International Students

Undergraduate Students from almost 50 countries call Saint Leo University home.

 

Visit campus and see what we mean. Join a class discussion about contemporary Caribbean history, French language, and the link between politics and economics in international affairs. Enjoy the cafeteria's authentic tostones and yucca con mojo for Latino Heritage Week. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with ribbon dancing and sweet oranges. Play salsa, bhangra and J-pop in your residence hall room. Play a pick-up fútbol game by campus' peaceful Lake Jovita.

Saint Leo truly is a university of international consequence. Located in the lush, rolling hills of Central Florida, we welcome about 200 students each year from around the world-that's more than 14% of our undergraduate campus community.

For international student admissions, click here.

International Student Services

Even if you have lived and travelled abroad before, you may find Saint Leo and the United States higher education system a bit different from your home country. To help you adjust and achieve success in all aspects of your new life, Saint Leo offers a variety of programs, clubs and events specially tailored to the needs of our international students.

The International Services Office is dedicated to helping international students throughout your entire time at Saint Leo. We start with pre-arrival advising, and continue to offer guidance on everything from academic support and immigration to American slang and holiday customs.

A primary role of the Office of International Services is to serve as an intermediary between international students and the U.S. government.

Got questions? Were are here to assist, nurture and support:

  • Obtain and maintain visa status
  • Prepare for your F-1 visa interview
  • Find on-campus employment
  • Get vaccinations required for on-campus housing
  • Enroll in Saint Leo's health insurance plan
  • Obtain a U.S. drivers license

Contact the Multicultural and International Services Office at (352) 588-8489.

International Clubs & Programs

  • International Student Orientation: A special introduction to Saint Leo and U.S. university life before the general first-year orientation. Academic, cultural and immigration issues are discussed in detail. Learn more about International Student Orientation »
  • Cultural Liaisons Academic Success Program (CLASP): Operated by Saint Leo's Learning Resource Center, CLASP connects international students with peer mentors who are either from your area of the world or have a strong interest in that area. Learn more about the Learning Resource Center »
  • Intercultural Student Association (ISA): Open to all international students and U.S. students with an interest in international issues, ISA promotes international diversity and cultural awareness. Events include speakers, film screenings and trips to Florida tourist attractions.
  • International Education Week: An annual joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the national weeklong program—localized at Saint Leo—celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
  • Feast for the World: Saint Leo's annual international food expo held each November during International Education Week. International students prepare and share dishes from their home country, from Indian curry and Irish stew to Austrian apple cake and Spanish flan.
  • Student Organizations: Includes the Asian Culture Society, Caribbean Student Association, Saudi Students Club at Saint Leo, La Familia and Goizueta Scholars for Latino and Hispanic students. Don't see a club for your culture? Saint Leo makes it easy to start your own. View all Clubs & Organizations »
  • Food for Thought: Monthly faculty-and-staff-led trips to area ethnic restaurants expose students to a wide variety of cuisines and cultures, including Ethiopian, Thai and Vietnamese. Click here to visit our Student Activities page!

Funding & Loans

Generally, international students must show evidence of ability to pay all direct and indirect costs of attendance. U.S. Immigration law requires non-U.S. citizens who are not permanent residents to submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form as proof that assets are available to cover all costs of attendance.

Academic scholarships are available to international students on the basis of academic qualifications, and will be determined at the time your application for admission is reviewed. Educational loans are available to international students through a variety of lending institutions. Virtually all require the signature of a U.S. co-signer.

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for information on affording your Saint Leo education.