Applicants with or seeking an International Student Visa (F-1) must meet the following additional admission requirements. Edison issues an I-20 form after all admission requirements are met. The applicant may be issued the F-1 Visa when they present the I-20 form to the appropriate personnel at a U.S. Embassy.
Please read the steps below for information regarding the admission process and requirements:
Applicants with or seeking an international student visa (F-1) must meet the following additional admissions requirements. Edison State issues an I-20 form after all admissions requirements are met. Applicants may be issued the F-1 visa when they present the I-20 form to the appropriate personnel in a U.S. Embassy.
- The applicant must apply for admission and submit all required admission credentials (as outlined below) to the Office of the Registrar no later than sixty (60) days prior to the published first class day of the term for which he/she is seeking admission.
- Since instruction is in English, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. To demonstrate this proficiency, if English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant must either submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applying from outside the United States, or if currently applying from within the United States, must submit results of the TOEFL or complete a personal interview. The minimum acceptable score is 550 or higher on the paper version of the TOEFL or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test (TOEFL IBT). Applicants scoring below established cut-off scores are referred to the college preparatory programs for additional testing and placement into the English Training Program. An application to take the TOEFL test may be obtained at www.toefl.org.
- TOEFL scores are not required if the student has graduated from an American high school, earned the GED taken in English, or successfully completed secondary education from a school outside the United States that teaches the entire secondary education curriculum in English.
- The applicant or sponsor must provide a notarized financial statement verifying the availability (in U.S. dollars) of the funds necessary for the applicant to attend Edison State. The applicant or sponsor must complete the Sponsorship Affidavit form. Edison State does not provide sponsors, financial assistance, dormitories or transportation services. Students attending Edison on an F-1 student visa may work only on campus if employment is available. Because of this uncertainty, students are not able to use these monies as part of their financial resources.
- The applicant must provide an official high school transcript as well as official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the applicant attended. High School transcripts in languages other than English must be translated, at the student’s expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The applicant must have at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma to be eligible for admission. An admission decision is made after all documents are received. All International College/University transcripts, including English speaking countries, must have a course-by-course evaluation performed, at the student’s expense, by an agency approved by NACES.
- International students transferring from another college or university in the U.S. that is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide the following items before a final admission decision is reached:
- All of the information included in requirements Numbers 1- 4 above;
- An official transcript from all U.S. colleges or universities attended;
- Copies of all previously issued I-20 forms;
- A visa clearance form from the International Student Advisor at the current U.S. college or university, verifying the student’s current status; and
- A valid passport and an I-94 form.
- The applicant and sponsor must have an orientation with the International Student Advisor or designee no later than thirty (30) days prior to the first class day of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.
- All international students must meet the Standards of Academic Progress for International Students (full-time status/12 credits per semester and a cumulative 2.00 grade point average).
- All applicants must provide proof of health and accident insurance to include a body repatriation and body evacuation rider prior to registering for classes.
Please Note: An international student who is in the United States on the F-1 student visa may not claim Florida residency for tuition purposes and must pay nonresident fees.