Studies program, students will receive a
diploma. Bethany credits may be transferable
into other accredited, degree-granting
9. International students must make provision for transportation to and from
the school. Students are required to fly into
airports in either Norfolk International Airport or
Newport News International Airport.
Transportation from the airport is available
through Bethany for $25.00 and should be
requested at least one week before arrival.
10. Fundraising or solicitation of funds
for personal needs once students arrive at
Bethany is prohibited.
11. Students must bring with them any and
all medications used at home, i.e., malaria
treatment, parasite treatment, etc. Those
types of medicines may not be available in the