Dec 03, 2023  
International Student Handbook 
International Student Handbook

International Admissions Process


Florida Poly International Admissions Process

Studying in the United States (US) as an international student can be a complicated process to navigate on your own. Florida Polytechnic University’s International Student Services (ISS) team was established to provide guidance on the required processes to apply, assist with your transition to living in the US, and maintain your status.

Before beginning your international admissions application process, please review the Office of Admissions requirements per education level and visa type so you are aware of the next steps in your process.

For additional assistance, please contact:

International Admissions Requirements

This is a brief overview of international students’ initial steps to apply at Florida Poly.

     Send all Admissions documents to:

Florida Polytechnic University
Office of Admission
4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805

*Letters of Recommendation and Letters of Intent can be emailed directly to your admissions counselor.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete an international admission application:
    • An admissions essay is now required. We are eager to learn as much as possible about the extracurricular activities of our applicants, in particular, how those experiences have contributed to their intellectual and personal growth. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit at least one, but no more than three, letter(s) of recommendation, preferably from a math or science teacher.

  2. Submit your official scores:
    • Undergraduates: SAT (school code: 7303) and/or the ACT (school code: 2869) - use the school code to have your official and certified copies sent directly to Florida Po

      • High school or transfer students with less than 60 credit hours and without a university-level degree will be required to submit either ACT or SAT scores. 

    • Graduates: Request GRE scores be sent from ETS to Florida Polytechnic University.

      • Graduate students must also send a Letter of Intent

        • Please create a statement that reflects your interest in the program and include information on research interests and relative current or past experience in the field of interest.

  3. Submit scores for at least one English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB):
    • Students with an Associate of Arts degree or higher from a US institution or an institution whose primary instruction language is English may waive language proficiency testing requirements.

  4. Send your official school transcripts (high school or higher): 
    • Currently, Florida Poly accepts transcripts evaluated through the following services:
      • World Education Services (WES)

      • Academic Evaluation Services (AES)

      • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)

      • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. 

Next Steps After Acceptance

Students accepted to Florida Poly will receive an offer letter.
  • To confirm your acceptance of this offer, students must pay the Enrollment Deposit of $235 USD.
    • This includes your $200 tuition deposit and $35 orientation fee.

    • This deposit is required to confirm your enrollment eligibility and propels you to your next steps as a new international student.

    • Pay your Enrollment Deposit here.

  • Once you have paid the enrollment deposit, you will receive an automated “Welcome” email from our IT Department within 24 hours.
Submission deadlines: December 15 (Spring enrollment) and May 1 (Fall enrollment).
  • Your next steps will depend upon the nonimmigrant visa (NIV) type you intend to study under at Florida Poly.

Admitted F-1 Visa Student Next Steps

After you receive the automated “Welcome” email from the IT department:
  • Complete the F-1 Pre-Arrival Onboarding Course in CANVAS.

  • This course explains your pre-arrival requirements and how to request Form I-20.

  • You cannot move to the next steps or request the I-20 until you have successfully completed this course.

  • See Admitted Student Next Steps for additional new student information.

Admitted J-1 Visa Student Next Steps

After you receive the automated “Welcome” email from the IT department:

Admitted Non-F/J Visa Student Next Steps

After you receive the automated “Welcome” email from the IT department:
  • ISS will contact you to confirm your nonimmigrant visa (NIV) status and will be required to provide evidence of your status.

  • You may view the NIV Study & Residency Guide  to reference more information regarding the study guidelines and restrictions for all NIV classifications.

  • You are responsible for complying with the immigration regulations for studying in the US under your NIV type.

  • See Admitted Student Next Steps for additional new student information.