International Admission Requirements
John Brown University admits international students who meet the general admission criteria and have demonstrated proficiency in English. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as administered by the Educational Testing Service at the nearest examination center or the ACT, SAT, A levels or O levels. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is a total of 500 for the written exam, or 173 on the computer-based exam, or 61 on the web-based exam. The language proficiency for Walton International Scholarship recipients is evaluated for admissions purposes by an alternative means as determined by the International Programs Office in consultation with the Department of Language Studies. In addition, the COMPASS examination will be given after students arrive on campus to place students in the appropriate level of English instruction.
International students must also provide the following:
1. Completed international application form.
2. Essay, written by the applicant, explaining reasons for wanting to attend JBU.
3. A $100 U.S. non-refundable application fee.
4. Letter of recommendation from the following:
a. Academic reference: Principal (headmaster) of high school or the Dean of Students at a previous university
b. Personal reference: Pastor or church leader
5. Official transcripts of academic records at secondary school or university. This must be sent from the high school or university to JBU.
6. For regular freshman status, an applicant must present an examination report of an internationally recognized, standardized test: ACT, SAT, TOEFL, O Levels, A Levels, or the Caribbean Exams (CXC).
7. Health form: Immunization record including dates of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination, and current Tuberculosis (TB) screening performed in the United States if student is born or has lived in an area where TB is endemic for more than six months.
8. Bank statement or an Affidavit of Support showing ability to pay for one year's fees.
9. Copy of Passport or Birth Certificate.
When all admissions requirements have been met and the initial deposit paid, the International Programs Office will issue an Immigration Form I-20. This allows the student to apply for the F-1 student visa at an American Embassy.
Mr. William A. Stevenson, III, is the director of the International Programs Department.
Credit is awarded for higher level international baccalaureate (IB) courses accompanied by scores of five or above on the respective IB exams. JBU course equivalences and the number of credit hours awarded are determined upon evaluation of the IB work.