International Students

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The application and admission requirements should be completed and on file in the Bluefield College Office of Enrollment Management at least three weeks before the beginning of the term of attendance, to ensure a smooth transition to Bluefield College.

To apply for international admission, the applicant must:

  1. Submit to the Office of Admissions a properly completed application.
  2. Arrange for the Office of Admissions to receive official Certified English transcripts from all secondary schools and colleges previously attended.
  3. Submit official score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 on the paper version, 173 on the computer version, or 61 on the iBT must be achieved in order for the applicant to be considered for admission to Bluefield College.
  4. Bluefield College may require additional information before offering acceptance. All additional requirements will be relayed through the International Admissions Counselor.

All transfer applicants who have earned credits at an international university or college must obtain an official evaluation from the Office of International Education Services, Credentials Analysis Service. The cost is approximately $190. You must go through the Registrar's Office at Bluefield College to proceed. This will determine the number of transfer credits that you receive.

Requirements of International Accepted Students

International accepted students will be required to submit the following items to Bluefield College:

  1. Following acceptance, a student will receive through email a Financial Obligation Form. This form must be returned before an I-20 can be issued. To complete this form, students will be required to provide bank records and other financial documents to verify their ability to fulfill the required cost of attendance.
  2. Before a student will be registered for classes, they must submit a $150 confirmation fee. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee.
  3. As an international student, it is mandatory for you to enroll in the College-sponsored insurance plan. It is the only way Bluefield College can guarantee that our international students will have healthcare coverage in the event a hospital visit is needed. Many hospitals now reserve the right to refuse overseas insurance coverage because of the changes that have taken place with the healthcare system in the United States. Click the following link for more information regarding student insurance.

Indirect Charges

Please note that indirect charges are only estimates and are not included in direct costs. Indirect charges for the fall and spring semesters include:

  • SEVIS Fee for VISA – $200;
  • InCred Credential Evaluation (required for all student athletes and all students with foreign university credit) – $85-190;
  • travel for breaks and holidays – $2,200;
  • miscellaneous monthly expenses – $1,800.

Residency Policy

International students are reminded that the college residency policy requires all freshman, sophomores, and juniors to reside on campus, unless any of the following qualifications are met:

  • the student is 21 years of age as of September 1; or
  • the student resides at home with a parent or legal guardian within a 45-mile radius of the college. While living on campus, international students must purchase a meal plan.

Additional Information

International students who plan to enroll for summer terms are reminded that additional charges will be incurred. Please inform your admissions counselor of your intent to continue through the summer term(s).

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