May 19, 2024  
International Student Handbook 
International Student Handbook

International Student Handbook

Welcome to Florida Polytechnic University and Lakeland, Florida!

We are honored that you have chosen to study at Florida Poly and look forward to helping create a great academic experience.

The International Student Handbook provides information and resources to assist international students in their transition to study and live in the United States (US). This handbook can help with learning American terminology and adapting to life in the US at a public university. It also provides important resources regarding university guidelines, policies, and immigration regulations while studying in the US.

The primary visa for degree-seeking study in the US is the F-1 Visa; the immigration regulations in this handbook will specifically address the requirements for study in the US for this visa classification. However, there are students in other visa categories seeking to study that are still considered international students; there are links to resources to assist these students in determining their eligibility to study and identifying any restrictions. 

Regardless of immigration status, all prospective international applicants should apply and verify their intended status, so the Office of Admissions can proficiently assist with the application process and requirements.

This handbook was designed to be used with the Florida Poly Academic Catalog that applies to the academic (catalog) year you began at Florida Poly. The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks provide additional information regarding academic programs, university policies and guidelines, campus resources, student life, and other valuable information designed to help learn more about the university, city, and what to expect.

All efforts have been made to provide valid and current information. If you need help or have a question not answered in this handbook, please contact International Student Services (ISS) at for additional information and resources.

Please utilize this handbook’s hyperlinks to websites, forms, and other documentation to access additional information and detailed resources. 

About International Student Services (ISS)

ISS comprises the Offices of Academic Affairs, Admissions, International Relations, Student Affairs, and the University Registrar. These departments collaborate to support international students’ academic and cultural experience and assist with interpreting immigration regulations and university policies. 

Services include but are not limited to assistance with enrollment, immigration advising, travel and employment authorizations, cultural programs, new student orientation, workshops, and online learning modules.           

We understand that moving to a new country can be an overwhelming experience, and we hope to provide students with enough information and resources to help make their transition smoother.

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns, and good luck in all of your endeavors - we wish you the best in your studies at Florida Poly!  

DISCLAIMER: This Handbook is not intended to be comprehensive or to address all possible applications or exceptions to Florida Polytechnic University’s policies and procedures. Some of the subjects described in this Handbook are covered in detail, and some are briefly summarized. For this reason, if you have any questions concerning a particular policy or procedure, you should utilize the links to resources to access specific information. This Handbook is neither written nor meant to confer any rights or privileges on students or impose any obligations on Florida Polytechnic University. It is written for informational purposes only and may contain unintentional oversights, which may require revisions, as applicable. 
The policies, procedures, and practices described herein may be modified, supplemented, or discontinued in whole or in part at any time, with or without notice. Although all attempts will be made to inform students of any changes as they occur, students are responsible for staying current on all university policies, procedures, and practices. The University may reproduce or modify this handbook or parts for distribution in other formats (e.g., on a web page, in different forms for computer access, or in school or academic department publications).
Students, applicants, and other handbook users should consult with the appropriate university officials to verify the current text or status of the policies, procedures, or information contained herein to determine whether the information in this handbook or other publications has been superseded or changed.
Please contact the Office of the University Registrar if you have additional inquiries about the International Student Handbook.