Foreign Students

Nueng Nuengruethai, international student from Thailand, helps Beatrice King prepare an authentic Thai meal

Faith Builders has been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as an institution that qualifies to receive foreign students. A prospective student from a country other than the United States should contact the admissions office for the forms needed to request a student visa from the USCIS. International students should begin their applications early to allow adequate time for the government’s review process. Because of visa requirements and practical issues related to cross-cultural living, the application process for foreign students requires additional steps. In addition to the admissions packet described above, a foreign student should include the following with his application:

  1. Name and contact information of his US sponsor. This sponsor should be committed to assisting the student with holiday plans, travel needs, and cultural challenges. Faith Builders may request that the sponsor visit Faith Builders and meet with admissions staff.
  2. A plan for paying for the costs of studying at Faith Builders; this plan should include verification of all sources of funds.
  3. A letter from his pastor describing the applicant’s purpose in life and how the specific training offered by Faith Builders will assist the student in fulfilling that purpose.
  4. A summary of acquaintance with Anabaptists, including church affiliation, pastor or missionary reference, and personal history of interaction and interest.
  5. Score report from an English proficiency exam, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Faith Builders requires a score of 6 on the Academic module of the IELTS, or equivalent score on another exam. This requirement is waived for those whose first language is English.