International Students

Steps to Apply


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Applying to college can be daunting for many students. We have endeavored to provide clear and detailed information to help you navigate each step of the application, financial aid and immigration process. We suggest you begin by reviewing the chart below to understand the steps required of you based on your specific situation. Then, continue on to our Admissions Criteria page and Visas & Immigration page for all the details related to each step.

Click for special information regarding home-schooled, transfer and MK/TCK students.


International Students
- Non-U.S. passport holder
- Lives abroad or in the U.S.A. (on a visa)

U.S. Permanent Residents
- Non-U.S. passport holder
- Green card holder
- Lives in the U.S.A.

U.S. Citizens Abroad
- U.S. Passport holder
- Lives abroad or had the last two years of high school abroad


Application Requirements

Complete online application

Complete online application

Complete online application

Submit official high school transcripts

Submit official high school transcripts

Submit official high school transcripts


Submit official standardized test scores

Submit official standardized test scores

Submit official standardized test scores


Submit official university transcripts (transfer students only)

Submit official university transcripts (transfer students only)

Submit official university transcripts (transfer students only)


Submit copy of passport

Submit copy of passport



Submit copy of immigration documents (if already in the U.S.A. on a visa)

Submit copy of immigration documents (if already in the U.S.A. on a green card)



Submit International Financial Form (also a financial aid requirement)



Financial Aid Requirements

Submit International Financial Form (also an admission requirement)

Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

Immigration Requirements

Receive I-20 from Messiah (after requirements are met)





Pay SEVIS Fee




Schedule and complete visa interview



Throughout the college search process, we encourage students to work closely with their guidance counselor at their high school and to visit their local EducationUSA office for assistance.

EducationUSA

EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students in finding the appropriate college or university in the United States. We encourage you to visit your local center for information on selecting the U.S. college or university that meets your needs, understanding and preparing for the required admissions tests, assistance in the admission process, advice on finding financial aid for your studies, preparation for the student visa process and pre-departure orientations. Click this link to find your center!