Florida Southern has a lot to offer international students.

Internationally recognized for changing lives, Florida Southern is committed to connecting your academic interests with real-world experiences.

  • Find engaged students from more than 50 countries who will help you feel at home
  • Work with world-renowned faculty who are committed to challenging you to take your learning beyond the classroom
  • Participate in programs designed to prepare you for success.

Life on our dynamic, friendly campus never stops, giving you endless opportunities to have fun, get involved, and make lifelong connections. From your first day of orientation until the day you graduate, all aspects of campus life—intramurals, clubs, Greek life, and our residential communities—are connected and welcoming.


Want to study Business? Nursing? Computer Science?  

Find out more about the area of study that interests you!

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Saad Alahmari, Computer Science ’17
Saudi Arabia

Applying to Florida Southern

International Application Checklist

To finalize your application to Florida Southern, please submit the following:

  • FSC admissions application and personal statement
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school education, translated in English
  • One academic recommendation letter
  • Test Scores: TOEFL (minimum 79 ibt) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) score. SAT I or ACT scores required for all others
  • List of extracurricular and community service activities
  • Complete Sponsor’s Guarantee: Amount of $41,000 suggested for two (2) semesters for the 2016-2017 school terms (2015-2016-Spring terms)
  • Bank letter verifying funds of sponsor. A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.
  • Copy of current passport or student visa and I-20, if you are already studying in the United States
  • FSC admissions application and personal statement
  • Official transcript of all work completed at the university level, translated and evaluated in English by World Education Services or Josef Silny
  • Test Scores: TOEFL (minimum 79 ibt) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) score, if native language is not English
  • List of extracurricular and community service activities
  • Completed Report of Social Standing form
  • Complete Sponsor’s Guarantee: Amount of $41,000 suggested for two (2) semesters for the 2016-2017 school terms (2015-2016-Spring terms)
  • Bank letter verifying funds of sponsor. A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.
  • Copy of a current passport or student visa and I-20, if you are already studying in the United States


Deadlines for Spring

Priority Date December 1
Enrollment Deposit Due December 15

Deadlines for Fall

Priority Date June 1
Enrollment Deposit Due July 1
Admissions offers will be sent within 10 days of receiving a completed application.

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Meet Your Counselor

We get it… choosing where to study abroad is a big deal. We’re with you each step of the way, promising flexible policies and helpful resources that ensure a smooth transition.

We’d love to meet you.
Schedule your campus visit 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum test score requirements?

TOEFL (minimum 79 ibt) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) score.
SAT I or ACT scores required for all others.

Can I get scholarships as an International Student?

International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships based on their academic performance, which range from $6,000 to $15,500 per year. Each applicant is reviewed for eligibility. Please note: international students cannot qualify for need-based financial aid.

Will my credits transfer?

We require an English translation of your transcript if you are a transfer student. We accept evaluations by World Education Services and Josef Silny.

How do I get the Student Visa?

A student must be admitted, have completed financial documentation and must have remitted enrollment deposit before the university issues the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status). The I-20 is then used to apply for an F-1 student visa. More information is available from the U.S. Department of State.

If transferring from a U.S. high school or university, you must complete the Transfer Eligibility Request Form, which will be sent to you from the Florida Southern Admissions Office.

Who can I talk to in my country to get help through the enrollment process?

For assistance in your region, we strongly recommend you contact your local advising center. To locate the advising center nearest you, visit Education USA.

About Lakeland

Located in the heart of central Florida, the historic land of lakes is the 19th largest city in Florida. Lakeland lies in the middle of Florida’s HighTech Corridor just off of Interstate Highway 4 (I-4), which swiftly connects to two of Florida’s major metropolises, Tampa and Orlando — both of which house an international airport.  

We’ve got it all:  beaches, theme parks, art, nightlife. This small town city is in the center of it all. Come and enjoy our weather, our outdoors and everything else Florida has to offer!

Distinguished by TIME Money Magazine as one of the “best places to live” in the United States, it truly is a gem among cities.


The Support You Need to Thrive

We have over one hundred international students that call Florida Southern College home. No matter what life brings, Florida Southern makes sure that you are welcomed and prepared.

Take advantage of our comprehensive academic and personal advising, tutoring, and wellness services. Our professional staff serves as your personal guides and will help you feel at home with attending college in the U.S.

Student Solutions is ready to help

Student Solutions Center 

A hub of information and services, the staff at the Student Solutions Center can help you explore your aspirations or establish a foundation for academic and professional achievement. You’ll also find support for all concerns on campus whether its academics, student life, financial aid, or business office related.

Great things ahead for you at the Career Center

Career Center 

At Florida Southern, we promise that you will graduate in four years, travel, and get an internship. Internships help you gain an understanding of the real world, while also allowing you to gain the skills you may need after you graduate. While our professors are your number one advocate and will help you find the best placement for you, our Career Center also makes sure to provide you that same service – before and after you graduate. Available any time during your four-year academic adventure, the staff will help you build your résumé and connect you with outside employers.

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Simmons Multicultural Center 

The Simmons Multicultural Center provides a variety of quality support services, plans and drives educational and entertaining cultural awareness programs, and offers leadership opportunities through student involvement and service. This includes targeting services for our international and minority students.

Office of International Students

The Office of International Students is available to assist students during their transition to Florida Southern and the United States. The office provides a variety of services for our international students enrolled at Florida Southern.

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Johan Jönnson, Business BA ’11, MBA ’12
Native of Sweden.

Get Involved

  • International Student Association (ISA) builds a network of friends from all over the globe. Students in ISA offer support to one another while transitioning into the United States and Florida Southern College community.
  • Multicultural Student Council (MSC) seeks to empower and educate the community through change, diversity and involvement while bringing forth leaders and creating a bridge of unity and commitment.
  • Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) creates awareness of the Latino student population through social, volunteer and educational events.
  • French Club creates a space for students interested in the French language and culture and encourages participation in French speaking.
  • Spanish Club seeks to enrich our understanding of the Spanish language and culture through service and interaction.
  • Model United Nations educates participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomats and UN agenda.
  • Circle K International is a service organization formed to help the community through various service projects. It is part of an umbrella of organizations led by Kiwanis International.
  • Beyond offers a welcoming place for religious worship and friendly fellowship where people come to deepen their faith.
  • Jewish Student Association provides Florida Southern’s Jewish community with basic needs of Jewish life, informs other students about the religion, and fosters relationships with the community.