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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, the Common App, or the Coalition application. 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 ACT and/or SAT 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 and watch our how-to videos.
  • 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 admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.


Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is not a separate application for international applicants. All first-year applicants are required to apply online using our institutional application, the Common App, or the Coalition Application. Once you submit your application form, you will need to check your Application Status Check for updates to your application status and for notification of received or missing documents. Your admission decision will also be available on your Application Status Check portal.

If you attended a school outside the United States, the International School Form will be added to your Application Checklist to help us better understand your educational curriculum and determine what items we will need to review your application. Please complete this form before the deadline to allow plenty of time for you to submit any additional required materials we may need.

All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a foreign-credential-evaluation agency to include a U.S. equivalent grade point average. We recommend using a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation. To be considered official, your evaluation must be sent directly to our office by the evaluation agency.

All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a foreign-credential-evaluation agency, preferably a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation. High school documents need to include a U.S. equivalent grade point average. University documents need to include a course-by-course evaluation. To be considered official, your evaluation must be sent directly to our office by the evaluation agency.

International first-year applicants who indicated that they were completing an exam-based curriculum will need to submit official or certified copies of their examination results. These results must be sent directly to Florida State by the issuing school or testing agency.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency by providing examination results. Proficiency exam exemptions are granted if certain conditions are fulfilled.

For more information regarding our English Proficiency requirements, please reference our International Admissions homepage.

During the application process, applicants can self-report their English Language Proficiency results by completing the form on their Application Status Check. Once admitted, our office will request your official scores to verify your information.

First-Year admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure that you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University.

Requirements for international applicants vary based upon the curriculum that they have taken. Please complete the International School Form on your Application Checklist to better determine which materials you will need to complete your application.

Applicants attending an international school that follows a U.S.-based curriculum may self-report their academic history by completing the SSAR.

If your U.S. school has evaluated your international high school coursework, please complete the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). Once completed, copy the 32-character code to the SSAR ID link listed under the Checklist section on your Application Status Check page. For more information about the SSAR, please see our FAQ and How-To-Videos.

If your U.S. school has not yet evaluated your transcripts, please submit official orcertified copies of all secondary-school records and/or examination results. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated 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.

Florida State accepts electronic transcripts submitted through FASTER. If you choose to send your transcript using an electronic database, please be sure to list admissions@fsu.edu as the recipient's email address.

You may also request that your official transcripts be sent by mail in a sealed envelope directly to Florida State at the address below:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
A2500 University Center
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee FL 32306-2400

All required documentation must be received by our office by our priority deadline of November 1, 2021 to receive a decision on February 17, 2022. However, we will continue to accept applications after the priority deadline until March 1, 2022. Applications submitted after November 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in late March.

Applicants who submit a complete application and all required materials by our November 1, 2021 priority deadline can expect to receive a decision on February 17, 2022. Applications completed after this date will receive a decision in late March on a rolling basis.

As required by the Florida Board of Governors, all first-year applicants must submit at least one set of SAT and/or ACT scores to be considered for admission to Florida State.

All admitted first-year applicants are automatically considered for the Office of Admissions' merit-based academic scholarships; a separate application is not required. Scholarships are competitive and awarded based on academic merit (a combination of the applicant's GPA and test scores).

As non-Florida residents, international first-year applicants are eligible for the Tuition Reduction Scholarship offered by the Office of Admissions. For the 2021-2022 academic year, students who were awarded scholarships met the following minimum criteria:

FSU Core GPA: 4.0
SAT Total: 1390
ACT Composite: 31
All A's & B's grades

These standards are subject to change from year to year based on the competitiveness of our applicant pool.