Frequently Asked Questions


Below you will find several commonly asked questions by international students interested in studying at Bluffton University:

Can international students earn money working on Bluffton's campus?
Yes. International students are allowed to work on campus during the year and over the summer. A variety of jobs are available across campus.

Is it easy for international students to get involved in campus activities?
Yes. Many of Bluffton s current international students are very involved in leadership positions across campus. In addition, there is a campus organization, called the International Connection, that meets regularly. This student organization is designed to promote international programming on campus and to provide a support network for international students.

Where do most international students come from who attend Bluffton?
We have a variety of countries represented. Some of them include Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Sweden, Burkina-Faso, Vietnam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

Where do international students live?
Bluffton University is a residential campus. All of our traditional students live on campus in one of our residence halls. International students are assigned a room on campus just like every other student attending Bluffton. There are usually two people in a room and 30 students on a floor. Bluffton does not allow international students to live off campus.

Are there scholarships or grants available for international students to attend Bluffton?
There are a limited number of international student grants available to students demonstrating a financial need for assistance.

Do international students from English-speaking countries have to take the TOEFL or SAT?
Yes. All entering international students have to take either the TOEFL or SAT. We require all entering American students to take the SAT or an equivalent entrance exam.

Is there someone for international students to contact with specific questions during the application process?
Derek Stemen, the director of admissions, is the primary contact for international students planning to attend Bluffton University. He works with all entering international students.