International Student Applicants

International Student Applicant Information

ULS recognizes the invaluable contributions that our international students contribute to the life of the Seminary. However, due to limited funding, international students are not eligible to receive ULS scholarships during the first academic year and are encouraged to seek other resources of outside funding. International Students will need to provide proof of financial resources to cover educational expenses including but not limited to tuition, housing, books, and insurance. After their first year, international students will be considered annually for ULS scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

First Theological Degree

International students are encouraged to pursue first professional theological degrees (Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Public Leadership) in their home country as admittance is rare due to financial, housing, faculty, and staff capacities.  

Advanced Degree

There are limited opportunities for International Students to enroll for an advanced degree (Doctor of Ministry, Master of Sacred Theology) at ULS, with strong preference given to individuals who apply through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) International Leaders Program (PDF).

All international applicants must complete the Certification of Financial Support form (PDF ) and provide proof of financial resources to cover their educational expenses (e.g. tuition, living expenses, housing, books, insurance). This is a prerequisite for ULS to issue the Form I-20, which is needed to obtain a student visa.

International Education Verification

Applicants are required to have their education authenticated through World Education Services (WES).  Please visit their website and contact WES directly for instructions on obtaining authentication of your transcripts.  WES will send the final evaluation to ULS electronically.  There is a cost that applicants will incur for this process.

View Financial Aid Policy and Cost of Attendance