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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 and pay for the US$75.00 non-refundable application fee. While completing the application online, the student will be asked to choose what visa he or she has. In this case, the student will choose the intended visa which is the F-1 international student.  

STEP TWO: Send the international student supplemental application and supporting documents as an email attachment to the Office of International Admissions at Int-Admissions@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:

1. International Student Supplemental Application

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


3. Copy of Educational Records through highest level of education completed (original documents will be required upon your arrival at Broward College)

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) - All applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. (High school diplomas do not have to be translated to English with the exception of Hebrew, Arabic or Asian)

  • High school for the British education system -  Four academic passes (or three academic and two non-academic) on the GCE, CXC, BGCSE, WAEC, WASC, or HKCE exams in General Proficiency certificates are required. High School diploma or transcripts are not required.

  • Final, University or College transcripts along with a certified English translation, if applicable, are required.  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 or its equivalent is required. (Language Program applicants are not required to submit university records unless students will continue with a degree program once the Language Program is completed.)

Please note:  Bachelor degree applicants must have a commercial transcript evaluation of all university work completed outside the U.S., prior to admission.  The commercial transcript evaluation is optional for associate degree applicants if transfer credit is not desired.

4. Evidence of Financial Support

  • Confidential financial statement - page two of the supplemental application (see number 1 above) must be completed and signed by the financial sponsor

  • Bank statement, scholarship award, or loan approval indicating that there are sufficient funds to cover the "estimated annual cost of education" (tuition, lab fees, books and living expenses). Additional funds are also required for each dependent: $7,000 US dollars per dependent

    Bank Statement Balance Required for Estimated Annual Cost of Education:
    Associate's Degree or Language Program
    $22,500 US dollars

    Professional Pilot Program
    $50,000 US dollars

    Bachelor's Degree
    $27,500 US dollars

(Fees are subject to change without notice)

5. Proof of English Proficiency - Degree seeking students must submit one of the following. If English is the student's primary language or if the student is applying for the Language Training program before the college degree, he or she is not required to show proof of English proficiency for the application process. 

  • TOEFL IBT - 79 to 120 to be eligible to take the PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test) upon arrival 

  • TOEFL IBT - 61 to 78 to be eligible to take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test upon arrival. Additional language training may be required 

  • IELTS - 6.5 to 9.0 to be eligible to take the PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test) upon arrival 

  • IELTS - 5.5 to 6.0 to be eligible to take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test upon arrival. Additional language training may be required 

  • Cambridge English Advanced - 176 to 209+ to be eligible to take the PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test) upon arrival 

  • Cambridge English Advanced - 162 to 175 to be eligible to take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test upon arrival. Additional language training may be required 

  • Broward College English as a Second Language Placement Test (LOEP - Levels of English Proficiency) - available to applicants currently in the U.S. 

  • Successful completion of ENG IV at a U.S. high school or university level English at an accredited U.S. university with a grade of C or better

  • Students from Sweden, Norway and Denmark can provide high school transcript showing English grades of VG (Sweden), 4 (Norway) and B (Denmark). The student will be required to take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) 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 PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test)   

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

Please note:

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

  • Students who are degree seeking, who do not place into college-level classes on the PERT test, will be required to take developmental courses, which will not apply towards a degree.

  • Students in the Language Training program must complete level four of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) before starting a degree program.

  • Students may provide SAT and ACT scores for placement.

  • Please visit our TESTING webpage for additional information regarding the PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test) and LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) tests.

  • Language Training program applicants must have a basic to intermediate level of English proficiency to successfully take the LOEP test.

6. If a student is transferring the I-20 from another school to Broward College, he or she will also need to provide copies of:

7. If a student has dependents, he or she will also need to provide a copy of the passport for each dependent. Include the following information in the email:

  • Full name of the dependent

  • Date of birth

  • Country of citizenship

  • Country of birth

  • Gender

  • Relationship to student (spouse or child)

STEP THREE: Once all documents are provided and the application process is complete, the Office of International Admissions 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 country).

If the student is transferring the I-20 from another institution, the Office of International Admissions will process the acceptance letter. The student will bring the letter to the DSO (Designated School Official) 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:

After Applying

The International Admissions Office will notify the student regarding one or more of the following:

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

  2. Proof of acceptance with a letter indicating the student must contact the International Admissions Office regarding his/her visa status (if the student is doing a change of immigration status in the United States or if the student is transferring the I-20 to Broward College from another school)

  3. A request for additional information, indicating which items are missing in the application packet

  4. A denial letter 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 cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start of the program.

Once in the U.S., students must bring proof of the student visa to the International Student Admissions Office at the Willis Holcombe Center (225 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301) before the on-campus testing, advisement and registration process can begin.

Next, the international students are required to report directly to the International Student Advisor/Counselor on the campus the student plans to attend for placement testing, advisement, and registration. Placement test scores will determine if the student should enroll in developmental courses in Math, Reading or English. These are credit courses that do not apply toward a degree.

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 you have 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 pervious universities which later may be deemed equivalent to courses taken at Broward College.

How to Apply to a Bachelor's Degree

Broward College offers Bachelor Degree programs

There is a two-step admission process.

Step 1:Apply to the college for admission as an international student.
http://www.broward.edu/international/

Step 2: Apply to the Bachelor program.
http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/Pages/bachelors.aspx

Bachelor's degree admissions process for international students:

New or Transfer Student

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

  • Review international admission requirements on the website at:
    http://www.broward.edu/international/international/students/Pages/admissions.aspx

  • 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. The evaluation must consist of a course-by-course evaluation and upper division course identification. Students must choose a commercial evaluation company who is a certified member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation NACES.

Current Student

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

  • Complete a new international student application. (no additional fee required)

  • Complete a new financial statement (page 2 of the international student supplemental application) Submit a new bank letter with a minimum balance of $27,500.

Please note: Admission to Broward College as an international student does not guarantee admission into the Bachelor program. An I-20 cannot be issued without acceptance to Broward College and the Bachelor 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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