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Saint Leo University supports and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds and experiences that international students bring to the University.
Whether you are planning to enter college in the United States for the first time, looking to transfer credit from previous academic experience, or interested in furthering your education with a graduate degree, Saint Leo University welcomes you to our online programs.
For international students interested in studying at the University main campus, please visit https://www.saintleo.edu/international-students-admissions.
To apply for enrollment in one of Saint Leo's online programs, follow the standard undergraduate or graduate application process, with the following additional steps:
- Pay your application fee with funds drawn from a U.S. bank and made payable in U.S. dollars. The one-time, nonrefundable fee is $45 for undergraduate programs, and $80 for graduate programs.
- Have your non-U.S. credits evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation agency (a list of recommended agencies can be found below).
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
All international candidates for admission must prove English language proficiency by at least one of the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 79 iBT
- International English Language Testing system (IELTS) - minimum score of 6.5
- Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE A) - minimum score of 53
- 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
- Successful completion of a NAFSA-recognized ESL program
- Students who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission to Saint Leo University through the Bridge Program. See below for more details regarding this program.
- Photocopy of the biographical section of your current passport
- 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.
After your transcript(s) have been evaluated by one of the credentialed agencies listed below, send official documents with your full undergraduate or graduate admissions package to:
Saint Leo University
1120 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
Please send all documents directly to the university at firstname.lastname@example.org or at:
33701 State Road 52 #2248
Saint Leo, FL 33574
Once all of a student's documents have been received, you can expect official notification of our admission decision within 30 business days. If you do not qualify for admission by meeting the usual requirements, but show promise of academic success, Saint Leo University may grant conditional admission.
Students who do not meet the minimum English language requirement for the University may be considered for admission to The Bridge Program, an intensive language program designed to help international students improve their English language skills and transition to the regular university curriculum. Students must pass all courses in the program with a C- in order to matriculate into their chosen majors.
Transferring International Credit
Saint Leo University recognizes all international diplomas and credits taken at accredited secondary and post-secondary institutions once all appropriate official documentation and credentials are received and translated (where necessary).
Credit is granted in accordance with the Association of International Educators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Students presenting diplomas indicating academic work beyond the high school level will have academic work evaluated by the Registrar. The Registrar will determine the exact number and nature of courses granted once the international evaluation is received.
All international university transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). These member services can be found here: http://www.naces.org/members.html Course-by-course evaluations are required. Please contact these members directly to determine what official documents will be required for the evaluation.