INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE (ISSO)

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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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Office Hours

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

ON-CAMPUS HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

REMOTE HOURS: Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

JOIN THE LINE TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE REMOTELY - (Limited services provided)

ISSO QLESS Hours: Monday thru Thursday 10am to 5pm, Fridays 10am to 4pm

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.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance for Fall 2021 has not yet been published. As soon as new requirements are announced, we will let F1 visa international students know.

Application Deadlines

International Students must start classes in Session I.

Application Deadlines
Term Session Application Deadline

Fall

Session 1 August - December

For initial I-20s from outside the U.S. – June 15

Students in the U.S. transferring their existing I-20 – July 15

Spring

Session 1 January - May

For initial I-20s from outside the U.S. – October 15

Students in the U.S. transferring their existing I-20 – November 15

Summer

Session 1 May - August

For initial I-20s from outside the U.S. – March 15

Students in the U.S. transferring their existing I-20 – April 15

Note: Initial I-20 applicants are encouraged to apply earlier than the deadlines listed above. A student’s application is reviewed as soon as it is complete (all documents and required test scores received). Applying early will increase the chance of getting an F1/M1 visa appointment at the American embassy/consulate in time to arrive before the start of classes.

 

Application Steps

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.

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.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance for Fall 2021 has not yet been published. As soon as new requirements are announced, we will let F1 visa international students know.

STEP 1: Apply online

STEP 2: Fill out and submit the electronic supporting document forms. Passports, bank statements, education records, and other documents must be submitted to idocs@browad.edu.

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

STEP 4: Complete any required testing.

STEP 5: 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.

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 Navigator in order to take the pre-requisites necessary to apply to the desired program later.

Programs not available to international students: International students are NOT eligible to enroll in certain programs, including, but not limited to, Automotive Service Management Technology, Marine Engineering Management, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic Technical Certificate, and Emergency Medical Services.

Bachelor's 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 in 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 in a college degree program.

Online Application Instructions

  1. 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). A 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.
  2. Completing the Address Section:
    • If using an address outside of the United States, only enter the city and country and leave the spaces for state and zip code blank.
  3. Immigration Information:
    • Immigration Status: Select Non-Resident Alien
    • Visa Type: Select F1 Student Visa (leave visa issue and expiration dates blank)
  4. To begin the online application process click on Create a Login
    If you have started an online application but did not submit it go to Complete the Application

Submit the electronic supporting document forms listed below. Passports, bank statements, education records, and other documents must be submitted to idocs@broward.edu. Include the applicant's full name and BC student identification (ID) number. The estimated review period is 7 to 10 business days . During peak times, it may take 14 business days. Completed applications are reviewed in the order received.

Supplemental Application

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

Financial Documents

Financial Affidavit of Support: This 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 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.

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). If using a bank statement, our office requires the page that shows the date, name of the bank, name of the sponsor, type of account, and the account balance. Additional pages showing daily transactions are not required.

  • 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): Provide this form only if the applicant will be living with a relative or friend who will be responsible for all living expenses (i.e. housing, transportation, food, etc.) for the duration of the student's studies. If this form is provided, the financial sponsor can deduct USD $12,500 from the total funds required for the student and USD $7,000 for each dependent, if applicable.
Disclaimer: Students may be required to present Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) when applying for the F-1 student visa. Student must contact the American Embassy, before going for the interview, to make sure he/she is bringing all the necessary financial documents.

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 the 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 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's 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.

Students from non-English speaking countries must take the Broward College language placement test ( LOEP) online unless they have valid TOEFL, IELTS, or other ELL test scores (PDF). See STEP 4 for more information and testing instructions.

If the applicant wants to receive a Form I-20 for a college degree program, placement must be at the college level.

Applicants from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, showing high school transcripts with the following English grades, are eligible to take the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). However, if the applicant does not place at the college level, the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test is required.

  • 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.

Applicants attending ELS Educational Services, Inc. may present proof of completion of level 109 or higher. The student is required to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) online for placement before acceptance.

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:

  • Log in 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 the application fee regardless of the term displayed. This is a one-time fee.

Students from non-English speaking countries must take the Broward College language placement test (LOEP) online unless they have valid TOEFL, IELTS, or other ELL test scores (PDF) eligible for EAP course placement.

Students from English-speaking countries must take the PERT placement test unless they have valid SAT or ACT scores.

To schedule a placement test, send an email to Ms. Giovana Guevara at gguevara@broward.edu. The subject line of the email must say Testing Request. Make sure to include your name and Broward College student identification number in the email. For all other questions regarding the application process, email isso@broward.edu.

If the applicant wants to receive a Form I-20 for a college degree program, placement must be at the college level.

Applicants from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, showing high school transcripts with the following English grades, are eligible to take the Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). However, if the applicant does not place at the college level, the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test is required.

  • 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.

Applicants attending ELS Educational Services, Inc. may present proof of completion of level 109 or higher. The student is required to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) online for placement before acceptance.

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 in 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 (PDF) and instructions.

STEP 5: Obtain your student ID card at a Student Life Office

STEP 6: Parking Information

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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