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 financialaid@elim.edu.

REQUIREMENTS (for all other International Applicants)

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

FINANCIAL AID. Elim may offer financial aid (scholarships and/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: International Applicants 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 admissions@elim.edu.

Step 1

Complete Application

Step 2

Secondary Education

Step 3

English Proficiency

Step 4

Aid and Payments

Step 5

Apply for your Visa

Step 6

Prepare for your Arrival

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 to attend Elim after your arrival to campus.

NOTE: To maintain your status as an F-1 student in the United States, International Students must be full-time students (click here for more information). Therefore, International Students are not eligible to apply for part-time enrollment. Please also note that International Applicants must first apply for the one-year Launch certificate program. If International Students wish to apply for a longer program, they may request a change in program with the Academic Office after arriving to the EBIC campus.

2. Proof of Secondary Education

We will need proof that you have successfully completed your secondary education/received your High School Diploma. The required documents needed to prove you have successfully completed your secondary education are different for each country. Once you begin your application, our Admissions Department will notify you what documentation must be submitted to us. Applicants who have obtained a degree from an accredited college recognized by the country in which it is located may be able to submit college transcripts as proof of secondary education.

NOTE: All transcripts and documentation must be submitted in English, or must be submitted with an English translation.

3. Confirm English Proficiency

International Applicants are required to prove that they are proficient in English. Unless we communicate otherwise to you, you 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. 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 and/or campus employment for up to 50% 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 after you have been accepted to enroll at Elim. An official Financial Aid Award letter will be emailed to you.

$250 Reservation Deposit.

After receiving your Financial Aid Award, International Applicants should plan to pay their $250 USD Reservation Deposit. This will secure your Financial Aid Award with Elim. The $250 USD Reservation Deposit is due by May 1 (November 1 for the Spring semester). 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 other eligibility requirements, Elim will refund your Reservation Deposit minus costs associated with shipping 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 USD 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 (November 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 requirements, Elim will refund your Reservation Deposit (minus costs associated with shipping your Form I-20) and your Down-Payment.

5. Obtain F-1 Visa & Plane Ticket

Once you have completed the above steps, it will be time to create and send your Form I-20. The Form I-20 is a very important 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 application process, as noted below.

For more information on the Student F-1 Visa application process, please visit this link.

You will also want to follow the instructions found on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply for a Visa. You can find your embassy or consulate here.