INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE (ISSO)

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  • Earn an associate degree
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  • Earn an associate degree then transfer to a university

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ISSO holds webinars for interested students to learn more about Broward College and how to apply as an F1 visa international student. Hit the Sign Up button below to see a list of, and register for upcoming webinars.

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ISSO remains fully operational with regular business hours. Due to COVID-19, some services will be provided remotely.

ON-CAMPUS HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

REMOTE HOURS: Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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ISSO QLESS Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID DISCLAIMER: Broward College is committed to making sure that international students have the classes in the required modalities that will allow them to maintain their F1 status. Students who started their F1 status after March 9, 2020, are required to have at least one class (3 credits) on campus. Students need to be ready and willing to take face-to-face classes at the locations and times they are available.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed by ISSO in the order in which they are received once all supporting documents and test scores are complete. THEREFORE, the earlier you apply and submit all required documents and test scores, the earlier you will receive your acceptance.

Application Deadlines
Term Session 1 Application Deadline
Outside the U.S*
Application Deadline
Inside the U.S*
FALL mid-August to mid-December
(16 weeks)
June 25 July 15
SPRING early-January to early-May
(16 weeks)
October 15 November 15
SUMMER mid-May to early-August
(12 weeks)
March 15 April 15
* The application deadline is the date that the online application AND all supporting documentation (including required test scores) must be received.

Application Steps

Applications are complete for review once all online forms with the required supporting documents and test scores are received and approved by ISSO. The estimated review period is 5 to 10 business days (Monday thru Friday excluding holidays). Two weeks prior to and after the application deadline, it may take up to 15 business days for review, and priority is given to applications for the immediate upcoming term.

Programs not available to international students: International F1/M1 students are NOT eligible to enroll in certain programs, including, but not limited to: the Paramedic Technical Certificate; the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI); Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Automotive Service Management Technology & Marine Engineering Management; and Associate of Science (AS) degrees in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Early Childhood Education, Medical Laboratory Technology*, Culinary Arts Management*, and Medical Assisting*.

* Students who have completed the required articulated courses for the Medical Lab Tech, Culinary Arts, or Medical Assisting programs at an authorized technical school, may apply to the programs.

Students whose primary language is not English and who wish to enroll in a degree program must provide proof of English proficiency beyond English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 3 classes. Students with language placement scores at Level 4 will be admissible to an academic program and will be required to take additional language training classes. A student placed in the Language Training program will be eligible to continue with a college degree without reapplying or getting a new visa upon program completion.

Online Application Instructions

Pre-Application Steps:

  1. Read descriptions on types of students carefully, Students applying for a bachelor's degree (BS/BAS), must be a transfer or returning student and have 60 qualifying university credits
  2. Say no to "Are you interested in a Limited Access Health Science Program" unless you have the prerequisite classes required for admission

Application Steps:

  1. If you did not graduate from a United States high school, choose the country where you completed your secondary education (high school). In the next line, type in the country where you graduated, and a dropdown list will appear. You will see a list of U.S. accredited schools, diplomas, or leaving certificates from your country. If your country uses the British education system you will select the external exam you took (such as GCE, CXC, BGCSE, WAEC, WASC, KCSE, or HKCE). Diplomas or leaving certificates with characters (i.e., Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) must also include an American Translators Association (ATA). Certified English language translation of the document.
  2. If you have attended postsecondary school (university or college), list the institutions you have attended. You must disclose and attach a transcript for all schools attended even if you did not graduate. If your transcript is not in English, you must also attach a certified English translation from a member of the American Translators Association (ATA).

Begin or complete the online application: Apply to Broward College

Submit the required electronic supporting documents listed below.

International Student Supplemental Application: This online Dynamic Form is used by international student applicants (F1 or M1 visa) to provide the personal information required during the application process to Broward College.

Note for filling out Dynamic Forms: You must create a username and password using your personal email. Your Broward College (BC) email will not be active until after you are enrolled. You can only use the BC username to log in to your student portal (myBC page) at this time.

Documents submitted to the online application MUST also be uploaded to this form.

Documents to be attached to the Supplemental Application:

  • PASSPORT (biographical page)
  • EDUCATION RECORDS
    High School (secondary education):
    Appropriate proof of high school graduation is required for acceptance. For most countries outside the United States, this is satisfied by attaching a copy of your official high school diploma or leaving the certificate to the Supplemental Application and then bringing the original document to Broward College after arriving in Florida.
    For diplomas or leaving certificates with characters (i.e., Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) you must also provide a certified American Translators Association (ATA) English language translation of the document.
    Students with credentials from countries using the British education system must show General Proficiency on the GCE, CXC, BGCSE, WAEC, WASC, or HKCE exams, and should not submit high school transcripts or diplomas.
    For high schools in the United States or overseas high schools that are regionally accredited by a U.S. accrediting body, an official transcript must be sent to the Registrar's Office.
    IMPORTANT: Original documents will be required upon arrival at Broward College. Records from U.S. institutions must be OFFICIAL.
    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 certified English translation from a member of the American Translators Association (ATA). A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or its equivalent is required.
    IMPORTANT: Although you are attaching copies of your post-secondary transcripts and translations to the supplemental application, once you are accepted to Broward College, you must also send official transcripts (and any required ATA translations) directly to the Registrar's Office. The transcripts should show that there is no coursework in progress. Click the link for instructions on how to Send Transcripts to Broward College.

    Video: How to check if your official transcripts have been received by the Broward College Registrar's Office

  • DEPENDENT(S) RECORD (if applicable)
    If you are applying for your spouse or children to get an F2 visa, you must attach their passport biographical pages as well.

REQUIREMENTS FOR F1 TRANSFER APPLICANTS

  • If you are currently in the United States under an F1 visa, you must also attach to your Supplemental Application your current I-20, I-94, or F1 visa (if applicable)
  • If you are an F1 transfer student with dependents, we also need your I-20, I-94, and F2 visas.
  • F1 TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY FORM Your current Designated School Official (DSO) must complete the Transfer Eligibility Form. (Let your DSO know he/she will need to create an account to complete the Dynamic Form.) The form does not guarantee acceptance or transfer. It is used to determine if the student can be transferred to Broward College upon acceptance.

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

  • Log in to your student account
    Use the password you created when you completed your online application
  • Create password recovery questions, then click on the student portal tile (myBC)
  • Read and complete all the policies before moving to the next step
    Note: if you do not see your information at the top of the page for the 2nd policy on finances, you have been logged out, restart the browser (close and open the browser)
  • Once you get to your myBC homepage, you will see the $75 fee is owed in the top right corner
    click My Financials > Payment, and select your payment option

The term displayed is always for the current term even if you applied for a future term. Don't worry, the application fee is applied to you regardless of the term displayed. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee.

Use the Placement Test Form*: to either attach a placement test result (TOELF, IELTS, SAT, ACT, etc.) or to request a Broward College placement test (see below). This is a requirement for admission.

Test Location & Cost: If you are currently in South Florida, you can request to take a Broward College test on campus. If you are not in South Florida, you need to request a remote test. There are testing and proctoring fees for remote tests.

Students from English-Speaking Countries: must take an ACCUPLACER Next Generation (NG) test unless they have valid SAT or ACT scores or postsecondary transcripts from a U.S. regionally accredited institution that waives them from testing.

Students from Non-English-Speaking Countries: must take the Levels of English Proficiency ACCUPLACER ESL (LOEP) test, unless they are able to submit a valid TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, or another valid test listed on the EAP Placement Test Table. Students from non-English speaking countries with valid college-level SAT or ACT scores in English and Reading, do not need any further testing.

Applicants from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, showing high school transcripts with the following English grades are eligible to take the ACCUPLACER NG. However, if the applicant does not place at the college level for reading and English, the applicant must take the LOEP.

  • 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.

*Note for filling out Dynamic Forms: You must create a username and password using your personal email. Your Broward College (BC) email will not be active until after you are enrolled. You can only use the BC username to log in to your student portal (myBC page) at this time.

Submit the required electronic supporting documents listed below.

Financial Affidavit of Support: This online Dynamic Form is used by international student applicants (F1 or M1 visa) to provide proof of financial support for the duration of their studies at Broward College. Applicants will state if they have a financial sponsor(s) or if they are using personal funds. Applicants who have more than one source of financial sponsorship will need to submit a Financial Affidavit of Support for each sponsor. The sponsor's bank statement or letter MUST be attached to the Financial Affidavit.

Note for sponsors filling out Dynamic Forms: The Financial Affidavit of Support is a Dynamic form. If you are using a sponsor other than yourself, you will need an email for your sponsor that is different from yours. You should inform your sponsor(s) that they will need to create a username and password before being able to complete and electronically sign the form.

Most recent bank letter/statement: The account holder must be the same as the sponsor listed on the financial affidavit. If using a bank statement, you only need to submit the summary page showing the bank name, account holder, date of the statement, available account balance, and currency. If the currency is not shown on the bank statement or letter, ISSO will calculate conversion to USD based on the currency of the country where the bank is located. We do not accept 401K plans or other retirement accounts, life insurance policies, tax return documents, paystubs, or other payroll documents.

  • 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

Students who start in Summer or Spring will need to expect first-year tuition costs of $15,000 to $20,000. See Estimated Cost of Attendance for additional information.

Fees are subject to change without notice.

Affidavit of Support for Living Expenses: This form is OPTIONAL and used by international student applicants who will be living with a relative or family friend in South Florida. The person signing the form will be responsible for all living expenses (i.e. housing, transportation, food, etc.). When using this form, the sponsor providing the Financial Affidavit of Support can deduct the following amounts from the total funds required: (1) USD $12,500 for the student and (2) USD $7,000 for each dependent, if applicable.

Disclaimer: Students who use the Affidavit of Support for Living Expenses may be required to present Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) to the embassy when applying for the F-1 student visa. Students must contact the American Embassy, before going for the interview, to make sure he/she is bringing all the necessary financial documents. The I-134 is presented to the embassy, not Broward College.

ISSO will notify accepted applicants by email. The Form I-20 will be processed as follows:

  1. Applying for the F1 student 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. Once the F1 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.
  2. Transferring the I-20: Students transferring their I-20 from another institution to Broward College (BC), must provide the acceptance letter from ISSO to the Designated School Official (DSO) at their current institution. The transfer I-20 will be issued once the student is fully registered for classes at BC and the I-20 has been released to BC.
  3. Changing immigration status in the United States (U.S.): Students intending to change their immigration status in the U.S. should seek legal counsel to understand the process. ISSO will process the I-20 for the change of status (COS) after meeting with the student. COS students are only eligible to register for classes once the F1 status has been approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Once students receive the acceptance packet, they must review the entire document to understand their next steps, including but not limited to, paying the SEVIS fee, proving proof of health insurance coverage, registering for classes, etc.

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.

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