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Moody boasts a large international student population with over 200 students from more than 50 countries and six continents, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. We also have over 100 "missionary kid" students from every corner of the globe.

These students help to create a diverse learning community that contributes a positive influence on students, staff and faculty.

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International Student Office

The International Student Office, located on Moody's Chicago Campus, facilitates all aspects of international student support including:

  • assisting with enculturation to life in the United States
  • keeping abreast of immigration regulations
  • facilitating international student and missionary kid groups

The International Student Office also holds International Student and Missionary Kid Orientations each semester. This is a valuable time where international students and missionary kids arrive before other incoming freshmen and take part in activities and seminars to assist them in getting used to life in the United States. Most importantly, orientation provides the opportunity for international students to make lasting friendships that often continue well beyond their Moody years.

If you have any questions, you can contact our office at:

International Student Admissions

Undergraduate Requirements

International students should consult the nearest American consul or embassy regarding study in the United States. Moody admits undergraduate students from other countries only during the fall semester. All applicants coming from a country where English is not the official language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer based) or 79 (Internet-based). Scores must be submitted directly to Moody's Admissions Office. The school code for Moody is 1486.

Seminary Requirements

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has approved the Institute for the training of international students. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should consult the government website, Study in the States

Test Scores

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Nationals from other than English-speaking countries as well as permanent residents, foreign-born U.S. residents and international students, for whom English was not the first language, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and achieve a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based)  and 85 (Internet-based). For information, visit

International Student Groups

International Student Fellowship

International Students Fellowship serves to represent international students' issues and concerns, and to continue to create a support network for international students. In addition, International Student Fellowship serves to promote unity between international students and the rest of the campus by raising cultural awareness and understanding and stirring an interest for other cultures in the student body.


MuKappa, which derives its name from the Greek letters for M and K, is an authorized member chapter of MuKappa, International. MuKappa exists to help third culture kids at Moody become acclimated to life in the United States and foster friendships between missionary kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline for an international student?


Do you offer special scholarships for international students?


I am currently attending another school. How can I transfer to your school?


Am I allowed to work while studying at Moody?


Do my parents need to sign the I-134 (Affidavit of Support) too?


There is only one notary public in the area I live. The process of notarizing documents takes a long time and is expensive. Can I ask for a waiver?


Can a spouse of the F-1 student work or take classes?