International Student Admissions

Admissions resources for MKs and International Students


The content on this page and links in the menu will answer the most frequently asked questions that international and MK students have. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact Samantha Linder, our International Student Admissions Counselor or email Gabe Williams at

I myself was an international student from Ireland, who moved to South Korea at the age of 11 as a missionary kid, then came to the United States of America to pursue my university career. So I know the adventure that you are about to embark on, and let me just say now that it is incredible. You will make some of the best friends while here at JBU, some of them will last a lifetime. I also know that it can be a little scary, but do not worry, for God is not the only one there for you. I am as well.

Once again, if you have any questions or concerns that I can help with, please feel absolutely free to contact me. As Director of International Programs it is my joy to serve you.

William Stevenson III  William A. Stevenson, III 
  Director of International Programs

Resources for MK and International Students

Admissions Process

For Missionary Kids

Submit an application and read up on MK information.

For International Students

Step 1

Complete an online application and submit a $25 application fee.

Step 2

International students must submit an official transcript from their high school and/or college. Please have your transcript(s) sent to:

JBU Admissions Office
2000 W. University St.
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

For transcripts in languages other than English, please use SpanTran to send your transcript to JBU. SpanTran will translate and evaluate your transcript for a charge of around $120-150 USD. Get started with JBU's custom SpanTran request form.

If you have questions or concerns about SpanTran or getting your transcripts to JBU, please contact Samantha Linder, our International and TCK Recruiter, at JBU may waive the SpanTran requirement for simple HS transcripts or for missionary families.

Step 3

Students must submit an internationally recognized standardized test score. Scores must be sent from the testing organization. These are the tests and scores that we accept for admission:

  • ACT: 20 and above
  • SAT: 1020 and above not including the writing section
  • CLT: 66 and above not including the writing section
  • TOEFL: Internet Based: 80 and above
    • *TOEFL only accepted if English is not your first language
  • IELTS: 6.5 
  • We also accept O Levels, A Levels and Caribbean Exams. Seek admissions counselor for requirements.

When you register for the ACT or SAT, simply request that your scores be sent to JBU.

  • JBU's ACT code is 0130.
  • JBU's SAT code is 6321.

After the test date, you may request additional scores:

  • ACT – American College Testing
  • SAT – The College Board

Step 4

An academic reference is required. The academic reference should be filled out by someone with knowledge of your academic background (guidance counselor, professor, school administrator, etc.) After completing the online application, you will receive an email with a link to the electronic academic reference form. Please forward this email to your academic referrer.

After the Admissions Department receives information from steps 1 through 4, the student's file will be reviewed for acceptance.

Step 5

After students are accepted, they need to do the following in order for JBU to issue an I-20:

  1.  Submit Housing/Tuition Deposit: $9,000
    • This can be wired, paid over the phone or by check.
    • Students must make a $9,000 deposit to the university. The deposit is refundable until a student enrolls in classes. Once the deposit is received, we will create the proper immigration document for you to be able to apply for a student visa. It is the student's responsibility to present all documents to the US Embassy or Consulate to obtain a student visa.
  2. Submit Proof of Ability to Pay
    • Complete the International Student Financial Information Form (once accepted, your admissions counselor will send you this form).  Your file will not be considered for the International Scholarship until this form is completed and returned. It can be emailed, faxed or mailed.
  3. Submit a copy of their passport or visa to the university. It can be emailed, faxed or mailed.


Fax: 1-479-524-7405

Mailing Address:
John Brown University
c/o Admissions
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, Arkansas, 72761

Step 6

You must submit a health form and immunization records prior to enrollment

You will be notified in early April if you have been awarded the International Student Scholarship. For more information regarding International Student scholarships, see JBU's page on International Financial Aid.