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International Admissions

 
Palm Beach State College accepts admission applications from students around the world. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.), and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. Palm Beach State is authorized under United States Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

This site contains very important information to assist you with the admission process and facilitate your transition into a successful student life at Palm Beach State.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding international admissions procedures or the status of your application for admissions to Palm Beach State, please contact the Office of International Admissions at international@palmbeachstate.edu or (561) 868-3029.


How to Become an International Student

Prospective international students should start the admissions process at the earliest possible date prior to the beginning of any college semester. A three-month lead-time is recommended to ensure enrollment as requested. Applications from international students will be accepted for the fall and spring 16 weeks terms (August and January) and the summer 12 weeks term (May). Please be aware that all admission documents must be received by the college semester application deadline. For more information on application deadlines, please see the Registrar Calendar.

Any document written in a foreign language must include a certified English translation (an attestation signed by translator indicating that he/she is fluent in both English and the original language of the document and competent to render a true and accurate translation). High school diplomas do not have to be translated to English with the exception on Hebrew, Arabic, or Asian.

Palm Beach State College will accept original educational records from outside the U.S., make copies, and return original to applicants at their request. The College will also accept copies of the documents. The copies will need to be certified by either the U.S. Consulate or the Ministry of Education in the applicant's country.

Before admission to Palm Beach State College, international students must submit the following documents to the Office of International Admissions and Recruitment, Palm Beach State College, 4200 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida, 33461, U.S.A.:

  1. A Palm Beach State College Application to Credit Programs. Please print and complete a Palm Beach State College Application to Credit Programs. Applications can be mailed to the Office of International Admissions and Recruitment or faxed to: (561) 868-3623. It is important that you provide your personal email address.

  2. A non-refundable $75.00 (US) application fee. The application will not be processed until the fee has been paid in full.

  3. A completed I-20 Request Form (please print and complete)

  4. Documentation of successful completion of high school (upper-secondary). Students from British type school systems, for example, must submit the General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) Ordinary Level or the Caribbean Examination Council Secondary Certificate (C.X.C.) with at least five academic Ordinary “O" levels passed.

  5. Transcript from each post-secondary institution (university/college) the applicant has attended.

  6. Post–secondary (university/college) transcripts must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation from an academic credential-evaluating agency (Applications for agencies such as Joseph Silny and Associates, Inc. or World Education Services can be accessed directly).

  7. Proof of English proficiency, if English is not the native language. A score of at least 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 173 on the computerized TOEFL version; or 61 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT); or a score of 5.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 69 on the COMPASS/ESL test; or 86 on the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test.

    Please note that Palm Beach State TOEFL Code is #5531. For more information about TOEFL, please use this link: www.toefl.org.

    Applicants that are already in the local area are encouraged to take the Levels of English Proficiency (LOEP) test which is administered on all four locations. For more information about the LOEP, please contact our Testing Centers at the following numbers:

    Lake Worth.............................. (561) 868-3012
    Boca Raton.............................. (561) 862-4224
    Palm Beach Gardens................ (561) 207-5359
    Belle Glade.............................. (561) 993-1125

  8. Proof of the applicant’s financial ability to pay for his/her living and educational expenses while attending Palm Beach State College. The applicant needs to submit a letter from his /her financial institution, showing a minimum balance of $23,000.00 (US), or if having a sponsor, notarized Affidavit of Financial Support signed by the sponsor along with a letter from the sponsor's financial institution indicating the minimum balance.

    For more information regarding the cost for an international student to attend Palm Beach State College for one academic year, please see the List of Estimated Expenses.

  9. Copy of passport (visa and bio pages) and I-94 (front and back).

  10. (For international applicant already in the U.S. transferring from another approved school) International Student Transfer Form and copy of previous I-20. Please note international applicants transferring from any post-secondary institution must have at least a 2.0 G.P.A., be in status with immigration and be in good standing (i.e. eligible to continue at or return to their present institution).

Following completion of all admissions requirements a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued to each admitted student.

Before an International Students can register for classes, the following steps have to be taken:

  1. All first-time-in college students must be tested for placement purposes. Students must submit test scores from the American College Test (A.C.T.), Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.), or the Post Secondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) not older than two years prior to admission date.

  2. Provide proof of health and accident insurance to the Office of International Admissions and Recruitment in Lake Worth, Florida.

  3. Students must also attend a new student orientation session (students transferring from another U.S. college are not required to attend).

  4. Register for classes

You can check the status of your international application anytime, using your student ID and Password, through PantherWeb, our online student information system. If you have any questions or concerns regarding international admissions procedures, please contact the Office at international@palmbeachstate.edu or (561) 868-3029.

 

Step-by-Step Guide to Enrollment for International (F1) Applicants to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree Programs

Prospective international students should start the admissions process at the earliest possible date prior to the beginning of any college semester. A three month lead-time is recommended to ensure enrollment as requested. Applications from international students will be accepted for the fall and spring 16-weeks terms (August and January) and the summer 12-weeks term (May). For more information on application deadlines, please see the Registrar Calendar.

Please note that any document written in a foreign language must include a certified English translation (an attestation singed by the translator indicating that he/she is fluent in both English and the original language of the document and competent to render a true and accurate translation).

International applicants to the Bachelor's Degree Program are advised to follow the Step-by-Step Guide below to ensure their enrollment in classes in a timely manner:

Step One - Apply to Palm Beach State College

First-time International Applicants and Current International Students (wishing to continue with the bachelor's degree program upon completion of the AA/AS): Please print and complete a Palm Beach State College Application to Credit Programs. Please remember to select the bachelor's degree program objective code. Applications can be mailed to the Office of International Admissions and Recruitment, Palm Beach State College, 4200 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida 33461 or faxed to (561) 868-3623. Please note that international students are only eligible for admissions, due to federal regulations, to the B.A.S. Supervision and Management concentrations (General Management/Health Management) with availability of year-round on-campus and online classes.

Step Two - Contact the Bachelor's Degree Program Office

International applicants will need to contact the Bachelor's Degree Program office directly, to submit the required documents for their admission to the bachelor's degree program.

Step Three - Contact the Office of International Admissions

Once accepted into the bachelor's degree program, applicants will need to provide the following documents to the Office of International Admissions by the deadline for the intended semester of enrollment:

  1. Official proof of acceptance to the bachelor's degree program
  2. An I-20 Request Form (please print and complete)
  3. Proof of the applicant's financial ability to pay for his/her living and educational expenses while attending Palm Beach State College. The applicant needs to provide a letter from his/her or sponsor's financial institution showing a minimum balance of $29,750.00 (US). An applicant with a financial sponsor also needs to submit a notarized Affidavit of Financial Support signed by the sponsor. For more information regarding the cost for an international student a Palm Beach State to attend the BAS program for one academic year, please see the List of Estimated Expenses.
  4. Copy of passport (bio and F-1 visa pages only) and I-94 (front and back).
  5. (For international applicant already in the U.S. transferring from another approved school) International Student Transfer form and copy of previous Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).

 

Following completion of all admissions requirements a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued to each admitted student.

Step Four - Register in classes

  1. Before students can enroll in classes they need to provide proof of health and accident insurance to the Office of International Admissions.
  2. REGISTER FOR CLASSES

You can check the status of your international application anytime using your student ID and Password through PantherWeb, the online student information system. If you have any questions or concerns regarding international admissions procedures please contact the Office at international@palmbeachstate.edu or (561) 868-3029.

The following forms must be printed out, completed, signed and dated. Please submit fully completed forms with the required supporting documents to the Office of International Admissions.

Affidavit of Financial Support Form

Change of Major

Document Request Form

F1- Program Extension

Graduation Letter

Health Insurance Compliance Form

I-20 Request Form

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Preparing for the Visa Interview

Reinstatement to F1 Status

Transfer Form

During your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration laws and regulations that relate to your legal status. The Office of International Admissions will assist you in answering your questions about your immigration status, but it is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain valid legal status. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the U.S.

As a non-immigrant international student, you must:

  1. Possess a passport that is valid at all times.
  2. Attend the school/institution you were authorized to attend.
  3. Be registered full-time for each academic semester as defined by USCIS. NOTE: You are not required to be registered for classes during the summer unless you have been admitted to Palm Beach State for the summer term or completing degree by end of summer term.
  4. Maintain good academic standing as per Palm Beach State policy and make normal progress towards completing your degree
  5. Follow appropriate procedures to notify USCIS if you transfer schools or if you change from one educational level to another. Transfer procedure must be completed within 15 days from start of term.
  6. File for a Program Extension in a timely manner if you must remain in the U.S. longer than the time estimated for completion of your program as stated on your I-20.
  7. Check your documents to be sure they are in order before leaving the U.S., even for a brief trip, and be sure to have the proper documents to re-enter the U.S.
  8. Limit on-campus employment or any authorized off-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week during the academic semester.
  9. Obtain proper authorization before engaging in any off-campus employment whether the employment is paid or non-paid. (Working without proper authorization constitutes illegal employment, an offense that can lead to deportation.)
  10. Refrain from any on-campus employment if/while you are out-of-status.
  11. File for a Reinstatement in a timely manner if you have fallen out-of-status.
  12. Report promptly any change of address by updating your Panthernet record. Make sure you update the local and permanent addresses.

For further clarifications about any of the above, or if you wish to make sure you are maintaining legal status in accordance with your visa classification, please contact the Office of International Admissions.

Welcome!

On behalf of the College community and the Office of International Admissions, it is a pleasure to welcome you to Palm Beach State College. We are delighted that you selected our institution as your college of choice.

Your success is very important to us. The office staff is ready to assist you with a wide range of important and practical information to help make your transition into our institution and community as smooth and comfortable as possible.

As an F-1 student, you are subject to complex immigration laws and regulations relating to your status. It is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain your status. It is our pleasure to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding your immigration status Monday through Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm and Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm.

We hope that you will take advantage of the outstanding educational opportunities available at Palm Beach State College.


Auditing or Withdrawing From Classes

To maintain your status, you must enroll in classes Full-Time (12 semester hours). If you are having academic problems, you must contact the Office of International Admissions before you attempt to withdraw from classes.


Accepting Employment

International students are advised not to accept employment without authorization from the Office of International Admissions or the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USBCIS). Please do not depend on advice from friends or others working illegally. It may affect future immigration benefits, should you apply for another visa or residency. Please do not work without permission.


Students for International Understanding Club (SIU)

The Students for International Understanding (SIU) Club is primarily comprised of international students at Palm Beach State College. The club is also open to all Palm Beach State students with an interest in foreign cultures.

One of the club's main objectives is to unify students of many different nations and to promote understanding and good will within the club. S.I.U. also gives students the opportunity to meet people from their own country as well as other countries and to assist each other in adapting to the American culture.

The S.I.U. club strives to improve the quality of life at Palm Beach State College for international students in offering a wide variety of cultural and social activities. School-wide picnics and parties are also organized at on and off-campus locations. For more information about S.I.U, please contact Michele Gomez, Club Advisor at gomezm@palmbeachstate.edu or call at (561) 868-4005.


Leaving the United States?

If you want to leave the United States for any reason, please remember to bring your passport, I-20, and I-94 at least two weeks in advance to the Office of International Admissions for endorsement BEFORE you leave the country. Serious consequences may result if this is not done. Mr. Brad Hawkins, counselor at the Boca Raton campus, and Ms. Patricia Hoyle, Advisor in Palm Beach Gardens, as Designated School Officials (DSO), can endorse I-20's for international students who are in-status. Please make an appointment to see them by calling our Boca Raton campus: (561) 862-4317 or Palm Beach Gardens: (561) 207-5342. If you are out-of-status or if you have changed your status here in the U.S., it is important that you contact our Office before leaving the country.


Maintaining Your F-1 Status

As an international student attending Palm Beach State College in the F-1 status, you must meet the following obligations in order to maintain your status with the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USBCIS) and Palm Beach State College. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the U.S. As a non-immigrant international student, you must:

  1. Possess a passport that is valid at all times.
  2. Attend the school/institution you were authorized to attend.
  3. Be registered full-time for each academic semester as defined by USCIS. NOTE: You are not required to be registered for classes during the summer unless you have been admitted to Palm Beach State for the summer term or completing degree by end of summer term.
  4. Maintain good academic standing as per Palm Beach State policy and make normal progress toward completing your degree
  5. Follow appropriate procedures to notify USCIS if you transfer schools or if you change from one educational level to another. Transfer procedure must be completed within 15 days from start of term.
  6. File for a Program Extension in a timely manner if you must remain in the U.S. longer than the time estimated for completion of your program as stated on your I-20.
  7. Check your documents to be sure they are in order before leaving the U.S., even for a brief trip, and be sure to have the proper documents to re-enter the U.S.
  8. Limit on-campus employment or any authorized off-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week during the academic semester.
  9. Obtain proper authorization before engaging in any off-campus employment whether the employment is paid or non-paid. (Working without proper authorization constitutes illegal employment, an offense that can lead to deportation.)
  10. Refrain from any off-campus employment if/while you are out-of-status.
  11. File for a Reinstatement in a timely manner if you have fallen out-of-status.
  12. Report any change of address by updating your PantherWeb record within 10 days. Make sure you update the local and permanent addresses.

For further clarifications about any of the above, or if you wish to make sure you are maintaining legal status in accordance with your visa classification, please contact the Office of International Admissions.


Out-Of-State Tuition Exemption Program

Florida Linkage Institutes - The Office of International Education, a unit under the Florida Department of Education, announces the availability of out-of-state tuition exemption program to eligible international students. International students attending any of Florida's state universities/community colleges may be eligible to apply to be considered as residents for tuition purposes only.

Who is eligible? In order to qualify, the international student must be from one of the countries with whom Florida Linkage Institutes are established. A very important condition that students need to meet is that they are required to return home after their tenure of graduate or undergraduate study for a length of time equal to their exemption period. The institutes have set criteria for the selection of such students.

Countries/Regions with whom Florida Linkage Institutes are established:

Brazil, Canada, The Caribbean, People's Republic of China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico and West Africa.

What are Linkage Institutes? The Linkage Institutes were created by the Florida Legislature to assist in the development of stronger economic and social ties between Florida and strategic foreign countries. Linkage is developed through the promotion of expanded public/private dialog on cooperative research and technical assistance activities, cultural exchange, the enhancement of language training and student/faculty exchange programs.

How Do I Apply?  To apply for the out-of-state tuition exemption, a student must contact the Linkage Institute Director for his/her country of origin. Please note that Linkage Institutes are established with selected countries only.

1.    Brazil Linkage Institute

2.    Canada linkage Institute

3.    Caribbean Linkage Institute 

Eligible countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

4.    China Linkage Institute

5.    Costa Rica Linkage Institute

6.    Eastern Europe Linkage Institute

Eligible countries: Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

7.    France Linkage Institute

8.    Israel Linkage Institute

9.    Japan Linkage Institute

10.  Mexico Linkage Institute

11.  West Africa Linkage Institute

Eligible countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo

Have a productive semester!

All international students in F-1 status at Palm Beach State College are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. They must first, document medical insurance coverage meeting the minimum requirements, and clear with the Office of International Admissions before they are allowed to register.

If you have your own insurance policy or wish to purchase an alternate policy, you must have your insurance company complete the Health Insurance Compliance Form and fax it to the Office of International Admissions. The completed compliance form must verify the following:

  • that the coverage meets or exceeds the requirements

  • that the name, address, and telephone number of a claims agent are in the United States,

  • that you are covered under the policy, and

  • that your insurance has been paid through for the current academic year.

Your policy will be reviewed, and if it complies with the guidelines, you will be cleared to register. If your policy does not comply with the guidelines, you will not be cleared until you provide documentation of insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements.

For any further inquiries or clarifications regarding the medical insurance requirements, please contact the Office of International Admissions at Palm Beach State at: Phone (561) 868-3029 or Fax (561) 868-3623.

To check your admission status as an international applicant, you will need to:

1- Log into PantherWeb using your student ID and Password

2- Click on Limited Access Application Status

3- Click on International Student

Please allow at least 1-2 business days from the time you receive your initial notification from the Office of International Admissions to view your application status.


Office & Contact Info

Office Location:
Palm Beach State, Lake Worth campus

Paul Glynn (PG) Building, Rm126 (see Campus Map)
Driving Directions

Mailing Address:
Office of International Admissions and Recruitment

Palm Beach State College
4200 South Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33461

Office Hours:
Mon. - Thur. 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mid August to Mid May)

Mon. - Thur. 7:30am to 5:30pm (Mid May to Mid August)
Fri. 8:00am to 4:00pm (Mid August to Mid May)

Email: international@palmbeachstate.edu   Phone: (561) 868-3029    Fax: (561) 868-3623

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