International Students | Admissions at Judson University Christian College
 

International Applicants

We're glad that your search for a university has led you to investigate Judson! Our international students are a valued part of our university community and we look forward to answering any questions you may have about the process. Preparing to study in the United States involves a lot of paperwork, but we will be glad to assist you!

 

How to Apply

Freshmen from outside the U.S.

The deadline for International Student Application is June 1 for new incoming students in the fall semester and November 1 in the spring semester. The applicant must have finished / finish all the steps below before the deadline.

1. Completely fill out the Judson University Online Application and pay the $50 application fee.

2. Fill out the Certificate of Finances (CoF) and send it to our International Admissions Representative. The applicant must prove his/her capability of providing $20K annually to go towards his/her education at Judson University.

3. Send Judson University your TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT or ACT test score. TOEFL and IELTS are required for non-native speakers. However, the applicant could choose to take SAT or ACT instead of the other two. The applicant must take one of the tests mentioned above.

Our TOEFL Institutional code is 1351 and our required score is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based).

Our IELTS required score is 6.5.

Note: SAT or ACT is recommended for students who wish to be considered for merit/academic scholarships.

4. Contact your high school to send official transcripts to Judson University.

Judson University
Office of Admissions
1151 N State St.
Elgin, IL 60123

Final Secondary School Transcript and/or Exam Results. These documents must be Official Originals or Attested Copies. Please submit the documents in their Original Language and also provide an Official English Translation (If documents are not originally in English).  We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Freshmen from in the U.S.

The deadline for International Student Application is June 1 for new incoming students in the fall semester and November 1 in the spring semester. The applicant must have finished / finish all the steps below before the deadline.

1. Completely fill out the Judson University Online Application and pay the $50 application fee.

2. Fill out the Certificate of Finances (CoF) and send it to our International Admissions Representative. The applicant must prove his/her capability of providing $20K annually to go towards his/her education at Judson University.

3. Send Judson University your TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, SAT or ACT test score. TOEFL and IELTS are required for non-native speakers. However, the applicant could choose to take SAT or ACT instead of the other two. The applicant must take one of the tests mentioned above.

Our TOEFL Institutional code is 1351 and our required score is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based).

Our IELTS required score is 6.5.

Note: SAT or ACT is recommended for students who wish to be considered for merit / academic scholarships.

4. Contact your high school to send official transcripts to Judson University.

Judson University
Office of Admissions
1151 N State St.
Elgin, IL 60123

Final Secondary School Transcript and/or Exam Results. These documents must be Official Originals or Attested Copies.

Transfers from outside the U.S.

The deadline for International Student Application is June 1 for new incoming students in the fall semester and November 1 in the spring semester. The applicant must have finished / finish all the steps below before the deadline.

1. Completely fill out the Online Judson Application and pay the $50 application fee.

2. Fill out the Certificate of Finances (CoF) and send it to our International Admissions Representative. The applicant must prove his/her capability of providing $20K annually to go towards his/her education at Judson University.

3. Send Judson University your TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT test score. TOEFL and IELTS are required for non-native speakers. However, the applicant could choose to take SAT or ACT instead of the other two. The applicant must take one of the tests mentioned above.

Our TOEFL Institutional code is 1351 and our required score is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)

Our IELTS required score is 6.5

Note: SAT or ACT is recommended for students who wish to be considered for merit / academic scholarships.

4. Contact your high school and your university to send official transcripts to Judson University.

Judson University
Office of Admissions
1151 N State St.
Elgin, IL 60123
 
Final Secondary School Transcript and/or Exam Results. These documents must be Official Originals or Attested Copies. Please submit the documents in their Original Language and also provide an Official English Translation (If documents are not originally in English).  We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Official or Attested Transcripts of ALL your University work. This includes all post-secondary schools you have enrolled in. Please submit the documents in their Original Language and also provide an Official English Translation (If documents are not originally in English). We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Note: In order to transfer college courses you must have course descriptions. (If course descriptions are not originally in English, an official translation will be needed. We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Transfers in U.S. - Over 28 credits

The deadline for International Student Application is June 1 for new incoming students in the fall semester and November 1 in the spring semester. The applicant must have finished / finish all the steps below before the deadline.

1. Completely fill out the Online Judson Application and pay the $50 application fee.

2. Fill out the Certificate of Finances (CoF) and send it to our International Admissions Representative. The applicant must prove his/her capability of providing $20K annually to go towards his/her education at Judson University.

3. Contact your university to send official transcripts to Judson University.

Judson University
Office of Admissions
1151 N State St.
Elgin, IL 60123

Transfers in U.S. - Under 28 credits

The deadline for International Student Application is June 1 for new incoming students in the fall semester and November 1 in the spring semester. The applicant must have finished / finish all the steps below before the deadline.

1. Completely fill out the Online Judson Application and pay the $50 application fee.

2. Fill out the Certificate of Finances (CoF) and send it to our International Admissions Representative. The applicant must prove his/her capability of providing $20K annually to go towards his/her education at Judson University.

3. Send Judson University your TOEFL, IELTS,  Duolingo, SAT or ACT test score. TOEFL and IELTS are required for non-native speakers. However, the applicant could choose to take SAT or ACT instead of the other two. The applicant must take one of the tests mentioned above.
Our TOEFL Institutional code is 1351 and our required score is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based)
Our IELTS required score is 6.5
Note: SAT or ACT is recommended for students who wish to be considered for merit / academic scholarships.

4. Contact your high school and your university to send official transcripts to Judson University.

Judson University
Office of Admissions
1151 N State St.
Elgin, IL 60123
 
Final Secondary School Transcript and/or Exam Results. These documents must be Official Originals or Attested Copies. Please submit the documents in their Original Language and also provide an Official English Translation (If documents are not originally in English).  We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Official or Attested Transcripts of ALL your University work. This includes all post-secondary schools you have enrolled in. Please submit the documents in their Original Language and also provide an Official English Translation (If documents are not originally in English). We recommend that students go through WES, however, you can choose another credential evaluation service such as INCRED.

Note: In order to transfer college courses you must have course descriptions. (If course descriptions are not originally in English, an official translation will be needed.  We recommend that students use the evaluation service such as INCRED, you can choose another credential service through WES

For Transfer Students Coming From a U.S. School or University

Once all the above items have been received and the Director of Enrollment Management has evaluated them for compliance to Judson standards, you will be notified of your admittance. An admit letter will be sent to you. At this point, we will provide you with a transfer request form. You will need to complete this form and take it to the International Office at your college or university, requesting that they release your SEVIS record to us before the start of the next session. This will enable us to issue you an I-20 from Judson without interrupting your F-1 status here in the United States.

About the Certificate of Finance (CoF)

The Certificate of Finances (CoF) is a document required on the STEP 2 of the applicant's application process. The applicant can download the Certificate of Finances (CoF) form here. The applicant needs to complete the form with accurate information about his / her financial capability. The Certificate of Finances requires the applicant to attach a bank statement and/or bank letter and/or bank document proving what the applicant have stated on the CoF. It is crucial that the applicant understand how important this document is for his / her application process as well as for his / her embassy appointment. The applicant should send scanned copies of the Certificate of Finances and the attachment to speed up the process. However, the applicant must bring the original Certificate of Finances and attachment to the international office upon his / her arrival at Judson University.

Eligibility: English Proficiency

English proficiency requirements apply to all international applicants whose home language is not English, and who would like to study in the United States under an F-1 student visa.

Here are the minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission to Judson University:

Note: TOEFL and IELTS are required for non-native speakers. However, the applicant could choose to take SAT or ACT instead of the other two. The applicant must take one of the tests mentioned above. SAT or ACT is recommended for students who wish to be considered for merit/academic scholarships.

Student Visa Process

Once you have been admitted to Judson University, you will send a payment of $400 (USD) via Flywire (see below). Of that, $250 (USD) will be applied to your bill as the enrollment deposit and $150 (USD) will be applied to your bill as the housing deposit. In the unfortunate case that you are unable to attend Judson, this money can be refunded to you, if required, before June 1. An additional $50 (USD) fee will be added to your bill when you arrive on campus. This is an international fee (nonrefundable) for the cost of creating and shipping your I-20 and your welcome basket.

If you have received your I-20 and it is marked initial attendance, you can begin the visa process. The I-20 is a United States Immigration document that shows that you have been admitted to Judson University. If you have not yet received an I-20, please contact the International Programs Coordinator.

Step 1: Pay the $350 SEVIS Fee (Form I-901).

  • Your SEVIS ID will be printed on your I-20 and begins with "N."
  • Print a copy of your online receipt to have with you during your interview and for when you travel to the United States.

Step 2: Apply for an F-visa.

Step 3: Prepare and bring to your visa interview the following:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after your intended period of stay.
  • Form I-20 signed in blue ink.
  • Acceptance letter from Judson University.
  • Completed visa application form DS-160
  • I-901 receipt to show payment of the SEVIS fee
  • Proof of funding for one year (updated bank statements)
  • Be prepared to discuss WHY you are choosing to come to Judson University
  • Proof that you will return to your home country following the degree program
  • How studying in the U.S. will help you make a difference in your country
  • Property ownership
  • Job responsibilities
  • Family Ties
  • Remain calm and answer honestly and openly.

Payment Options for International Students

Judson University has partnered with "Flywire" to streamline the process of international payments. “Flywire” allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with “Flywire” you can:

  • Track your payments from start to finish.
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night.

To get started, click or go to flywire.com/school/judsonu to begin the payment process.

Arrival Process and International Student Orientation

  • International students coming from abroad should plan on arriving one day before International Student Orientation begins. Please check your student email for details!
  • New international students arriving from within the United States should plan to move-in during your designated move-in date and time based on your housing assignment. This will be emailed to you.
  • New international student athletes will receive arrival information from their coaches. Please check your student email often!
  • International Student Orientation is required for all incoming Judson students. You will receive instructions and the schedule through your student email.

Traveling to the United States

Bring the following documents – keep on your person, NOT in checked luggage!

  1. Passport
  2. Form I-20
  3. Judson University acceptance letter
  4. Proof of finances
  5. Photocopy of insurance policy (if you have it)
  6. Take pictures of all of these documents on your phone
  7. Contact information for the person meeting you at O’Hare Airport.

Financials

Contact Us

If there is anything that we can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us. We would love to send you more information.

Contact the International Office:

Joy Krispin  

Joy Krispin
International Programs Coordinator and
ESL Coordinator

+1 (847) 628-1546
joy.krispin@judsonu.edu

About Joy Krispin

My name is Joy Krispin. As a TCK (Third Culture Kid), I understand some of the challenges and the great benefits of traveling, studying, and living in a different country and culture. I am also an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and I love working with students from all over the world to help them function well in an academic classroom in the U.S. At Judson, I fill two roles. First, as the International Programs Coordinator, I help students navigate the visa process and adjust to life and school here at Judson. Second, as the ESL Coordinator, I teach ESL and assist students with any language needs they have, so they can be effective in their classes. We would love to have you come join our international family and community at Judson!

International Life at Judson

International students at Judson are warmly welcomed by everyone on campus! The International students are given many different opportunities to grow as individuals while sharing their culture and backgrounds; thus, creating a community which promotes learning.

International students are given the opportunity to experience and get involved in various activities both on and off campus. Students are encouraged to serve in our local community as well as abroad. One event which is a loved by all U.S. and international students alike is the “Taste of Judson.” Our international students cook one common food from their country and share this with the entire student body. This gives our international students the opportunity to share their cultures and express their unique backgrounds.

Students also, have the chance to experience the beautiful city of Chicago and attend events like the Jazz Festival, visit the great variety of museums, and enjoy the shore line on Lake Michigan.

International students are encouraged to attend our campus events as well. Our Judson Student Organization (JSO) International President puts great effort into planning monthly get-togethers for all of our Internationals. Whether it's going out for dinner, or bowling, or a day in the city, we are always sure to have a good time. 

In addition, to all of these outings there are social activities and resident life events going on throughout the entire semester which allows students from the entire campus to get to know each other.

Frequently Asked Questions

What scholarship opportunities are there for international students?

  • Approximately 99% of Judson students receive some form of financial aid. International students can receive athletic, merit, and need-based scholarships at the undergraduate level. There may also be departmental scholarships available. Contact your admissions counselor to find out about all the different scholarship opportunities that are available to you.

Do I have to be a Christian to attend Judson?

  • While Judson is a conservative, evangelical, Christian university, we welcome students who do not come from this background to come study on our campus. Visit Judson's Spiritual Life page to learn more about spiritual life on campus.

Is there public transportation that I can take to get around off campus?

Are there employment opportunities available for international students?

  • Yes, there are multiple job opportunities available all over campus for international students. Once you arrive on campus, meet with the International Programs Coordinator to learn how to obtain a social security card to be able to work on campus.
  • Contact Career Services for employment opportunities: careers@judsonu.edu
  • As an international student, you are generally not permitted to work off-campus. You must apply for and be approved for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) or OPT (Optional Practical Training) before working off-campus. Discuss your options with the International Programs Coordinator before accepting any off-campus employment.

How do I obtain a Social Security number?

  • You must find a job on campus before applying for a Social Security number.
  • Meet with the International Programs Coordinator to receive the forms and letters you need. Then, go to the Social Security Administration office in Elgin to apply for your social security card.

How do I make sure to stay in status while I am in the United States?

  • Maintain a full-time course load (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Take no more than one online class within those first 12 credit hours.
  • Do not accept any off-campus employment unless authorized to do so (through your DSO or USCIS). Your only options are CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training). You must be pre-approved.
  • Follow all federal, state, local and school laws and regulations.

International Student Testimonials

Ja Htoi

Ja Htoi (Myanmar)

M.A. IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

"Judson shaped me into a better leader and brought out the best in me as I discovered my potential skills and strengths through studying Organizational Leadership courses, working in many departments, and getting involved in all the activities in the Judson community. I have learned how to interact and work successfully with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The best part of studying at Judson University meeting and building friendships with the international students from all around the world, and learning about their different cultures, food, and jokes."

PJ & PG Nkalang'ango

PJ & PG Nkalang'ango (Tanzania)

ARCHITECTURE AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

"We came to the US as foreign exchange students in high school and during our college application process, we had a hard time finding the right school that could accommodate us both academically and financially. As we kept on looking and doing our research, we stumbled across this amazing school that was the perfect fit academically and financially. Judson has opened doors to amazing opportunities that we never thought possible. We both found the majors we desired to pursue, and we have been given opportunities to pursue leadership roles and activities that would further our skills and networks in our different fields. Additionally, we received the opportunity to compete athletically at the collegiate level. Judson University is truly a God-sent solution for students of all types of backgrounds: ethnically, academically, financially, and athletically."

Maria

Maria Alacron (Spain)

SPORT MANAGEMENT MAJOR

"Judson has given me the opportunity to improve my soft skills, especially in communication and leadership, all while having a great time. I have met people from all over the world, learnt more about their cultures and, the best part of all this, I have made lifelong friendships."

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