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International Admissions

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International First-Year Requirements

We recognize that attending college in another country can be both thrilling and intimidating, so we want to do everything we can to answer your questions, guide you through the application process, and introduce you to International Student Life at Florida State University.

More than 2,600 international students from 125 different countries are enrolled at FSU. While our students represent a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, they are all participants in the university's community of scholars. As a student at FSU, you'll have the chance to learn from distinguished faculty in more than 170 different academic programs. Most importantly, you'll be a 'Nole.

Ready to Apply as an International Student?
Step 1

Apply online using our institutional application or the Common App. Students should only submit one application.

Step 2

Complete the following items on the Application Status Check by the application deadline:

  • Complete the International School Form to tell us more about your educational curriculum.
  • Self-report all test scores.
  • Upload your essay.
  • Upload your resume/list of activities.
Once the International School Form has been submitted, additional requirements may be added to your Application Status checklist.

Step 3

Applicants whose educational history has not followed a curriculum patterned after the U.S. educational system are encouraged to submit their academic records to a foreign-credential-evaluation agency for a secondary-school evaluation to include a grade-point-average calculation.

  • If your school follows a U.S. patterned curriculum, you will be asked to complete the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). To learn more about the SSAR, view our FAQ.
  • If your school follows an exam-based curriculum, you will be asked to submit official or certified copies of your exam results.
  • All other applicants should submit official or certified copies of all secondary-school records and secondary-school evaluation. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by a foreign-credential-evaluation agency to include a U.S. equivalent grade point average. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records should be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Step 4

Applicants whose native language is not English should self-report English proficiency exam results.

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Application Status Check allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Application Status Check. You're responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Application Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include in your address book.