Getting Started

Application Deadlines

  • Fall (August - December): July 1
  • Spring (January - April): December 1
  • Summer (May - July): April 1


Fill out the application online.

Submit Documentation

Before we can issue your initial I-20, we must have the following documentation:

  • Copy of valid passport page.
  • Completed Declaration of Finances  form along with bank documentation.
  • Request the evaluation of your educational transcripts
    • Must use a NACES approved agency.
    • Transcripts must be in English (NACES agencies can also provide translation).

F-1 Visa Interview

Once you receive your I-20, you can pay your SEVIS fee and make an appointment at your embassy or consulate to solicit your F-1 visa. Make sure to bring all of your documentation to the interview. 

Arrive in the United States

You may enter the US up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your I-20. You will need to purchase mandatory health insurance and maintain the insurance for the duration of your F-1 visa. 

F-1 visa applicants are advised to wait for visa approval prior to making travel arrangements and/or purchasing airline tickets. 

Check-In with ISO

You will need to provide the following documents to the International Student Office once you arrive in the US.

  • Proof of purchasing health insurance
  • International Student Check-In Form
  • F-1 Responsibilities Agreement
  • Copy of Visa
  • Copy of I-94

You will also attend a mandatory International Student Orientation. Details are provided in your acceptance letter. 

Placement Test

All Seminole State students who studied part of high school in a country where English is not the only official language are required to:

  • Complete a timed writing sample for possible placement into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in addition to having college-ready PERT, ACT or SAT scores.
  • Complete the Level of English Proficiency (LOEP) test in addition to completing the timed writing sample if PERT, ACT or SAT scores are not college-ready.
  • Score at LOEP EAP Intermediate (EAP 400) level to take the PERT math test.
  • Complete the EAP sequence without a retake of PERT/LOEP after starting the sequence (Students may retake PERT/LOEP and Writing sample after two year's absence from  sequence for advancement purposes).

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