INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE (ISSO)

What would you like to do?

  • Earn an associate degree
  • Earn an associate degree and remain at Broward College to complete a bachelor's degree
  • Earn an associate degree then transfer to a university

Enhance your experience – ​involvement beyond the classroom is refreshing and a good way to make friends. Opportunities include: clubs, leadership development, recreational activities, performing and cultural arts, athletics, student government, fitness and more.

The choice is yours – we hope you'll chose Broward College.

Students are at the heart of everything we do. Always have been. Always will be.

Programs of Study Student Stories

Application Deadlines

International Students must start classes in Session I.

Term Session Application Deadline
Fall August - December July 15
Spring January - May November 15
Summer May - August April 15

Application Process

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.

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.

Create a Login

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.

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.


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.

Email the supporting documents at ISSO@broward.edu. Download and use the international student applicant check list 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.

 
Supplemental Application

International Student Supplemental Application


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.


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 Form. This 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.


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.


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

  • 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, 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

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.

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.

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).

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   

Sevis Fee

The SEVIS fee is required of all foreign nationals who come to the United States for the purpose of pursuing a full course of study in institutions such as colleges, universities and language training programs. It is payable one time for each single educational program in which an F-1 or F-3 student participates, extending from the time the student is granted F-1 or F-3 status to the time the student falls out of status, changes status or departs the U.S. for an extended period of time.

SEVIS fee payments are used by the United States Department of Homeland Security to fund the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. This program makes it possible for international students and exchange visitors to attend schools in the United States. The fee also funds the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a computer system employed to track international students and exchange visitors during their stays in the United States.

You will need to pay the SEVIS fee if you were issued an I-20. This fee is separate from and in addition to the visa application fee. The SEVIS fee must be paid by the Internet or by mail. It cannot be paid at a U.S. embassy or consulate and it cannot be paid at the port of entry.

The fee can be paid by one of two means:

  1. Online: Complete a form I-901 through the Internet and use a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card at www.FMJfee.com. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 form. Print a copy of the online receipt.
  2. By mail: Submit form I-901 together with a check or money order drawn On a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency, made payable to “The Department Of Homeland Security”, to the address listed on form I-901. You can download the form from www.FMJfee.com.

Whether you pay by mail or on line, you must bring a copy of the receipt form I-797 with you to the embassy or consulate when you are applying for the student visa.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. ​U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has posted guidance for SEVP stakeholders about COVID-19. A list of frequently asked questions is available online. And SEVP continues to receive questions from schools and students. 

CLICK HERE to view the Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19.

We accept international students (F1 and M1 visas) in the FALL (August), SPRING (January) and SUMMER (May) Terms.  Students are required to begin classes in session 1 of the desired term.

Term Session Deadline
International students must start classes in session 1

(1) complete the online application

(2) provide all supporting documents by email to ISSO@broward.edu

Check List - International Student Applicant

FALL Session 1 August - December July 15
SPRING Session 1 January - May November 15
SUMMER Session 1 May - August April 15

Yes, we issue the I-20 once the applicant has been admitted to the College. The application processing time is one week. During peak times it may take two weeks.

Proof of English proficiency is required when (1) English is not the primary language of the applicant and (2) the person is applying for a college degree program. CLICK HERE to see the list of acceptable tests.

Language Training program applicants are required to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test as part of the application process.

Applicants must have a basic level of English proficiency to successfully take the LOEP test.

Test

​Score Range

​Placement Test Upon Arrival

​English Placement Testing Details

​Request/Verify Official Score Report Link

ACT


​Reading = 19 to 36

AND

English = 17 to 36

​College Level English Placement Met

​No additional English placement test required

​Link
​ ​

Reading = 0 to 18
OR
English = 0 to 16​

PERT

​Students whose native language is other than English and completed two (2) years of regular high school English in the United States or in a  American high school abroad accredited in the United States. If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.

LOEP

​Students whose native language is other than English and who did not complete two (2) years of regular high school English in the United States or in a American high school abroad accredited in the United States. If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.

​Cambridge English: C1 Advanced​

160 - 230​

PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.

Link​ ​

​80 - 159

LOEP

​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.

 ​ECCE 
Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English 

​650 1,000

PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​

Link​ ​

​0 - 649

​​LOEP

​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.

​ECPE
Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English

​650 - 1,000

PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

Link​ ​ ​

​0 - 649

LOEP

If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​

​GTEC CBT
Global Test of English Communication Computer Based Test

​1,076 - 1,4000

​​PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

Link

​0 - 1,075

LOEP

​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​

​IELTS Academic
International English Language Testing System

​5.5 - 9.0

​​​PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

Link​

​0.0 - 5.0

​​LOEP

​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​

​iTEP Academic
International Test of English Proficiency Academic

​3.5 - 6.0

​​​​PERT

​​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

​Link

​0.0 - 3.4

LOEP

​​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​

​ MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
(Final Admin: June 2018)

​69 - 99

​​​​​PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

Link

​0 - 68

​​​LOEP

​​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​

​MET
Michigan English Test

53 - 80​

​​​​​​PERT

​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​​

Link

​0 - 52

​​LOEP

​​​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​

PTE Academic
Pearson Test of English

​51 - 90

​​​​​​​PERT

​​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

​Link

​10 - 50

​​​​LOEP

​​​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​​

​SAT


​Reading Test = 24 to 40
AND
Writing and Language Test = 25 to 40

​College Level English Placement Met

​No additional English placement test required

​Link
​ ​

​Reading Test = 0 to 23
OR
Writing and Language Test = 0 to 24

​​​​​​​​PERT

​Students whose native language is other than English and completed two (2) years of regular high school English in the United States or in a  American high school abroad accredited in the United States. If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.

​​​​​LOEP

​Students whose native language is other than English and who did not complete two (2) years of regular high school English in the United States or in a American high school abroad accredited in the United States. If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.

STEP Eiken
Test in Practical English Proficiency

​2A Level CSE Score
2,304 - 3,000

​​​​​​​​​PERT

​​​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

Link​ ​

0 - 2,303​

LOEP

​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​​

​TOEFL IBT
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test

​61 - 120

​​​​​​​​​​PERT

​​​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​

​ ​Link

​0 - 60

​​LOEP

​​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​​

​TOEFL ITP Level 1
Test of English as a Foreign Language Institutional Testing Program

​500 - 677

​​​​​​​​​​​PERT

​​​If scores are below college ready on the PERT, student will be required to take the LOEP.​​​

​Must be sent to BC from the administering institution

​310 - 499

​​​LOEP

​If additional language training is required, we will change the I-20 from an associate's degree to the Language Training program.​​​

 

 

You will take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test as part of the application process when:

  1. English is not your primary language and you are in the United States.
  2. English is not your primary language and you are in your home country, but you don't know what is your level of English proficiency.

The test can be taken remotely.

The LOEP test will determine if you have at least a basic level of English proficiency to successfully enroll in our Language Training program: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes.

Yes. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is for students who already have some basic understanding of English. It is an ideal option for degree-seeking students. The program offers English language courses that are designed to prepare non-native speakers for a degree program at Broward College.The EAP program consists of fifteen courses in three main skill-areas: Grammar & Writing, Listening & Speaking, and Reading & Vocabulary.

Learn more about the EAP program.

International student applicants are encourage to 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.

Once you complete the Language Training program, you are already admitted to study an Associate’s degree with us (the first two-years of a Bachelor’s degree).

No, you do NOT need to re-apply.

International students are self-funded. We require financial documents with sufficient funds to cover the estimated annual cost of education: 24 credits (tuition), lab fees, books and living expenses.  

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Designated School Officials (DSOs) are available from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Appointments are available from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

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