Houghton has a lot to offer you as an MK, TCK or international student!
Approximately 5 percent of our students are non-U.S. citizens. An additional 5 percent of our students are U.S. citizens who have grown up outside the United States.
We have years of experience in working with MKs, TCKs, and international students.
How do I Apply to Houghton?
Citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada have some special application instructions.
- A completed application for admission (apply online or print the application)
- An official high school transcript (If you are a international transfer student, you are also required to submit all college transcripts)
- A completed recommendation letter
- A completed financial affidavit
- A $40.00 non-refundable application fee (ask your counselor about getting this fee waived!)
- Test Scores
- One of the following official test scores must be submitted:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- Paper-based score: 550+
- Computer-based score: 213+
- Internet-based score: 80+
- IELTS (International English language testing system)
- Overall band score of 6.5+
- Combined reading and math score of 1000+
- *Houghton’s SAT code is 2299
- Composite score of 20+
- *Houghton’s ACT code is 2766
International Transfers: If you would like to have credits transferred from a University or College outside the United States and Canada, please have your transcripts evaluated and sent to admissions. We recommend the following companies:
Transitioning to life at Houghton for International Students
Interconnect, the International Connection Program, is specifically designed to help international and third culture students successfully navigate the transition from life overseas to life at Houghton.Learn more about Interconnect
Frequently Asked Questions
- We’ll provide you with assistance as you adjust to life in the U.S. as well as to college life. Through seminars, the Intercultural Student Organization, and the work of our Intercultural Student Programs Office, you’ll have access to many different resources.
- Many of Houghton’s professors have lived or worked internationally, making them sensitive to your needs. In addition, many others in our community have lived overseas for extended periods of time, providing an additional resource.
- Because most students stay on campus on weekends, there is opportunity for entertainment and activities seven days a week.
- Internationals have the option of being matched with a host family in the community. In addition, many choose to reside on one of Houghton’s international floors in the residence halls.
- The Intercultural Student Association (ISA) provides a core group of people to support international students while studying in the United States. ISA plans and produces the International Banquet, an annual highlight for many students and community members, as well as an international coffeehouse held during our yearly missions conference (New Vision Week).
Over 22 international schools are represented at Houghton. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Chiang Mai International School (Thailand)
- Rosslyn Academy (Kenya)
- Rift Valley Academy (Kenya)
- Grace International School (Thailand)
- Faith Academy (Philippines)
- Dakar Academy (Senegal)
- Dalat Academy (Malaysia)
- Christian Academy of Guatemala
- Rainforest Christian School (Cameroon)
- Black Forest Academy (Germany)
Over 22 missionary organizations are represented at Houghton. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Wycliffe Bible Translators
- Christian Missionary Alliance
- Africa Inland Mission
- CURE International
Scholarships – These awards are based on factors such as a student’s academic record and community involvement. International students may be awarded a scholarship based on factors like TOEFL score and are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. However, if SAT or ACT scores are submitted, these may be helpful in scholarship consideration.
James S. Luckey Scholarship – We invite students to apply for one of our three full-tuition awards that honor the legacy of our first president, James S. Luckey. These awards will be given to select students in a competitive scholarship process through the Honors at Houghton interview process. Students wishing to be considered should demonstrate outstanding academic performance (by qualifying for an academic scholarship), meaningful co-curricular involvement, and active Christian service.
Missionary Kid Scholarship – Students whose parents are employed in full-time Christian service as missionaries under the direction of a conference or a mission board may be eligible for the MK Scholarship. Awards of up to $5,000 per year may be granted based on financial need.
Houghton College Grants – These grants provide financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need or other positive personal qualities.
Performance Grants – Performance grants are awarded to students for displaying exceptional talent in fine arts.
On-campus Work Opportunities – There are many jobs available on campus, within specific departments. A social security card is required to obtain work on campus and Houghton will help international students obtain their card. A student typically works between 7 hours per week.
*More information can be found on our financial aid web page.
International students must complete the financial affidavit as part of the application process. The financial affidavit indicates where your financial support will come from to fund your studies at Houghton. Your support may come from your own personal funds or those of a family member or sponsor. All Houghton College students are considered for institutional aid, however since Houghton has limited funds to offer international students, we expect you to cover all yearly expenses.
Intercultural Admission CounselorMeet Austen
Hometown: Souderton, PA
Major, Grad Year: Christian Formation, Music (2015); Music Master’s (2017)
Favorite Thing About Houghton: Beautiful outdoor scenery, especially in the fall.
Tip for Prospective Students and Families: Consider what you’ll gain from a college beyond the classroom; some of the most profound learning experiences don’t appear on a transcript.
Why I Work @ Houghton: Supportive community where I can be seen as a whole person, no matter what I’m doing.