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International Admissions Process

Prospective International Students: Begin Here!

Northwest Florida State College offers two-year and four-year degree options for International students seeking to come to the United States for study under an F-1 Student Visa. For a complete list of degree and program options:

CURRENT Application and Supporting Documentation Deadlines for International Students:

  • Fall: 01 Apr
  • Spring: 01 Oct
  • Summer: 01 Feb

International students seeking college credit on the F-1 or M-1 Visa must satisfy all program admission requirements. Additionally, all International applicants must complete the following steps in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Complete the NWFSC Application for Admission.
  2. Complete the Supplemental Information Form.
  3. Provide proof of High School or Secondary School Completion.
    • Admission to NWFSC requires that applicants demonstrate proof of completion of a level of education that is equal to or higher than a U.S. high school diploma.
    • Please send official high school transcripts to a NACES-accredited credential evaluation for translation and evaluation ( You will want to request the evaluation to be mailed directly to:
      • ATTN: Registrar at Northwest Florida State College.
        100 College Boulevard E.
        Niceville, FL 32578
    • University or College credit – International transcript may be submitted for credit if evaluated by a NACES accredited organization.
  4. Proof of English Proficiency:
    • Official TOEFL scores required.
      • NWFSC requires a minimum score of 61 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT) for admission
      • Students who have evidence of English proficiency in lieu of a passing TOEFL may submit an English Proficiency Exam Request form.
  5. Proof of Financial Support
  6. Proof of Health Insurance:
      • Health Insurance – proof of health insurance beginning on date of travel.
  7. Valid Passport.

International Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

International Admissions

Your F-1 student status permits you to work on campus at the college while you are enrolled in a full course of study. Your NWFSC I-20 is your proof of work eligibility for part-time on-campus employment at NWFSC only. Pre-approval from a DSO is not required for part-time on-campus employment. You must maintain F-1 status to be eligible for this employment benefit; maintaining status means that you are a full-time registered student (except for approved exceptions) in good academic standing with a valid I-20.

Definition of “On-Campus” Employment

  • Employment for NWFSC
    • Academic Support Services Tutor, Testing Center Staff Assistant, Raider Central Staff Assistant
  • Work performed in a campus location for a commercial firm providing direct services to students
    • Example: Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Building 410 across from Raider Life

Time Limits

  • Part-time (20 hours per week or less) during regular full-time semesters
  • Full-time (more than 20 hours per week) between semesters
  • Full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during your annual vacation

Expiration of On-Campus Employment Eligibility

Your on-campus employment eligibility ends:

  • When you graduate. It expires the last day of your final semester, even if your I-20 expiration date is in the future.
  • If you transfer to another school; your work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release date.
  • If you violate your F-1 status.

It is your responsibility to research and understand your on-campus work eligibility. It is generally not the job of NWFSC staff outside of DSOs to thoroughly know the immigration regulations. It is possible you will be offered employment that you are not eligible to accept or for your employment eligibility to expire without your employer notifying you. Be sure to contact a DSO if you have any concerns or questions.

Yes. You must meet in person with one of two designated school officials: Ms. Heather Dietzold, These individuals will review your course schedule, confirm with SEVIS your arrival on campus, and go over other important information regarding maintaining your status as an F1 Visa holder while in the US. Failure to report to one of these individuals prior to the start of classes will result in the termination of your I-20.

No. NWFSC does not currently offer on-campus housing, nor are we able to accommodate off-campus housing requests or assistance. All international students are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation options prior to arrival in the United States. Here are some important things to consider when searching for housing options:

  • Most leasing/rental companies will require a criminal background check and, therefore, ask you for some personal information before agreeing to rent or lease a property to you.
  • If you do not have a United States Social Security Number or credit score, some leasing/rental companies will require that you provide 2-3 times the standard deposit for a property and may ask to see proof of funds.
  • Some companies may ask for a copy of your F-1 visa and/or admission letter from NWFSC.
  • NWFSC is located in an area that sees a lot of tourism, so plan ahead as certain properties may be booked far in advance.
  • BE SAFE! Do not work with companies that do not have websites. Check online property reviews and crime reports. Do not be afraid to ask questions before signing a lease agreement.
  • Prices will vary based on location and size of property.
  • Most companies will require you to sign a 12-month lease or rental agreement. This is standard.

NWFSC does not and cannot recommend a specific property or company.

Typical processing time is 5 business days after we have received all required documents. Shipping times vary depending on country.

All F1 Visa holders are permitted to enter the US no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of classes for their first semester.

A Form I-20 is an official US Immigration document that will be provided to you after completion of all the admission requirements for international students. You may use the information contained on the digital copy to schedule your interview, but you will need the signed, paper copy of your I-20 before you go to a US Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview.

You are permitted to register for classes as soon as you receive notice of full admission via email. You are required to register only for courses that are part of your degree program. A Student Success Advisor will be available to assist you with this prior to your arrival.