General Information for International Students


International students seeking admission to the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies must submit documents attesting to their previous educational achievements. All documents in languages other than English (including Hebrew) must be accompanied by a properly notarized translation.

All students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission through achievement of at least a 550 score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/Code #4876). In addition, international graduate students are also required to take the GRE test (Code #4876). Upon admission, international students will be sent an I-20 form, which is a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status - For Academic and Language Students,” together with an Affidavit of Support form. The Affidavit of Support form requires that students submit proper documents establishing their financial ability to maintain themselves for at least one year. It is the responsibility of all students to apply for their own student visas and to maintain these visas in good standing. To qualify for a student visa, international students at the graduate level are required to register for at least eight credits per semester.