Steps to Enroll: International Students

Join the international student community at Seminole State College! Our campuses, located near Central Florida's world famous theme parks and beaches, offer a diverse and welcoming environment, where students from 94 countries are currently pursuing their dreams of higher education. If attending Seminole State as an international student sounds like a destination for you, then follow these steps. For more information, visit the International Students Office website or call 407.708.2172.

1. Submit an Application for Admission
You have several options for applying to Seminole State College: Please note: At this time, international students cannot use the College's online application.
2. Complete the International Student Form and Provide Supporting Documents
To obtain an International Student Form:
  • Download and print the International Student Form from the Seminole State website.
  • Pick up a copy from any Seminole State Admissions Office.
  • Request the form by calling 407.708.2172.
Supporting Documents:

An International Processing Fee of 50 U.S. dollars is required. Overseas applicants must use an international money order.

You must also submit:
  • A clear photo copy of your passport identification page with a current expiration date.
  • A formal color photograph (passport size only).
Financial Support Documents:

All documents must be written in English. (An official translation conducted in the applicant's home country or in the United States is acceptable.) A translator/interpreter seal or stamp is required, and only original documents will be accepted (no facsimiles or photo copies).

  • Item A: Current Bank Letter - The letter must be on official bank letterhead, with an original stamp or seal and an official signature from a bank representative. It must indicate when the account was opened, the type of account and the average and current balance in U.S. dollars. This document cannot be more than six months old.
  • Item B: Affidavit of Financial/Educational Support with Notary Stamp - It is possible to have more than one sponsor. Sponsors do not have to reside in the United States, nor do they have to be relatives of the student.
  • Item C: Employment Verification Letter - This letter must be on business stationery and include an original seal or stamp as well as an official signature from the company or institution. It must state the sponsor's job title, annual or monthly salary (if paid on hourly basis, indicate hourly rate and number of hours worked per week), and the length of time employed with the company.
  • Item D: Scholarship Letter - The scholarship letter must be printed on business or government stationery and indicate the dollar amount of the award and what the award covers.
Please note:
  • If the student is acting as his or her own sponsor, only Item A is required.
  • If the student has one or more sponsors, each sponsor must provide items A, B and C (as supplement, if needed).
  • Item D is for scholarships only. Item B may also be required, depending on the source of the scholarship.
3. Provide Your Transcripts
Have your high school or university transcript evaluated by World Education Services or Josef Silny and Associates Inc., and submit it to:
Seminole State College
Enrollment Services Office
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773-6199

Your evaluated educational transcripts must be received before an I-20 can be issued for college credit.

Please note: Transcripts are not required to enroll in the English Language Institute.
4. Receive Your I-20 Packet
Make an appointment with the embassy in your home country. Present the required documents and your I-20 to obtain an F-1 visa.
5. Arrive in the United States and Report to the International Student Office
Provide Seminole State's International Student Office with your I-20, I-94, passport and F-1 visa.
6. Complete a Placement Test
If you have already taken the SAT or ACT, you must submit an official copy of your scores to Seminole State's Records Office before your advising appointment. If you have not taken either test, the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is provided on a walk-in basis in the Assessment and Testing Center on any Seminole State campus. Testing hours are available online or by calling 407.708.2020.
7. Attend the Mandatory F-1 Orientation
F-1 students are required to attend the orientation in order to learn about F-1 regulations.
8. Create Your MySeminoleState Account
Once your residency has been approved and you have a student ID number, visit MySeminoleState online and click "Create New Student Account" in the Login box. Fill in the blank fields, and click "Save." If you have questions, visit the MySeminoleState Help page or call 407.708.2050.
9. View the Online Orientation
Orientation is mandatory for all students. During orientation, you will learn about College policies and procedures as well as campus activities. Click here to complete the online orientation. For more information, call 407.708.2050.

Please note: You cannot view the online orientation until you have created your MySeminoleState account (see step 8).
10. Schedule an Advising Appointment
After completing your online orientation, you will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. The advisor will use your test scores and transcripts to determine if further testing is needed and to help you plan your course schedule.

Please bring one of the following to your advising appointment:
  • Your evaluated, unofficial Seminole State transcript, accessible via MySeminoleState.
  • Your unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges you have attended.
Please note: Transcripts that have not been evaluated by Seminole State's Records Office will affect your class selection.
11. Register for Classes
Following advisement, return to the Admissions Office to register for your first-term classes using MySeminoleState. F-1 students must enroll in 12 credit hours.
12. Pay for Your Classes
Log in to your MySeminoleState Student Center to determine your course fees and your payment due date. You can pay your tuition and fees at any campus Cashiers/Business Office or online with MySeminoleState. Accepted forms of payment are: cash, debit cards, personal checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
13. Log in to Your Student Email
Office 365 is the College's official student email system. Approximately one day after you create your MySeminoleState account, your student email account will become active. Official communications from the College will only be sent to your student email account. Click here for instructions to activate your account.

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