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International Students

    A university of international consequence, Saint Leo welcomes a significant number of students from around the world—80 countries to be exact. In fact, international students comprise 19% of our University Campus  community. 

    Am I an International Student?

    Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F-1 visa to study in the United States.

    See country specific admissions requirements here
    See list of English proficiency test exempt countries here. 

    Undergraduate Admission Requirements

    Admission to Saint Leo University is a simple, straightforward process. Applicants should submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

    1. Application
      Apply online

    2. Official Transcript
      Submit transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas or certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, along with course descriptions and credit values. 
      Certified word-for-word translations of all non-English credentials must be provided.
      Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file.

    3. Proof of English Language Proficiency
      All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency by at least one of the following: 
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 45 iBT
      2. International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 5.0
      3. Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 35
      4. Successful completion of ELS Level 109
      5. For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
      6. Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
      7. Students who meet these requirements are eligible for admission to Saint Leo University through the Bridge Program. Undergraduate students will be required to utilize elective credits for English courses and graduate students will be required to take the foundation component of their program. Student’s English Proficiency scores will determine placement into the Bridge program. See Bridge Program for more details.

        Saint Leo University reserves the right to require a student to take Bridge classes to increase English proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores. Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

    4. Photocopy of the Biographical section of your current passport

    5. Proof of Financial Ability to Pay
      Generally, international students must show evidence of ability to pay all direct and indirect costs of attendance. Indirect costs include expenses not covered by tuition, room/board and fee charges.

      Submit your completed and signed Certificate of Finances form
      Send supporting financial documentation. All students are required to demonstrate the financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued an immigration document by Saint Leo University. All supporting financial documents must be in English or accompanied by a notarized English translation showing available liquid funds. The financial documents cannot be older than six months at the time of submission to Saint Leo University in order to be considered valid. These financial documents include, but are not limited to, bank statements and letters, government or organization scholarships. These items can be sent electronically, through postal mail or faxed. 

      Once your documents have been received and reviewed, Saint Leo University will issue the Form I-20. This will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your Certificate of Finances form.



    Graduate Admission Requirements

    To apply for enrollment in one of Saint Leo University's traditional campus graduate programs:

      1. Application
        Apply online

      2. Official Transcript
        Submit transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas or certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, along with course descriptions and credit values. 
        Certified word-for-word translations of all non-English credentials must be provided.
        Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file.

        Saint Leo University accepts 3- Year Bachelor’s Degree for Direct entry in our Master of Business Administration and MS Cybersecurity (STEM) program.

      3. Proof of English Language Proficiency
        All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency by at least one of the following: 
        1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 45 iBT
        2. International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 5.0
        3. Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 35
        4. Successful completion of ELS Level 109
        5. For transfer students, two semesters with grades of B or higher in English composition courses at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States
        6. Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
        7. Students who meet these requirements are eligible for admission to Saint Leo University through the Bridge Program. Undergraduate students will be required to utilize elective credits for English courses and graduate students will be required to take the foundation component of their program. Student’s English Proficiency scores will determine placement into the Bridge program. See Bridge Program for more details.

          Saint Leo University reserves the right to require a student to take Bridge classes to increase English proficiency in a particular area, regardless of total test scores. Other English language examination results will also be considered, and experience studying in the English language, as documented through school transcripts, will be taken into consideration.

      4. Supplemental Documentation
        1. Submit a current resume.
        2. Submit two professional recommendations completed on forms you can download here.
        3. Submit a Statement of Professional Goals of 500 words or more that outlines how your educational and career goals match Saint Leo University's program.

      5. Photocopy of the biographical section of your current passport

      6. Proof of Financial Ability to Pay
        Generally, international students must show evidence of ability to pay all direct and indirect costs of attendance. Indirect costs include expenses not covered by tuition, room/board and fee charges.

        Submit your completed and signed Certificate of Finances form. 
        Send supporting financial documentation. All students are required to demonstrate the financial ability to pay for at least one year of academic and living expenses before being issued an immigration document by Saint Leo University. All supporting financial documents must be in English or accompanied by a notarized English translation showing available liquid funds. The financial documents cannot be older than six months at the time of submission to Saint Leo University in order to be considered valid. These financial documents include, but are not limited to, bank statements and letters, government or organization scholarships. These items can be sent electronically, through postal mail or faxed. 

        Once your documents have been received and reviewed, Saint Leo University will issue the Form I-20. This will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your Certificate of Finances form.

    Saint Leo University 
    University Campus - MC 2008
    33701 State Road 52
    PO Box 6665
    Saint Leo, FL 33574
    Fax: (352) 588-8257
    admissions@saintleo.edu


    Bridge Program

    Some international students may not satisfy the language proficiency requirements for general admission but still meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for University admission through the Bridge Program.

    The Bridge Program is available for both undergraduate and graduate degree course work.
    Visit the Bridge Program web page for more information. 

    Application, recommendation and transcripts can be sent to:
    Saint Leo University 
    University Campus - MC 2008
    33701 State Road 52
    PO Box 6665
    Saint Leo, FL 33574
    Fax: (352) 588-8257
    intladmission@saintleo.edu

    Next Steps

    After you have received your Form I-20 and F-1 student visa, you will need to complete the following steps:

    Contact Admissions

    University Campus Admissions

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Phone: (352) 588-8283
    Toll Free: (800) 334-5532
    Fax: (352) 588-8257
    Email: admissions@saintleo.edu

    Office of Admissions
    Saint Leo University
    33701 State Road 52
    PO Box 6665, MC 2008
    Saint Leo, FL 33574

    Admissions Office Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Select Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Closed Sundays


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