International Students

A world-renowned leader in progressive theology, CTS has always been attractive to students from outside the US. We celebrate the contributions international students bring to the vibrant diversity of our community and welcome you to apply to our programs!

In order to insure a smooth transition to the learning environment, you should plan to begin your studies in the Fall Term. Transcripts written in a language other than English should be accompanied by a notarized translation. In addition to the general admissions application materials, international students who are non-native English speakers are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination score. Scores must be at or above 550 paper, 217 computer, or 81 on the Internet-based exams. The exam should be completed no more than two years prior to application. For some degree programs the TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed another degree, in English, in the United States.

Another benefit CTS offers international students is our Language & Writing Center. This is a free program set up to help, support or tutor students in academic writing. This is especially beneficial for students whose first language is not English and may want a little extra help.

I-20 forms are not issued until after an international student is admitted. If admitted, the admissions letter packet will include a CTS International Student I-20 Application and an estimate of the cost of attendance for the appropriate degree program. The form will explain the financial documentation requirements for the issuance of the I-20 by the seminary.

For more information regarding application as an international student, please contact Ms. LaJeanne Grinnage at lajeanne.grinnage@ctschicago.edu, or 773.896.2412.