The International Student Center houses our international admissions, enrollment, and student support teams to help you through every step of the journey.
We have representatives located in several countries across the world including China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, South Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
- One-on-one counseling on admissions requirements
- Visa prep session
- Housing and roommate support
- Pre-departure support
- F-1 visa advising
- International student workshops and events
- Orientation and registration coordination
- OPT/STEM application assistance
International Application Checklist
Use this checklist as a guide to what you'll need to enroll at Full Sail and to help keep track of submitted materials.
1. Interview with Admissions Representative
The interview can be conducted via phone, Skype, or other communication tool. The interview will cover the program, admissions requirements (including the steps to submit the application), and seat deposit of $200 (campus degree only). Please reach out to your Admissions Representative for more information.
2. High School/Secondary School Transcript
(required for undergraduate degree programs)
Applicants who have completed high school at a foreign institution must provide official documentation which will be evaluated in-house for equivalence. Documentation not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
3. University or College Transcripts
Accompanied by a Third-Party Evaluation (for Graduate Programs or Transfer Credits)
Applicants who have completed university studies at a foreign institution must provide official documentation to determine the school’s U.S. equivalency (through an outside evaluation service). Contact International Admissions for recommended evaluation services.
4. Verification of Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the required level of language proficiency by providing documentation of one of the following:
- TOEFL iBT minimum required score of 79
- IELTS Academic minimum required score of 6
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of 53
Additional language proficiency exams may be accepted and scores are only valid for 2 years. For additional information please contact International Admissions.
5. Financial Guarantee
This is verification that you will have the required funding for tuition and living expenses available to you while you are studying at Full Sail. Contact International Admissions for the minimum amount required based on your degree program.
6. Copy of Government Identification
You will be required to submit a copy of the identification page of your passport or government-issued I.D. Please contact International Admissions for approved forms of identification.
7. Additional Requirements
Please note that art portfolios, math assessments, or previous education criteria may be required based on your degree. Please explore our degrees or speak with your International Admissions Representative for details.
After You've Applied
Applicants for a campus-based degree program are required to obtain the proper visa in order to study full time. You can download the Student Visa Guide for more information.
Although Full Sail does not offer on-campus housing or dorms, we have established relationships with surrounding apartment communities and can provide you with information about your options. Our downloadable International Housing Guide has details on nearby places to live, choosing a roommate, and other important factors to consider.
Prepare for Arrival
After securing your visa and while working on your housing, please review the International Transition Guide for the next steps you should take as you prepare for your arrival to the United States.
Full Sail strives to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty, and staff. Full Sail's Security department provides service 24 hours a day. The department provides a full range of safety services. Visit Campus Safety for more information.
International Student Society (ISS)
The International Student Society (ISS) is a diverse social group at Full Sail University that promotes a sense of community, learning, and understanding. ISS provides a multitude of opportunities for students to connect regularly and celebrate each other's cultures and traditions. This community especially serves as a support system for Full Sail's international students.
Alumni Ambassador Program: This role is an excellent opportunity for Full Sail international student alumni to stay connected with their alma mater, assist as alumni representatives in their home countries alongside international department staff, network with fellow graduates and students, participate in various discussion platforms, as well as nurture their leadership skills.
Culture Shock, Assimilating to Your New World: Based on the four proposed stages of Culture Shock, this playful and engaging workshop is designed to educate students on the developmental journey they go through while transitioning to the American culture. It promotes open discussion, fosters a feeling of belongingness, and guides them towards a path of student success.
ISS Mentorship Program: This program is aimed at developing current Full Sail students as leaders, and providing a supportive role model for incoming students. Student leaders are paired monthly with incoming students and attend workshops to assist in personal & professional development; topics include but not limited to: Effective Communication, Building Meaningful Relationships, True Colors Assessment, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the Fish! Philosophy.
OPT Workshop: This session discusses Optional Practical Training (OPT) - post-graduation work authorization - that F-1 international students are eligible to apply for upon successful completion of their degree program. Here, the students' Designated School Officials (DSOs) expand upon their options after graduation, OPT application requirements, and ways to prepare for their next steps.
Student Life & Networking Workshop: This workshop is built to help all active international students better connect with available support services and on-campus opportunities. Strategies also are discussed to help students identify where they stand on their path to success, further adapt to the Full Sail environment, and improve their approach to daily tasks and long-term goals.
International students at Full Sail enter the country on F-1 visas. With the F-1 visa, they may be permitted to work on campus while pursuing their degree, and for Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of their studies. OPT is a 12-month period of work authorization in the U.S., applied for and approved through USCIS (Immigration). This is a continuation of the F-1 visa status. Students who graduate from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) degree program may be eligible to extend their OPT by 24 months. Your assigned Designated School Official (DSO) will help you with the process once you are eligible. You can find additional information here.
The Career Development Department assists students in the job search process by helping them prepare their resumes and research the job market. We also maintain an updated record of potential employers in the industry.
Computer Animation graduate Azadeh Iranban shares a few favorite projects from her demo reel, and discusses how her passion for art led her to Full Sail.
Our Education Partners
Full Sail is associated with many international schools and programs, including those offering English as a Second Language. We continue to build relationships with universities abroad and are working to expand opportunities for students.
Full Sail University has partnered with PayMyTuition for international tuition payments. With PayMyTuition, you can pay your tuition payments from any bank, in any country in any currency at better than bank exchange rates.
Additional Information on PayMyTuition:
- How to make a Payment with PayMyTuition (video)
- PayMyTuition’s Rate Guarantee
- Frequently Asked Questions
PayMyTuition Customer Support Information
No matter what time zone you're in, you will have a dedicated customer support team available to you through live chat, email and phone to answer any of your questions and help you make your payment.