Current Student

Orientation & Registration Information

Classes begin Wednesday, August 27, 2014!

This notification is intended to acquaint you with a number of important items concerning the fall semester.  Please familiarize yourself with this information, especially the information about on line enrollment.

This correspondence does not imply acceptance into a program at Biola University.

Fall 2014-2015 Forms and Information 

Academic Advising

Academic Advising for registration for the Cook School of Intercultural Studies for the Fall Semester 2014, will take place individually, by arrangement, with the designated faculty advisor either via telephone, email or in-office appointment.  Please call (562) 903-4844 and ask for the following advisors:

M.A. Anthropology Dr. Kevin Pittle or Paul Langenwalter
M.A. Intercultual Studies Dr. Douglas Hayward
Doctoral Programs Dr. Richard Starcher

Writing Competency Exam - Students in the Department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL (ALT)

All new students pursuing the MA TESOL, Certificate in TESOL, or MA in Applied Linguistics are required to take the ALT writing competency exam (held in the fall only). Results may indicate the need for additional work in grammar and composition in order to perform at the level expected for graduate students in this field.  Students who receive a failing score will be required to take an additional writing course.  Students who receive a Conditional Pass will be given a list of areas on which they should work on their own. Both of these groups will need to take the test again the following year.  

All students, regardless of their score, are required to attend the ALT writing workshops. Students will be given helpful information for departmental expectations regarding writing. These workshops will be scheduled throughout the semester and/or will be available online.  

Enrollment (formerly called Registration)

Enrollment for new and readmit graduate students is being conducted on line from Monday, July 7 at 9:00 am through Friday, August 15 at 4:00 pm. To avoid a late enrollment fee all steps including down payment must be completed by the deadline (Please note: if you choose to use the down payment method you MUST also sign up for a payment plan at the same time). Late enrollment begins Monday, August 18 with a charge of $200. Classes will be dropped Monday, August 25, 2014 if all Enrollment steps are not complete.

On line enrollment can be found at (new students will receive their BSI [Biola Student id number] when they are accepted and NET ID’s/passwords (for validated students) will be available the day after you validate your acceptance at – new students click on “First time logging in”. This will also link you to the class schedule and curriculum charts.

Enrollment Deposit

All accepted students must submit an Enrollment Deposit of $100, unless otherwise indicated in your acceptance letter/notice to approved applicants. (International students are required to submit a total of $2,000 in order to issue the I-20). The deposit allows the admissions office to transfer electronic data to other offices on campus. Submit the deposit as soon as possible upon acceptance. The deposit is not a fee. The funds stay on your account until you graduate or leave the university. At that time it will be refunded or credited toward your school bill. However, if you do not attend after submitting your deposit, the $100 is non-refundable. The deposit can be paid by debit/credit card at at student financial tab (please follow instructions); we also accept cash, check, money order or wire.

Those who do not submit the deposit before the start of on line registration, may experience a significant delay in registration.

Finances and Payments

Please familiarize yourself with the information regarding finances and payments in the Catalog in the General Information section or the online inserts. It will assist you as you consider tuition payments. You may view the entire catalog and also estimate your down payment.

Financial Aid

If you have not already done so, apply for financial aid immediately. Finances exist but we cannot help you without an application. The information about financial aid is now online at Time is a factor so begin immediately. (For domestic students only.) Not all programs qualify for financial aid assistance. International students apply for financial aid by petitioning the International Admissions Counselor. Details are on line, you may visit their website ( Please note: Aid award on the financial aid insert is an estimate only. Please check with financial aid for your award or sign onto and look for student financials tab.

International Students

International Student Orientation is held in the fall only and is mandatory for all on campus international students (the exception is for distance, Modular or Doctor of Ministry students). Additional information will be sent electronically by the International Student Services Department.


We look forward to having you study with us!  Contact Michael Clark, Graduate Admissions Counselor, in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (800) 652-4652 if you desire further assistance.

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