International F-1 Enrollment at Eastern Florida State College

If you are a citizen of a foreign country and would like to study as a non-immigrant student in the United States you will need a student (F-1) visa. This web page details application steps for prospective F-1 students only. If you currently hold a different non-immigrant Visa status, click here for information about how to enroll as a non-immigrant.

Contact for help applying. You can also download our International Application Checklist and track each step in the process.

Click steps for details

Step 1:  Explore EFSC campuses and our degrees & programs

Before you even apply, you want to learn more about EFSC’s four campuses and the degrees and programs that interest you. Think about your career aspirations and how your course of study can help you achieve your goals. Our interactive Explore Your Options page will help you sort through program choices. You can also review a full list of our Degree and Certificate programs.

It's important to review the admission requirements for each program as well since some are limited access and may require an additional application.

Step 2:  Apply for admission

International students who wish to apply to EFSC must complete the online application and pay the one-time, non-refundable $30 application fee.

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Step 3:  Submit documentation that you have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and any U.S. college transcripts

Submit official secondary school transcripts (academic records), graduation certificate, and/or exam results (if applicable). See more information on international high school transcript evaluation. All documents not in English must be submitted with certified English translations. For English translation, you can use any official service in your home country or translation services in Florida.

Please see our document requirements by country list for more information. If your country is not listed or you have questions regarding documentation requirements, please contact

Also submit Official College Transcript(s) for all U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities you have attended prior to EFSC.

**International (Non-U.S.) College Transcripts (optional) - Students who have completed college level coursework in other countries are not required to submit transcripts. However, in order to receive credit from an international post-secondary institution evaluated for transfer to EFSC, students must submit an original course-by-course evaluation completed by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (

Step 4:  Provide proof of English proficiency

If English is NOT your native language, you must meet one of the following:

  • An official TOEFL score of 61 or higher (TOEFL MyBest Scores dated within 2 years are also acceptable)
  • IELTS bandwidth of 5.5 or higher
  • 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.

If your English Proficiency is not high enough to participate in Academic degree programs, a viable option is to apply for Eastern Florida's Intensive English Non-Credit Program. This six-level program of courses prepares non-native speakers for University study and professional programs.

All students entering college in the state of Florida are required to take a placement test for English, reading and mathematics, regardless of the TOEFL score. Placement in English and mathematics classes will be determined by test results.

Step 5:  If transferring from a college or university within the U.S.

If this step applies to you, submit the following:

  1. Completed EFSC Transfer Clearance Form signed by DSO at your current institution.
  2. Copies of Current/Previous 1-20 Form 
  3. Copy of Current Visa
  4. I-94 Arrival/Departure Record Printout

Step 6:  Submit I-20 Request Form and Proof of Financial Support

Download, complete, print and return the I-20 Request Form along with the required financial support documentation to EFSC International Student Services. The form contains information on where to mail or email the completed form and supporting documents.

Note: Tuition and living expenses are approximately $22,426 for 11 months of study Funds must be accessible, collateral may not be used.

Once you have received your letter of acceptance with your I-20 Document you will be required to pay a SEVIS fee and make a visa interview appointment. Click here to view more information about the next steps in the I-20 and SEVIS process.

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Application Deadlines

For Prospective F-1 Visa Students

Term Outside the U.S. Inside the U.S.
June 15 July 15
Oct. 15 Nov. 15
Feb. 15 Apr. 15

The application deadline is the date the online application AND all supporting documents must be received by the College in order to process your admission for the desired term. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Contact for information

View deadlines for all other non-immigrant visa holders (not F-1)