International Students

Stetson encourages applications from international students. Students are expected to meet the regular admission requirements and demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring no less a 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (“TOEFL”) of the College Entrance Examination Board or a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System ("IELTS"). Admission of international students is based primarily on records of previous achievement. The Admission Committee will not admit students who are not proficient in English and whose records do not indicate potential successful academic performance at Stetson.

Application Process

A student should proceed as follows:

  1. Completed application and $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee;
  2. Submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS;
  3. Provide secondary school transcripts, English translations, and a professional equivalency evaluation of these transcripts; and
  4. Submit the International Student Certification of Finances                                                                                                                  

Optional additional submissions provide opportunities to strengthen the application for admission. Students may submit any or all of the following:

  1. SAT or ACT scores;
  2. A writing sample: personal essay, short answer questions, or graded high school paper; and/or
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher.

Students wishing to transfer college credit to Stetson University must also provide the following:

  1. An official transcript from all universities attended; and
  2. A certified equivalency evaluation of those transcripts.

When all of these documents are received by the Office of Admission, Stetson University will determine the appropriate transfer credit to be awarded.


International students are required to make an enrollment deposit of $500 which is nonrefundable, toward their cost of study at Stetson. This deposit must be received before the I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility” form is issued by the University and returned to the student for his/her application for a student visa. 


Per University policy and per U.S. Immigration law under the Cultural Exchange Act, International students are required to have adequate health insurance coverage while enrolled as an active student at the University. All International Students will be required to enroll in the student insurance plan offered by the University’s insurance agent unless they have other, comparable insurance and provide their current insurance information. Please contact WORLD: International Learning for more information at: 386-822-8165, or go to the WORLD: International Learning website.

Getting your I-20

Initial I-20

All students who will need an F-1 student visa in order to attend Stetson University will need to first be fully admitted, then provide the following documentation:

  • Completed Certification of Finances
  • Proof of Funding (most commonly a bank statement)
  • Photocopy of Passport Information Page

Students will need to show that they can provide the funding for one year of study at Stetson University, which includes the Undergraduate Tuition & Fees for one year as well as approximately $2,000 for books and other expenses. This amount includes any and all scholarships that the student is awarded by Stetson University or other entities.

Students who are not fully admitted or who cannot prove that they have sufficient funding for one full year at Stetson University will not receive an I-20 for their F-1 student visa application.

Transferring an I-20

Any students who are already in the United States studying under an F-1 student visa will need to provide the above information. In addition, we will need the following:

  • Photocopy of Current I-20
  • Photocopy of Current F-1 Student Visa

Once all of the forms have been received, the student will receive a Transfer Clearance Form so that he or she can arrange for their current institution to release their SEVIS record to Stetson University.