International Student Admissions Requirements

International Student Admissions Requirements 2017-07-14T07:00:38+00:00

Elim Bible Institute and College is committed to helping International Students receive a solid biblical education that will empower them to succeed in life and ministry. Toward that end, our admission personnel works closely with International applicants to assist them in completing all of the necessary requirements to become accepted to study at Elim, obtain their F1 Visa and arrive on-campus with plenty of time to get acclimated to the United States and our campus.

Five Phases To Enroll At Elim for Internationals

There are FIVE phases to the Admissions Process that every International student must address in order to successfully enroll in classes at Elim. We strongly urge applicants to save or print out this page to use as a template for success from start to finish. Below we have clarified the steps Internationals must take to successfully accomplish each phase of admissions. At any point, should you get stuck or have questions, simply email us at or contact us ( and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

Phase 1:The Application Phase

Your first goal is to apply to attend Elim Bible Institute and College. Once you have submitted all of your documentation, the Admissions Committee will let you know if your request for enrollment to Elim is approved within 2 weeks. 

STEP 1: Complete the Application

To start the application process, simply go to Remember, International Student’s may only apply to attend full time. Elim does not currently offer classes online.

STEP 2: Submit Proof of Completed Secondary Education

To be eligible to attend college at Elim, you must show legal proof that you have completed the equivalent of secondary education. The required documents are different for every country. If you do not know which documents to send, contact us to learn your country’s requirements. Once you have acquired the appropriate documentation, you will need to email, fax or mail a copy to us. You may also be required to contact a school or government official to obtain a legal copy of the document(s).

STEP 3: Submit English Proficiency Exam Results

If you do not live in a country where English is the official language AND the majority of the population speaks the language, you will be required to show proof of your English proficiency. Contact us to find out if this requirement has been waived for your country. You must show proficiency in FOUR areas including (1)reading, (2)listening, (3)speaking and (4)writing. You will be required to submit your scores from one of the following tests. 

  • TOEFL – Visit the TOEFL website for more information. Our code is 9552.
  • IELTS – Visit the IELTS website for more information.

STEP 4: Complete the Int’l Income Verification Form.

Elim offers financial aid, when available, to eligible International students through work study and scholarships. Eligible students may receive financial aid up to 30% of the total cost to attend Elim. 

See Tuition & Fees to review the cost to attend Elim. Don’t forget to convert the total cost into your country’s currency. We recommend this online tool to assist you with currency conversions.

Every International applicant is required to verify their ability to pay for school, regardless of their need. Click here to apply for financial aid through the International Income Verification Form.

Phase 2:The Financial Phase

We will not begin processing your financial aid or send award notices until you have been accepted to attend Elim. Once you have been accepted, you will be required to affirm that you have the funds available to attend college in the United States. We are required by United States law to verify that you can afford to attend Elim. Below are the steps necessary to complete this phase of the admissions process. Each step must be completed before we can mail your Form I-20 to you.

STEP 1: Secure Financial Aid & Pay Reservation Deposit($500 USD) 

Every International student is required to pay a non-refundable $500 USD Reservation Deposit as part of the application process.

After the Financial Aid Department has processed your Income Verification Form, you will receive an email from Elim with details about your eligibility for financial aid (as well as the aid amount, if applicable.)

It is very important that you secure or lock in your available aid. If you do not, you may lose the award being offered to you. You have 30 days* from the date your Award Email was sent to you in order to secure your aid by sending Elim your non-refundable $500 USD Reservation Deposit. This $500 USD Reservation Deposit is 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 F1 Visa is denied by the United States embassy in your country, Elim will refund your Reservation Deposit minus shipping costs associated with your Form I-20.

You may pay your $500 USD Reservation Deposit by calling Elim at (800) 670-3546 or through

* You must pay your Reservation Deposit within 30 days from the date your Award Email was sent to you OR {Fall 2017 Freshmen, by February 1, 2017}  |  {Spring 2018 Midterm Freshmen, by November 1, 2017}

STEP 2: Send Your Payment Plan

After we have processed your financial aid award, we will send you an email outlining your total remaining costs to attend Elim. We will also email you a financial agreement form. You will be required to sign and return these documents (by mail or email) affirming that you understand the cost to attend Elim and how you plan to pay for school.

STEP 3: Elim Confirms Your Finances

Once we have received your financial agreement, Elim’s Accounting Department will contact you requesting additional documentation showing proof that you can afford to attend Elim. We are required by the United States Department of Homeland Security to gather and confirm this information.

Additional documentation may include bank statements, sponsor bank statements, letters from donors and more. We cannot send your Form I-20 until this step is complete.

STEP 4: Pay First Down-Payment ($1,000 USD)

Your final step in Phase 2 is to pay $1,000* USD towards your school bill. You may pay your first $1,000 USD down-payment by calling Elim at (800) 670-3546 or through

The deadline for sending Elim your $1,000 USD down-payment is July 15, 2017 (or November 1, 2017 for the Spring 2018 semester.) If we do not receive your down-payment by this date, we will not send your Form I-20 to you. 

*If your request for an F1 Visa is denied by the United States embassy in your country, Elim will fully refund your $1,000 down-payment.

Phase 3: The Form I-20 Phase

Once you have completed all of the steps in phase 1 & 2 above, it is 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 Visa and get through customs when travelling to the United States. 

STEP 1: Provide Additional I-20 Information

In order to successfully create your Form I-20, you will be receiving an email requesting additional information. 

STEP 2: Elim Creates & Mails I-20

Elim will create your Form I-20 and arrange to ship it to your provided physical address. You will not need to worry about shipping costs as they will be deducted from your Reservation Deposit which you paid in Phase 2.

Depending on your country and location, shipping may take a few days to a few weeks. Please note that Elim cannot send your Form I-20 electronically (by fax or email). 

STEP 3: Confirm I-20 Received

Once you have received your Form I-20, please notify us immediately so we can mark your package as successfully sent and received. 

STEP 4: Pay I-901 Fee

After receiving your Form I-20, you will need to pay your I-901 SEVIS fee, which needs to be completed before arriving at your Visa appointment. Your I-901 fee will cost you approximately $200 USD.

STEP 5: Schedule Your F1 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 the I-901 fee. Click here to find a U.S. Embassy in your country. 

Remember there may be a considerable wait time before your appointment. Scheduling this appointment should be done as soon as possible. Click here to see an estimate of average wait times for your country.

STEP 6: Arrive At Your Appointment Prepared

This appointment is a very important step in your admissions process. If the U.S. embassy does not grant you an F1 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.

We also suggest you review these common questions that are often asked at a Visa appointment.

Phase 4: The Travel Phase

It’s time to travel to Elim! At this point you have successfully completed Phases 1-3 and have received an F1 student visa. Please follow the steps below to ensure safe arrival to both the United States and Elim.

STEP 1: Purchase Tickets

You will need to purchase a round trip ticket, arriving to the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). While purchasing your ticket, keep in mind that you will need to arrive to Elim no later than August 21, 2017 for the Fall 2017 semester or January 5, 2018 for the Spring 2018 semester. 

STEP 2: Send Us Your Flight Information

Once you have purchased your ticket, email us your flight itinerary.

STEP 3: Pay Second Down-Payment ($1,000 USD)

At this point you will need to pay your second down-payment of $1,000 USD and/or the remainder of your school bill. If you do not pay this by August 11, 2017 your I-20 may be terminated. Important! If we terminate your Form I-20 you might not be allowed entry into the United States (even after landing on US soil) and you may lose the privilege of getting a visa to the U.S. in the future.

STEP 4: Arrival To Rochester

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. Please note that we are not located in or near New York City.

Phase 5: The Orientation Phase

During Elim’s mandatory International Orientation we will provide you with helpful information as you transition from your home country to the United States. We will assist you in completing important legal documents, such as finalizing work study papers and establishing a social security number (if applicable.) You will also receive 1 on 1 assistance to assure you are prepared for the start of classes. 

Through out your orientation you will have the opportunity to meet current Elim students as well as staff and faculty, all in the hopes of providing you with a successful transition to being a student at Elim.