For Canadian and International applicants

We are glad to know that you are interested in joining the AMBS learning community! On this page, you can read through the steps we’ll take together as you move from the application process to provisional admission, to unconditional admission, and finally, to joining us on campus in Elkhart, Indiana.

The Admissions Team and Registrar will point you back to this page as we converse so that you know where you are in the process. The timeline listed alongside these steps is optimal; contact admissions if you have questions.

I. Application Process
(fall semester)

Step 1. Determine whether you are eligible for study at AMBS, and begin to consider sources of funding: savings, supporters, etc.

Several factors are used in evaluating applicants from outside North America:

  • Is the student currently involved in a church ministry in his/her own country?
  • Does the student give evidence of adequate knowledge of the English language?
  • Does the student possess adequate qualifications to pursue graduate-level studies, including a bachelor’s degree?
  • Does the student possess adequate funds to live and study in the United States?
  • (Scholarship funds are limited; students must be able to provide some of their own support while studying at AMBS.)

Estimated annual expenses (not including financial aid)

2015-16 Academic Year

(For Canadian/international student only; not including spouse and/or children)

In subsequent years, fees are likely to change; some will increase, some may be reduced.
Total costs each year will be comparable.

  First Year
Tuition and fees (based on 27 credit hours) $13,230
Books and supplies $  1,500
Living Expenses $10,620
Other Fees $     300
Total $25,650

Canadian Students:  Find out more about financial aid specifically for you.

International Students: Qualified international students receive AMBS grants totaling 50% of tuition. Additional tuition assistance may also be available. Total funds available are limited, so students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

*Additionally, Canadian and international students receive preferential hiring for on-campus employment.

Step 2. Send the following application materials to the admissions team. We’ll compile them and confirm with you when your application is complete.

Forms and fees for the international applicant:

Application: Please complete the online application for International or Canadian students.

Essay: See application for prompt.

References: Provide three people—a pastor, teacher or academic adviser, and another person (such as a church leader, co-worker, or employer)—with a reference request form and ask them to return the completed form to us, or to you, in a sealed envelope. References from family members are not accepted.

Medical history and Physician’s exam forms: These are sent to the applicant to be completed after the application is received.

Fees (in US dollars)
•    Application fee: $50: non-refundable; required with the application
•    SEVIS fee: $200: payable to AMBS for Student status visa; can be sent later
Total fees: $250: non-refundable, payable to AMBS

Transcripts: Request an official transcript from each academic institution you have attended. Applicants may be asked to submit their education credentials to World Education Services (WES) for verification.

Passport scans: Scan the first page of the passport for the applicant and any family members who will accompany the applicant when coming to AMBS.

English-language score reports: Students coming from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum score for admittance to AMBS is 90 on the internet-based TOEFL test or 7.0 on the IELTS.

Step 3. When your file is complete, the admissions committee will review it and decide whether to admit you. If the committee decides to admit you, you’ll be admitted provisionally until you can demonstrate your ability to cover the cost of attendance through support, savings, scholarships, etc.

II. Provisional Admission

Step 4. If you’re admitted, even if provisionally, you should fill out the housing application form and the financial aid application. The admissions team will also share information about health insurance requirements with you at this point.

Step 5. Your financial aid award amount is determined and communicated to you. The financial aid director will send you your cost of attendance figure so that you have a fundraising target. The figure is displayed in a worksheet that comes with the Certification of Funds form and affidavit template for US supporters.

Step 6. At this point, you raise funds, fill out the Certification of Funds worksheet, and gather supporting documentation: official bank statements, notarized affidavits and/or letters of support from funding sources. These are submitted to the Director of Enrollment and Financial aid at AMBS by June 1 at the very latest. Supporters may choose to send checks to AMBS or use the pay bill online form to add money to your account rather than submitting documentation. (By June 1)

Step 7. Once all funds are documented properly and meet or exceed the cost of attendance, AMBS’ Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid will send you an official letter showing your unconditional admission to AMBS, and will also send a Cost of Attendance letter to our Registrar. Canadian students will be billed for their $200 SEVIS fee at this point. (June/July)

III. Unconditional Admission

Step 8. AMBS’ Registrar will now fill out visa paperwork for you based on everything that has been received, and mail needed documents to you after verifying your mailing address. (June)

Step 9. Once you receive these documents in the mail, you should schedule an interview to request a visa at a local consulate or embassy. Canadian students may omit this step. (June/July)

Step 10. When the visa is granted, you should secure transportation and share your travel plans with AMBS. You should also purchase health insurance at this point, and make sure housing is finalized. (June/July)

Step 11. As soon as possible after arrival on campus, you should check in with the Registrar so that you can be registered with SEVIS. The Registrar will make copies of your visa and stamped I-20, print an I-94 document from the federal database, make copies of your proof of health insurance, and tell you how to remain in good status with SEVIS. (August)