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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.

APPLICATION 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

STEP 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.


STEP 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.


STEP 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 an A.S. in Health Sciences 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.

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

Send supporting documents at ISSO@broward.edu. 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.


View application check list: 


1.  International Student Supplemental Application


2. Financial Documents. 


Sponsor Affidavit of Financial Support


Self-Supporting Financial Affidavit (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) with funds available to cover the estimated annual cost of education (tuition, lab fees, books and living expenses). An additional $7,000 USD is required per dependent accompanying the F1.

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 


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. Page with the applicant's picture, name, date of birth, country of birth and citizenship, and signature.

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

    • Copy of I-20

    • I-94 (showing F1 immigration status). A student who petioned for a change of immigration status in the United States must provide the I-539 notice stating the F1 status was approved

    • Copy of F-1 visa (if applicable)

    • F1 Transfer Eligibility Form completed and signed by the student and current Designated School Official (DSO). The 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 when applicants have dependents (spouse/child) that will be accompanying them to the U.S.:

    • Copy of dependent's passport

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

Only a spouse or a child (under the age of 21) are considered dependents. Information regarding the relationship must be included in the email.

     

4. Education records. Original documents will be required upon arrival at Broward College. Transcripts from U.S. institutions must be OFFICIAL.


HIGH SCHOOL (secondary education)

    • Students will not be accepted without proof of high school graduation. If we are unable to verify the credential, we will require a commercial evaluation of the document. We only accept evaluations completed by current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  Hebrew, Arabic or Asian languages (e.g. Chinese languages and Japanese) must be translated into English. Only translations from certified English translators are accepted. International student athletes receiving a BC scholarship, must provide a translation of the high school document.

    • 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.

    • Students with credentials from the British education system must provide 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.


UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS (post-secondary education)

    • Students who attended a post-secondary institution, even if they have not graduated, must provide the transcripts in English. If the transcripts were not issued 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.

    • Students who attended postsecondary institutions outside the U.S. and desire transfer credit, must submit a commercial evaluation of the transcript within the first term of studies. International students are eligible to elect to OPT-OUT from submitting a commercial evaluation. Students are encourage to speak to an academic advisor before making this decision. Any coursework taken abroad that may be later deemed equivalent to BC coursework will not be reimbursed for courses taken at Broward College.

 
5. English Proficiency for non-native speakers. List of acceptable tests is available at English Language Learner (ELL) test options.


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


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

    • 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


IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE LANGUAGE TRAINING PROGRAM before a college degree:

    • Language training applicants must have a basic to intermediate level of English proficiency to successfully take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) placement test upon arrival. Applicants may request to take the test remotely in their home countries to verify their proficiency before making the decision to travel to the United States (U.S.). Send an email to ISSO@broward.edu to request the remote testing information.

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

 

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

 

STEP 6: Apply for your parking permit online   

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