International Students - How To Apply
Getting started is easy, but works best when you know the requirements and follow
the steps in the application process.
The information below will help step you through each step to make it easy, but you
have to read carefully and make sure you have your details available when it's time
to send them to campus.
Step 1: Application & Fee
- To begin the process, go to our application page. You will submit the FGCU online application with the non-refundable $30.00 application fee.
- Complete the code of conduct section and provide any necessary documentation if needed.
- Make sure you sign the application.
- Identify your country of citizenship and any visa you hold.
Step 2: Prepare TranscriptsToggle More Info
Submit OFFICIAL academic transcripts. Foreign academic transcripts must be evaluated by a credential
evaluation agency. To be considered OFFICIAL, the evaluation must be submitted directly from the evaluating agency via postal
mail. Be certain to instruct the academic evaluation agency to issue the report directly
to Florida Gulf Coast University. In most cases, a document-by-document evaluation with grade point average (GPA) being
optional, is required for high school levels. If an evaluation is being done for a
high school in an English speaking country, notification of foreign language taken
is recommended. Also, a course-by-course evaluation is required for college or university
levels with a GPA and identification of upper level courses recommended. If applicable, OFFICIAL transcripts of previous academic study in the US from each and every institution must be submitted as well.
Step 3: Gather Your Test ScoresToggle More Info
Submit OFFICIAL test scores. FGCU accepts the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude
Test (SAT I, Reasoning Test) for admission purposes. If you have never taken either
of these tests before, you may take the ACT or SAT at any location convenient to you
and have the scores sent to FGCU by indicating on the ACT registration form the FGCU
Score Report code of 0733 or for the SAT indicating the Score Report code of 5221.
To be considered official, the scores may be submitted directly from the testing agency
by paper or electronically.
Step 4: Submit English Proficiency VerificationToggle More Info
Submit current (not more than 3 years old) OFFICIAL English language proficiency verification. To be considered OFFICIAL, the verification must be submitted directly from the testing agency via postal mail.
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language
Testing System (IELTS) exam must be submitted if English is not your native language.
A TOEFL score or IELTS exam is not required if you have a degree granted from a U.S.
institution (college or university). You must have attended the whole four 4 years
and graduated from a U.S. high school to be exempt from TOEFL or IELTS.
Step 5: Submit Financial Statement FormToggle More Info
Submit the Financial Statement Form for financial responsibility. This form and more
detailed information can be found in the International Student Admission Guide. All applicants must submit proof of financial resources equivalent to the cost of
attending FGCU for one academic year (refer to the Estimated Expenses information).
The Financial Statement Form must be completed and signed by an official of your financial
institution (such as a bank) where your funds are deposited, or by a sponsor who will
be legally responsible for your financial support. This original form must be submitted;
no photocopies are accepted. This document should be dated no more than 6 months prior to the intended date of
- In order to assist you better, two samples of Financial Forms consistent with FGCU's
standards have been made available for your use.
- Select only one form that is appropriate to your specific situation and have your
financial institution complete, sign and mail it directly to the university. In order
to be considered official, the form has to be mailed by the Bank or brought in a sealed
envelope to the Admissions Office.
- If you have a sponsor/parent/guardian who is paying for all your expenses, and you
intend to reside on campus, use the Financial Support Verification Letter from a bank.
- If you are going to be living independently off-campus or with a sponsor/guardian/parent
in Florida, use the Sponsor's Financial Support Statement along with a bank statement
to verify funds.
- Whatever form you decide to use, remember that foreign currency figures are not acceptable.
All monies have to be converted to U.S. dollars. The Financial Statement should be
dated no more than six months prior to the intended date of enrollment.
Step 6: Submit Visa Clearance FormToggle More Info
If you are currently attending a U.S. institution, you must submit a Visa Clearance Form. This form must be signed by the DSO (Designated School Official) at your current
institution, verifying your visa status, and should be sent in a sealed envelope directly
to the Admissions Office at FGCU. Only International students who have recently attended a U.S. institution need to
fill out this form.
All documentation should be submitted to:
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
After reading the International Student Admission Guide, you are invited to schedule an appointment to meet with us if you would like to
discuss the application process, by contacting us at (239) 590-7883, or for TTY users
(239) 590-7886 or e-mail International Admissions. In the U.S. you can call us using the 1-888-889-1095 (toll free) number. We will
review your application and documents and advise you of any additional information
you will need to submit.