INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
Applicants to the University are considered international if they are
not U.S. Citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents. In addition to
the policies and procedures stated for the different categories of
admission, the following information pertains to international
International applicants must submit original documents or signed,
officially certified photocopies of original documents, as well as
certified translations of all documents that are not in English.
International applicants must also have their
foreign credentials evaluated by one of the four evaluation services
listed below. The evaluation should contain a course-by-course
description and a grade point average from each institution attended.
Applicants have the responsibility to contact the evaluation agency
directly and have the evaluation agency send the official evaluation
report to UWF. The official evaluation report must be received by the
application deadline for the semester the applicant plans to attend. The
acceptable evaluation services are:
Educational Credential Evaluators (EEE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Ph: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
International Education Evaluators (IEE)
P.O. Box 545863
Surfside FL 33154
Ph: (305) 503-9063
Fax: (305) 993-5550
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Ph: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
Translation Fax: (305) 273-1984
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 110274-5087
Ph: (212) 966-6311
English Proficiency Test
If the international applicant‘s
native language is not English, or the applicant is from a country in
which the primary language is not English, they must take the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before applying for admission. For
undergraduate applicants, a minimum composite score of 525 and a
listening comprehension score of 52 are required by the University.
Those scores are equivalent to 193 composite and 18 listening scores on
the computer-based TOEFL, and a 69 composite and 17listening scores on
the internet based TOEFL. For graduate applicants, a minimum composite
score of 550 and a listening comprehension score of 52 are required by
the University. Those scores are equivalent to 213 composite and 18
listening scores on the computer-based TOEFL, and a 79 composite and 17
listening scores on the internet based TOEFL. TOEFL scores are
considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of
Admissions from the Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton,
New Jersey, 08541-6151, USA.
TOEFL information and registration forms are
available in many locations outside the U.S., usually at U.S. embassies
and consulates, at offices of the U.S. Information Agency (U.S.I.A.),
from U.S. educational commissions and foundations, at Binational
Centers, and from many private organizations such as the Institute of
International Education (IIE), American-Mideast Educational and Training
Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST), and the African-American Institute (AAI).
All international students who must take the TOEFL
for admission are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English by
either passing the English Entry Exam or completing a course in English
for Non-Native Speakers. The English entrance exam is required in
addition to the TOEFL for admission. Students will be required to take
the English Entry Exam at the University prior to initial registration.
Students failing to pass the exam must take the required English for
Non-Native Speakers course. Students who fail this course must retake
the course the next semester.
International students expecting to receive
appointments as teaching assistants also are required to pass a test of
Certification of Finances
Certification of finances
must be completed before the student visa, —Certificate of Eligibility"
(Form I-20 or DS2019), is issued. The University is required by U.S.
Immigration authorities to check the financial resources of each student
prior to issuing Form I-20 or DS 2019.Therefore, it is important for the
applicant know the costs of attending the University and have the
necessary funds for the entire period of enrollment. Funds for one year
of study and living expenses must be documented and approved by the
University before an I-20 or DS 2019 is issued.
The "Confidential Financial Statement" form must
be completed, signed by the student, and verified by the student‘s or
sponsor‘s bank or financial institution with a statement of deposit.
Before completing the "Confidential Financial Statement," the applicant
should review the estimate of institutional costs and living expenses.
The total amount of funds available to the student must be listed for
each year of planned attendance and must equal or exceed the total
estimate of institutional costs and living expenses. The "Confidential
Financial Statement" must be accurate and documented to avoid
unnecessary delay in processing.
Health Form/Health Insurance
Applicants must submit a “Student Health Form” completed in its entirety
by a physician. Documentation of measles (rubella and rubeola)
immunization must be submitted. Any document submitted in a language
other than English must be accompanied by a translation. Florida law
also requires that students residing on campus must provide proof of
immunization for meningitis and hepatitis B, or sign a waiver indicating
their informed decision not to be vaccinated.
International students are required to show proof of adequate medical
insurance coverage for illness or accidental injury before they will be
permitted to register or to continue enrollment. An adequate medical
insurance policy must meet a number of requirements, including that the
insurance proceeds are payable in U.S. currency. Insurance may be
obtained at the University before registration.
Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents
Fall Semester June 1
Spring Semester October 1
Summer Semester March 1
Notice of Admission
If a student’s application for admission to UWF is approved, an official
notice of admission will be sent by the Office of Admissions. Admission
is for a specific semester only. If the student is unable to enroll for
the semester indicated on the notice of admission, the Office of
Admissions should be informed immediately. If the student wishes to
enter a different semester, the Office of Admissions must be notified in
writing. Under no circumstances should an applicant make departure plans
for Pensacola until official approval has been given by the Office of
Admissions and the student has received the Form I-20 from the
International Student Advisor (see section on passports and visas).
Students who come to the campus without first receiving an official
notice of acceptance do so at their own risk. The student’s presence on
the campus will not influence the decision on an application for
Passports and Visas
Students meeting all admission requirements of the University will be
mailed a “Certificate of Eligibility” by the International Student
Advisor. Students possessing a valid Form I-20 or DS 2019 will be
considered for a student visa (F-1 or J-1) by presenting it and the
following documents to the nearest U.S. Embassy, or Consulate:
A valid passport,
Evidence of adequate financial support,
Evidence of proficiency in the English language, and
The type of health certificate required by the U.S. Consulate.
The student visa is stamped on a page in the passport.
Transfer of Funds
Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the current
regulations of their own governments, as many restrict the purchase of
U.S. dollars. Students should arrive with ample funds in U.S. dollars or
traveler’s checks. Local banks provide exchange services, but this
procedure can be lengthy and expensive.
International Student Advisor
The International Student Advisor is available to assist students with
problems ranging from immigration to cultural and personal matters.
Students should feel free to ask questions and seek assistance from this
office at any time. The International Student Advisor may be reached at
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service specifically restricts
permission for international students to accept employment off campus.
Permission is not granted during the first year of study. Permission, if
granted, is restricted to 20 working hours per week. Permission to
accept employment after completion of a degree for the purpose of
practical training is not a right associated with a student visa, but a
privilege. Any application for practical training must be approved by
the Immigration and Naturalization Service. This employment is for
training purposes only, for a temporary period not to exceed one year,
and provides training in the student’s field of study which is not
available in the home country.