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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.



Application Process Overview

STEP 1: Apply online


STEP 2: Send the supporting documents at ISSO@broward.edu to complete the application process. Include applicant's full name and BC student ID number.

List of Supporting Documents:Check List International Student Applicant


STEP 3: Pay the $75 (USD) non-refundable application fee.


STEP 4: Receive confirmation that all documents were provided and the application process is complete. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the acceptance packet and send it to the applicant.

Step 1: Apply Online

1. CREATE A LOGIN to be used for the application process. Make sure you have access to the email you provide as a validation code will be emailed to you.


2. Choose Enrollment Intention, Term and Campus. Four options are available to international students:


Option 1: To transfer to another college or university (Associate of Arts degree). Designed for students who plan to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor's degree.

Option 2: To earn a two-year degree and enter the workforce with a specific skill set (Associate of Science).

Option 3: To earn a Bachelor's degree at Broward College (only for students who already have completed an associate degree or 60 college level credits).

Option 4: To enroll in college credit courses as a non-degree seeking student. Only for students who wish to enter the Language Training program - English as a Second Language (ESL). Basic level of English proficiency is required to enter this program. Students selecting this option will choose ESL under the Program of Study Selection page.


3. Immigration Information

Immigration Status: Select Non Resident Alien

Visa Type: Select F1 Student Visa (leave visa issue and expiration dates blank)


BEFORE APPLYING, READ THE INFORMATION BELOW:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate programs:

These programs require the M-1 vocational student visa, but not all programs/certificates qualify for the M-1 visa. Students interested in an AAS or certificate must contact the International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu or 954-201-7228 BEFORE APPLYING.


Associate of Science (A.S.) in Health Science fields:

These programs have limited access 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 a specific A.S. in a Health Sciences field without proof of acceptance from the Health Sciences Department.


Students may apply for the Associate of 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 at a later time.


Students who were previously awarded a bachelor's degree are NOT eligible to apply for an A.A. degree. In this case, the student may apply to the A.S. in Health Science Management in order to take the pre-requisites necessary to apply to the desired program later.


Bachelor degree seeking students:

Must have earned a two-year degree or 60 credits before applying.


Students whose primary language is not English and wish to enroll into a degree program:

Must provide proof of English proficiency. Students with a basic level of English proficiency, can apply for the Language Training program (English as a Second Language) first. Upon completion of the language program, students can enroll into a college degree program.


Step 2: Submit Supporting Documents

Email the supporting documents at ISSO@broward.edu. Use the CHECK LIST - International Student Applicant as a resource.


Include the applicant's full name and BC student ID number.

The estimated review period is one week. During peak times, it may take two weeks. Documents are reviewed in the order they were received.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

1. International Student Supplemental Application


2. Financial Documents 

Sponsor Affidavit of Financial Support


Self-Supporting Financial Affidavit

Used when the student is providing his/her own bank information.


Most recent bank letter/statement
Account holder must be the same as sponsor listed on the financial affidavit. Bank letter/statement must show funds available to cover the estimated annual cost of education (tuition, lab fees, books and living expenses). 

Estimated Annual Cost of Education:
  • Associate (freshman and sophomore level classes) – $22,500 USD
  • Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Technology – $50,000 USD
  • Bachelor (junior and senior level classes) – $27,500 USD
  • Language Training program – $22,500 USD
  • $7,000 USD is required per dependent accompanying the F1 

Fees are subject to change without notice.


Letter of Support for Living Expenses

Provide this letter only if the student will be living with a relative/family friend who will be responsible for all living expenses. If this letter is provided, the financial sponsor can deduct $12,500 from the amount listed above.


3. Passport. Biographical page

Additional documents required from students transferring the I-20 from another school to Broward College:

Current I-20

I-94 (must show F1 status)

F-1 visa (if applicable)

F1 Transfer Eligibility FormThis form does not guarantee acceptance nor transfer. It is used to determine if the student can be transferred to Broward College upon acceptance.


Additional documents required if applicant has dependents (spouse/child) that will be accompanying him/her to the U.S.:

Dependent's passport

F-2 documents (if applicable): I-20, I-94 and F-2 visa

DEPENDENT: Spouse (legally married) or a child (under the age of 21). Information regarding the relationship must be included in the email.


4. Education records 

HIGH SCHOOL (secondary education)

Appropriate proof of high school graduation is required for acceptance. Only Hebrew, Arabic or Asian languages (e.g. Chinese languages and Japanese) must be translated into English. Translations must be completed by certified English translators. Student athletes receiving a BC scholarship, must provide a translation of the high school document. 

Students with credentials from the British education system must provide four college preparatory subject passes (or three college preparatory plus two non-academic) on the GCE, CXC, BGCSE, WAEC, WASC, or HKCE exams in General Proficiency certificates.

Overseas high school transcripts are only required if the institution is regionally accredited in the United States.


UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS (post-secondary education)

Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must provide a copy of the official transcript even when courses are in progress. If the document is not in English, the applicant must also provide a translation from a certified English translator. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or its equivalent is required.


IMPORTANT:

Original documents will be required upon arrival at Broward College. Records from U.S. institutions must be OFFICIAL.


If ISSO is unable to verify the high school credential provided and the applicant believes that he or she has the equivalent to a standard high school graduation in the United States, the applicant is encouraged to provide a commercial evaluation of the document. We only accept evaluations completed by current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  


Bachelor degree applicants must have a commercial transcript evaluation of all university work completed outside the U.S., prior to admission.  


5. English Proficiency for non-native speakers applying for a college degree program. 


  • Applicants that are currently in South Florida are required to take a placement test, if applicable, before acceptance. If the applicant has provided an acceptable ELL test, he or she needs to take the next appropriate placement test (PERT or LOEP) in order to complete the application process.


Other acceptable proofs of English Proficiency:

  • 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 English III and IV with a grade of C or higher at a high school regionally accredited in the United States (U.S.)
  • Completion of college level English with a grade of C or higher at a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S.
  • 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. 

  • 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


6. Application Status Student Release Form (optional)
Student records are private. Students who wish to authorize someone to act on their behalf during the application process ONLY, including, but not limited to asking questions about the application status, are required to provide this form. The student’s signature must match the passport. 
Step 3: Pay Application Fee

Pay the $75 (USD) non-refundable application fee: 

  • Login to your student account. 

  • Read and complete all the policies before moving to the next step.

  • Click My Financials, then click Payment, and select your Payment option. 

If the term displayed is different than the one you applied for, don't worry. You can pay for the application fee regardless of the term displayed. This is a one time fee.


Step 4: Acceptance Packet

Once all documents are provided and the application process is complete, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the acceptance packet.

Applying for the F-1 visa in the Home Country: The student will receive the acceptance letter and  I-20 to apply  for the student visa at the American Embassy or Consulate in his/her home country.

Once the F-1 student visa is approved, the student may travel to the United States no earlier than thirty (30) days before the program start date as stated on the I-20.

Transferring the I-20: 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.

Changing the current immigration status: If the student intends to do a change of immigration status in the United States, he or she needs to seek legal counsel to understand the process. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the I-20 for the change of status after meeting with the applicant. International students are only eligible to register for classes once the change of status is approved by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).


After Acceptance

STEP 1: Provide proof of Health Insurance Coverage (form included in the acceptance packet)


STEP 2: Provide the documents stated on page 2 of your acceptance letter:  

  • Original high school document
  • Original university transcript with a translation from a certified English translator, if applicable, from universities you attended in other countries
  • Official transcript from universities in the United States
  • Passport
  • Signed I-20 form
  • I-94 (showing F-1/M-1 immigration status)
  • Student visa
  • Signed Immigration Regulation Form (provided in your acceptance packet)

 

STEP 3: Meet with your International Student Academic Advisor to discuss:

  • Placement testing (if required)
  • Program of study
  • Class selection
  • Registration for the mandatory orientations 

 

VIRTUAL REMOTE TESTING is available. You can take the placement test and register for classes before arriving to the United States. Send an email to Giovana Guevara at gguevara@broward.edu for more information.


STEP 4: Pay for classes in full before the deadline. The payment deadline information is available once you register for classes.

Students who want to pay for their tuition with funds coming from abroad, can only send the total amount due for the term. 

International Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Payment Notification and instructions.

 

STEP 5: Obtain your student ID card in the Student Life Office

 

STEP 6: Apply for your parking permit online   

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