Thank you for your interest in Crown College! One of the foundational beliefs of Crown is that we are Globally Connected. We see that belief take form by seeking to reflect the diversity and unity that exists in the body of Christ. Our international students bring life experience and a global perspective that enriches our student body.
Crown has embraced international students from a variety of countries throughout the world, including DR Congo, China, Japan, S Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Australia, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay, Honduras, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany and Canada.
Crown College is one of the leading Christian higher education institutions in the United States, with a nearly century-old tradition of preparing Christians to serve and influence the world. Students engage in a life-changing experience at Crown College as they grow spiritually, are challenged academically, serve globally and develop relationally. Crown is committed to preparing the whole student for leadership and for life.
Crown College International Student Program
- Meet Some of Our International Students
Meet some of our International Students
Major: Sports Management Men’s Soccer Team I found out about Crown when my best friend played against their Soccer team when they came to Ecuador last year. I love God and soccer has been my favorite sport since I was little. When arriving, it felt like home – everyone takes good care of me, and I can feel God’s presence here. Choosing a college is a very important decision because it impacts your professional and personal life. Based on their academics, soccer program and the good friends I’ve met at Crown, this was the best choice for me.
Major: Elementary Education I am from Moscow, Russia and found out about Crown from a friend. Being away in a different country, I didn’t expect to feel a part of such a welcoming community so quickly. There are a variety of different cultures on campus and many of my teachers and staff used to be missionaries all over the world?that makes me feel at home. I have enjoyed every day at Crown; Christ is the center of studies, events, and social life here. International orientation helped me in the transition. If you are looking at colleges, my advice is to pray and be open to where God is leading you; let it be His plan not yours.
Major: Psychology I am from Kumasi, Ghana. I am the first generation of my family to come to college. I believe that God knows where He is taking each one of His children therefore; consult Him. No other school would have been a fit for me. Crown has been a place where I have come to grow and experience diversity in its humblest form. I am blessed and privileged to be part of Crown College because it is a community committed to nurturing its students to become God?s choice vessel. I recommend Crown to everybody that has the desire to see God transform his/ her life. One of the anxieties I had about coming to college was being able to live on my own for the first time away from my family more than three days; I had never done that. You will miss them but at Crown you will receive a family that comes along side you. Come and see for yourself!
Major: Nursing I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, but shortly after moved to Cambodia, where my parents are from and now serve as missionaries. I grew up in Cambodia and then went to Dalat International School in Malaysia as a boarding student. If there was an order for things I love, it would be God, family, food, and then soccer. I’m currently here in Crown looking to major in Nursing and hopefully carry that somewhere in life. The future is a foggy right now, but I’m just trusting in God that wherever I go, he will guide and protect me.
Major: Criminal and Social Justice I was born and raised in Ethiopia. Both of my parents are Ethiopian, as am I. However, I grew up in a very diverse city and went to an international school there, where I met people from all over the world. I enjoy playing tennis and volleyball and I have a passion for fashion, but those are not the things that drive me. I came to realize that what was most important to me was being a voice for the voiceless and to bring them hope, and it is why I am at Crown, majoring in Criminal and Social Justice with a minor in international studies.
Major: Nursing I was born in Minnesota. When I was two years old, my family and I moved to Berlin, Germany, where I grew up and came to call home. I enjoy doing ceramics and playing sports. I am a nursing major here at Crown, which is a decision I made when I was on a missions trip in Bangladesh. Up until then, I had wanted to major in elementary education, but the medical aspect of the missions trip was what changed my heart the most, and I have had a passion for medical missions ever since.
- Scholarships & Grants
Crown College seeks to offer competitive scholarships to international student applicants. However, our Financial Aid Office will only be able to supply a portion of the necessary funding to experience a college education at Crown. Students are encouraged to consider all financial obligations (such as medical insurance, transportation to/from Crown, etc.) when making their application.
Strict United States Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) laws require us to verify the ability of international students to pay all tuition and living expenses for the time they are studying in the U.S. Therefore, all international student applicants are required to submit the Financial Statement and the Official Certification of Sources of Funds contained in the Application for International Undergraduate Admission. Please contact us with any questions.
International Student Grant
Crown College offers all international students an International Student Grant. The purpose of this grant is to assist students who are ineligible for federal, state and private grants in the United States. The criteria includes the following:
- All incoming international students who enroll in an on-campus program at Crown College will receive an International Student Grant amounting to a 50% discount on tuition.
- All international students who enroll in an online degree program at Crown and are affiliated with a CMA church outside the U.S. are eligible to receive an International Student Grant amounting to a 25% discount on tuition.
- Recipients of the International Student Grant for on-campus students must be enrolled as full-time students (12 credits per semester minimum) at Crown College.
- U.S. citizens whose families reside abroad are not eligible for the International Student Grant. These students are eligible to apply for federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships and loans.
- Students having dual citizenship (e.g., British and American) are considered U.S. citizens. These students are not eligible for the International Student Grant. They are eligible to apply for federal aid, as well as other institutional grants and scholarships.
The Crown College Financial Aid Office has an alternative loan that international students may apply for, but the student must have a U.S. citizen with a permanent U.S. address co-sign. College personnel may not co-sign for this loan.
- On-Campus & Online Support
Students from around the globe find their place at Crown College and the Mukappa community. We work to provide an environment where support can be found during cultural transitions and adaptations.
Mukappa is an on-campus club for all Missionary Kids (MKs), Third Culture Kids (TCKs), and international students. Mukappa is dedicated to building relationships through events and activities. Our goal is to provide an environment where support can be found during cultural transitions and adaptations. We are a student led group and plan monthly events but enjoy getting together for informal times through study breaks, church, sports, and sharing meals. We call ourselves “family” as many of us are far from home. We hope to welcome you to Crown someday!
Here are some helpful links to help answer more questions about living abroad.
- United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) – Provides useful information on immigration laws and regulations, USCIS downloadable forms and other services.
- Passports and Visas – Essential information regarding your passport and F-1 visa to enter the United States.
- Financial Aid for International Students – A helpful link to calculate your cost of attendance.
- Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – NAFSA promotes the exchange of students and scholars to/from the United States.
- U.S. Department of State – The lead foreign-affairs agency to the U.S. government. Find information ranging from how to prepare for overseas trips to how to get non-immigrant U.S. visas abroad.
- Traveling to the United States – Helpful information on packing, air travel, budget/student travel, customs and immigration, and a map of the United States.
- Social Customs and Cultural Differences – Provides interesting information that will help prepare you for life in the United States.
- Living in the United States – Information about housing, banking, transportation, mailing and shipping, entertainment and much more.
International Student Advisor
While a student at Crown, the international student advisor can assist international students with the following:
- Passport, visa, or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) matters
- Work permission
- Travel outside the United States
- Health insurance
- Financial problems
- Personal concerns: adjustment; day-to-day living; relationships with family, friends, roommates, etc.
- Social and cultural issues
International Student Advisor – Liz Blancke – Email
- Application Checklist
Before beginning the application, please read through the requirements listed below. Please complete all required documents and send to Crown College.
Complete the Online Application for International Students
Be sure to fill out the application completely, as failure to do so can cause admission delay.
- Applications received after their deadlines will automatically be processed for the next available semester.
Complete the Financial Statement
The Financial Statement is included as part of the application, but you may also send a separate Affidavit of Support from your sponsor(s).
Submit a Bank Statement
Submit an official bank statement from your sponsor(s) that has been printed within the last three months. The bank statement must show a total of the equivalent of $19,500.00 USD. (Both the financial statement and the bank statement must be from the same individual.) If you have multiple sponsors, please include individual copies from each. Photocopies are acceptable, however, they must be attested as a certified true copy. All fees are payable at the beginning of each semester, unless a payment plan is approved by our Student Billing Office.
Scholarships from a source in the applicant’s home country, assistance from a church or aid from an individual sponsor will be received as a guarantee of the student’s ability to pay if the guarantee is properly documented with a letter and, when required, a statement of how and when the funds will be transferred and credited to the student’s college financial account.
Students should expect an increase in costs of approximately 4-6 percent each year at Crown College.
Provide Documentation of English Proficiency
Acceptable documentation of English Proficiency include:
- TOEFL: Student must earn a score of 500 or higher on the paper-based exam, 61 or higher on the Internet-based exam, or 173 or higher on the computer-based exam. Crown’s school code for the TOEFL is: 6639.
- IELTS: Student must earn a score of 5.0 or higher.
- If you choose the ACT examination you must score better than 18 or higher. Crown’s ACT code is 2152.
- If you take the SAT examination you must score better than 940 or higher (Critical Reading and Math). Crown’s SAT code is 6639.
- If the student is transferring from another U.S. college or university: Completion of one semester of Freshman English Composition, with an earned grade of a “C” or better, is required.
Submit All Official Secondary or College Transcripts
Students must provide Crown College academic records of every secondary and post-secondary institution you have attended. Records must be certified true copies or notarized photocopies. These transcripts must be translated to English by a certified translator and sent to Crown College Admissions. Students transferring from a U.S. institution with 24 or more credits do not need to supply a secondary school transcript.
Students must provide evidence that they have completed their secondary education within their home country (usually 12 years) and be entitled to acceptance into the colleges and universities in their home countries. As a result of the extreme differences in educational systems among countries, admission requirements vary depending on the country from which the student originates.
Send Application and Documents to:
8700 College View Drive
St. Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375
The United States of America
**All documents submitted with your application become the property of Crown College and will not be returned.
From Universities Outside of the United States
Both secondary and post-secondary transcripts will be used to determine general admissibility. A student’s overall academic performance will be taken into consideration. Students whose post-secondary transcripts fail to show a satisfactory performance on the college level may be considered if their secondary transcripts were of outstanding caliber.
From Colleges and Universities Inside the United States
International students in this category must meet the same criteria as our U.S. Transfer Students. Students must have an accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Students who have earned less than 34 credits will need to supply Crown College with official secondary transcripts. Courses that are not considered college level courses, such as English as a Second Language, will not be included in the accumulative GPA when determining admissibility. Students transferring from a U.S. college or university, who also possess credits from an institution outside of the United States, will need to follow the credit evaluation guidelines outlined in the above section.
- Steps to Enroll
You may send your $150.00 (USD) U.S. Admissions Deposit, payable to Crown College, to secure your place for the fall or spring semester. The deposit reserves your housing and registration.
See the section below titled Making International Payments. If the option there does not work in your case, please contact Brad Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss finding an appropriate method of payment.
Applicants must have sufficient financial resources to cover all educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, insurance, supplies, personal expenses and round-trip transportation. All semester costs are payable at the beginning of each semester, unless approved by Crown’s Student Billing Office.
Once you are accepted at Crown you will be issued the I-20 document. This document allows you to make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in the country where you reside. The I-20 is not a guarantee of obtaining a visa to study in the U.S. This is determined through your interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate. We will provide information to you as you prepare for this important interview. Once your visa is officially granted, please let us know.
Complete All Forms
Complete all forms that are listed online at our.crown.edu. Completion of these forms helps expedite the registration process and is required before any student can enroll or live on campus.
Transfer Student Transcript Evaluation
International students who have been accepted to Crown College, who wish to transfer credit from colleges or universities outside the United States, must provide Crown College with a transcript evaluation from EEI -Education Evaluators International, Inc.
- This process should be started as soon as the student receives his or her visa. The costs of the evaluation will be reimbursed by Crown College as long as the transfer evaluation is completed by the end of the student’s first semester. If the transfer evaluation is not completed by the end of the first semester, the student will be responsible for the entire cost of the evaluation. The cost of the evaluation will be $205.00 (USD)
If a student has already completed a course-by-course evaluation from another National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member, he or she can submit this evaluation to the Crown College Registrar’s Office.
Students may choose to complete the EEI evaluation as they apply. If the EEI evaluation is not done during the application process, students will be admitted as transfer students and will be given three years for a program length on their I-20. Class standing will be determined once Crown College has received the EEI evaluation. The sooner an EEI transcript evaluation has been completed, the sooner your academic adviser will have a proper understanding of what courses will transfer to Crown College and how those courses will be applied to your degree.
- Academic Advising
Every student attending Crown College is assigned to a faculty advisor. Faculty Advisors can help with the following:
- Which classes to take, advice on schedules
- Short- or long-term academic requirements or planning
- Probation/suspension and help for poor grades
- Majors or minors
- Grading system
- Academic calendar
- Academic terminology
- Course content
- Course schedule, syllabus, requirements
- Exams, papers, and grading
- Advice, assistance in comprehending course material, finding library resources, and assessing your progress
International students must maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits each semester with the exception of their last semester before graduation.
- Making International Payments
For International Students – you can use the Flywire payment service to make efficient, secure payments to Crown College.
Go to International Payments.