We value the insight, experience and diversity that international students bring to the Sterling experience. We invite you to join our student body to develop your intellect in a rigorous academic environment and your spirituality on our Christian campus. Come join our friendly community of students, staff and professors as you make Sterling your second home.
Steps for Application
- Apply for admission via mail or online. The $25.00 application fee is waived for international students. The Fall Semester deadline is July 15; the Spring Semester deadline is December 15.
- Submit official transcripts from all secondary schools and colleges you have attended. International students are required to submit their academic transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for transcript evaluation. Information and procedures can be found at www.wes.org. Students who are wishing to pursue intercollegiate athletics at Sterling College are recommended to use InCred through the NAIA for transcript evaluation. (See below)
- Submit all standardized test scores, such as school-exit exams or country-wide tests.
- Provide proof of English proficiency by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your primary language. The required score is 525 for paper,195 for computer based, or 70 for internet based. Sterling College does not have an intensive English language program.
- Complete and submit the Transfer-In Verification Form. If you are an international student transferring from a U. S. college or university, you need to complete the Transfer-In Verification Form and submit it to the institution from which you are transferring. This form will allow the release of your I-20 so that Sterling College can pick up your I-20.
- Pay for the first semester (tuition, room and board) less any scholarships or outside aid. Sterling College cannot release the I-20 form or submit student information to SEVIS until you have deposited the funds to cover expenses for your first semester. Funds for each subsequent semester will be due in advance of the beginning of the semester (July 15th for fall semester and December 15th for spring semester).
- Provide a copy of your passport.
- Provide documentation of sufficient financial resources.
- Provide proof of health insurance before the first day of classes.
Foreign Credential Evaluation Process
Sterling College recommends that international students who are not athletes use the World Education Service for transcript evaluation. Student athletes should use the services of InCred for transcript evaluation. InCred is a one-stop choice for international students to consolidate the admissions and transfer credit process.
InCred evaluations also are used for athletic eligibility processes for students wishing to pursue athletics at Sterling. InCred is the only international credential evaluation that provides consistency between the athlete’s NAIA Eligibility Center review and a credential evaluation. Records can be sent electronically to receive an InCred Evaluation and can also be used for eligibility purposes, which greatly speeds up a student’s eligibility review process.
InCred verifies the comparability and authenticity of a student’s international academic records. The evaluations include information on the student’s grades, field of study and credits earned. Students should purchase a Course-by-Course evaluation for Sterling College to evaluate transfer credits.
Students interested in an InCred evaluation can learn more about pricing, the records required and submitting an application online at http://www.playnaia.org/incred.
Passport and Visa
In order to come to the United States for study, you must obtain a passport from your government and a visa from the U. S. Embassy. In order to attend college in the U.S., you should apply for the F-1 Visa. This is an academic visa granted only upon presentation of a completed I-20 form. Care must be taken to observe all regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Documents required for visa interview include:
1. Valid passport
3. Evidence of your acceptance to Sterling College (acceptance letter)
4. Evidence of your finances (bank statement)
5. Other documentation required by embassy/consulate (check their website)
Documents required for entry to the U.S.:
1. Valid passport
3. F-1 Visa
Travel to Sterling
Sterling College is located in Sterling, Kan., which is in the center of the state. Sterling is approximately one hour (60 miles) from Wichita, Kan., and four hours (220 miles) from Kansas City, Mo.
By Air: Students should fly into the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan.
By Train: The closest train station in located in Hutchinson, Kan., approximately 25 miles away.
By Bus: The closest bus terminal is located in Wichita, Kan.
Arrangements to be picked up at the Wichita airport, bus terminal, or the Hutchinson train station are available. Ask your admissions counselor for contact information.