Admissions and Aid

International Students


Fall Semester

March 1

Application Deadline

May 1

Admitted/Scholarship Deadline

Spring Semester

September 1

Application Deadline

November 1

Admitted Deadline

At Florida College, our goal is to provide higher education with a biblical perspective, create an environment for personal godly development and prepare students for better service to their Creator and humanity. Join international students from countries around the world, like Ireland, South Africa, and Brazil, on our beautiful campus in Tampa, Florida. The college offers bachelor’s degree programs in 17 majors and specializations while also maintaining its long-standing Associate in Arts degree program.

  • Complete online Application for Admission form. Submit the $50 application fee online when completing the application.
  • Submit Letter of application. (The applicant must write this letter in English, and in longhand, without assistance.)
  • Submit academic record in English, with course descriptions as requested by the College. (The applicant must pay necessary translation fees.) If you have completed coursework in the United States, request official transcripts for all high school work and any college work already completed, to be sent directly to the Office of Admission. (Applicants enrolled in course work at the time they apply must also request final transcripts when that course work has been completed.)
  • Submit a completed reference release form, allowing Florida College to request an academic and character reference for you. These references are required for your admission.
  • Request that an official report of standardized test results — either the ACT, SAT, or CLT—be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  • International students are required to present official academic documentation providing evidence of sufficient ability to complete college level coursework, based on objective standardized examination scores from either the ACT, SAT, or CLT as follows: ACT: Scores of at least 17 (English), 18 (reading), and 19 (mathematics); SAT: Scores of at least 450 (evidenced-based reading and writing section) and at least 500 (mathematics); CLT scores equivalent to ACT/SAT minimums.
  • Submit an official report of the scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and meet minimum required scores: paper-based 550, computer-based 213, Internet-based (ibt) 79-80; or attain ELS level 112. The TOEFL scores are required for all students whose first language is not English.
  • Submit a signed copy of the Code of Conduct, agreeing to abide by the rules of behavior determined by the college.
  • Submit a housing form and security deposit of $150 for on-campus students or $100 for commuter students.
  • Properly complete online medical forms. Note: All students enrolling in Florida College must submit proof of current health insurance coverage.
  • Emergency fund. All international students will be required to have an emergency fund of $500, to be kept on file in the Business Office. Any monies not used by the student while enrolled will be returned to the student (or sponsor) when the student officially withdraws from Florida College. If money from the emergency fund is used during the school year, that amount needs to be repaid to keep the balance at $500 during the student’s stay at Florida College. This fund cannot be paid with scholarship money. It must be paid by the student (or by parent or sponsor on behalf of the student).
  • Financial Ability Disclosure Worksheet(FAD). All international students must complete and return a Financial Ability Disclosure Worksheet before the Office of Admissions and Retention Services provides the Declaration and Certification of Finances. Florida College is a small liberal arts college and is not supported by any church groups or government groups, and therefore has limited financial aid assistance for international students. The FAD worksheet enables Florida College to provide funds to incoming international students when need can be determined and verified and when funds are available.
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances(DCF) form (available from the Office of Admissions and Retention Services). An I-20 immigration form will be issued after a student has been approved for admission and the DCF has been accepted. The student will be responsible for postage and handling fees incurred by the Office of Admissions and Retention Services when mailing his or her I-20 immigration papers.

“Stepping into a place where I found so many other young people working towards the same goal of pleasing God and learning more about Him was somewhat new to me, and it truly touched my heart. Finding a community with which I could connect and relate to regardless of the cultural and language barrier was what encouraged me the most to choose FC.

For those of us coming from abroad, FC may seem way too far from home, but the friendships, connections, and experiences you will be able to get are going to make a significant impact on your life, and even though we may have to do great sacrifices, the reward will be even greater.”

Natalia Restrepo, ‘20

Manizales, Colombia

“Florida College becomes your home away from home really fast and before you know it you won’t want to leave. I can wholeheartedly say that coming here is one of the best decisions I’ve made. The atmosphere around the campus is so welcoming and the people here genuinely want you to succeed which is very encouraging.”

Jane Idemudia


Frequently Asked Questions

After you have completed the necessary items to be admitted and shown proof of ability to pay for the costs of your education at Florida College, the Office of Admissions will assist you with obtaining your I-20 immigration paperwork and provide instructions for getting an appointment with a US consulate to interview for your student visa.
International students may qualify for the International Adopt program that aids with the cost of attendance. They may also qualify for departmental scholarships, like an athletic scholarship. If the student is transferring from a US college with at least 24 credit hours and sufficient grade point average, they may qualify for an academic scholarship. International students should not expect to be able to work on or off campus. From the Study in the States website: There are limited work opportunities available in the United States for F-1 students. For this reason, before coming to the United States, F-1 students must prove they have the financial ability (e.g., present bank statements) to pay for tuition and living expenses while studying.
Carefully review the information provided by the US government on the Study in the States website:

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