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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

International Admissions Requirements 

 

STEP ONE: Create a Credit Application online. While completing the application, the student will be asked what visa he or she has. Students will choose the intended visa which in most cases is the F-1 International student visa. Applicants are encouraged to use the check list below to make sure they have submitted all documents to complete the application process. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

STEP TWO: Pay for the $75 (USD) non-refundable application fee. To make the payment, login to your myBC account. Read and complete all the policies. Afterwards, click My Financials, then click Payment, and select your Payment option. The fee is a one-time payment that will be attached to your application. You can pay for this on-time fee even if the term displayed is different that the one you applied for.

STEP THREE: Send all supporting documents as an email attachment (pdf file only) to International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu including the applicant's full name and BC student ID number. Completed applications are reviewed in the order they were received. The estimated wait time for the review to be completed is one week. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

STEP FOUR: 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 FIVE: 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).

 

NOTE: Additional information regarding admission requirements, programs, rules and regulations can be found in the college catalog online.

Step 1: Create a credit application online

Create a Credit Application online. While completing the application, the student will be asked what visa he or she has. Students will choose the intended visa which in most cases is the F-1 International student visa. Applicants are encouraged to use the check list below to make sure they have submitted all documents to complete the application process. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Students whose primary language is not English and wish to enroll into a degree program must provide proof of English proficiency. Students who are not fluent, but have at least an intermediate 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: Pay for the application fee

Pay for the $75 (USD) non-refundable application fee. To make the payment, login to your myBC account. Read and complete all the policies. Afterwards, click My Financials, then click Payment, and select your Payment option. The fee is a one-time payment that will be attached to your application. You can pay for this on-time fee even if the term displayed is different than the one you applied for.

Step 3: Submit supporting documents
Send supporting documents as an email attachment (pdf file only) to International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu. Include the applicant's full name and BC student ID number. Applications are reviewed once completed in the order they were received. The estimated wait time for the review to be completed is one week (except one week before and two weeks after the start of each term). 

We recommend you use theInternational Student Admissions Check List to help you know which documents to submit. 

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. 

Supporting documents:




3.b. Copy of 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:
  • Current I-20
  • I-94 (showing F-1 immigration status). A student who completed/received a change of immigration status in the United States must provide the I-539 notice stating the F-1 status was approved
  • 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 (legally married) or a child (under the age of 21) are considered dependents of the applicant. Information regarding the relationship to the student (spouse/child) must be included in the email.


3c. Copy of official education records processed by the school's Registrar/Administration Office. Original documents will be required upon arrival at Broward College. Records from U.S. institutions must be in the sealed envelope provided by the school or sent directly from the school, by mail or electronically, to Broward College's ISSO or Registrar's Office.

HIGH SCHOOL (secondary education)

  • Students will not be accepted without appropriate proof of high school graduation. If we are unable to verify the credential, we will require a commercial evaluation of the high school document. We only accept evaluations completed by current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  High school documents do not have to be translated to English with the exception of documents in Hebrew, Arabic or Asian languages (e.g. Chinese and Japanese).

  • International students receiving an athletic scholarship from Broward College must provide the high school document with a certified English translation (if the high school document is not in English).

  • 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 an English translation from a certified translator. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or its equivalent is required.

  • Language training program applicants are also required to submit a copy of the official university records processed by the school's Registrar/Administration Office with an English translation from a certified translator. Before starting a college degree and changing the I-20 to reflect the same, the original university transcript and translation will be required.  

  • 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.

 

3.d. Bank statement or letter. The document must be dated within three months from the application deadline for the intended term or within six months from the classes start date. The letter must indicate that there are sufficient funds to cover the estimated annual cost of education which is 24 college credits (tuition), lab fees, books and living expenses (e.g. housing and food). Living expenses are not paid to Broward College, but the sponsor must show the financial ability to pay for all costs associated with the applicant living and studying in the U.S., and not only tuition. If the student has dependents (spouse/child), an additional $7,000 (USD) per dependent is required.

  • Associate's Degree (freshman and sophomore level classes) – $22,500 (USD)
  • Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Technology – $50,000 (USD)
  • Bachelor's Degree (junior and senior level classes) – $27,500 (USD)
  • Language Training program – $22,500 (USD)
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 directly to his/her provider.

 

3.e. Proof of English Proficiency. Required for degree (associate or bachelor programs) seeking students whose primary language is not English.
  • 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

  • Applicants that are currently in South Florida and have provided proof of English proficiency, such as, TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge are required to take the next appropriate placement test (PERT or LOEP) in order to complete the application process     

NOTE: If applicants provide test results, such as, TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge English Advanced, with scores below the minimum range for the LOEP placement, the document is not considered proof of English proficiency. The applicant is not eligible for a degree program, but he or she can choose to continue the application process for the Language Training program.

Test Score RangePlacement Test Upon ArrivalNote
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.
IELTS6.5 to 9.0PERTIf scores are low in the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.
IELTS5.5 to 6.0LOEPIf additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.
Cambridge English Advanced176 to 209+PERTIf scores are low in the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.
Cambridge English Advanced162 to 175 LOEPIf additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.



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

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

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        

ADMISSION DEADLINES

International Students - Admission Deadlines 

 

​TERM

SESSION

​DEADLINE

Last day to (1) complete the online application and (2) provide all supporting documents by email to ISSO@broward.edu

​F-1 TRANSFER DEADLINE

International students transferring the I-20 from another school in the United States to Broward College.

Last day to (1) complete the online application, (2) take placement tests and (3) provide all supporting documents by email to ISSO@broward.edu

Term 1

FALL


 

Session I

AY2018-2019

August 20 - December 11, 2018

DEADLINE

June 15

F-1 TRANSFER DEADLINE

July 15

Term 2 

SPRING

Session I

AY2018-2019

January 7 - May 5, 2019

DEADLINE

October 15

​F-1 TRANSFER DEADLINE

November 15

Term 3​

SUMMER

Session I

AY2017-2018

May 14 - August 7, 2018

.

AY2018-2019

May 13 - August 6, 2019

DEADLINE

March 15

​F-1 TRANSFER DEADLINE

April 15



After Applying

Once all documents are provided, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will notify the applicant regarding one of the following 

  • Proof of acceptance along with the I-20 form for the student to apply for the student visa in his/her home country.  

  • Proof of acceptance along with the I-20 form for the student to apply for a change of immigration status in the United States with his/her attorney. 

  • 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. 

  • A request for additional documents. 

  • 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. 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. 

  

Acceptance to the College does not guarantee a student visa approval by the U.S. Embassy; neither does it guarantee a change of status approval by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

  

Upon arrival, the student will go to the International Student Services Office (ISSO) to clear any immigration holds, provide the health insurance information and show the original education credentials that were used during the application process.  Health insurance coverage is required for the duration of studies 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's 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. 

 
 

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 1040NR/1040NR-EZ 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 International Student Services Office (ISSO) for additional information on employment. 

 
 

Financial Assistance 

 
Non-U.S. Citizens (or non-eligible residents) do not qualify for Federal or State Student Financial aid. International students already attending Broward College may qualify for institutional scholarships. They are encouraged to visit our website at http://www.broward.edu/financialaid to find the scholarship information.  

 
 

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. 

 

 

Contact Information 

 

Contact information for international student admission can be obtained from the College website at http://www.broward.edu/international. 

How to Apply to a Bachelor's Degree

Applying to a Bachelor's degree program requires a two-step process to be completed simultaneously:

        

STEP ONE: Apply to the college for admission as an international student. Use the check list for guidance.

STEP TWO: 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 admissions process for these programs:

    STEP ONE: 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 programs.

     

     

    STEP TWO: 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 information:

    1. Because of a limited number of clinical spaces and the student demand, students are encourage to attend an information session provided by the Health Sciences Department. Application deadlines are published on the web at http://www.broward.edu/admissions/Pages/Health-Sciences-Admissions.aspx  
    2. 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.  Rather, 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 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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