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Benedictine University
Asia Institute
Scholl Hall
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
U.S.A.

International Student Admission

Your choice of a university will be one of the most important decisions you make. Benedictine University has more than 120 year history of excellence and is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report ®. Benedictine prides itself on academic excellence, small class size, diversity, a safe environment and personal attention tailored to individual needs. The Asia Institute at Benedictine University was established to provide dedicated support to meet the unique needs of Asian students.

Asian students apply to Benedictine using the same application process and timeline as all international and domestic students, except that applications are submitted to the Benedictine University Asia Institute. Scholarships are available to every Asia Institute student who is admitted to Benedictine University; no separate application form required. Scholarships may vary depending on merit, academic performance and needs.

Benedictine offers 53 traditional undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Small class sizes with a student-to-teacher ratio of 16:1 allow professors to give each student the opportunity for more personal attention and success. Benedictine offers a multicultural learning experience with 9,000 students from 50 states and 30 countries providing a diverse experience for students at a "right-sized" university.

 

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester – June 1
Spring Semester – October 1
Summer Term – March 1

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants
1)  Asia Institute Undergraduate Degree Program Application along with $40 non-refundable
      application fee
2)  A photocopy of student's passport and two passport photos
3)  Official diplomas/graduation certificates from high schools/colleges previously attended
4)  Official transcripts from high schools and colleges. The official transcripts must be issued
      by schools with official seals and submitted in sealed envelopes with a certified English
      translation of all documents not written in English.
      Applicants who complete coursework outside the U.S. must have official transcript(s)
      evaluated by Education Credential Evaluators (ECE).
•   High School students: Submit a General evaluation.
•   Transfer students: Submit a Subject Analysis evaluation
5)  Personal Statement stating educational and career goals
6)  Two letters of reference from professors, school officials or employers
7)  The English language proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by submitting an official
      copy of one of the following:
•   TOEFL scores: 500 PBT, 61IBT. IELTS scores: 5.5 for general studies
•   TOEFL scores: 550 PBT, 79IBT. IELTS scores: 6.0 or above for College of Science
    programs
Students who meet all admission requirements except the English language proficiency may be considered for admission to the degree program with the condition that they must enroll in the Abraham Lincoln English Institute (ALEI) and satisfy the English Language requirement before the start of the degree program.
8)  International Student Health Form completed by a physician showing immunization
      history.
9)  Proof of student health insurance (all international students must either purchase
      University Student Health Insurance or prove that they have coverage equal to or greater
      than the University policy). This form can be submitted before arrival.
10)  Official bank statement with an English translation
11)  Housing preference form (undergraduate students will be automatically assigned
       on-campus housing)

*All documents submitted become the property of the University and cannot be returned.

 

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admission Deadlines

Quarter
Fall Quarter – August 1
Winter Quarter – November 1
Spring Quarter – January 1
Summer Quarter – March 1

Semester
Fall Semester – June 1
Spring Semester – October 1

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants
1)  Complete an Asia Institute Graduate Program Application along with $40 non-refundable
      application fee
2)  Photocopy of student's passport and two passport photos
3)  Official diplomas/graduate certificates from all colleges/universities previously attended
4)  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
•   Official transcript must be issued by the school with official seal and submitted in
    sealed envelopes with a certified English translation of all documents not written in
    English.
•   Applicants who complete coursework outside the U.S. must have official transcript(s)
    evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). A Course-by-Course credential
    evaluation is required for all graduate students.
5)  Two letters of reference from professors, school officials or employers
6)  Personal Statement of career and educational goals
7)  Resume
8)  The English language proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by submitting official copy
      of one of the following: TOEFL: 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) or IELTS: 6.0 or higher Students who
      meet all admission requirements except the English language proficiency may be
      considered for admission to the degree program with the condition that they must enroll
      in the Abraham Lincoln English Institute and satisfy the English Language
      requirement before the start of the degree program.
9)  An International Student Health Form completed by a physician showing immunization
      history.
10)  Proof of student health insurance (all international students must either purchase
      University Student Health Insurance or prove that they have coverage equal to or greater
      than the University policy)
11)  Official bank statement with an English translation
12)  Housing preference form (please email intcenter@ben.edu for housing options).

*All documents submitted become the property of the University and cannot be returned.

 

Tuition and Costs

Non-refundable Application Fee: $40

Undergraduate Tuition

Graduate Tuition

  • All payments are payable to Benedictine University. Please submit your payment information with your name (both in English and in native language).
  • Payment must be made in U.S. dollars by money order, certified check or credit card. A bank fee will be charged for any returned checks. We cannot accept bank drafts or cash. All fees are subject to change without notice.

 

Asia Institute Scholarships

Asian students who are admitted to Benedictine University are automatically considered for the Asia Institute Scholarships (AIS). No separate form is required for AIS. Scholarship selection criteria vary. The Asia Institute scholarships are contingent upon the students maintaining satisfactory academic progress and full-time status. Scholarships may vary depending on merit, academic performance and needs.

The Asia Institute offers the following Asia Institute Scholarship Awards:

BENCARES PRESIDENTIAL AWARD

THE BENCARES PRESIDENTIAL AWARD is a $500 award to an Asia Institute graduate to give back to his/her community. The cash award is to be used to make the community better. It might be used toward a food bank project, a beautification process or any community need that enhances the lives of the citizens of that community.

Alumni interested in seeking this award must:
  • Write a 200-500 word essay describing how a Benedictine University degree has helped him/her achieve success in life. Please use real-life experience to demonstrate the importance of education and how it impacts your own life. The essay should also include how the award will be used to better the community.
  • Submit the essay by November 30 to the Asia Institute with your name, student ID number, and title "BenCares".

ACADEMIC MERIT SCHOLARSHIP - J. F. CARROLL AWARD

J. F. CARROLL AWARD gives the Asia Institute students an opportunity to share how their time at Benedictine University has impacted their studies, professional goals and life. The essay topics may reflect, but are not limited to, an experience when a student learned a valuable lesson or overcame an obstacle while attending Benedictine University. Students have a one-page limit to share their personal experiences and why their story merits an award. The award will be announced at the annual "Festival of Asia" event hosted by the Asia Institute.

Students interested in applying for this award must:
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average
  • Write a one-page essay (100-300 words) about his/her Benedictine University experience.
  • Submit the essay by January 21 to the Asia Institute, with your name, student ID number, e-mail and phone number, and title the essay "Carroll Scholarship".

THE ASIA INSTITUTE PRESIDENTIAL PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS

THE ASIA INSTITUTE PRESIDENTIAL PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate students from Asia to study from a semester up to an academic year at Benedictine University. This is an invitation-only scholarship competition and is offered to students from one of the Benedictine partner institutions. Students are selected based on academic excellence, leadership potential, community involvement and/or special talents. Students will be either awarded full tuition for a semester or an academic year at Benedictine University. Students receiving this award will be asked to participate in Benedictine University student clubs and may serve as members of the Benedictine University Unity Foundation (BUUF).

Candidates interested in applying for this award must meet and submit evidence of the following to your home university no later than March 31:
  • Exceptional academic records (3.25 or above grade points average and English language proficiency test scores: TOEFL 600 or IELTS 6.5).
  • Be selected and recommended by the Asia Institute partner institutions.
  • Write a 500-750 word essay on "The Role of an International Education for the 21st Century."
Application Deadlines:
  • Submit the application documents to Benedictine partner institutions by March 31.
  • Submit all documents by April 30 to the Asia Institute with your name, university and title "Partnership Scholarship".
Scholarship awards will be announced in June.

 

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