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International Students Application Process

Application Process

An international student is defined as a person who wants to come to the United States to enroll in a degree-seeking program.

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Applying as an International Student

We're excited that you're considering Bethel University. This page will walk you through the applications and admissions process for international students.

If you have any questions about the application and enrollment process, please contact our Admissions Office at: 844-Bethel1 or email at

Step 1: Apply & Submit Fee

Complete the Online Application.

Once complete, each student must pay a $30 application fee. You may pay fees directly to the Business Office at 325 Cherry Ave. McKenzie, TN 38201, by calling (731) 352-4050, or online at Bethel Payments.

Within two weeks of your application submission, we will notify you of our admissions decision.

Step 2: English Exam/TOEFL

If your native language is not English, you must meet one of the following:

  • A score of 513 on the TOEFL paper-based exam.
  • A score of 183 on the TOEFL computer-based exam.
  • A score of 65 on the TOEFL internet-based exam.
  • A score of 17 on the ACT English subtest.
  • A score of 415 on the SAT Critical Reading subtest.
  • A score of 5 overall and 5 in each exam area on the International English Language Test.

TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Scores on the SAT or ACT and TOEFL are required. Any student who obtains a TOEFL internet-based score below 99 or an ACT English score of 17 or below will be required to take ENG 015 and ENG 016. If a student obtains a grade of A or B in ENG 015, the ENG 016 will not be required.

Step 3: Admission Requirements

ACT or SAT Scores

  • Request your official ACT/SAT scores to be sent to Bethel University directly from your school guidance counselor/records or registrar’s office. These may also be requested from or

Official Transcript from the High School (Secondary School) you Attended.

Where applicable, your transcript must include an English translation. You may be required to pay an additional fee if one of the following outside services is needed to evaluate any supporting documents. We require all transcripts to be evaluated by one of the following services:

Contact admissions for more information at 844-Bethel1 or email at

Step 4: Visa Application

After you have been accepted for admission to Bethel University, provided the financial ability statement, and have been issued your Form I-20, you may apply for your Student Visa with the U.S. Department of State.

Step 5: Submit Immunizations

Immunization records are required documents. Immunization Requirements for admission are:

  • TDAP
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Meningitis

Send immunization records to our Immunization Coordinator at or fax (731) 352-6804. Call (731) 352-4291 with questions.

Step 6: Health Insurance & Fees

All international students are required to purchase the Bethel International Student Health Insurance. Please email direct questions concerning insurance coverage to or call (731) 352-6923.

In addition, each student opting to live on campus must pay the following fees: 

  • $175 Housing Deposit
  • $15 Residence Hall Fee

You may pay fees directly to the Business Office at 325 Cherry Ave. McKenzie, TN 38201, by calling (731) 352-4050, or online at Bethel Payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or concerns about immigration matters, please email the International Student Coordinator, Kate Connors, at or call (731) 352-6375

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