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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 Overview

STEP 1: Complete the online application.


STEP 2: Send the supporting documents to International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu. Include the applicant's full name and BC student ID number. 

CHECK LIST -  International Student Applicant


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


STEP 4: Once all documents are provided and the application process is complete, the International Student Services Office (ISSO) will process the acceptance packet.

Step 1: Complete Online Application

STEP 1: CREATE A LOGIN to be used for the application process


STEP 2: Choose Enrollment Intention, Term and Campus

Enrollment Intention: International students will choose either options 1, 2, 3 or 4.

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

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 (basic to intermediate level of English proficiency required for the ESL program). Students selecting this option will choose ESL under the Program of Study Selection page.


BEFORE CHOOSING OPTION 1, 2, 3 or 4, READ THE INFORMATION BELOW:

Associate of 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 of 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 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. 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 with a basic to 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 3: Immigration Information

Immigration Status: Select Non Resident Alien 

Visa Type: Select F1 Student Visa 

Leave visa issue and expiration dates blank


Step 2: Submit Supporting Documents

Send the supporting documents as a PDF file to International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSO@broward.edu. Include the applicant's full name and BC student ID number. 


Complete applications with supporting documents will be reviewed in the order they were received. The estimated wait time for the review is one week. During heavy application periods (around the deadline dates), it may take two weeks or longer. 


Applicants are encouraged to use theInternational Student Admissions Check List to make sure they have submitted all documents. Supporting documents received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


IMPORTANT: Student’s records are private. If you wish to authorize someone to act on your behalf during the application process, the  Student Authorization form is required.


1.  International Student Supplemental Application


2. Financial DocumentsMust be from the sponsor listed on page 2 of the supplemental application.

Bank statement/letter with sufficient funds to cover the estimated annual cost of education: 24 college credits (tuition), lab fees, books and living expenses. 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 of 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.


Letter of Support for Living Expenses if bank statement/letter is to cover tuition, fees and books and the student will be living with a family member/friend who will be responsible for all the student’s living expenses. 

         

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. 

Pay the one-time fee even if the term displayed is different than the one you applied for. This fee is for the application and not the term.

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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