International Students

A university of international consequence, Saint Leo welcomes a significant number of students from around the world—61 countries to be exact. In fact, international students comprise 13% of our University Campus undergraduate community. 

Am I an International Student?

An international student is an applicant who does not hold United States citizenship or lawful permanent residency.

Admission Process

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.

International application deadline for Spring enrollment is October 1. International application deadline for Fall enrollment is June 1.

  1. Application
    Apply online, or download, complete and return the Application Form. The Common Application is also accepted and may be completed online after August 1.
  2. Official High School Transcript
    High school transcripts must be sent directly from the school. The transcript must be in the original language, accompanied by an official English translation. International college/university transcripts must be evaluated by one of the NACES Evaluation Agencies. These agencies can be found here. 
  3. Letter of Recommendation
    The recommendation must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from a high school teacher, headmaster or school counselor. Download High School Recommendation FormTransfer students: Download a Transfer Student Recommendation Form.
  4. Standardized Test Scores/Test-Optional Policy
    Standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT are highly recommended but are not required. The results of these tests will be used in determining scholarship eligibility. Should you want your highest test scores to be reviewed by the Committee, request that your SAT (Code 5638) or ACT (Code 0755) score be sent to Saint Leo prior to the application deadline.
  5. 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) or comparable instrument. Minimum TOEFL score is 550 paper-based, 78 internet-based
    • A minimum of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing system (IELTS)
    • A minimum of a 450 on the verbal component of the SAT
    • Grades of B or higher in English composition courses where English is the institutional language of instruction
    • 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.

International Transfer Students

Are you an international transfer student? Learn more about additional admission requirements and transferring international credit.

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.

Saint Leo University's Bridge Program is a semester- to one-year-long intensive academic skills and language program designed to help international students adjust smoothly to the U.S. academic environment while progressively moving into their regular university curriculum.

While in the Bridge Program, students will participate in courses specifically designed for intermediate and high-intermediate English language speakers to strengthen their learning and academic communication skills. They will also take their first general education courses together with American students.

By the time students successfully complete the Bridge Program, they will have earned 15 to 30 credit hours: in the one-semester fast track, they will earn 11 elective academic credits and 4 general education academic credits; in the two-semester regular track – 23 elective credits and 7 general education credits (please note that each major requires a different number of academic credits).

The academic support and structure that students receive during this program will afford them the best chance of success in college.

Visit the Bridge Program webpage for more information. 

Application, recommendation and transcripts can be sent to:

Office of Admissions, MC2008
PO Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574
Fax: (352) 588-8257

Next Steps

International students require a Form I-20 and F-­1 student visa to enter and study in the United States. To receive your Form I-20, complete the following steps:

  • Submit $500 enrollment deposit. Click here to submit your deposit online.
  • Provide a color copy of your passport.
  • 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, Saint Leo University will issue the Form I-20. This will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your Certificate of Finances form.

Financing Your Saint Leo Education

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.

Institutional financial aid for international students is limited. Academic scholarships are available to international students on the basis of academic qualifications and will be determined at the time the student's application for admission is reviewed. For additional information on funding and loan information, click here.