International Students

The College will provide student support programs, services, and activities consistent with the mission that are intended to promote student learning and enhance the development of the students, including off-campus instructional sites.  The International Student Services Office will process all applications for students who are not a United States citizen or permanent resident alien.

Admission Requirements for International Students

International students seeking a degree must provide the following for admission to EFSC:

  1. A completed  Application for Admission
  2. Payment of $30 non-refundable application fee.
  3. A completed Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes.
  4. Official documentation of high school graduation equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. All documents in a language other than English or Spanish must be submitted with a certified English translation.
  5. Official, final college transcripts from all U.S. regionally accredited postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be issued within one year of submission to the College.

Additional requirements for international students seeking an F-1 Student Visa

  1. Proof of English Proficiency (submit one of the following):
    • An official TOEFL score of 61 or higher (IELTS bandwidth of 5.5 or higher is accepted in place of TOEFL)
    • Students from Japan may substitute the STEP Grade 2A or higher for TOEFL.
    • Graduation from a U.S. high school with official, high school transcript indicating receipt of a standard high school diploma.
    • Transfer from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university with successful completion of college-level English Composition with a grade of “C” or better.
    • Student has successfully completed Level 6 Writing, Level 6 Grammar, Level 6 Reading, and Level 6 Listening/Speaking with EFSC’s Intensive English Program.
    • See International Student Services regarding exemption requirements.
  2. I-20 Request Form with financial support documentation for a full year of study
  3. Students transferring from another U.S. institution must submit a copy of their current I-20, I-94 and visa in addition to the Transfer-In-Clearance Form.

Refer to the Admission section for details on general admission policies that apply to all students.

Placement Testing

Upon acceptance to the college, all students seeking a college credit degree or certificate must submit one of the following to satisfy the placement test requirement:

  • Placement test scores (ACT/SAT/PERT/ACCUPLACER Next Generation) less than two years old from term of enrollment, regardless of the TOEFL score. Placement in Gordon Rule classes, such as Communications 1 and mathematics, will be determined by test results.
  • Official college transcript confirming completion of college level English and math courses from regionally accredited U.S. Institution with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • EFSC Common Placement Testing & Developmental Education Student Waiver in accordance with F.S. 1008.30

Health Insurance

  • International Students in F-1 and M-1 statuses must be enrolled in a health insurance plan. The insurance policy must cover the complete academic year. Coverage cannot lapse during breaks. The plan must include illness, accidental, repatriation, and medical evacuation insurance. Students must be compliant with the medical insurance requirement prior to class registration. EFSC aligns with the Florida Board of Governors 6C-6.009 (2) requirement to have medical insurance prior to registration.

The health insurance requirement can be met in one of two ways:

  • Purchase the recommended international student health insurance plan through the EFSC International Student Services Office.
  • Submit proof of alternative insurance that is compliant with the Florida Board of Governors requirements. If this option is chosen, complete an Insurance Waiver. The waiver is to be completed by the Insurance provider and a copy of the insurance card with dates of validity.

International (Non-U.S.) College Transcripts

Students who have completed college level coursework in other countries are not required to submit international transcripts. However, in order for international postsecondary studies to be considered for transfer credit, students must submit an original course-by-course evaluation completed by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or other College-approved organization.

Transfer Credit for International Coursework

Upon receipt of an evaluation from an approved organization, EFSC will review the college coursework to determine appropriate transfer credits based on the student’s selected program of study at EFSC.

International Student – Transient

An International student currently enrolled in a college degree program at another school who will transfer courses taken at EFSC back to his or her home institution must provide the following for admission to EFSC. Attendance at EFSC is on a term-by-term basis.

  1. The Application for Admission
  2. Payment of $30 online non-refundable application fee.
  3. Transient letter or letter of good standing from "home" institution each term attendance is requested
  4. Students attending Florida state schools may apply for transient status via FloridaShines.
  5. Complete the Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes.

International Visa Compliance for an F-1 Student

Students on an F-1 visa are required to maintain the United States federal regulations that govern international students in the United States. Failure to do so will result in a visa termination.

Definition of a Full Course of Study for F-1 and M-1 Student

Students are responsible for learning and complying with the terms and conditions of their F-1 or M-1 immigration status. Failing to comply is deemed a violation of immigration status and may have serious consequences to the ability to remain in or return to the United States.  During the fall and spring terms, F-1 and M-1 students are required to enroll full time. Summer terms are considered optional and thus enrollment is not required unless it is the student’s first or last semester. Full time enrollment is defined as follows:

Term Required Credits Online Course Restrictions
Fall 12 credits 3 online credits allowed
Spring 12 credits 3 online credits allowed
Summer 12 wk session A 9 credits 3 online credits allowed
Summer 8 wk session C or 6 wk session B, D 6 credits 3 online credits allowed

During their final semester (including Summer semester), students must enroll in at least a 1 credit hour, face-to-face course (entire enrollment cannot be online).

Students should not withdraw from classes without prior approval from an International Student Services Advisor.

Course Drop: Students may complete a drop online via Titan web or complete the Registration Worksheet and submit it to their International Student Services Advisor. Dropping a course must be done on or before the Last Day to Drop published in the online Academic Calendar.

Course Withdrawal Information for F-1 and M-1 Students

Students may withdraw from a course after receiving approval from an International Student Services Advisor. Students must maintain full-time status as required by their current term – Fall, Spring, Summer.

Withdrawal Procedure

After meeting with their International Advisor, students may withdraw online via Titan web on or before the withdrawal date published in the online Academic Calendar.

  • If a student withdraws from a course, the course will be included on the transcript as a course attempt with a final grade of “W” and the student will be responsible for all associated course fees.

Please note: Dropping or withdrawing a course must be completed per above. “Walking away” from a course, without officially dropping or withdrawing, may adversely affect the student’s transcript, academic standing, and/or visa status.

Intensive English Program

The six-level Intensive English Program is designed for non-native speakers of English who desire to improve their language skills to enroll in college level courses.   The program includes 18 hours per week of classroom instruction in all areas of the English language including: Reading, Listening and Speaking, Grammar, Writing, Voice & Speech Improvement, TOEFL test preparation courses.