This notification is intended to acquaint you with a number of important items concerning the Spring 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.
Orientation is required for all on campus new graduate students including those who earned a bachelor's degree at Biola University, unless otherwise indicated. Some students may be required to complete the Talbot or TESOL and Applied Linguistics Writing Proficiency Examinations and/or the proficiency exams in Greek and Hebrew (see details below). If you are required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) you will be notified in your acceptance letter.
Academic Advising for registration for the Cook School of Intercultural Studies for the Spring Semester 2014, will take place individually, by arrangement, with the designated faculty advisor either via telephone, E-Mail or in-office appointment. Please call (562) 903-4844 and ask for the following advisors:
|M.A. Anthropology||Dr. Sue Russell|
|M.A. Intercultual Studies||Dr. Douglas Hayward|
|Doctoral Programs||Dr. Richard Starcher|
Enrollment for new and readmit graduate students is being conducted on line from Friday, January 3rd at 9:00 am through Wednesday, January 15th 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 Thursday, January 16th at 10:00am with a charge of $200. Classes will be dropped Friday, January 24th, 2014 if all Enrollment steps are not complete.
On line enrollment can be found at my.biola.edu (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 my.biola.edu – new students click on “First time logging in”. This will also link you to the class schedule and curriculum charts.
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 biola.edu/deposit/enr, 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.
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 at http://www.biola.edu/catalog/ You can also estimate your down payment at http://offices.biola.edu/accounting/costs/down-payment/
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 http://www.biola.edu/grad/financial_aid/. 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 (www.biola.edu/grad/financial_aid). Please note: Aid award on the financial aid insert is an estimate only. Please check with financial aid for your award or sign onto my.biola.edu and look for student financials tab.
International Student Orientation is held in the fall only and is mandatory for all on campus international students (the exception will be distance, Modular or Doctor of Ministry students. Additional information will be sent electronically by the International Student Services Department.
The Biola English Placement Examination (BEPE) is required of International Students unless you have scored above 600/250/100 internet based on the TOEFL (BEPE information – see below).
The BEPE will be held on Friday, August 23 2013 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in BUSN 103. The ELSP Orientation meeting is Monday, August 26 from 9:00-12:00am. This exam is required of all non-native English-speaking students with no TOEFL scores or TOEFL scores below 100 IBT/600 PBT. Contact the International Student Education/English Language Studies Program (ISE/ELSP) office for details regarding this exam. Please be prepared to pay a $25 fee (cash or check) on the day of the exam. The $25 fee will be refunded later in the semester. Should you choose not to complete the semester, the fee is non-refundable.
Biola English Placement Exam
The BEPE will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in BUSN 103. The ELSP Orientation meeting is Friday, January 24 from 9:00-12:00am. This exam is required of all non-native English-speaking students with no TOEFL scores or TOEFL scores below 100 IBT/600 PBT. Contact the International Student Education/ English Language Studies Program (ISE/ELSP) office for details regarding this exam. Please be prepared to pay a $25 fee (cash or check) on the day of the exam. The $25 fee will be refunded later in the semester. Should you choose not to complete the semester, the fee is non-refundable.
Course work in English may be required as a result of this exam, and these courses must be taken every semester until exiting the department. The BEPE results will be issued at the Orientation meeting and will indicate if you need to add English classes and drop classes in other departments. English classes may affect your eligibility for financial aid.
We look forward to having you study with us! Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (800) 652-4652 if you desire further assistance.