Are you an International Student?

We are honored that you are considering moving to the United States to study at RTS Dallas. Here you can find more information concerning application as an international student. Our admissions team looks forward to helping you on this journey.

There are FIVE steps to complete as an international student.


  1. Complete the RTS Online Application and its requirements
  2. Complete and return the International Student Supplement (ISS) and supporting documents (English language test results, letter from home church, and financial resources)
  3. Admittance and Financial Aid
  4. Visa application
  5. Moving and Transition

The application process for an international student can take longer than a traditional U.S. student. To ensure you can arrive before the semester you hope to start studying we recommend beginning your application process 6-12 months before your start date.


All international students must establish English language proficiency. All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL). Though there are three different forms of the TOEFL exam, the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL exam is the only form accepted by RTS. To be considered for admission to the MDiv or MA degree programs, applicants must have a total score of 84 or higher, with scores no lower than 21 on the four components of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). To be considered for admission to the MAMFTC, MAC, or DMin degree programs, applicants must have a minimum total score of 100, with scores no lower than 25 on each of the components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).

International students are legally required to be full- time students (12 credit hours per fall and spring semesters). Standard admission policies apply. All transcripts from international colleges and universities should be submitted to the World Education Services ( for evaluation. Students should request the Course-By-Course report and specifically request that they include the language of instruction on the report.

The U.S. Government requires proof of finances and financial support in the amount covering both tuition and living expenses for the duration of the degree.

Student Visa Application

The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) needed for obtaining a student visa for entry into the United States requires certification that the admitted student is proficient in English and has sufficient financial resources to provide for tuition and living expenses. This certification must be on the form I-20 at the time the student appears at the Embassy for a visa. The Admissions Office at the seminary will make certification of English language proficiency based on the scores reported for the TOEFL/TWE.

To demonstrate that the international student has sufficient financial resources, the admitted student must send the completed “Statement of Financial Resources” with attached documentation to the Admissions Office This should be done as soon as possible after the applicant has been notified that his/her application for admission has been approved. The Admissions Office will make financial certification on the I-20 based on funds on deposit in the student’s account and on pledges of support by individuals, churches, foundations, etc.

Note: It is recommended that the student not book or pay for travel until the student’s visa has been issued.