Am I an International Applicant?

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are considered international students. Note: if you currently reside in the U.S., you are not automatically considered a permanent resident. Please check your passport to ensure that you hold a Permanent Resident Alien Card. If you do not hold a Permanent Resident Alien Card, you must apply to USF as an international student.

Freshman Applicants

If you have completed high school (secondary level education) in your country and taken less than 12 post-secondary credit hours, you should apply to USF as a freshman applicant. Freshmen are admitted in the fall and summer terms only.

Transfer Applicants

To apply as an international transfer student, you must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of postsecondary work after graduation from high school (secondary level education). Applicants who complete between 12-59 transferable credits are considered lower-level transfer students, and applicants who have completed more than 60 transferable semester credits are considered upper-level transfer students.

Graduate Student Applicants

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree (or U.S. Equivalency), or will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment, and are seeking entrance to a Master’s or Doctoral program, you should apply to USF as a graduate student. Current domestic graduate students who wish to enter a new graduate degree program upon completion of their current degree program (i.e. enter a Ph.D. program upon completing the Master’s degree) also are considered graduate students.