International undergraduate applicants who are not permanent U.S. residents (BOG Regulation 6.009) must submit applications for admission, application fees and all required supporting documents by the published deadlines. Applicants living outside of the United States are encouraged to submit required documentation no later than three (3) months prior to the date of desired entry to USFSM or the deadline for the degree program, whichever is earlier.
Supporting documentation includes the “Financial Support Requirements” form to show proof of availability of financial resources sufficient to cover all educational, maintenance, personal and travel expenses while attending USFSM without financial assistance from the USF System; all transcripts identifying subjects and grades from the first year of secondary work to the time of application or graduation when applying as an entering freshman or a transfer with less than 60 hours of transferable postsecondary credit; appropriate diploma(s), certificate(s), degree(s), mark-sheet(s) and/or examination(s) passed, from the home country, as evidence of United States equivalent qualifications and academic preparation for the degree program requested; and “Transfer Clearance Form” signed by the International Student Advisor, if currently enrolled in a U.S. Institution. Each International applicant must submit a signed health history form, including proof of immunizations as required by USF Policy 33-002, and proof of adequate health insurance coverage as required by USF Regulation 6.0162.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the transcript(s) translated before submitting them as part of their admission credentials. All foreign, post-secondary transcripts must be evaluated by one of the credential evaluation services identified on the USFSM website and published by the appropriate international admissions office. Transcripts not originally issued in English must be accompanied by a translation from one of the approved evaluation services. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum test score requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as follows: 79 on the internet-based test (IBT) or 550 on the paper-based test; or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be waived for an undergraduate applicant, if the applicant falls into one of the following categories: has submitted SAT or ACT test scores sufficient to validate English reading and writing proficiency as determined by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, earned an Associate of Arts degree or higher from a domestic regionally accredited institution; has or will be graduating from a domestic high school; or English is the native language in country of origin, pursuant to approved list of countries posted on the USFSM website.