International Student Applicant Information

International applicants should first review the Student Visa Site of the US Government’s Travel Website which provides advice for Students applying to study in the USA.

Please also see our page How To Apply For An F1 Student Visa, or download the document:

In order to enroll for courses at CCU, students must apply to the have a valid I-20 from CCU or provide documentation that confirms the applicant possesses a legal immigration status that allows school attendance.

In the USA, the beginning of the Academic year is August (Fall), but students may apply to enter either the semester starting in August (Fall), or the semester starting in January (Spring).

International Student Application & Visa Deadlines:

  • Applications may be submitted up to one year prior to enrollment and should be submitted as early in that window as possible.
  • International students should begin the application process at least six months prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment
  • In order to apply for a US Government F1 (Student) Visa, applicants must
    • Complete and submit the CCU Graduate application documents found on the Graduate Admissions Page (link here*), in order to receive an I-20 Form from CCU
    • Use the I-20 form we send to you (after your application has been approved) as a part of your application for an F1 (Student) Visa.
  • Application forms for CCU (necessary to receive the I-20) must be received by CCU by
    • April 15 (to start August)
    • September 15 (to start January)
  • All I-20 requirements must be completed and received by
    • 1 March (for an August start)
    • 1 October (for a January start). .

If Your Country’s Official Language Is Not English

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate competency in contemporary, idiomatic, academic English. Minimum TOEFL scores required for acceptance to CCU are 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version), and 79 (Internet version).
  • After arriving at CCU, international students are required to take an English Proficiency Test and write a two-page essay to determine English language instructional needs.
  • Students may be required to take a remedial College English course.
  • For more information on the TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.org. Cincinnati Christian University’s TOEFL code is 1091.

Other Necessary Documents for International Students

  • Submit a notarized Letter of Guarantee from a person or agency that demonstrates sufficient financial support for academic expenses, living expenses, and a return airline ticket to the applicant’s native country.
  • Submit a non-refundable $300 application fee. This is used in part to cover the SEVIS I-901 fee. Please make all checks or money orders payable to Cincinnati Christian University.
  • Submit recommendation letters from missionaries or church leaders in the applicant’s home country. Contact the Graduate Admissions Office for specific requirements.
  • Submit official final transcripts of all educational credits above the eighth-grade level and/or a notarized translation of each transcript into English.
  • Report to the Registrar’s office within seven days after arriving at CCU.
  • Complete any additional requirements for your specific chosen degree program, as noted.
  • If financial assistance is desired, contact the Graduate Admissions Office for information regarding financing options.

Application components may be submitted in the following ways:

Cincinnati Christian University
ATTN: Graduate Admissions Office
2700 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45204