Campus pastor, Stephen “Tig” Intagliata greets a few 2018-19 international students.
Application process and cost
We are excited about your interest in attending Bluffton University. As an international student, we are committed to working closely with you as you go through the process of arriving at Bluffton and in the United States. Read below for some important steps and information that will assist you in this process.
- Complete all necessary steps for admission to Bluffton University.
- If you receive financial approval, send a $2,000 advance deposit to confirm your admittance. The preferred method for sending this deposit is to wire it directly to our bank who will notify us it has arrived This deposit is non-refundable. It is not, however, an additional fee. The full $2,000 will be applied to your first semester bill.
- After receipt of your advance deposit, Bluffton will send you the I-20 form necessary for you to apply for your F-1 student visa.
- Schedule your student visa interview at the United States embassy in your country. Be sure to read all necessary requirements for items to bring to your interview. Most require you to bring your acceptance letter, proof of financial support (including bank statements) and evidence that you plan to return to your country after completing your education in the United States.
- Prior to your visa interview, complete and pay the I-901 fee to service your SEVIS record. SEVIS is a United States government system used to maintain records of international students. You will not be able to interview at the United States embassy if this fee and form are not complete. Bluffton does not assist with this step as it is completed using a United States government website. Payment of this fee is the responsibility of the student.
- Once you are issued your F-1 student visa, please promptly make travel arrangements for arrival to Dayton International Airport (Dayton, Ohio)
- Notify us of your flight arrangements (flight number and date/time of arrival.) We will send a Bluffton representative to pick you up. Students arriving for the fall semester should plan to arrive 5 days prior to the first day of classes. Students arriving for the spring semester should plan to arrive 3 days prior to the first day of classes.
- Prior to your arrival on campus, submit all necessary new student paperwork, including: medical history form, proof of medical insurance, FERPA release, and housing registration.
For 2020-21 academic year
Based on 12-17 hours per semester, Premier 15-meal plan
|Tuition for the 2019-20 academic year *||$ 33,952|
|Room and board **||$ 11,346|
|Technology fee||$ 550|
|Total cost||$ 45,848
*First year students are billed an additional $115 for books and materials for the required class BENV 100, Becoming a Scholar.
** There is an additional charge for housing in Ramseyer, Neufeld and the apartments. Based on Premier 15-meal plan.
Additional fees for books and travel, estimated $1,800
International student grant
A grant ranging from $1,000-$9,000 recognizes that international students encounter additional costs to travel to Bluffton University. $1,000 is automatically given to all qualified applicants. New students may apply for up to $9,000 based on financial need. This grant is renewable for four years.
Many additional scholarships and grants are available to international students at
In addition, international students can work on campus and earn the following:
|Campus work-study (academic year)||$2,340|
This deposit of $2,000 will secure your place at Bluffton University. It is not in addition to your Bluffton tuition, it will be deducted from your bill. The deposit is non-refundable after May 1.