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Welcome to Meadville Lombard Theological School! We are glad that you are applying for one of Our Programs.  

Our learning community is becoming increasingly diverse racially, culturally, and nationally. In the last five years, we have granted degrees to students from Colombia, Canada, India, the Philippines, and Norway. At Meadville Lombard, you will find a group of faculty and staff who will support you in strengthening the skills you need to serve in your own context.

The Office of International Formation and Recruitment is here to assist you in pinpointing and addressing the specific needs you have as an international student. It starts with identifying the right program for you, all the way through to graduation.


Our admissions criteria is the same for all applicants regardless of their nationality. As an international student, please be aware of the following:

  • Our faculty will assess your English skills based on the essays you submit in your application and they may request an interview with you.
  • We have a few scholarships and other financial support available for international students that only cover tuition. To learn more about fees and estimated living expenses, please visit the Tuition and Fees section.

Steps to Study at Meadville Lombard Theological School

  1. Choose the right program for you: We are happy to assist you in this process. Reach out to one of our faculty members or Director of International Formation and Recruitment to talk more about your vision for your spiritual formation.
  2. Complete your application:
  3. Create a budget: Map out how much money you will need to have available to complete the program as well as your financial resources.  
  4. Apply for your student visa: You can find all the information you need about this process at websites of the American Embassy in your country, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and the U.S Department of Homeland Security.   
  5. Prepare for your departure: Make an appointment with the Director of International Formation to make sure you have everything you need to enter the United States and attend classes.