Admitted International Student Checklist

Your admission packet includes many important documents that you should review thoroughly, including your admission letter.

Because some documents require an action, we strongly encourage you to read each document included and don’t hesitate to contact the admissions office if you have any questions.

In order to hold your spot in the incoming class, please submit your confirmation form and fee. The confirmation fee is $200, which will be applied to your account as your first payment towards tuition. You can submit the confirmation fee online at http://www.cst.edu/admission/apply-now/fee-payment/.

As for your confirmation form, please review it, fill it out, sign it and send it back to the admissions office. Once the confirmation form is filled out, you can scan or mail to the Admissions Office (admission@cst.edu).

Included in your admission packet that also accompanies your confirmation form are required documents that must be filled out and mailed back. Please review these documents carefully, fill them out, sign them and send them back.
Please submit the Financial Verification Form with an official bank letter showing sufficient funds on deposit for one year of study. Please note, funding in the form of stocks, bonds, securities, valuations or beneficiary/insurance certificates are not acceptable. The funding must be in cash deposit form.

Please send these documents to the Office of Admissions, Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711. Once you have submitted your confirmation form, paid the confirmation fee, and submitted your completed Financial Verification Form and supporting documents, your I-20 will be issued and sent to you via regular airmail or FedEx.

  • Transferring from a school in the United States?
    If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa, you also need to submit the F-1 Student Transfer form. You have 15 days from the start of classes to complete your transfer.  The Financial Verification Form and Transfer Form can be found online at http://www.cst.edu/international-students/incoming-students/obtaining-an-i-20-or-ds/.
You may choose to live either on-campus or off-campus. On-campus housing is limited in space, so we do encourage you to apply once admitted. You can contact our housing department by email at housing@cst.edu. To learn more about on-campus housing, please go to http://www.cst.edu/housing.
If you are a first time applicant for an F-1 visa, you are required to pay the SEVIS fee before your visa interview. For more information and to pay the fee, go to www.FMJfee.com.
After you receive your I-20 form and have paid the SEVIS fee, you can apply for an F-1 student visa. For a list of U.S. embassies go to http://www.usembassy.gov.

For wait times, please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/wait-times.html/

Once you have your visa, you can make your travel arrangements. You may arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to your program start date (item #5 on your I-20 form).

It is recommended that you arrive prior to the international student orientation, which will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015. Please ensure you notify your admission counselor once you book your flight. We will be there to pick you up and ensure you make it to your final destination.

Make sure you put the following in your carry-on luggage: visa, Sevis I-901 fee receipt, passport, I-20 form, admission letter, and financial support documentation. Detailed information is available at Pre-Departure Information.
  • International Student Orientation – Friday, August 21
  • On-Campus Orientation – Monday, August 24

Please be sure you are on-campus the morning of both orientations. We recommend that you arrive a few days before the International Student Orientation.

As soon as you get settled, bring your passport, I-20 form and your local address information to the International Student Advisor.

We also strongly encourage you to review the admitted student web page at http://www.cst.edu/admission/admitted-students-2/

More Information

Study in the United States U.S. Government website for international students

Health Insurance

Obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019

Financial Certification 2015 [pdf]

International Student Responsibilities for SEVIS [pdf]

Pre-Departure Information [pdf]