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Each year, Florida State University enrolls approximately 1,700 international students. The majority of our international students come to us for graduate education, but we strongly encourage undergraduate freshman and transfer students to study with us as well!

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Each year, Florida State University enrolls approximately 1,700 international students. The majority of our international students come to us for graduate education, but we strongly encourage undergraduate freshman and transfer students to study with us as well!

University Application Process

  • All transcripts/academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations
  • To be considered “certified,” documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records
    • Any translated record should be literal and not an interpretive translation. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted
  • If the transcript/academic record does not indicate the degree earned and date the degree was awarded, separate proof of degree is required

Additional information is available through the Office of Admissions.


International Transfer Credit

International transfer credit is awarded for coursework completed at an accredited (recognized) institution of higher learning. No credit is awarded for technical, vocational, or below-college-level coursework, or courses completed with grades below “D-.” An official course-by-course evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Center for Intensive English Studies: If you need to improve your English skills before beginning your academic career in the United States, Florida State’s Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) is the place for you. CIES is an English language school for serious students who want to improve their English skills. You will be given personalized instruction by highly qualified teachers in a safe, friendly environment.

Please note that admission to and completion of the CIES program does not necessarily guarantee admission to the University as a degree-seeking student

Center for Global Engagement: CGA is here to serve international students and their families. Whatever you need to help make your transition to Florida State go more smoothly, they will work hard to provide. They will advise you about F and J visa requirements and assist you with cultural adjustment, employment matters, housing, or personal concerns. The Center itself offers meeting space to international student organizations, a kitchen, and lounges for recreational use.

English Language Proficiency

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University, although some departments require higher scores at the graduate level:

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
  • Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55

These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency, and are not valid after two years.

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