International Students

Coming from outside of the U.S.?

We feel enriched by the diverse body of international students on campus. Here are some important steps you should know about enrolling as an international student.

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    F-1 Visa

    We are currently accepting applications from individuals requiring an F-1 visa.
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    General Admissions Requirements

    International applicants must meet all the General Admissions Requirements.

    AdventHealth University does not admit international students on Probation status. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 must be presented during admission review to be eligible to study at the University (for students entering Summer 2019 or later).

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    I-20 Application

    Once admitted, international students must complete the I-20 Application Form and financial affidavit. These forms will be emailed to you by the International Student Manager. All F‐1 students are required to enroll in no less than 12 credits per trimester.

Maintaining Status

Failing to maintain status is serious and could result in deportation.

Additional Information

Off-campus employment
Students with an F-1 visa are strictly prohibited from working off campus.

On-campus employment
On-campus employment is defined as employment on the University's premises. This is not a requirement, but an option to help you get through school. F-1 students can work on campus for 20 hours per week or less. F-1 students who are maintaining their status may begin working in their first term at the University. A social security card is required for an on-campus job. See the International Student Manager for application process.

Traveling
F-1 students planning to travel out of the country during school breaks should contact the International Student Manager no less than two (2) weeks before their departure date. The manager must sign the student’s I‐20 before leaving the country to ensure a smooth return into the United States.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary employment benefit extended to F-1 students after graduation who have been maintaining their full-time student status for at least one full academic year. Its purpose is to give students the opportunity to gain work experience related to their degree and is limited to 12 months. To apply for OPT, make an appointment with the International Student Manager at least five months prior to the date of graduation. Do not apply for OPT if you think you may not graduate on time. There is no way to defer OPT authorization.

Keep in Touch

One of the most common difficulties encountered by international students is miscommunication. Abiding by the government regulations pertaining to F-1 students are the responsibility of each F-1 student, but the International Student Advisor is always willing to assist with questions. It is very important to keep in touch with the International Student Advisor and you can do so by calling 407-303- 7742.

International Transcripts

Want to transfer credits from schools outside of the U.S.?

Applicants who attended high school or college outside the United States will be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation for that coursework. AdventHealth University will accept evaluations from the following credential evaluation companies:

  • World Education Services (WES). www.wes.org
    • High School – Document by Document (WES Basic)
    • College/University – Course by Course (WES Basic)
      • Graduate applicants who plan to apply to a program that utilizes a Centralized Application System must use WES.
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). www.ece.org
    • High School & College/University – Course by Course
  • Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. www.aes-edu.org
    • High School – Grade Evaluation
    • College/University – Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. www.jsilny.org
    • High School & College/University - Course by Course
      *Must pay the additional fee to include grade point average on top of basic fee

Applicants are responsible for the cost of these reports and will need to follow the instructions provided by the individual credential evaluation company. Please note that documents in a foreign language must be translated into English by an official translation company/institution and submitted with official transcripts to the credential evaluation company. The evaluation must include a grade-point-average (GPA).

Evaluations received from any other transcript evaluation companies will not be considered to fulfill admission requirements and will not be retained in the applicant’s file.

How to Apply

Ready to get started?

If you are an international student requiring an F visa, begin by completing our online application.

Apply Now →

Need a little Help?

Our International Student Manager is here to help.

Elisabeth Anderson
Elisabeth Anderson
International Student Manager
Elisabeth.Anderson@adu.edu