International Admissions

The following links will take you to outside websites and are intended to provide additional information on becoming a student in the United States. Please scroll down for specific information about applying to Elim Bible Institute and College.

The Basics

CANADIAN Students are  considered for EBIC Institutional Aid eligibility after completing a Canadian Income Verification form. If the student is a resident of Ontario, they will need to apply for OSAP. For questions about the OSAP process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at

REQUIREMENTS (for all other internationals). 

  1. Complete online application (includes $50 app. fee).
  2. Proof of secondary education.
  3. Proof of English proficiency.
  4. Reservation Deposit & Down-Payment ($5,000 USD).
  5. 5. F-1 Visa issued from the U.S. embassy.

FINANCIAL AID. Elim may offer financial aid (scholarship or campus employment) to eligible international applicants, up to 50% of the total cost to attend Elim. Aid is determined on a case-by-case basis according to need and available scholarship funds.

ESTIMATED COSTS. For current estimated costs, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of the Academic Catalog.

Please note: Internationals are not eligible for EBIC’s Scholarship Giveaway.

The 5-step application process

Complete the 5 steps outlined below to apply. For assistance, contact our admissions counselors via web chat, at 1-800-670-ELIM (3546), or

Step 1

Complete Application

Step 2

Secondary Education

Step 3

English Proficiency

Step 4

Aid and Payments

Step 5

Obtain Visa

1. Complete an application

To apply online, pay your non-refundable $50 fee and complete the application form. We will create a special account for you in a program called “Populi” where you can begin the application process online without having to finish it right away. At any point, you can login and continue the application process.

Your $50 non-refundable application fee must be paid before you will receive the link to your application. You will be prompted to make the payment once you begin the application process by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below. The $50 application fee will be applied to your total cost upon arrival at Elim.

NOTE: International applicants may only apply to attend Elim full time for a minimum of one year. Internationals are NOT eligible to apply for part-time or online classes.

2. Proof of Secondary Education

We will need proof that you have successfully completed secondary education. The requirements are different for each country. Once you begin your application, we will notify you what your country’s official requirements are and how the documentation must be submitted to us. Applicants who have obtained a degree from an accredited college may elect to submit college transcripts as proof of secondary education.

NOTE: All transcripts and documentation must be submitted in English.

3. Confirm English Proficiency

Unless we communicate otherwise to you, international applicants will be required to complete an English Proficiency Exam. You must show proficiency in FOUR areas including:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing


It is very important that international applicants NOT assume they will pass an English Proficiency test because they can speak English. The number one reason why international applicants are denied admittance to Elim is low English Proficiency scores. With that in mind, we urge all applicants to study hard for the test they will choose to take.

You will be required to submit your scores from ONE of the following tests. If your scores are below those shown below, we may deny your request to enroll at Elim.

4. Financial Aid & Down-Payment ($5,000)

Financial Aid. International applicants may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of institutional aid or campus employment for up to 40% of the total cost to attend Elim. Determination of eligibility will be based on financial need, merit and/or available funds. The financial aid office will determine your award immediately after you have been accepted to enroll at Elim. An award notice will be emailed to you at that time.

$250 Reservation Deposit. Once you have been accepted to attend Elim, you will receive an award notice via email letting you know if Elim will be awarding you a scholarship or campus employment. At that point, international applicants have 30 DAYS to pay a $250 Reservation Deposit (USD). This will secure your award with Elim. If you do not pay this amount by the deadline, you may lose the award Elim has offered you.

The $250 Reservation Deposit will be applied to the shipping costs associated with your Form I-20. The remainder of your Reservation Deposit will be applied to your school bill. If your request for an F-1 Visa is denied or you do not meet another eligibility requirement, Elim will refund your Reservation Deposit minus shipping costs associated with your Form I-20.

$4,750 Down-Payment. After the Reservation Deposit has been paid, international applicants are required to pay a minimum down-payment of $4,750 toward their school bill. NOTE: Elim will not send your Form I-20 (necessary to obtain your Visa) until this first down-payment is complete.  The deadline for sending Elim your down-payment is July 15 (or Nov. 15 for the Spring semester.) If we do not receive your down-payment by this date, we will not be able to send your Form I-20 to you.

If your request for an F-1 Visa is denied or you do not meet other eligibility requirement, Elim will refund your Reservation Deposit (minus shipping costs associated with your Form I-20) and your down-payment.

5. Obtain F-1 Visa & Plane Ticket

Once you have completed all of the steps above, it will be time to create and send your Form I-20. The Form I-20 is a very important government document that will allow you to apply for your F-1 Visa so that you can travel and study in the United States. It is extremely important that international applicants prepare for each step in the F-1 Visa process, as noted below.