FGCU is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Applicants are classified as international if they are not United States citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents, and if they are applying for an F-1 student visa or a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa (Exchange visitors are classified as either scholar or student). International students may apply to study in any degree program or major for which the University has been granted authorization by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Student Exchange Visitor Program, or U.S. Department of State to enroll international students. Degree majors with program designs and limitations that do not comply with federal regulations or are pending federal approval are not open to international student applicants.
International students must meet admission criteria at the level of entrance for the program to which they apply, as well as the following:
1. International students must have all credentials and admission information submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to the published deadline on the Admissions website for international students. Students whose applications are not completed by these respective dates (all elements of the application process including submission of required documents, transcripts and evaluations, test scores and application fee, etc.) may be changed to the next fall or spring term for admission.
2. Transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution to be considered official. Any transcript that is not in English or if the course work has not been taken in a U.S. institution must be accompanied by a certified evaluation. For academic work completed at non-U.S. institutions, a credential evaluation is required for all undergraduate and graduate programs. All coursework required for an admissions decision must be evaluated by an international evaluation agency. Agency recommendations are listed on the University's international admission website. If you have previously attended FGCU in pursuit of a degree, you do not need to submit your FGCU transcripts. All documents submitted become the property of FGCU and cannot be returned or forwarded. A course by course evaluation is required for any college courses taken and is recommended for high school equivalency unless a GPA is included in the evaluation. If so, then a document by document evaluation will suffice. You need to request that the agency send the results directly by mail to Undergraduate Admissions Office as an official document.
3. International students currently attending any institution in the United States must submit a visa clearance form issued by FGCU to be completed by their current school
designating Florida Gulf Coast University as their transfer institution and confirming their status as an F or J visa holder.
4. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in accordance with University policy, and will be required to submit satisfactory evidence to demonstate English proficiency based on the following options:
1) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores unless the country of origin uses English as the official language.
i) A minimum score of 213 is required on the computerized TOEFL, 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL, and 550 on the paper-based TOEFL.
ii) Some programs, including the MS in Health Science, require a TOEFL score greater than the minimum (see program requirements).
2) With the approval of the Director of Admissions and the appropriate dean, applicants may furnish satisfactory evidence of English competency in lieu of the TOEFL. Examples of satisfactory evidence include, but are not limited to:
i) Completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System, www.IELTS.org) with a minimum score of 6.5. If requested we may consider other testing agencies and will provide satisfactory benchmarks as appropriate for each.
ii) Completion of ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher;
iii) Receipt of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution; or
iv) A Bachelor's Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
5. The applicant must file a Financial Statement confirming availability of specific funds to finance the first year of study before the University issues the appropriate documents for obtaining a visa. The Financial Statement cannot be more than 6 months old, prior to the beginning of the term for which the applicant has submitted their application.
6. A J-1 student's Financial Statement must document that the student is directly or indirectly financed by the U.S. government, the government of their home country, an international organization of which the U.S. is a member (by treaty or statute) or if they are substantially supported by funding from any source other than personal or family funds, including an FGCU tuition waiver.
7. No international student in F or J non-immigrant status shall be permitted to register, or continue enrollment, without demonstrating that the student has adequate medical insurance coverage for illness and accidental injury and which meets the minimum requirements set forth in FGCU-PR4.008 and the Board of Governors Regulation 6.009.
8. International students are subject to the same University policies and procedures that apply to all students, such as admission, enrollment, immunization, etc. Additionally, international students are obligated to follow and comply with the laws and regulations set by the United States Department of State, United States Department of Homeland Security and/or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which may determine the student's eligibility for enrollment, residency status, limitations on credit hours or semesters of study, limitations on enrollment of distance learning courses and length of presence in the U.S.