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.

  • Paper Based Test: 540
  • Computer Based Test: 215
  • Internet Based Test: 75
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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.

In order for us to successfully create and mail the necessary documentation, we will need you to complete the below form. It is very important that you send us an exact physical address where you may receive mail.

Form I-20 Information Request Form

Elim will ship your Form I-20 to the address you provide in the “Provide Information” step. We will also send you a tracking link which you may utilize to estimate when the package will arrive. The costs for shipping will be deducted from the Reservation Deposit you already paid. Depending on your country and location, shipping may take a few days to a few weeks. 

Please Note: Elim cannot send your Form I-20 electronically (by fax or email). According to United States laws, applicants must have an original copy with them during their Visa interview and at any U.S. port of entry with U.S Customs & Border Protection.

Please remember to notify us when you recive your Form I-20 in the mail!

Once you receive your Form I-20 in the mail, your next step is to pay what is called the $350 I-901 SEVIS fee. You may pay for this fee online or by mail.

I-901 Tutorial

Pay I-901 Fee

Keep your I-901 Receipt. You will need it for your Visa appointment!

You should schedule an appointment with the United States embassy located in your country as soon as you receive your Form I-20 and have paid your I-901 fee. Find the embassy nearest to you by clicking the button below. Remember there may be a considerable wait time before your appointment, so the sooner you schedule it, the better!

Find U.S. Embassy

Visa Wait Times

This appointment is a very important step in your admissions process. If the U.S. embassy does not grant you an F-1 Visa, you will not be allowed to travel to the United States and attend college at Elim. It is very important you prepare and arrive at your appointment with all of your documentation. Talk to the U.S. embassy before your interview and ask them what you need to bring to your Visa interview.

Some of the documents you will want to remember to bring include your acceptance letter from Elim, any receipts or documents we sent you with your Form I-20, your passport and your I-901 receipt.

5 ways to prepare

Questions to Expect

Please remember to let us know how your appointment went!

Once you have received confirmation that you can study in the United States at Elim, it’s time for the final phase of your preparation, including purchasing your plane tickets to Rochester. You will need to purchase a ROUND TRIP TICKET, arriving to the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). When purchasing your ticket, keep in mind that you will need to arrive to Elim on the correct date. We will notify you over email exactly what date you need to arrive. 

You are responsible to arrive at Rochester, NY (this can be via plane, bus, or train.) Once you have arrived at Rochester, we will take care of transporting you to Elim’s campus, which is located in Lima, NY, about 20 minutes south of Rochester. Please note that we are not located in or near New York City.

Don’t forget to email us your flight itinerary so we can arrange to pick you up!