Admitted International Students
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ST. PETERSBURG campus!
Check out an additional scholarship opportunity for St. Petersburg campus students!
- International Students (Non-Latin America and Caribbean): The USF St. Petersburg campus offers an opportunity that may relieve some of the cost of attendance. As an international student, you would be eligible to receive a $500 per semester housing scholarship for each semester* that you elect to live on USF’s St. Petersburg Campus.
- Latin America and Caribbean-Eligible Students: The USF St. Petersburg campus offers an opportunity that may relieve some of the cost of attendance. As an international student from a Latin American and Caribbean country, or resident of the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, you would be eligible to receive a $500 per semester housing scholarship for each semester* that you elect to live on USF’s St. Petersburg Campus. This scholarship would also qualify you to receive in-state tuition for as long as you live on campus and maintain your housing award. The in-state tuition is awarded to degree-seeking students as a provision of the FL Statute 7.007.
*Please note break stay and subsequent summer semester housing may not apply.
Scholarships will be applied automatically. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATAMC eligible countries and territories: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
Then find out where you are in the admissions process every step of the way with your Admissions Checklist by visiting My Bulls Path.
1. Determine your student visa.
Most international students come to USF St. Petersburg campus on F-1 or J-1 student visas. Eligibility documents from USF St. Petersburg campus — 1-20s or DS 2019s — are required to apply for an F-1 visa or J-1 visa respectively.
The F-1 is the most commonly used student visa. Students must have a valid educational purpose for coming to the United States, be a full-time student, and provide proof of their ability to fund their education. Upon admission to a USF St. Petersburg campus program and receipt of financial documentation, the student is issued an I-20 to be used to obtain the F-1 visa at a US Embassy or Consulate. The spouse or children of an F-1 student enter the US on F-2 visas and are not eligible to attend university or work in the US.
The J-1 visa is an “exchange visitor” visa that is managed under the auspices of the Exchange Visitor Program of the US Department of State. The J-1 visa is used primarily by exchange students (non degree-seeking) and students sponsored by US government agencies. Students who meet the criteria for the J-1 visa will be issued a DS-2019 by USF St. Petersburg campus or by a United States government agency. The spouse or children of a J-1 student enter the US on a J-2 visa. Spouses in J-2 status may apply to USCIS for permission to work after their arrival in the US. Spouses and children may also attend school.
2. Submit financial support documents.
US immigration law requires the university to verify that students seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa has sufficient funds to finance their studies for the duration of their graduate program. Financial documentation and the Promissory Notes of Financial Support must be completed before an I-20 can be issued to an admitted student.
For questions related to student visas or to obtain the I-20 or DS 2019, please contact the Office of International Services.