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International F-1 Enrollment

If you are a citizen of a foreign country and would like to study as a non-immigrant student in the United States you will need a student (F-1) visa. This web page details application steps for prospective F-1 students only. If you currently hold a different non-immigrant Visa status, view information about how to enroll as a non-immigrant.

Contact for help applying. View deadlines and more contact info below. You can also download the appropriate checklist and track each step in the process.

Step 1: Explore EFSC campuses and our degrees & programs.

Before you even apply, you want to learn more about EFSC’s four campuses and the degrees and programs that interest you. Think about your career aspirations and how your course of study can help you achieve your goals.

F-1 students may choose an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program, or the General Business Specialization in the Organizational Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS).

It's important to review the admission requirements for each program as well since some are limited access and may require an additional application.

Step 2: Apply for admission.

International students who wish to apply to EFSC must complete the online application and pay the one-time, non-refundable $30 application fee.

Apply Now: Online EFSC Application

Check Status of Completed Application/Return to In-Progress Application

Step 3: Submit documentation that you have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED®) and any U.S. college transcripts.

Submit official secondary school transcripts (academic records), graduation certificate, and/or exam results (if applicable). See more information on international high school transcript evaluation. All documents not in English must be submitted with certified English translations. For English translation, you can use any official service in your home country or translation services in Florida.

Please see our document requirements by country list for more information. If your country is not listed or you have questions regarding documentation requirements, please contact

Also submit Official College Transcript(s) for all U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities you have attended prior to EFSC.

**International (Non-U.S.) College Transcripts (optional) - Students who have completed college level coursework in other countries are not required to submit transcripts. However, in order to receive credit from an international post-secondary institution evaluated for transfer to EFSC, students must submit an original course-by-course evaluation completed by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Step 4: Provide proof of English proficiency.

If English is NOT your native language, you must meet one of the following:

  • An official TOEFL score of 61 or higher (TOEFL MyBest Scores dated within 2 years are also acceptable)
  • IELTS bandwidth of 5.5 or higher
  • Students from Japan may substitute the STEP Grade 2A or higher for TOEFL.
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school with official, high school transcript indicating receipt of a standard high school diploma.
  • Transfer from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university with successful completion of college-level English Composition with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Student has successfully completed Level 6 Writing, Level 6 Grammar, Level 6 Reading and Level 6 Listening/Speaking with EFSC's Intensive English Program.

If your English Proficiency is not high enough to participate in Academic degree programs, a viable option is to apply for Eastern Florida's Intensive English Non-Credit Program. This six-level program of courses prepares non-native speakers for University study and professional programs.

All students entering college in the state of Florida are required to take a placement test for English, reading and mathematics, regardless of the TOEFL score. Placement in English and mathematics classes will be determined by test results.

Step 5: If transferring from a college or university within the U.S., check this step.

If this step applies to you, submit the following:

  1. Completed EFSC Transfer Clearance Form signed by DSO at your current institution.
  2. Copies of Current/Previous 1-20 Form 
  3. Copy of Current Visa
  4. I-94 Arrival/Departure Record Printout
Step 6: Submit I-20 Request Form and Proof of Financial Support.

Students seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must submit the proper I-20 request form, along with the required financial support documentation to EFSC International Student Services. The form contains information on where to mail or email the completed form and supporting documents.

Associate Degree Student I-20 Request Form

Bachelor Degree Student I-20 Request Form

Note: Tuition and living expenses are approximately $22,426 for 11 months of study. Funds must be accessible, collateral may not be used.

Once you have received your letter of acceptance with your I-20 Document you will be required to pay a SEVIS fee and make a visa interview appointment. Click here to view more information about the next steps in the I-20 and SEVIS process.

Contacts, Deadlines and Forms

Application Resource Links

Application Deadlines for Prospective F-1 Visa Students

Students Located INSIDE the U.S.
Fall Term/Mid-August Start ⇒ July 15
Spring Term/Early January Start: ⇒ November 15
Summer Term/Mid May Start: ⇒ April 15

Students Located OUTSIDE the U.S.
Fall Term/Mid-August Start ⇒ June 15
Spring Term/Early January Start: ⇒ October 15
Summer Term/Mid May Start: ⇒ February 15

The application deadline is the date the online application AND all supporting documents must be received by the College in order to process your admission for the desired term. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Contact for information and assistance.

Deadlines for All Other Non-Immigrant, Non-F1 Visa Holders

International Student Services (ISS)
General Inquiries
New Student Admissions Inquiries

Hafeezah Begeyeva, Admissions Specialist

Current Student Advising

Aggie Dobrosielski, Student Advisor

To make appointments with your assigned advisor, log in to the myEFSC Portal and click the Navigate-Student Resources icon.

Office Hours by Campus

Cocoa: Building 11, Second Floor
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Melbourne: Building 1, 122
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM

Palm Bay & Titusville
Call 321-433-7516 for appointment

Forms and documents for international students at Eastern Florida State College are archived below in alphabetical order. In some cases, more information about the process related to the form may be found on a separate web page in this section. You can also contact International Student Services with questions about any form.

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