College of Central Florida has an Office of International Student Services to assist international students in making the transition from their home countries to CF. The staff will gladly assist students with immigration regulations, educational planning, personal problems and other areas of concern.
College of Central Florida is authorized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. These students are required to complete and submit an international student application packet no later than 90 days prior to the first class day of the semester of admission. The application packet must include:
- A completed online International Student Application.
- A $30 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. dollars).
- Official, original, final high school diploma or secondary school leaving certificate in English including a date of completion.
- Official, original, final high school or secondary school transcripts in English. Transcripts from schools outside of the U.S. must be evaluated, at the student's expense, by an independent agency that evaluates foreign credentials. CF will accept such documentation from World Education Services Inc. (www.wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com), SpanTran Educational Services (www.spantran-edu.org) or independent, academic credential translating/evaluating agents contracted with the USA Community College Consortium.
- International students wanting to have postsecondary coursework from a non-U.S. college or university considered for transfer to CF must submit official postsecondary transcripts in English, complete with course-by-course evaluation. Students must also include translated course descriptions for the courses they want to have considered for transfer. Students must use World Education Services Inc. (www.wes.org), Josef Silny & Associates (www.jsilny.com) or SpanTran Educational Services (www.spantran-edu.org) for transcript translation and evaluation. These documents must be submitted prior to the first semester of enrollment.
- Financial responsibility: In order to be issued a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility of Non-immigrant F-1 Student Status), applicants must provide evidence of financial responsibility and have sufficient funds to pay college matriculation and tuition fees, textbook costs, medical and living expenses, and health insurance. Financial aid is not available to non-immigrants and CF does not offer scholarships to international students, but students may search online for scholarships, grants and loans at www.iefa.org. The Confidential Financial Statement and the Financial Support Information form need to be completed. A bank letter dated within the past three months must also be included in the admissions packet. All of this financial information must be submitted before the student will be considered for admission. A non-immigrant student may not be employed off campus while attending college in the United States unless the USCIS has granted permission. When you request a student packet of information, a Confidential Financial Statement and a Financial Support Information form will be included.
- Fees are subject to change every academic year. Tuition and fees are payable in full by the due date shown on the fee statement of the student's registration schedule. Each semester the student is enrolled, he/she should print the registration schedule and make note of the due date for paying tuition and fees. If tuition and fees are not paid in full on or before this due date, the student will be dropped (purged) from all classes. (NOTE: The payment due date does not change when you add and drop classes. If such action results in more fees to be paid, the student must do so within 24 hours.)
- Health and Accident Insurance: Insurance is MANDATORY. International students on F-1 or M-1 visas must provide proof of medical insurance in advance of the intended semester of enrollment. This insurance must be continued for the entire period of enrollment. International students must provide evidence of insurance coverage prior to registration each semester. Contact the Office International Student Services at CF for details about the insurance coverage requirements.
- The deadline for submitting ALL required paperwork is 45 days before classes begin. Your application will not be processed until CF receives ALL the required paperwork.
- When a student is accepted for admission, a letter of acceptance with a date for a MANDATORY orientation and an I-20 will be sent.
Other requirements to maintain non-immigrant student status:
- Enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Failure to maintain enrollment will result in the loss of student status and possible deportation.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in one academic year.
- Maintain an overall 2.0 grade point average, GPA.
- Maintain lawful F-1 visa status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students may not enroll beyond the expiration date of their I-20 form.
- Students are responsible for knowing the expiration dates of their I-20 form, their visa and their passport.
- Comply with all CF rules and regulations. Students who do not meet the above regulations will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters.
- International students are not permitted to work off campus with out USCIS authorization. On-campus employment is permitted. Please contact International Student Services for additional information.