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International Admissions

Each year, we enroll 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. Few schools offer more support and services to their international population than we do. Our Center for Global Engagement staff will work with you to ease your transition to our Seminole Community. We hope you will contact us with any of your questions that are left unanswered after browsing our website.

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 undergraduate admission to the University.

  • Michigan Language Assessment (MLA): 55
  • Duolingo: 120
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Level or C2 Proficiency: 180
  • FSU CIES: Successful completion of Level 8

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.

International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass the SPEAK test which evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered at Florida State. Students who receive a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the Internet-based TOEFL examination meet the University requirements to serve as a teaching assistant; however, some departments may still require that the student take the SPEAK test.

Required Academic Records

  • 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.

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.


As one of the top research universities in the country, outstanding facilities and libraries are a given. What are not, are world-class faculty members who are committed to your success. Our faculty works with you in a supportive and collaborative environment, continually challenging you to reach your highest educational goals.


Florida State University is required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. If granted admission to the University, an email with instructions on how to complete the I-20 will be sent from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). You will provide information verifying your financial support (bank statements, award letters, scholarships, etc.). FSU requires proof of financial support for the first year of study and demonstrated availability of funds for the length of your academic program.

U.S. federal grants and loans are not awarded to international students. Graduate students may apply to their respective departments for assistantships or fellowships, although funds are very limited. For further information, please contact your academic department directly.

2020-2021 Estimated International Student Costs:

These figures are estimated costs and are subject to increase without notice. Annual increases in tuition and fees are anticipated; therefore, it is suggested that an additional 15% be added to these totals to prepare for possible increases. You must include an additional $6,000 per year for your spouse and $4,000 per year for each child if they will be accompanying you to the United States on an F-2 dependent visa. This requirement does not apply to dependents with U.S. citizenship or another visa status. If purchasing insurance in the U.S. for your dependents, their expenses may be higher than these estimates.

The estimates assume minimal summer living expenses and no summer course enrollment. If you enroll in summer courses, your cost of attendance will be considerably higher. We advise you to keep these points in mind when planning your personal budget. Please note that these estimates reflect out-of-state tuition rates.

Expenses Undergraduate* Graduate**
$18,799 (26 credits) $20,043 (18 credits)
Living Expenses (Housing, Board, Personal)
$14,004 $16,890
$1,000 $1,000
Health Insurance ***
$2,606 $2,606
$36,409 $40,539

*Undergraduate costs are based on two semesters (26 hours) for tuition and room and board.

**Graduate costs are based on two semesters (18 hours) for tuition and room and board. Full-time status for graduate students is defined as 9-12 credit hours per semester as appropriate for the discipline and student. Note that some specialized programs require more than 12 credit hours per semester.

***FSU has a mandatory health insurance policy for students enrolled at the University. The cost represents the annual individual premium for international students. Refer to for additional information.

Certification of Financial Responsibility

Shortly after admission, students will receive an email with instructions for completing the online Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) form to demonstrate proof of adequate funding. Florida State University is required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. Applicants must show proof of financial support for the first year of study and confirm availability of funds for the length of the academic program.

The Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and its staff are 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.

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.

Accepted Students

After you have been admitted to the University, please browse this site for information on your next steps.