Welcome international students! We are glad that you are interested in studying at Jacksonville University. Our campus is a wonderful place to learn!
If you are an international undergraduate student who will be studying in the United States for the first time, you will require a government issued F-1 student visa for the duration of your studies. The first step in being admitted to Jacksonville University and acquiring your visa is to complete the online application.
Students on other types of temporary visas and students transferring from other U.S. institutions on an F-1 student visa should also complete the international application and follow the steps below. Please note: International graduate students and students who hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency should complete one of the following applications: www.ju.edu/apply.
In addition to your application, we will require a few more documents:
• International Freshman:
o Please submit certified copies of secondary school transcripts as well as the results of any state examinations that you have taken. The copies of your transcripts should include the courses that you have taken and the grades that you have received for the last four years of your secondary education. The transcripts should be signed, stamped, and placed in a sealed envelope by your school or the Department of Education in your home country. You may then place the sealed envelope with your documents in another larger envelope for mailing purposes.
o A certified true copy of your secondary school diploma or proof of graduation may also be required.
o If your documents are not in English, please be sure to provide a certified translation.
o International freshmen whose first language is English must take the SAT (www.collegeboard.org) or ACT (www.act.org). These exams have slightly different formats and fees. Either one is acceptable. Please be sure to send your score report directly from the testing agency.
o International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.
o An international evaluation of your secondary school transcripts is recommended for all students who have completed A-level examinations, European Baccalaureate examinations, or 13 years of secondary education. College credit may be awarded based on an evaluation.
• International Transfer Students
o If you have ever attended a college or university in the United States or abroad, you will be considered a transfer student for admission purposes. Jacksonville University will require official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
o Students who have attended a U.S. institution should request that official transcripts be sent to the Jacksonville University Office of Admissions.
o If you are currently studying on an F-1 at another U.S. Institution, please complete the transfer verification form and notify your international counselor that you will need your SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record to be transferred at the end of the semester.
o Students who have attended a college or university in another country should submit an international course-by-course evaluation. For this purpose, Jacksonville University recommends World Education Services (www.wes.org), however evaluations from any member of the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will be accepted.
• Meeting English Proficiency
Students whose first language is not English may demonstrate proficiency by submitting original copies of score reports, certificates or transcripts of the following:
o The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of either 540 on the paper-based exam or 76 on the computer-based exam.
o The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of a band 6.0.
o A critical reading score on the SAT of 450 or higher.
o Reading and writing scores of 20 or higher on the ACT.
o High school transcripts showing a minimum of three years at an English-speaking institution and demonstrating significant language achievement through rigorous coursework.
o Transcripts showing the completion of an ESL (English as a Second Language) program at a regionally accredited college or university and the completion of a course in English Composition equivalent to ENGL 103 with a grade of C or higher.
o Transcripts showing 24 or more college-level credits with a C average or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
o High achieving students who fall short of the English proficiency requirement may be considered for conditional admission or Jacksonville University’s partnership ESL (English as a Second Language) program.
• Letter of Recommendation
o One letter of recommendation may be submitted by an educator able to evaluate the applicant’s ability to succeed at Jacksonville University. All recommendations must be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.
• Confidential Financial Statement
o The first step in acquiring your F-1 student visa to study in the United States is to be admitted to an approved U.S. institution of higher learning such as Jacksonville University. The second step is to be approved for an I20 certificate of eligibility. To be approved for an I20, all international students must demonstrate that they are prepared to pay for their education and living expenses while in the United States.
o For the purposes of the I20, Jacksonville University requires that students provide original documentation showing that they can finance the first year of expenses including tuition, room, board, living expenses, transportation and health insurance. A confidential financial statement will be provided to all international applicants for this purpose. An original bank letter that is stamped and signed by a bank official will also be acceptable. Statements of credit, non-liquid assets, and estimates are unacceptable. If the applicant plans to finance his or her education through a parent or sponsor, a statement of support will be required.
o Please submit a copy of the picture page of a current passport that will be valid for at least six months after your expected stay in the United States.
o Jacksonville University automatically assesses all incoming students for partial academic scholarships.
o Talent based scholarships may also be available to high achieving athletes and fine arts students.
o External scholarships and funding opportunities from your home country may also be applied toward the cost of tuition and living expenses. Some additional opportunities may be advertised by the Institute of International Education (www.iie.org).
• Recruited NCAA Student Athletes
o All incoming freshmen student athletes will need to take either the SAT or the ACT in order to become an academic qualifier.
o All student athletes should submit an Educational History Form.
o Student athletes should work closely with their coaches regarding academic and amateurism requirements.