I. Required Documents
You must submit the following items to the International Student Services Office at least ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying. Click here to see the calendar of application deadline dates.
- A completed MDC international application for admission.
There are two ways of applying for admission:
Note: Please keep in mind the following when completing your application:
Official Bank Letter of Financial Resources
- Check our various Academic programs, there is something for everyone.
- Make sure you have indicated the program of study you wish to pursue at the college.
An incomplete application and/or missing required documents will delay the admission process.
Student must provide a copy of I-20, I-94, biographical page of Passport and Visa to the ISS Department of the campus you are planning to attend
Documentary evidence of means of financial support must be provided to the College for admission purposes and issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20).
The official bank letter must be issued on bank stationery and addressed to Miami Dade College indicating that you have or your sponsor has an account of at least $23,000 * (equivalent in US currency) and that this money is to be used to support you while you study at Miami Dade College. See Sample. The bank letter must be certified authentic (notarized) by a bank official from that bank, in English, and with U.S. dollars equivalent noted in the letter. The bank letter must be dated no more than 6 months from the term deadline date. The name of the student applying must appear on the bank letter. If not, an additional notarized Affidavit of Sponsorship letter will be required.
The support letter from the sponsor must indicate the name of the student being sponsored; state clearly the sponsor's intent to use the funds for the student's expenses at MDC. Please ensure the signature and address of the sponsor are notarized with an official seal. Acceptable sources of financial resources are savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts and certificates of deposit.
*Certain programs require additional funds.
Students' funds must be available for withdrawal from a U.S. bank or other source prior to the first day of class, to cover all living and educational expenses for the first twelve (12) months of study in the U.S. at MDC. The average cost of all the expenses is $23,000 per academic year for Associate Degrees and $27,000 for Bachelor's Degrees. Students with dependents need to provide an additional $7000 per dependent.
Official educational transcripts and diploma/graduation documents
All foreign and United States educational institutions attended must be listed on the application for admission. This includes secondary schools and graduation date, plus all post-secondary education including technical institutes, colleges and universities.
- US High school graduates only, please submit your original high school transcripts (record of your classes and all grades) and your diploma/graduation documents. If submitting copies, these must be certified by the Ministry of Education.
- University students please submit complete original transcripts with original English translation*. Additional high school documents may be required. Acceptance of transfer courses are subject to approval by the College.
*To view a list of certified translators/evaluators, please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) NACES® Members .
Official transcripts must indicate the name and address of the educational institution, subjects studied, grades earned with grading system explanation, time period for each subject, examinations passed, and certificates, diplomas and degrees received at all secondary, college, university, and professional schools attended.
It is also helpful to have a catalog or syllabus from each post-secondary foreign institution attended for transfer credit evaluation purposes. To view a list of certified translators, please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) NACES® Members.
II. Transfer Eligibility Form:
International students who are transferring from a United States educational institution to Miami Dade College must submit an original F1 Transfer Eligibility Form signed by the student and advisor from the educational institution campus of choice. The transfer school should not release any record until receipt of the acceptance letter from Miami Dade College.
II. English Language Proficiency:
English Language Proficiency Miami Dade College courses are taught in English. The College will provide English language training for students who have insufficient language skills. Students may demonstrate their English Language proficiency by submitting original TOEFL scores, IELTS scores or by taking the COMPASS/ESL test. The COMPASS/ESL test is administered at MDC upon students' arrival at the college. Students requiring English language training may need to attend additional semesters at the college to complete their program of study.
For Information on TOEFL, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl/. For information on IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org/.
Though it is not a requirement for admission, students who have taken the SAT or ACT and have earned the required scores to be exempt from placement testing should contact College Board (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) and request their scores to be sent directly to Miami Dade College. For enrollment in college courses, The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is administered at MDC. To review information for the PERT, please visit the http://www.mdc.edu/clast/default.asp.
I. Arrival at the Miami Dade College and On-Campus Requirements
International students, after receiving confirmation of acceptance to the College, are to arrive to Miami Dade College approximately four weeks before the beginning of the intended semester of enrollment. This is necessary in order to be tested, advised, and registered into courses. In addition, this arrival time allows the foreign student to locate suitable housing in the community and be ready for the first day of classes.
II. English Language Proficiency
English Language Proficiency Miami Dade College courses are taught in English. The College will provide English Language training for students who have insufficient language skills. Students may demonstrate their English Language proficiency by submitting original TOEFL scores, IELTS scores or by taking the COMPASS/ESL test. The COMPASS/ESL test is administered at Miami Dade College upon students' arrival at the college. Students requiring English Language training may need to attend additional semesters at the college to complete their program of study.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is usually administered five (5) times each year at centers in most countries around the world. For Information on TOEFL, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl/. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures ability to communicate in English and for information on IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org/.
Though it is not a requirement for admission, students who have taken the SAT or ACT and have earned the required scores to be exempt from placement testing should contact College Board (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) and request their scores to be sent directly to Miami Dade College. For enrollment in college courses, The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is administered at Miami Dade College. To review information for the PERT, please visit the Testing Resource Center.
III. Health and Accident Insurance
Students must purchase the mandatory health insurance policy available at the International Student Services Offices prior to registering for courses. The coverage must be for a full year, and it must be renewed each year in order for a student to register for courses
IV. Housing in the Community
Miami Dade College does not provide student housing facilities for local nor international students. However, students have the option to stay in comfortable homes with a pre-screened local area host family through International Housing Placement, Inc. If interested see more details at the Homestays site. Students should arrive in Miami about four weeks prior to the beginning of the approved semester of enrollment as indicated previously in order to arrange accommodations. International students must bring sufficient funds to pay at least three months of rent in advance at the time housing is located.
Students must provide their own transportation from the International Airport or other transportation centers. Each student must provide their local address and telephone number to the International Student Services office immediately upon arrival in the community. Changes of address must also be immediately provided to the College and Immigration authorities for records purposes.
V. MDC Polices, Regulations and Rules
All students admitted to Miami Dade College are required to abide by the rules and regulations of the College, make satisfactory progress each semester toward their associate degree objective, and remain in good academic standing. The College complies fully with the requirements stipulated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
VI. Department of Homeland Security Regulations [DHS]
International students are required to attend college full time and earn 12 or more credit hours each Fall and Spring semester and make satisfactory progress each semester toward the degree objective as stipulated in the College issued Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). International students may not work without proper authorization according to immigration regulations. When visa students do not enroll, are not attending full time, maintain poor classroom attendance, terminate their enrollment, make unsatisfactory academic progress, or become employed without proper authorization, they will be reported to DHS as being out of status.
In addition, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] requires that International students fulfill the following conditions:
- pursue a full course of study at the educational institution they are authorized to attend
- do not transfer to schools or work off campus without United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' permission
- keep a current passport that is valid for at least six month into the future
- keep a valid I-20
- Notify USCIS within 10 days of an address change