International Admissions Requirements
Nonimmigrant (International) Students
This college is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. Your application materials must be submitted to Valencia prior to the International Application Priority Deadline for the term in which you wish to enroll. International student application deadline dates are listed in the Academic Calendar in the online official catalog. If you wish to enroll at Valencia on a nonimmigrant visa (F or J) you must meet all of the applicable admission requirements outlined as follows:
- You must submit an online International Student Application. For further information, visit Valencia’s International Student website.
- You must pay a non-refundable, non-transferable application fee.
- You must have the equivalent of a high school diploma in the United States. Official secondary school transcripts and graduation certificates must be submitted in English or with an official English translation.
- Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 133 on the computer version, or 45 on the Internet version, or 450 on the paper version, or, a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) average score of 5.5, .5, an average of 86 or above on the LOEP test, or an average of 40.0 or above on the Compass ESL test. You will not be required to demonstrate English as a second language proficiency if English is the official language of your country of citizenship (see International Student Services website for country listing) or if you have completed Freshman English Composition or its equivalent (as determined by Valencia) with a grade of C or higher or if you have graduated from high school, earned an A.A. degree, Bachelor’s degree or higher at an institution in which English was the language of instruction. Official transcripts are required for documenting English proficiency.
- You must submit the Declaration of Finances form and a bank statement or bank letter certifying that you have the financial resources to attend the college.
- In order to enroll, international students on an F-1 visa must purchase health insurance provided through Valencia College and must maintain this health insurance coverage during their entire period of study at the college.
- International students transferring from another college/university as an F-1 student are required to submit copies of their visa, I-94 card, and all previously issued I-20 Forms. The SEVIS Transfer Eligibility form must also be completed by the international student adviser at the student’s previous institution.
Valencia has no residence halls or living facilities; thus, you are responsible for providing your own housing and transportation. Public transportation is limited.
Foreign Credentialing Evaluation Agencies
Students who have pursued secondary school studies outside of the U.S. must submit official records such as transcripts, diplomas and/or standardized exam results that are equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Secondary school records that are not issued in English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
Students who have completed college/university coursework at an institution outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts/diplomas evaluated by an affiliated member of NACES. Students should obtain “course by course” evaluations. The evaluations may be used for transfer credit consideration, fulfilment of Valencia College pre-requisites, or waiving of the foreign language requirement. Students are responsible for paying any fees associated with the credential evaluation process. Students coming from foreign institutions recognized by U.S. regional accreditation bodies do not need to have their credentials evaluated.