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International Students

The rapidly changing face of the Catholic Church requires leaders who are adept at understanding and appreciating different cultures. At the Jesuit School, students from more than 40 countries draw on the wisdom of each other's experience to learn to minister to others in diverse cultural contexts.

The global orientation of the Jesuit School is reflected in all aspects of school life, from the classroom to liturgy, field education, and social gatherings. Our students and professors appreciate the new perspectives that they gain from each other. Our location in the San Francisco Bay Area, with its cultural and socioeconomic diversity, affords rich opportunities for field placements in which students become more deeply aware of the social and cultural contexts of theology and ministry.

International students play an essential role in the Jesuit School family. If you are an international student, we encourage you to learn more about us and consider applying for admission. We invite you to share your personal experiences with us and to grow with us.

International students who wish to apply for admission to the Jesuit School of Theology should supply the following:

  1. A completed application for admission. No application fee is required for International Applicants.
  2. A personal statement of purpose that indicates why you are applying to the Jesuit School for graduate theological studies. Describe your academic background, ministerial experience, your current work and your future career plans.
  3. Official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work. S.T.D. applicants need only supply official transcripts for the S.T.L. or the S.S.L.
  4. Two letters of recommendation addressing your academic qualifications for the program to which you are applying. We prefer that these letters be written by someone who recently taught you; however, applicants who have been out of school for an extended period of time may submit a recommendation from an employer, a professional colleague or a church or community leader.
    For students applying to the Master of Divinity program, the second letter should address your personal and ministerial qualifications for admission to the Jesuit School.
  5. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. Exception is made for candidates who have done recent graduate level study. For more information about the GRE, visit the GRE web site. The Jesuit School institution code for the GRE is 4367.
  6. Applicants whose native language is not English must also prove their ability to speak and write English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required unless:
    • an applicant’s native language is English;
    • an applicant demonstrates completion of a graduate degree program where English is the language of instruction;
    • the applicant has completed at least one year of full-time graduate study in an institution where English is the language of instruction. These applicants must also submit a sample of their academic writing of approximately 20 pages in length.

Applicants who take the Educational Testing Service's test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must provide acceptable scores to be considered for admission. Official scores should be sent directly to the Office of Enrollment Management from the Educational Testing Service. The Jesuit School of Theology’s institutional code number for the TOEFL is 4390. For more information about the exam, please visit the TOEFL website at:

International students will need the F-1 student visa to study in the United States. On the F-1 visa, students must enroll full-time at 9-12 units per semester. (Exception: In the JST Renewal program, 6 units constitutes full-time enrollment in combination with other components of the program.) To apply for an F-1 visa, you will need to be accepted for admission to the Jesuit School. You will also need to provide the Jesuit School with documentation of your financial ability to cover tuition and fees and all living expenses during the entire time of your studies.

Estimated Tuition, Fees, Living Expenses for 2017-2018 Academic Year

S.T.D, S.T.L. and Th.M. Applicants $42,588
M.Div., S.T.B., and M.T.S. Applicants $38,886
M.A. Applicants $38,840
JST Renewal Program* $34,100

*JST Renewal Program applicants: Costs are dependent upon the number of courses taken, and the number of semesters studied; the above amount covers two courses per semester for two semesters.  Please see the Estimated Expenses information prepared by the JST Renewal Program office.

Dependents: Add $7,000 for spouse and $4,000 per child

View the 2017-2018 Estimated Budget Sheet to see a breakdown of costs.


In order to apply for the F-1 student visa, you will need an I-20 form issued by the school.
The Jesuit School cannot issue this certification form for the student visa until it has received the required documentation of financial support, which consists of the following:

  1. a letter from one’s financial sponsor attesting that they will cover all expenses for the duration of one’s studies, including tuition and fees and living expenses. If you are financing your own studies, you should submit a letter to this effect. If you have more than one sponsor, each sponsor should submit a letter indicating the amount of their sponsorship.
  2. documentation from the sponsor’s bank verifying that there are enough funds on deposit to cover at least the first year’s expenses.

If you are currently studying at another school in the U.S. as an F-1 student, you will have to be accepted at the Jesuit School and submit documentation of financial support in order to transfer to the Jesuit School in F-1 status. Once you have been accepted and confirmed your intention to attend the Jesuit School, notify the International Student Advisor at both schools so that they can arrange this transfer.

Download the I-20-Request-Form. Please allow approximately two weeks for your application to be processed.


For further information about applying for a visa, please contact the Admissions and Financial Aid Specialist, Laura Nieto, via email at or via phone at (510) 549-5033, or visit the website of the nearest American consulate. For a directory of American consulates throughout the world, see:

New and continuing international students in degree or sabbatical programs are eligible for financial aid. International students must complete the Jesuit School of Theology Financial Aid application by March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Please contact the Admissions Office to obtain more information about Financial Aid and request an application. Their contact information is listed to the right.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security's official website to study in the states.