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Frequently Asked Questions

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F1 or J1 visa to study in the United States.

No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full-time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of nine credits to be considered full-time.

No, international students are not required to take the SAT or ACT, but it is recommended, if available.

No, the university does not require the TOEFL for students who have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree or higher. However, some graduate programs require the TOEFL from all non-native speakers of English.

The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years.

Yes, the university awards credit for IB and AP exams. More information is available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

More information about academic programs and majors is available as follows:

Yes, international students can apply for a second undergraduate degree. Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can apply as post-baccalaureate non-graduate students.

Once we receive your application materials, we will send you a letter to confirm the receipt of your application. If admitted, a Notice of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) will be mailed to you.

Check with the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs for services available for international students.

Yes, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students.

Most international students attending Stetson University hold student (F1) visas. After you are admitted to Stetson University you will receive a Notification of Admission and a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form). In order to obtain a student visa, present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) to a United States embassy or consulate. The U.S. Department of State offers more information about obtaining a student visa. If you are attending a college or university in the United States, you must obtain a new Form I-20 from Stetson University. Be sure to complete the International Student Transfer Form from WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning. Your SEVIS record must be released from your former school to Stetson University. If you have specific questions about student visas, you can contact WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning at 386-822-8165.

Yes, all students must submit an immunization record. Stetson University requires proof of measles (Rubeola) and mumps immunity of all entering international students. Information about the required immunizations is available from Stetson University's Stetson Health Service.

Yes, all international students are required to have health insurance. You can either bring incoming insurance or register for Stetson University's student insurance plan.

Steps to get a Social Security Number (SSN)

  1. Get an official job offer letter, printed on letterhead. Remember, international students can only work on campus, unless they have been authorized for CPT or OPT.
  2. The letter typically comes from the Student Employment Office. A representative from Student Employment will sign the letter, then will send it WORLD for signature. Once the letter has been signed by WORLD, you can pick it up and start gathering the required materials to apply for your SSN.
  3. Gather the materials needed to apply for a Social Security Number. Typically, the required documents include the following (we recommend calling the Social Security Office at (800) 772-1213 to confirm that you have all the required documents prior to going to their office):
    a. Passport
    b. I-20
    c. I-94 (retrieve this online: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
    d. Completed social security application: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf
    e. Proof of employment (the signed letter)
  4. Take all of your documents to the Social Security Office and apply for your SSN.  Make sure you receive a receipt of application.
  5. Once you receive the official receipt of the application for the Social Security office, you will need to set up an appointment with Stetson Student Employment to complete the federal employment paperwork.

Yes. The International Student Orientation helps students with their transition to Stetson University. All newly admitted international students are required to attend at the beginning of each academic term.

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