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International Admissions for Undergraduates

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Follow the steps below to apply for ETBU.

Admissions Process and Information

The admissions process starts by submitting an Application for Admission and Financial Aid. A US$50 application fee is required for all international applications for admission, and it can be paid online here.

High School or College Transcripts
Official copies of transcripts must be submitted from the high school or college(s) you attended prior to applying to ETBU. If the transcripts are not in English, they must be accompanied by a written translation and explanation of the grading system. College credit earned outside of the US, must be evaluated by an outside agency to be considered for transfer credit. (Visit for a listing of evaluating agencies or have ETBU evaluate the transcript for a fee of $75.00.)

Certification of Finances
International students must prove that they have adequate financial resources to cover at least one full year at East Texas Baptist University. The Certification of Finances form must be submitted with official copies of bank statements for the student, family, and/or sponsor showing sufficient available funds. This form will be e-mailed to the applicant once we receive your application and application fee.

Housing Application
International students are required to live in campus housing at ETBU. You are required to submit your Application for Single or Family Student Housing. The housing application is will be provided along with other application materials upon receipt of your application and application fee.

Health Affidavit
Students must also submit the Health Information Form and copies of immunization records, especially verification of the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination. The Health Information Form will be provided along with other application materials upon receipt of your application and application fee.

English Proficiency

Students whose native language is not English must also submit one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 61(ibt) or IELTS score of 6.0;
  • Proof of completion of an accredited ESL program;
  • Letter certifying English was medium of instruction for at least one year of your formal education.
Initial Fees and Deposits

(Remember, all fees can be paid here by credit card.)

Before the issuance of a Form I-20 by the Office of International Education, a student must pay the following fees:

  • US$50 Application Fee - The application fee is non-refundable. You may also use international money order or bank transfer to pay this and other fees. Do not send cash or personal checks. If you are applying from within the United States, checks may be accepted.
  • US$75 Transcript Evaluation Fee - College credit earned outside of the US, must be evaluated by an outside agency to be considered for transfer credit. 

If you are unable to access the forms, you may request them to be mailed or emailed to you by contacting Lisa Seeley at

Applying for a VISA

Once ETBU has received all your required admissions paperwork and determined that you are admissible, the Form I-20 will be sent to you. To study in the United States you must then apply for a student F-1 visa at your country's nearest U.S.A. Embassy or Consulate. You may not, except in unusual circumstances, apply for your U.S. visa while in the United States or outside your country of citizenship.

Below is a list of documents you must present at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for a visa:

Valid passport
As you will probably be applying for a 4-year multiple entry U.S. visa, it is important that your passport expiration date is at least six months after the anticipated visa expiry date. For example, if you were getting your F-1 four-year visa in May 2014, make sure your passport expires no earlier than the same day in December 2018. (Applying on May 25, 2014 = your passport should NOT EXPIRE BEFORE December 25, 2018)

ETBU will issue you Form I-20 when you have satisfied the requirements outlined on our website and at the United States State Department website. The form will then be sent to you by mail. Always take your I-20 Form when travelling in and out of the United States, and do not forget to get it signed on the back by your Designated School Official (DSO) before you leave the U.S. to go home for a period of time. It is recommended to keep your I-20 with your passport at all times.

Certification of Finances and Education Documents
You may also be interviewed at the U.S. Embassy / Consulate when applying for your visa. During this interview it may be necessary to present your academic transcripts, proof of your your ability to pay (bank statements), and evidence of your intention to return to your country after graduation from ETBU. (For example, family members, permanent home, a job offer, other physical or financial assets in your home country.)

Tuition and Fees

Student Expenses

The total estimated cost for international students for the academic year is $39,695 per year and includes tuition, general service fees, room, food, books, insurance, and personal expenses. This is the amount that must be certified for at least one year before a Form I-20 can be issued.

A normal full-time course load is 12-18 semester credit hours. International students are required to be full-time students. $27,100 is the cost of block tuition and the general service fee for one year. Block tuition allows an International Student to take between 12 and 18 hours per semester for the price of 12 hours. It also allows the student to take up to two mini-term classes per semester at no additional cost raising the potential number of hours to 24 hours for the one price. 

International students are required to live on campus unless living with a US sponsor. $8,895 of the estimated cost covers room and food for one year (Spring and Fall semesters). Housing for the May term and summer terms is an additional cost.

The remaining $3,700 of the estimated cost is for books, insurance, taxes, and personal expenses for the year. This will vary from student to student depending on their personal expenses and book costs.

*International students are responsible for personal insurance. Various other lab, test, and other special fees are detailed in the Finances Section of the Catalog.

Living Expenses

Depending on where you come from, living in Marshall, TX, may seem relatively cheap or fairly expensive to you. Use the following information to make your own spending budget.

You will be required to purchase a meal plan at ETBU, so you may not be concerned about the food expenses other than what you pay for the meal plan. If you do prefer to dine out, an average meal at Marshall fast food restaurants (such as McDonalds) will cost you 6 to 7 U.S. dollars.

Clothes and Shoes
Marshall's Wal-Mart and other stores in town offer a comprehensive choice of clothes and shoes for a good price. A pair of jeans, for instance, may cost you about $20-$100 U.S. dollars. Shoes usually cost $30-$50 U.S. dollars.

There is very limited public transportation in Marshall, Texas, and most local students have automobiles. The Office of International Education provides transportation to WalMart, the bank, post office, etc. once each week. A bicycle may be useful. Purchasing a car has many hidden costs such as insurance, repairs, regular maintenance, and more.

Phone calls
Local calls are free. However, if you plan to call home, you may need to shop around for a good international calling plan. Getting a calling card may be a good alternative. You can buy pre-paid international phone cards at nearby gas stations, but this may not be the best price option. Per minute rates differ greatly depending on the country you are calling. Calling Europe is usually cheaper, while calling to Asia, Africa, and the CIS countries is much more expensive. Since ETBU is wired to the Internet, you may want to make prior arrangements with your family and friends about staying in touch over the Internet. 

Medical Expenses
Medical services in the United States are very expensive. While at ETBU, you will be required to purchase a student insurance policy or show proof of insurance from home which may help you cover some of the expenses in case you need medical assistance. However, the student insurance is limited and will not cover all expenses. Include some medical costs in your budget planning.

Admissions Requirements for International Students
Undergraduate Students Transfer Students Graduate Students
Application and $50 Fee Application and $50 Fee Application and $50 Fee
High School Transcript University Transcript University Transcript with Degree
TOEFL (61) or IELTS (6.0) Scores International Transcript Degree Equivalency Evaluation
Certification of Finances TOEFL (61) or IELTS (6.0) Scores Overall 2.75 GPA
Housing Application Certification of Finances TOEFL (61) or IELTS (6.0) Scores
Passport Copy Housing Application Certification of Finances
Health Information Form Passport Copy Housing Application
Recommendation Letter Health Information Form Passport Copy
Health Information Form