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Administrative Procedures

Procedure: 3161

Title: Admission of International Students

Based on Policy: 3.16 - Admissions Priorities

Office of Primary Responsibility: Vice President for Educational and Student Services


  1. Purpose:

To establish guidelines and procedures for admitting international students to South Florida State College (SFSC)

  1. Procedure:
    1. It is required that all required application documents and credentials be on file in the Admissions Office at least three months prior to the beginning of the term the applicant plans to enter the college.
    2. International applicants must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:
      1. A completed Application for Admission form.
      2. Official copies of transcripts/records from secondary schools and colleges.
        1. The records should be in the original language with certified translations into the English language.
        2. Each transcript will be evaluated at the expense of the applicant by an approved evaluator.
        3. The applicant must provide satisfactory academic and conduct records from comparable secondary or higher level educational institutions attended.
        4. The review of records must show that the applicant's education level is the equivalent of United States high school graduation.
      1. An official score report on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as evidence of proficiency in speaking, writing, and understanding English, when English is not the native language. A score of at least 500 on the paper format, 173 on the computer format, and 61 on the internet based TOEFL exam is required.

The TOEFL is administered by ETS, the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08450, U.S.A. at a number of sites world-wide.  Applicants must assume responsibility for making arrangements directly with ETS to take the examination and must request the results be sent to the Admissions Office at SFSC.

      1. A certified Declaration of Financial Support indicating that the student has sufficient funds to pay full matriculation, tuition and textbook fees, and living and transportation expenses.
        1. The funds must be available to the student each term of enrollment.
        2. An international student who is in the United States on student visa may not claim Florida residency and will be charged non-resident fees.
      1. Proof of health insurance. This insurance must remain active throughout enrollment at SFSC.
      2. Proof of immunization for the following diseases:
        1. Measles (two doses)
        2. Rubella
        3. Mumps
        4. Tetanus
        5. Diphtheria
        6. Polio
    1. An international applicant must meet all other regular admission requirements.
    2. Upon completion of all admission requirements and submission of all required documents, the advisor, international students will generate through the US Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Status - for Academic and Language Students) and mail to the applicant. This document informs the applicant of admission to the college.
    3. When the student arrives at the college and evidence of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee has been received, the advisor, international students will register the student for classes and monitor enrollment as required on SEVIS through completion of coursework and practical training at SFSC.
    4. The advisor, international students will ensure that international students who expect to receive any form of financial aid complete the necessary IRS forms and forward originals to the SFSC Business Office.

History: Last Reviewed: 3/27/12

Adopted: 8/27/1984

Reviewed: 3/27/12

Revised: 8/1/89, 1/21/02, 7/19/05, 4/28/09