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International Students

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The rapidly changing face of the Catholic Church requires leaders who are adept at understanding and appreciating different cultures. At the Jesuit School, students from more than 40 countries draw on the wisdom of each other's experience to learn to minister to others in diverse cultural contexts.

The global orientation of the Jesuit School is reflected in all aspects of school life, from the classroom to liturgy, field education, and social gatherings. Our students and professors appreciate the new perspectives that they gain from each other. Our location in the San Francisco Bay Area, with its cultural and socioeconomic diversity, affords rich opportunities for field placements in which students become more deeply aware of the social and cultural contexts of theology and ministry.

International students play an essential role in the Jesuit School family. If you are an international student, we encourage you to learn more about us and consider applying for admission. We invite you to share your personal experiences with us and to grow with us.

Financial Aid 

New and continuing international students in degree or sabbatical programs are eligible for institutional financial aid. International students must complete the Jesuit School of Theology Financial Aid application by February 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Please contact the Admissions Office to obtain more information about Financial Aid and request an application. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Visa Status

International students in degree seeking programs will need the F-1 student visa to study in the United States. On the F-1 visa, students must enroll full-time at least 9 credits per semester, but sometimes enroll in more to stay on track to graduate. (Exception: In the JST Renewal program, 6 units constitutes full-time enrollment in combination with other components of the program.) To apply for an F-1 visa, you will need to be accepted for admission to the Jesuit School. You will also need to provide the Jesuit School with documentation of your financial ability to cover tuition and fees and all living expenses during the entire time of your studies. 

For further information about applying for a visa, please visit the website of the nearest American consulate. For a directory of American consulates throughout the world, see:

The United State's Government Guide for the visa process can be found on the Department of Homeland Security's official website to study in the states.

Estimated Tuition, Fees, and Living Expenses

View your estimated tuition, fees, and living expenses.


In order to apply for the F-1 student visa, you will need an I-20 form issued by the school. Read about¬†the process for application. Applicants will not be issued paperwork to apply for their visa until they submit the $500 program deposit fee, required upon admission.