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International Admissions Requirements

 

​Applying to Broward College as an international student is simple. Here you will find an outline of the admissions requirements, documents needed, international student application and a guide on what to do after you apply.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact us right away for an answer.

 

Requirements
The International Admissions process is the following:

CHECK LIST - International Student Applicant​
Applicants are encouraged to use the check list to make sure they have submitted all documents to complete the application process. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

                     

STEP ONE: Apply online (apply as a credit student). The student will be asked what visa he or she has. In this case, choose the intended visa which is the F-1 student visa. Once the online application is complete, exit and login again to be able to pay for the US$75.00 non-refundable application fee. The student can choose any term to pay for this one-time fee.

VERY IMPORTANT:

     

      1. Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate programs require a different visa: M-1. However, not all AAS and certificates are eligible for the M-1 visa. Students interested in these programs must send an email to the International Student Services Office (ISSO) before applying to verify it the program is eligible for the M-1 visa. Send the email to ISSO@broward.edu.

        2. Associate in Science (A.S.) in Health Sciences are limited access programs requiring specific admission criteria. Acceptance to Broward College does not guarantee acceptance to a Health Science program.

        • International students are not eligible to receive an I-20 for an A.S. in Health Sciences without proof of acceptance from the Health Sciences Department. 
        • Students may apply for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) with a transfer major in Health Sciences to be able to take the pre-requisites necessary to apply for an A.S. degree in Health Sciences. However, students who were previously awarded a bachelor's degree are NOT eligible to apply for an A.A. degree. The A.A. is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree. In this case, the student must refer to the Health Sciences Limited Access Programs admissions requirements to find out if he or she has the pre-requisites necessary to apply directly to the desired program.

          3. Bachelor degree seeking students who have earned a two-year degree or 60 credits of transferrable credit should also refer to the How to Apply to a Bachelor's Degree admissions requirements.

                              

            STEP TWO: Send the international student supplemental application and supporting documents as an email attachment to the International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu. Include the full name and student ID number in the email. Applications will be reviewed once all documents are provided.     

                 

            Supporting documents to be emailed as a PDF file:    

                           

            1. International Student Supplemental Application

            2. Copy of Passport (page with name and date of birth)

            Additional required immigration documents for students transferring the I-20 from another school in the United States to Broward College:

            Additional required immigration documents for students with dependents (spouse/child):

            • Passport
            • Relationship to student
              • Full name of the dependent
              • Date of birth
              • Country of citizenship
              • Country of birth
              • Gender
              • Relationship to student (spouse/child)
            • F-2 documents (if applicable): I-20, I-94 and F-2 visa

                3. Copy of Education Records (original documents will be required upon arrival at Broward College) 
                  • High school diploma/certificate: Applicants must provide the document from their home country that is the equivalent to a standard high school graduation in the United States (U.S.).
                    • High school credentials do not have to be translated to English with the exception of documents in Hebrew, Arabic or Asian languages (e.g. Chinese and Japanese). However, international students receiving an athletic scholarship from Broward College must provide the high school document with a certified English translation. 
                    • High School transcripts are not required with the exception when a student has graduated from a high school in the U.S. or a regionally accredited U.S. high school abroad. 
                  • High school credential for the British education system: We require four academic passes (or three academic and two non-academic) on the GCE, CXC, BGCSE, WAEC, WASC, or HKCE exams in General Proficiency certificates. High School diploma/certificate or transcripts are not required in this case.
                  • Final, university/college transcript with a certified English translation, if applicable, are required.  A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or its equivalent is required.
                    • Language training program applicants are not required to submit university records unless the student intends to continue with a college degree once the Language Training program is completed. The transcript and translation will be required before changing the I-20 from the Language Training program to a college degree.
                    • If transfer credits are not desired, commercial transcript evaluation is optional for associate degree applicants. However, students who attended postsecondary institutions outside the U.S. and desire transfer credit, must submit a commercial evaluation completed within 30 days of acceptance or before registering for classes, whichever comes first. International students who elect to OPT-OUT from submitting a commercial evaluation upon acceptance cannot elect to use the commercial evaluation of the foreign transcripts at a later time. Also, any coursework taken abroad that may be later deemed equivalent to BC coursework will not be reimbursed for courses taken at Broward College. 
                    • Bachelor degree applicants must have a commercial transcript evaluation of all university work completed outside the U.S., prior to admission. 

                            
                      4. Current evidence of Financial Support (within the last three months from the application date)

                      • Bank statement, scholarship award, or loan approval indicating that there are sufficient funds to cover the estimated annual cost of education (tuition for 24 credits, lab fees, books and living expenses):
                        • Associate's Degree (freshman and sophomore level classes) - US$22,500
                        • Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Technology - US$50,000
                        • Bachelor's Degree (junior and senior level classes) - US$27,500
                        • Language Training program - US$22,500
                      • Additional proof of financial support for dependents - US$7,000 per dependent

                       

                      • Fees are subject to change without notice
                      • Broward College does not provide housing. The living expenses included in the annual cost of education is an estimate of what the student will need per year 

                       

                       

                       5. Proof of English Proficiency - Degree seeking students must provide proof of English proficiency to receive an I-20 for a college degree.      

                      • NOT required if English is the student's primary language
                      • NOT required if the student is applying for the Language Training program before the college degree. However, applicants must have a basic to intermediate level of English proficiency to successfully take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) placement test. Language Training program applicants that are currently in South Florida are required to take the LOEP test to determine placement before acceptance

                         

                      Test  Score Range

                      Placement Test Upon Arrival

                      Note​
                      TOEFL IBT  ​79 to 120  ​PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test) ​If scores are low in the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.
                      TOEFL IBT  ​61 to 78  ​LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.
                      ​IELTS ​6.5 to 9.0 ​PERT ​If scores are low in the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.
                      ​IELTS ​5.5 to 6.0 ​LOEP If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.
                      ​Cambridge English Advanced ​176 to 209+ ​PERT ​If scores are low in the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.
                      ​Cambridge English Advanced ​162 to 175  ​LOEP If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.

                      Please visit our Testing Centers webpage for additional testing information including location and hours of operation.


                      PERT STUDY GUIDE- Review the PERT study guide prior to taking the exam.

                      PERT PRACTICE TEST - Review the Math, reading, and writing practice tests prior to taking the exam.

                       


                             Other acceptable proofs of English Proficiency to receive an I-20 for a college degree:               

                      • SAT and ACT scores with placement at college level

                       

                      • Exemption from all levels FOUR of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes. Applicants currently in South Florida are eligible to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test . If the applicant is exempted from taking all levels FOUR of EAP classes, the I-20 will be processed for a college degree program. The test can be taken at Broward College Testing Centers  

                       

                      • Completion of ENG III and IV with a grade of C or higher at a regionally accredited U.S. high school 

                       

                      • Completion of college level English with a grade of C or higher at a regionally accredited U.S. university/college 

                       

                      • Sweden, Norway and Denmark's high school transcripts showing English grades:

                        • Sweden - VG (pass with distinction) or higher (1996 - 2012). VG is equivalent to B in the U.S.

                        • Sweden - D or higher (as of June 2014). D is equivalent to B in the U.S.

                        • Norway - 4 (good competence in the subject) or higher. 4 is equivalent to B in the U.S.

                        • Denmark - C (good) or higher. C is equivalent to B in the U.S.

                        • Students from Sweden, Norway and Denmark will be required to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test upon arrival at Broward College. If the student shows evidence of English proficiency in the LOEP test, he or she will be eligible to take the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)   

                       

                      • Students attending ELS Educational Services, Inc. may present proof of completion of level 109 or higher. The student will be required to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test upon arrival at Broward College

                                          

                        Please note:

                        • Native English speakers will be required to take the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) for placement upon arrival at Broward College

                         

                        • Degree seeking students who do not place into college level classes on the PERT test will be required to take developmental courses which will not apply towards the degree

                         

                        • Students in the Language Training program must complete all levels FOUR of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes before changing the I-20 to a college degree program
                        • Language Training program applicants must have a basic to intermediate level of English proficiency to successfully take the LOEP test

                               

                            
                          IMPORTANT: Student’s records are private. If you wish to authorize someone to act on your behalf during the application process, including but not limited to asking questions about your application status, the Student Authorization form is required.     
                             


                          STEP THREE: Once all documents are provided and the application process is complete, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the acceptance letter and I-20 (immigration document required to apply for the student visa at the American Embassy or Consulate in the student's home country).

                          If the student is transferring the I-20 from another institution to Broward College, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the acceptance letter. The student will bring the letter to the Designated School Official (DSO) at his/her current institution who will release the I-20 electronically in SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) to Broward College. The DSO will not release the I-20 to Broward College until the student provides the acceptance letter.

                                              

                             

                          STEP FOUR: If the student is coming from the home country, once the F-1 student visa is approved, he or she may travel to the United States thirty (30) days before the program start date (the program start date is located in the I-20).

                                            

                          Broward College starts classes three times a year. Please see the following for terms and application deadlines. Applications must be fully completed (including the supporting documents) by the deadline.

                          ​Term Application Deadline F-1 Transfer Application Deadline
                          (for students transferring the I-20 in the U.S. from another school to Broward College)
                          Fall (August - December) ​June 30th ​July 31st
                          ​Spring (January - May) ​October 31st ​November 30th
                          ​Summer (May - August) March 1st ​April 30th
                               
                          Please Note:
                           
                          Additional information regarding admission requirements, programs, rules and regulations can be found in the college catalog online.

                           

                          After Applying
                          Once all documents are provided, the Office of International Admissions will notify the applicant regarding one or more of the following:
                          1. Proof of acceptance along with the I-20 form for the student to apply for the student visa in his/her home country.
                          2. Proof of acceptance with instructions for the student to contact the Office of International Admissions regarding his/her visa status if the student is doing a change of immigration status in the United States with his/her attorney.

                          3.  Proof of acceptance with instructions for the student to contact his/her Designated School Official (DSO) if the student is transferring the I-20 to Broward College from another school.

                          4. A request for additional documents.

                          5. A denial email with an explanation for that decision.

                                  

                          After Admission​

                          Once admitted to Broward College, an acceptance packet will be mailed to the student with the instructions on how to apply for the student visa/status or how to transfer the I-20 to Broward College.

                           

                          Please be advised acceptance to the College does not guarantee a student visa by the U.S. Embassy in your country; neither does it guarantee a change of status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

                           

                          International students obtaining the student visa in their country are eligible to enter the U.S. 30 days before the start of the classes.Once in the U.S., students must bring proof of the student visa, I-94 and signed immigration regulations form  to the Admissions/Registration Office at the campus they plan to attend. Next, the student will meet with an International Student Advisor/Counselor on the campus for information on placement testing, advisement and registration. Placement test scores will determine if the student should enroll in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), college level courses in Math, Reading and English or developmental education (Dev Ed) courses. Dev Ed and EAP (level 4 and below) do not count for graduation. Students must also show proof of health insurance coverage before registering for classes. Health insurance is required during student's entire program of study at Broward College including annual vacation and break between terms. 

                                     

                          Students who have completed university course work outside the United States and desire transfer credit are required to complete a commercial evaluation of all course work completed. This is required even if the student has not completed the degree. The commercial evaluation is not optional for students seeking a bachelor degree.

                                     

                          PLEASE NOTE: Students who choose not to have a commercial evaluation completed will not be reimbursed for any courses taken at previous universities which later may be deemed equivalent to courses taken at Broward College.


                          Other Requirements​

                          International students must make satisfactory progress towards their degree objective each term to comply with immigration regulations.

                          This includes, but is to limited to, the following:

                          • Successfully complete at least 12 semester hours during the FALL and SPRING respectively.
                          • The SUMMER semester is considered the student’s annual vacation unless it is their first semester or if special arrangements have been made with the international admission office.
                          • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in one academic year.
                          • Maintain an overall 2.0 grade point average (GPA).
                          • Maintain lawful F-1 or M-1 visa status with the USCIS. Students may not enroll beyond the expiration date of their I-20 form.
                          • Compliance with all the College rules and regulations.


                          NOTE: Students receiving a W, WF, or WN as a final course grade or enrollment status are considered to be less than the required 12 credits. If the final grade or enrollment status received is correct, it is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct for students to ask faculty or any college official to alter a grade in order to remain in compliance with Federal Immigration Regulations. Reported incidences of this behavior can result in expulsion.

                          Students who do not meet the above regulations will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms and may be reported to the USCIS for non- compliance of the immigration regulations.


                          Florida Residency


                          Students in F-1 or M-1 status are considered temporary residents of the United States and may NOT be deemed Florida residents for tuition purposes.


                          Federal Income Tax


                          International students must file an income tax return each year. Form 8843 is required if the student has not worked, and forms 8843 and 1040NREZ are required if the student has worked. International students should contact the local Internal Revenue Office (IRS) for further information. Forms can be obtained on line at www.irs.gov.


                          All non-residents are subject to U.S. federal income tax, unless exempted. Federal income tax may be withheld from U.S. source funds students receive from the college such as scholarships or employment. Certain countries have tax treaties with the US where some taxes may be reduced or exempted and recouped at year end from the IRS. For participating countries, please visit the IRS website.


                          Employment


                          International students are not permitted to work off campus without approval. On-campus employment is permitted. Please contact the Office of International Admissions for additional information on employment.


                          Housing


                          The College does not provide or recommend student housing. However, the College provides a housing resource: CORT. For more information see:  http://www.broward.edu/international/students/Pages/Housing-Resources.aspx


                          Financial Assistance


                          Non-U.S. Citizens (or non-eligible residents) do not qualify for Federal or State Student Financial aid. International students may qualify for private loans as explained in the next paragraphs. The college does not recommend any one lender or another and does not provide assistance or give advice regarding private loans for any students enrolled or not enrolled at the College.

                          International students may apply for private education or alternative loans to help pay for their educational expenses as long as there is a co- signer who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The guidelines to apply will vary depending on the lender, but citizenship and credit will be a requirement for many, if not all, lenders. Students are free to research ways to pay for college using all available resources afforded to them to determine whether they qualify for such. Please contact the lender of your choice for additional information.

                          Students using student loans as proof of financial support must provide loan approval prior to receiving an I-20. All transactions regarding the loan are between the student and the lender. 


                          Social Security Number


                          If a student has a Social Security Number (SSN) or a Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), federal law requires that it be furnished to the College so that it may be included on all documents filed by the institution with the Internal Revenue Service. Students who fail to furnish the College with the correct SSN or ITIN may be subject to an IRS penalty of $100 unless the failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.

                          How to Apply to a Bachelor's Degree

                          Applying to a Bachelor Degree program

                          There is a two-step admission process.

                          Step 1.A: Apply to the college for admission as an international student. Use the check list for guidance.

                          Step 1.B: Apply to one of the Bachelor Degree programs.

                          Admissions process for international students:

                          New or Transfer International Student:
                            • Apply online, pay for the application fee and submit all supporting documents prior to the deadline.

                            • Must complete an Associate's Degree or sixty (60) college level credits prior to applying for the Bachelor's Degree Program

                            • Students who have completed post-secondary work outside the United States will be required to provide a commercial evaluation of all course work completed with the admission application

                            • Acceptance to Broward College as an international student does not guarantee admission into a Bachelor's degree program. The I-20 will be processed once the student provides evidence of acceptance to the Bachelor's degree program he or she applied for.

                                        

                                Current International Student:

                                • Must have completed an Associate Degree or sixty (60) college level credits prior to applying for the Bachelor Degree Program

                                • Submit the International Student Supplemental Application (no additional application fee required) and an updated bank statement from the sponsor's bank showing a minimum balance of US$27,500 

                                • Submit evidence of acceptance to the Bachelor degree program

                                Health Sciences - Limited Access Programs

                                Admission to Broward College does not guarantee admission into the health science programs.

                                 

                                The Health Science programs at Broward College have additional admissions requirements.

                                These programs include, but are not limited to:
                                 
                                Dental Assisting AS (2215)
                                Dental Hygiene AS (2145)
                                Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology (Ultrasound) AS (2176)​
                                Emergency Medical Services AS (2160)
                                Health Information Technology AS (2179)
                                Medical Laboratory Technology AS (2505)
                                Nuclear Medicine Technology AS (2102)
                                Nursing (R.N.) AS (2127)
                                Physical Therapist Assistant AS (2153)
                                ​Radiation Therapy AS (2159)​
                                Radiography AS (2131)
                                Respiratory Care AS (2132)
                                 
                                The following information explains the required two-step process of admission into the programs:

                                Step I - Apply to Broward College
                                1. Complete the International student admission requirements to Broward College.
                                2. Once admitted to the college, complete pre-requisite courses required for admission into the specific health science program.

                                Step II - Apply to the Health Science program
                                Complete the health science limited access application, which is available at www.broward.edu/academics/programs/healthscience and submit to the Health Science Admission Office at any one of the campus locations indicated on the application.
                                Limited access - facts and  requirements
                                1. Because of a limited number of clinical spaces and the student demand, date certain application periods are advertised to avoid wait lists. Application deadlines are published on the Web at http://www.broward.edu/admissions/Pages/Health-Sciences-Admissions.aspx  
                                2. Immigration regulations: Students are given two-and-a-half years on the I-20 to complete a two-year degree program. Some students who have limited English proficiency or who  require additional pre-college level courses may need more than two years to become eligible to apply to the desired Health Science program. This may require an extension of the I-20 in order to graduate. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires students to be enrolled full-time. If there is a wait to be admitted to the health science program, some students may choose to return home and re-enter the U.S. with a new I-20, once admitted to the program.  Other students may choose to pursue a second degree program while waiting to be admitted.
                                3. Additional costs for Health Science programs: In addition to non-resident tuition, books and normal living expenses, students in health- related  programs are required to purchase uniforms, insurance, medical publications and supplies that can add another $2,000 to $3,000 per year once they are admitted into the program. The intent of this information is not to  discourage an individual from enrolling in one of
                                  the Health Science  programs.  It is to clarify the two-step admission process and to explain how it could impact an international student. If further clarification about the Health Science programs is necessary, contact:
                                The health science admission staff may be contacted by sending an e-mail to healthscience@broward.edu or by calling any of the four numbers below:
                                954-201-2892
                                954-201-2890
                                954-201-6111
                                954-201-6056

                                 

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