Overview

International Student Admissions Brochure

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) meet all academic requirements for program of interest, and 2) provide appropriate documentation to obtain the form I-20 (F-1 students). 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.

Conditional Admissions - Bridge Program: Students who are academically eligible but need additional preparation in English prior to full admission to a degree program may seek entry to the university through the Pathways to Academic Readiness (PAR) Program.

Please review Pathways to Academic Readiness (PAR) brochure.


International Undergraduate Admissions

Step-by-Step International Undergraduate Admission

Part I: Complete the online application and submit required academic and testing documentation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Undergraduate Admissions Contact
Ms. Anna van Dam
Assistant Director, International Admissions and Residency
Telephone: 561-297-2627
Fax: 561-297-2758
Email: avandam1@fau.edu

Part II: Provide required documentation to obtain the F-1 visa eligibility document – called I-20 – to ISSS. The I-20 will only be issued after you are formally admitted to the university and after you provide the following documents:

  1. 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.
  2. A financial support letter (bank letter, scholarship, etc) written in English including U.S. dollar amounts, and issued within 6 months from creating I-20. has to present specific sources of financial support and the exact amounts required to study a FAU for the first year.
  3. SEVIS Transfer Form – 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.

To ensure appropriate time for review of your FCF/VCF documents and for issuance of the undergraduate I-20 document, please adhere to the following deadlines:

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).


International Graduate Admissions

Step-by-Step International Graduate Admission

Graduate international applicants obtain their I-20 from the Graduate College after submitting the following documents:

  1. 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.
  2. A financial support letter (bank letter, scholarship, etc) written in English including U.S. dollar amounts, and issued within 6 months from creating I-20. has to present specific sources of financial support and the exact amounts required to study a FAU for the first year.
  3. SEVIS Transfer Form – required only for applicants currently in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status.

Graduate Admissions Contacts
Ms. Joanne Arlington
Manager, Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 561-297-2428
Email: arlingto@fau.edu
Ms. Karol Airdo
Advisor & Residency Officer
Telephone: 561-297-1380
Email: kairdo@fau.edu

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.


Program Exchange Students

Exchange Students who plan to attend the university through an existing exchange program agreement must contact the Office of International Programs to learn about special admission requirements and processes.

Exchange Program Contact
Ms. Tania Tucker-Kraus
Senior Coordinator, Academic Program
Telephone: (561) 297-3227
Fax: (561) 297-2580
Email: trtucker@fau.edu

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.

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