International Students

Selecting a university abroad is a very important decision and requires that you gather all the information that you can. No matter what the reason you have chosen to study in the United States, we will do our best to provide the answers that you need. Check out our BenU Advantage page and learn more about what separates us from other colleges and universities. Throughout our website we have provided information about academic programs, campus resources, financial aid and student life that will help you identify the advantages of a Benedictine education.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to learn more.


It is strongly recommended that you schedule a time to meet with an Admission Representative. Admission Representatives will assist you throughout the admission process, in addition to providing you with an unofficial evaluation of your current and future courses.

  1. Apply to Benedictine University
  2. Please mail all additional documents to BenU admissions
    1. Photocopy of a valid passport
    2. Official transcripts in both native language and official english translation
    3. Official ECE evaluation from you are transferring any foreign college credit, we will need a course by course evaluation; if you are transfering fewer then 20 US domestic credit hours, we will need a general evaluation with GPA; if you are transferring more then 20 US domestic credit hours, no evaluation is needed)
    4. Other documents if applicable:
      1. A copy of all current and previous I-20s
      2. A copy of both sides of I-94 card
      3. A copy of your Visa
    5. To issue an I-20 you will need to provide us with an original official bank statement or bank letter showing sufficient funds for one year of university costs. This cannot be a scanned copy and must be mailed.
  3. Your admission counselor may request additional materials if it is requested by the department or you did not meet the minimum admission requirements. You may be asked to submit:
    • A personal statement
    • Letter of reference
    • Proof of English Proficiency (test score requirements: TOEFL PBT 500, TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5)

Benedictine University at Springfield has a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1, which means that you will receive personal attention and develop close relationships with your teachers. You will not be just another number. More than 80 percent of full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their field. You will learn from experts, not teaching assistants.

The Staff
Benedictine has a friendly and supportive staff that will provide you with advice, assistance and academic support services. The Resource Center provides tutoring for math, history, science and writing.

Internship Opportunities
Students have access to many and varied internship and research opportunities. These experiences provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need when they enter the workforce.

Home away from Home
Benedictine’s closely-nestled campus and small student body create a home-like community. The 25-acre campus features 11 buildings, 3 of which are classrooms.  The traditional undergraduate population for the 2010-2011 academic year was 600.

Transfer Transition
Benedictine makes transferring easy. We have transfer students from two- and four-year colleges from throughout the country. Our representatives are familiar with course offerings from other schools and are ready to assist you. If you are thinking about Benedictine, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our Admission Representatives and they can help you choose classes that transfer to the major of your choice.

Admissions Deadlines
The last day for admissions acceptance is July 15 for the Fall Semester and November 15 for the Spring Semester.

Benedictine’s Springfield campus is located on the north end of Springifeld. Benedictine has a  seven-days-per-week campus police department which functions not to “police” our students, but to facilitate a safe environment for learning, growing and socializing.

Benedictine University at Springfield is located in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown.  Springfield is the state capitol and is easily accessby by I-55, I-72, Amtrak and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. 

International Programs and Services (IPS)

Contact Information:


 Jolene VollmerAlicia Harney
 International Student Advisor/SEVIS CoordinatorInternational Admissions Representative
 Becker Library, Room L18Dawson Hall


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5 Easy Steps to Attending Benedictine University at Springfield
  1. Campus Visit
  2. Apply and send transcripts
  3. Submit Financial Aid - FAFSA (001767)
  4. Become a Bulldog and Submit Deposit
  5. Register for classes