International Students

Graduate Admissions is here to assist as you embark on your journey to your graduate degree – and to our safe, secluded campus in Fort Myers.

Located between the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, FGCU enjoys a natural setting that serves as a living laboratory for learning within minutes of Southwest Florida International Airport. The metropolitan centers of Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg are each just a couple of hours away.

Important Notices

  • Master's degree programs offered only online (virtual) and graduate certificate programs do not meet the requirements for international students. Do not apply to these programs.
  • International students enrolling under a student visa do not qualify for in-state tuition rates. University and federal regulations require the submission of the Financial Support Statement prior to admission.
  • Please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information on student visas and employment restrictions while studying in the USA.
  • To view the listed cost of tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Bursar website.

Please follow these steps to complete an application for admission to a graduate program as an international student:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Application and pay $30 application fee ONLINE
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. If your bachelor's degree was earned outside of the United States, you must send official transcripts, proof of degree, copy of diploma(s), and if applicable, certification of graduation
    • All transcripts and proofs of degree must be in English; applicants must submit original language transcripts and a certified English translation
    • For all graduate applicants, the university reserves the right to request transcripts evaluated by one of the NACES-approved credential agencies
  3. Submit official graduate entrance exam (GRE, GMAT or MAT) as required by individual program
  4. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in accordance with University policy and, will be required to submit satisfactory evidence to demonstrate English language proficiency based on one of the following options:

    • Completion of English Composition I and II (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, or equivalent) with a grade of C or higher;
    • A minimum of sixty (60) credits satisfactorily completed at an accredited institution of higher education where all courses are taught in English;
    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an institution that maintains accreditation by a U.S. Department of Education-sanctioned accrediting body where instruction was in English if enrolled for at least four (4) years; or
    • An English Language proficiency assessment by a certified ESL faculty. Proficiency assessment will include the following: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The certified ESL faculty will provide Graduate Admissions with a written evaluation of the assessment and their recommendation that the international student has the language skill to do full-time university work.
  5. Submit supplemental materials as required by individual program *
  6. Submit Financial Statement and Support Letter *
  7. Submit Visa Clearance Form if currently enrolled at a U.S. institution under a student visa
  8. Submit copies of any and all immigration documents you currently have (copy of passport, Visa, I-94 form, etc.)
     International Graduate Admission Guide*

Mail or email all application materials to:

FGCU Graduate Admissions
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL USA 33965 

When all of the above are received by Graduate Admissions, your application will be forwarded to your graduate program coordinator for review. Upon an offer of admission, we will then issue your student visa and mail your USCIS documents to you.

Questions about the application process, should be emailed to Jazzmine Santiago, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions or Kelli Campbell, Associate Director, International Admissions & Student Success.

For information about scholarships, medical insurance regulations and US visa/immigration pre-arrival preparations, consult our Office of Global Initiatives and International Services.