International Student Admissions
Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity boasts a dynamic and diverse learning environment that welcomes students from an array of traditions and backgrounds. In addition to its student body representation from across the United States, the School has welcomed individuals from Belize, China, Egypt, Germany, Peru, Romania, S. Korea, and Tanzania, among other countries.
We share our diverse talents and experiences in and out of the classroom, from chapel services that showcase our wide range of ecclesiastical traditions to the multicultural contexts courses that allow students to engage in studies outside of Winston-Salem. We encourage you to explore the opportunities available at Wake Divinity and consider us as both a home for your theological studies and a place to explore faith with global considerations.
- Admissions Requirements
In addition to the items required of all applicants to the MDiv program, international applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as part of the application process. Official TOEFL scores must be transmitted electronically from the Educational Testing Services (E.T.S.) to Wake Forest. (Use code B362 when requesting a score report be sent to us.). Personal copies are not accepted and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old. No exceptions will be made if you do not meet the criteria:
- Will have received an undergraduate degree where the language of instruction was English only (the official language of the country is English) by the time of enrollment.
- Earned or will earn by the time of enrollment an undergraduate degree from a college or university in the United States
If an applicant successfully graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States, a TOEFL waiver can be requested. Please note that the Admissions Committee will not make a decision to waive the TOEFL requirement until your application is complete and ready for submission. IELTS Academic test may be submitted as an alternative to the TOEFL examination.
Applicants must also have obtained an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and possess at least a 2.80 GPA on a 4.00 point scale. Applicants with a GPA that falls below the 2.80 minimum are still welcome to apply and may be admitted on academic probation.
Additional information about admissions requirements, including deadlines and materials, can be found here.
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. The regular application also serves as a scholarship application. Therefore, there is no separate form to complete. A number of full tuition scholarships available to international students, however these are highly selective. Other scholarships range from 33% of tuition to 80% of tuition. Additional information on scholarships can be found here.
Graduate students at the School of Divinity make their own arrangements for housing. Assistance in locating housing is available through the Office of Admissions and Student Services. There are several affordable options available to divinity students in the city of Winston-Salem.
The Office of Admissions and Student Services has put together a a quick resource listing information about apartment complexes current students suggest for housing, several of which are located on the University’s shuttle lines. Housing Resource and Guide »
Wake Forest Properties
The Office of Wake Forest Properties offers services and rental properties supporting the mission, vision and values of Wake Forest University, which serves as a community amongst many communities. We strive to ensure high quality rental properties, responsive customer service and professionalism while maintaining the long-term integrity of Wake Forest University in both academia and real estate.
PO Box 7477, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109
Office Hours: 8:30am — 5:00pm
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Communities and Apartments Near Campus
Rental rates may vary from information below. We are not promoting any of the complexes; please take care to inquire into each location for yourself. All addresses are Winston-Salem, NC unless otherwise noted.
Complex Distance to WFU Unit and Rent Info Contact Alaris Village
5003 Winster Drive
2.5 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
4981 Hunt Club Road
6.2 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
888.671.4023 Brannigan Village
200 Brannigan Village Drive
9.6 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
866.847.3818 Briarleigh Park
401 Park Ridge Lane
5.3 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.793.4297 Bromley Park
2113 Bromley Park Drive
6.0 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
888.331.0074 Brookberry Park
100 Brookberry Drive
7.5 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.793.1009 Brookford Place
50 Brookford Place Court
5.6 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.245.4512 Burke Ridge Crossing
2112 Burke Meadows Road
6.8 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
877.296.2948 Countryside Villa
5460 Countryside Drive
3.1 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
888.328.4303 Crowne Club
200 Crowne Club Drive
5.8 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.765.2400 Crowne Oaks
1000 Crowne Oaks Circle
1.7 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.759.9444 Crowne Park
900 Crowne Park Drive
2.0 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.761.1466 Crowne Polo
875 Crowne Forest Court
2.1 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.721.0678 Deacon’s Station
10 Quincy Dr
0.7 miles 4 bedroom 4 ½ bathroom
$785-$825 per bedroom all inclusive
336.765.7171 The Edge Flats
111 Edgeway Drive
3 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
*Call for prices* (fully furnished)
336.283.8660 Glendare Park
240 Village Crossing Lane
6.0 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.750.6234 Highland Oaks
700 Walnut Forest Road
6.7 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
855.330.0235 Legacy Park
1805 Legacy Park Lane
6.4 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.785.3699 Plaza South
3501 Plaza Ridge Circle
9.5 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.310.1907 Pointe at Peters Creek
3750 Holmes Creek Place
9.4 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.784.9922 Providence Pointe
2309 Providence Pointe Lane
4.0 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.923.0065 Regents Village
5405 Regents Village Drive
7.5 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.760.9112 Salem Crest
105 Brent View Court
6.6 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
866.587.2924 Savannah Place
400 Magnolia Branch Drive
7.1 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.659.0886 Sugar Creek
4190 Trace View Drive
1.4 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.759.2411 The Corners at Crystal Lake
2700 Reynolda Road
1.5 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
866.505.6592 The Enclave at North Point
4260 Brownsboro Road
1.6 miles Studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
336.759.7612 The Pines at Bethabara
511 Bethabara Hills Court
2.6 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
starting at $600 and $875/month
*Call for current specials!
336.922.1155 Towergate Apartments
2501 Towergate Court
3.8 miles 1 and 2 bedrooms
336.922.4041 Trails at Bethabara
1620 Woods Road
2.3 miles 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
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- What Comes After Theological Education
Graduates of the School of Divinity serve in various religious leadership positions and in other fields:
- 37% in congregational ministry
- 13% in chaplaincy
- 10% in non-profit work
- 7% in education
- 3% in counseling
- 7% are completing additional education (PhD, second Masters, etc.)
- 23% in other fields, including law, physical therapy, spirituality (spiritual direction, healing touch), education (teaching, librarian), career and personal coaching, healthcare and patient relations, small business (locally-owned and operated tea shop, photography), government (patent and licensing division), communications and marketing, banking and investments, publishing, and personal fitness and well-being
- Living in Winston-Salem
Wake Forest’s hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area. With a population of 225,000, Living in Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes a number of diverse church communities, galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district; hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes. You can catch a baseball game with the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Students at Wake Forest University have access to all that the city has to offer, from a burgeoning arts scene, to small local coffee shops and music. Residents also enjoy a moderate climate, with high temperatures around 10°C (50°F) during the winter months and reaching into the 31°C (86°F) during the summer months. Housing on campus is not available to graduate students, although university owned housing is offered through Wake Forest Properties. More information on housing for Divinity students can be found here.
From the campus, access to the ski areas of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a two-hour drive, and travel to the North Carolina and South Carolina beaches takes about four hours. A number of county and state parks are short distances from campus.
- Preparing to Study at Wake Forest
To assist you with the transition process, the Center for Global Programs and Studies has created resources to help international students transition to life in Winston-Salem and at Wake Forest. These resources include:
- Nonimmigrant Visa Issues
- Arriving in the U.S. and North Carolina
- Housing Information for International Students
- Checking in with the Center for Global Programs and Studies
- Getting Settled In (shopping, banking, postal services, etc.)
- Health Insurance
- Social Security & Driver’s License
- Student Employment
- Library Resources for International Students
Most international students who study at WFU in a full-time academic program do so with an F-1 visa. However, if you will be coming to study in the U.S. for only one semester as part of an exchange program, you will be need to obtain a J-1 visa. Once you have been accepted to the University and have proven that you have the available financial means necessary to fund your studies, you will be issued a Form I-20. This form will allow you to apply for an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate. You must apply for your visa 120 days prior to the date listed on the Form I-20. Bring your Form I-20 when entering the United States and present to an officer at the port of entry. You may arrive up to 30 days before the date listed on your Form I-20.
If you are currently residing in the U.S. in another nonimmigrant status and you wish to change your status to the F-1 category, you will need to file form I-539 “Change of Nonimmigrant Status” with USCIS Service Center that has jurisdiction over your current place of residence. The Center for International studies will assist you with your application for a change of status.
If you are currently residing in the U.S. in F-2, B-1, or B-2 status, you are not allowed to attend classes as a regular, degree-seeking student until the I-539 has been approved by the USCIS.
Campus shuttles transport students around campus and to major destinations around Winston-Salem, including downtown and several nearby shopping centers. The city of Winston-Salem also has a bus system that can be helpful in navigating the area.
Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro is the closest major airport to Winston-Salem, and is approximately a 30-minute drive from campus. Those flying from abroad will have connections elsewhere before arriving in Greensboro.
- Mobile Phone Services
Cell phones in the United States may be purchased through a contract or on a pre-paid basis. Contracts generally run from 1-2 years and may require a SSN, while pre-paid phones generally do not require a deposit or a SSN. Nearly all providers offer pre-paid plans for international text or calling.
Contact our International Student Advisement Team:
Dr. Shonda R. Jones
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services
Dr. Sunggu Yang
Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow in Preaching and Worship