Corban University welcomes Christian students from around the world to our campus in Salem, Oregon, USA. In fact, students from every inhabitable continent have chosen Corban for their college education.
Corban provides an exceptional college education grounded in biblical truth. You can choose from more than 50 majors and program options that will prepare you to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ through your chosen career.
Corban is recognized as a College of Distinction and ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities in the West.
WHAT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE SAYING
“As soon as school started, my residence hall mates and R.A. were very welcoming. Of course, I experienced culture shock. Every international student does. But within a month it felt good to be here. I definitely have no regrets! I have grown way more here than I ever did at home, when it comes to a relationship with God and really getting to know my true identity. Here I look up to each of my professors, who help me succeed not only in the classroom but in life.” – Princia Andrianirina, Madagascar
“Corban provides an environment where it is easy to learn and grow in many ways that will allow you to impact the world for Christ.” – Travez Whyte, Jamaica
“Corban is a great place to be and it has a great community to be with! It’s been a challenge being away from my home and family, learning to live in a new culture, studying in a second language, and making new friends with different backgrounds, but being at Corban has been an incredible blessing to me! I’ve enjoyed my time here, and I’m so thankful God brought me here.” – Stephani Olua, Indonesia
Corban is located in Salem, Oregon, on the west coast of the U.S., close to Portland, Oregon. Seattle is to the north and Los Angeles to the south. Oregon is a beautiful place to study and live. Plus, Corban is ranked by Niche.com as the safest college campus on the U.S. West Coast.
Movies, shopping, restaurants and coffee shops are ten minutes away in downtown Salem. Plus, Corban is just 25 minutes from the Woodburn Premium Outlets and 50 minutes from Portland, where you can find restaurants, markets, theaters, shopping and the Oregon Zoo.
Our students also enjoy things like:
- hiking at Silver Creek Falls
- visiting the Oregon coast, just an hour away
- touring the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls (the second tallest waterfall in the U.S.)
- snowboarding and skiing in the mountains
Some international students even go on mission trips or study abroad for a semester in another country!
Corban’s vibrant student life makes it easy to get involved with other international and American students. We are known for our friendly, close-knit community, and there is always something happening on campus. Activities on campus include:
- Worship nights
- 13 collegiate sports
- Intramural and recreational sports
- Bible studies
- Student government
- …and much more!
World Outreach Week on campus is another way we focus on what God is doing around the world. International students also host an international chapel each year where they introduce themselves and their cultures through media, leading worship and sharing in creative ways.
To see pictures of our campus and residence halls, check out our virtual tours.
As a new international student, you’ll be introduced to American culture during fall orientation and will get to know American students in your residence hall and classes who can help you adjust to life in the U.S. Our Student Support Office can connect you with tutors and English writing support so you can have every opportunity for academic success.
Questions? Please contact Dawnita Libby in the International Student Support Office at email@example.com.
What to Expect in the U.S.
Studying in the U.S. is an exciting adventure, but living so far away from home and in an unfamiliar culture has some challenges, too. Every international student goes through a time of adjustment, but we are here to help.
“Being at Corban, I have become more independent. I am confident and I improved my English. I am more mature and have grown closer to God.” – Miké Toam, Indonesia
The weather in Oregon is fairly mild, with warm summers and cool winters. Bring clothes that you can layer: t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, light jackets, sweatshirts, scarves. You’ll want a rain jacket for the wet spring months and a warm coat for winter.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a car. We have set up a shuttle from campus to some of the major stores in Salem that our international students enjoy. Salem also has a public bus system, or you can always find another student to give you a ride to church, shopping and other activities. We also have bikes available on campus for you to borrow.
All students are required to have certain immunizations. Students from some international countries may be required to take a tuberculosis test before attending Corban. Please see our immunization form for details.
“Be open to other cultures. Surround yourself with people you can trust and be friends with.” – Princia Andrianirina, Madagascar
How to Apply:
Corban University welcomes your application, and we will carefully review it, along with each of your references, transcripts and test scores. We are committed to a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
NOTE: An international student is one who will be attending a college or university in the United States without residency or citizenship, typically on an F-1 visa. If you are a citizen of the United States or Canada, you may not need to complete the International Student Application. If you are unsure, please contact the Corban Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Semester Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1
To apply for admission, please submit:
- International Student Application
- Christian Character Reference – to be completed by your pastor or church leader. Must not be a relative.
- $40 U.S. non-refundable application fee.
- A photocopy of your passport.
- Official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school attended.
Corban recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) high school program. Three semester hours of lower division credit are granted for each Higher Level exam passed with a score of 5, 6 or 7. The University will also grant four semester hours of elective lower division credit for the Theory of Knowledge if the student has received the IB diploma. A maximum of 24 semester hours may be granted. Students can, therefore, earn nearly one year of college credit for IB work.
- Test scores.
If English is not your native language, submit your scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to Corban. Or you may choose to take the SAT or ACT.
TOEFL internet-based: 70
TOEFL paper-based: 520
ACT: 19 composite
For more information about applying to Corban, please contact:
International Admissions Counselor
Designated School Official
In addition to tuition, room and board, here are some additional expenses you will want to plan for while you attend Corban. Please note these are sample costs. Actual costs may vary.
Airfare: $1,200 – 2,000 USD
Health Insurance: $1,600 – $3,000 USD
A number of factors can determine this cost, including age, and it may increase annually. Students over 19 can expect higher costs. Your $1,000 health insurance deposit will be applied toward this cost.
Living Expenses: $2,750 USD
Textbooks, toiletries, dining out, off-campus activities and other general living expenses.
Corban requires all international students to provide certification of adequate financial support. An Immigration and Naturalization Services I-20 will not be released until you have been accepted for admission, paid your deposits and submitted the completed Statement of Financial Responsibility.
We are dedicated to your investment in a Corban education and are pleased to offer grants and scholarships for our international students. All international students will qualify for one of the following:
International Student Corban Grant – $7,000 USD
Academic Scholarship – up to $17,000 USD
(Students who take the SAT or ACT may be eligible based on test scores and high school GPA.)
Additional financial aid and scholarship information for international students is available at: www.edupass.org
Your deposits secure your place at Corban and allow us to provide an I-20 so you can begin the visa process.
Fall Semester Deposit Deadline: May 1
Spring Semester Deposit Deadline: December 1
- $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit, applied toward your tuition costs.
- $1,000 health insurance deposit, applied toward your health insurance costs. Should you decide not to attend Corban, the health insurance deposit is refundable.
Getting Your Student Visa
Studying in the U.S. is an exciting opportunity, but the process to get here can seem overwhelming. Here are a few simple steps to begin your journey to the U.S.:
- Apply to Corban University.
- After you are admitted, submit your $2,000 deposit for tuition and health insurance.
- Receive I-20 from Michel Kim, Designated School Official at Corban University.
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee.
- Apply for a student visa from the U.S. Department of State. This could take as long as three months, so begin this process early.
- Travel to the U.S. and arrive at Corban for International Student Orientation.
For more information on studying in the U.S., please visit studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students.
International Student Orientation
We want to make sure your transition to life in the U.S. is as smooth as possible. That’s why we’ve created an International Student Orientation just for you.
Before classes begin, we can help you:
- learn how to find your way around campus
- establish a bank account
- get set up with a U.S. cell phone
- get to the store to shop for essentials
- obtain health insurance
- meet key people at Corban University
- learn how to use transportation options
- discover restaurants, shopping and fun activities to do near Corban’s campus
You will also meet your advisor and professors, connect with other students, make new friends and learn strategies for a successful college experience.
Questions? Please contact Dawnita Libby in the International Student Support Office at email@example.com.
CORBAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE
If you would like more English language training, Corban also offers the Corban Language Institute to immerse you in the English language and build a strong foundation for your college studies. For more information, visit www.corbanlanguage.org.