Howard Hall (main floor)
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida
Dear Prospective Student,
We are pleased to learn of your interest in becoming an International Student at Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. The term International Student refers to any student who is not a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of the United States. FGCU first opened its doors for classes August 25, 1997, and we have enrolled a growing number of international students from throughout the world. We look forward to you joining our exciting new academic community. Applications to the university are made through the Office of Admissions.
Visa Information and I-20 Forms: The Office of Admissions issues the I-20 Form (the certificate of eligibility to study in the U.S.) to International Students who intend to pursue full time studies to obtain a degree (undergraduate or graduate). Florida Gulf Coast University will not issue an I-20 Form to any student who does not meet the university admission and U.S. immigration requirements. International Students must present the I-20 Form to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for a student visa (generally this will be an F-1 visa). If you currently have a U.S. visa, and are in the U.S., please list your visa information on the university admission application. You may be required to complete a Visa Clearance Form (see Transfer Student information) or submit additional immigration forms. You may also need to present your I-94 Card, your passport, a U.S. visa and any other immigration documents you currently hold, to the Office of Admissions.
If you currently have a visa other than an F-1 visa, you should consult the Office of Admissions to discuss your immigration status. Each visa category has restrictions on whether or not the visa holder can enroll at the university. Prospective students who have visas, passports or other immigration documents that are expired may need to seek services of an immigration attorney. Florida Gulf Coast University does not provide legal advice on immigration matters. Prospective students who are determined to be "out of status" with immigration, cannot be admitted to the university.
For information on credits, scholarships and financial aid, medical insurance, housing and transportation, please refer to our International Student Admission Guide.
For Tuition Waiver information please browse this web page, or call (239) 590-7689.
Immunization Record: All International students must provide proof of vaccination against Rubella and Measles (MMR) as described in the immunization policy before registering for classes. The Florida Legislature, recognizing the potential fatal nature of hepatitis B and meningococcal diseases, has enacted legislation effective July 1, 2008, that all new matriculating students must provide documentation of vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B OR provide a signed waiver for each declined vaccination. This is in addition to the existing requirements for measles and rubella (MMR) vaccines. A student is unable to waive out of the MMR requirement. For more information on required immunizations, please visit the web page of Student Health Services.
The International Services Office provides support services for International Students, who have been admitted to the university. This includes: orientation to living and studying in the U.S., assistance with cross-cultural adjustment and transition issues, information on and assistance with U.S. Immigration documents and regulations, and integrates international students into the university and community experience.
We look forward to having you become part of Florida Gulf Coast University.
R. Marc Laviolette
Director of Admissions
Florida Gulf Coast University
Director of International Services
Florida Gulf Coast University