Florida Southern College

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— International Students

Often recognized as one of the top private colleges in the United States, Florida Southern draws students from throughout the U.S. and more than 50 other countries! Our safe location in Lakeland, Florida (near major cities of Tampa and Orlando) is easy to get to, while our friendly and diverse community welcomes everyone.

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Why Florida Southern

Recognized by college guides for our incredible campus, our exceptional value, and our commitment to engaged learning, FSC offers a college experience unlike any other!

Scholarships for You

Consistently rated as a "best value" among U.S. colleges, Florida Southern awards certain scholarships specifically to international students.

Support Services

Our International Student Association is an active part of campus, and our Life and Cultural Center offers all kinds of resources to help you feel at home at Florida Southern.

Life in Florida

We’re located in Lakeland, Florida, which averages 330 sunny days each year and is just an hour drive to Tampa and Orlando for easy access to major airports and attractions.

Application Checklist

International Freshman Application Checklist

To finalize your application to Florida Southern, please submit the following:

  • FSC admissions application and personal statement
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school education, translated in English.
  • One recommendation letter (must be an academic reference)
  • Test Scores: TOEFL (minimum 79 ibt) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) score. SAT I or ACT scores required for all others.
  • List of extracurricular and community service activities
  • Complete Sponsor’s guarantee
  • Bank letter verifying funds of sponsor
  • Copy of current passport or student visa and I-20, if you are already studying in the United States

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Application Checklist

International Transfer Application Checklist

To finalize your application to Florida Southern, please submit the following:

  • FSC admissions application and personal statement
  • Official transcript of all work completed at the university level, translated and evaluated in English by World Education Services or Josef Silny
  • One recommendation letter (must be an academic reference)
  • Test Scores: TOEFL (minimum 79 ibt) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) score, if native language is not English.
  • List of extracurricular and community service activities
  • Completed Report of Social Standing form
  • Complete Sponsor’s guarantee
  • Bank letter verifying funds of sponsor
  • Copy of a current passport or student visa and I-20, if you are already studying in the United States
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Student Visas

A student must be admitted, have completed financial documentation and must have remitted enrollment deposit before the university issues the I-20 form. The I-20 is then used to apply for an F-1 student visa. If transferring from a U.S. high school or university, you must complete the Transfer Eligibility Request Form which will be sent to you from the Florida Southern Admissions Office.

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