International Student Ministry and Services

Compliance with Immigration Regulations

International students at Southwestern Seminary are required to be in compliance with all federal immigration regulations applicable to their visa type (visa status). Southwestern Seminary does not admit students who are currently in violation of their statuses with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Prospective and returning international students should contact International Student Ministry and Services (ISMS) in order to comply with the proper admissions procedures. International students are allowed to enroll only at the Fort Worth campus. New international students can generally begin only during the Fall or Spring semesters.

Permanent Residence Card

All Resident Alien applicants must provide a copy of their Permanent Residence Card I-551 (Green Card) with the application. The Green Card is issued to all Permanent Residents as proof that they have been granted legal status to live and work in the United States.

R-1 Visa and Other Non-F-1 Visa Types

All applicants under R-1 status and other visa types should contact ISMS regarding specific admission policies related to their visa statuses. All education for Non-F-1 visa holders must be incidental to their primary visa status.

Statement of Financial Support

USCIS requires that all F-1 visa students provide evidence of adequate financial support, as noted on the last page of a student's I-20 document: "You must also provide evidence of support for tuition and fees and living expenses while you are in the United States." Hence, students who have dependents must provide adequate financial support for themselves and all of their dependents.


An academic preparatory English course is required for all students whose native language is not English, except PhD students. Students will be placed into a four-hour course during their first semester at SWBTS. Placement will be determined by the individual students' areas of perceived need. Coursework is graded and recorded on the student's Adult Education transcript at SWBTS.

ISMS Office Information

International students, current or prospective, in need of additional information or assistance may contact ISMS; the telephone number is (817) 923-1921, ext. 3970.  You may also email us at The office is located in the Welcome Center.