International Admissions Overview
We are pleased that you are interested in Florida Atlantic University. FAU is ranked among the most culturally and ethnically diverse universities in the United States. Students from approximately 100 countries around the world make a home away from home in our university community. Carefully review the information below to learn about the international admission process, immigration documents including the estimated educational costs for international applicants, and your international student visa process.
International Admissions for Degree-Seeking Students:
Admission to a degree program is a two-part process:
1) Academic admissions where student must meet all academic requirements for program of interest (Apply on line)
2) Immigration process where student must provide appropriate documentation to obtain the the certificate of eligibility (I-20) to be able to study in the US and at Florida Atlantic University. Prospective F-1 students may submit documentation for both steps concurrently, but they are not fully eligible to attend FAU until they meet all academic requirements and obtain the I-20.
Note: FAU offers fully on-line programs. If you are interested in a fully on-line program, please be aware that you will not be qualified to apply for F1 international student visa. For more information about on-line programs, please visit FAU eLearning web page at: http://fauelearning.com/fauonline/
For Freshman/Transfer Student Application Deadlines please view the Academic Calendar .
Other International Admissions options:
- Intensive English Institute - IEI is a bridge program for students who would like to learn English for the first time, or are academically eligible to become FAU students but need additional preparation in English prior to full admission to a degree program. IEI program provides three study tracks: Intensive English Full Time Track, Part Time Track and Conditional Admissions Track
- FAU Global Student Success Program - GSSP is designed for international students who need additional academic and/or English language support to gain entry to a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Students in the GSSP complete academic coursework alongside American students while accessing additional student support to help them adjust to life in the United States.
International Undergraduate Admissions
Part I : Complete the online application and submit required academic (transcripts and test scores) documentation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Part II : Provide the following required documentation to obtain the F-1 visa eligibility document (I-20) to the International Services. The I-20 will only be issued after you are formally admitted to the university and after you provide the below listed documents.
- Undergraduate Financial Certification Form (FCF) and supporting financial documentation. To learn more about the Alternate Estimated Cost of Living Expenses for International Students please click here.
- Proof of financial support from the student, the student's sponsor (parent, relative, etc.) government agencies, or other sponsoring entities.
- SEVIS Transfer Form (STF) – required only for applicants who are currently in the U.S. in either F-1 or J-1 status and transfer from another institution within the U.S.
- Copy of the passport's biographical page and visa page (if applicable)
To ensure appropriate time for review of your FCF/STF documents and for issuance of the undergraduate I-20 document, please adhere to the following deadlines:
Deadlines to Submit Documents for I-20:
|Planning to start in the...||Applicants who are outside the U.S. or who plan to change status from another non-immigrant visa to F-1||Applicants currently in the U.S who plan to transfer from another university to FAU|
|Fall Semester (August)||May 15||July 1|
|Spring Semester (January)||November 1||December 1|
|Summer Semester (May/June)||April 1||April 15|
Submitting your I-20 documentation later than the recommended date may result in processing delays, especially for students who are overseas and need to apply for an F-1 visa, and will only be considered on a case by case basis after consulting with the ISSS office (undergraduate students) or the Graduate College (graduate students).
Deferrals: If you would like to defer your admission to the next semester, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Z#, name, and request to defer your admissions.
International Graduate Admissions
Part I : Complete the Graduate on line Application and submit academic documentation including transcripts and test required test scores to the office of Graduate Admissions.
Graduate Admissions Contact:
Part II : Provide the following required documentation to obtain the F-1 visa eligibility document (I-20) to the International Services. The I-20 will only be issued after you are formally admitted to the university and after you provide below listed documents.
- Graduate Financial Certification Form (FCF) and supporting financial documentation required for all applicants. To learn more about the Alternate Estimated Cost of Living Expenses for International Students please click here.
- Proof of financial support from the student, the student's sponsor (parent, relative, etc.), government agencies, or other sponsoring entities.
- SEVIS Transfer Form – required only for applicants who are currently in an F1 or J1 visa status transferring their immigration records from another US institution.
- Copy of the passport's biographical page and visa page (if applicable).
Prospective international students who are holding a different non-immigrant visa must contact the ISSS Office to discuss their immigration status options while studying at FAU.
Deferrals: If you would like to defer your admission to the next semester, send an email to email@example.com with your Z#, name, and request to defer your admissions.
Program Exchange Students
Exchange Students who plan to attend the university through an existing exchange program agreement must contact the Education Abroad to learn about special admission requirements and processes.
Exchange Students will attend FAU as J-1 Students and will need the Form DS-2019 in order to obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa.