International Students

Saint Leo University supports and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds and experiences that international students bring to the University.

Whether you are planning to enter college in the United States for the first time, looking to transfer credit from previous academic experience, or interested in furthering your education with a graduate degree, Saint Leo University welcomes you to our online programs.

Application Process

To apply for enrollment in one of Saint Leo's online programs, follow the standard undergraduate or graduate application process, with the following additional steps:

  1. Pay your application fee with funds drawn from a U.S. bank and made payable in U.S. dollars. The one-time, nonrefundable fee is $45 for undergraduate programs, and $80 for graduate programs.
  2. Have your non-U.S. credits evaluated by an approved international transcript evaluation agency (a list of recommended agencies can be found below).
  3. Provide proof of English language proficiency, demonstrated in at least one of the following ways:
    • A minimum score 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • A minimum score of 450 on the verbal component of the SAT
    • Grades of B or higher in English composition courses where English is the 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 an Association of International Educators-recognized ESL program

After your transcript(s) have been evaluated by one of the credentialed agencies listed below, send official documents with your full undergraduate or graduate admissions package to:

Saint Leo University
1120 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 214
Tampa, FL 33602
Fax: 888.743.8116

Please send all documents directly to the university at or at:
Graduate Admissions
33701 State Road 52 #2248
Saint Leo, FL 33574

Once all of a student's documents have been received, you can expect official notification of our admission decision within 30 business days. If you do not qualify for admission by meeting the usual requirements, but show promise of academic success, Saint Leo University may grant conditional admission.

Transferring International Credit

Saint Leo University recognizes all international diplomas and credits taken at accredited secondary and post-secondary institutions once all appropriate official documentation and credentials are received and translated (where necessary).

Credit is granted in accordance with the Association of International Educators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Students presenting diplomas indicating academic work beyond the high school level will have academic work evaluated by the Registrar. The Registrar will determine the exact number and nature of courses granted once the international evaluation is received.

Transcript Evaluation

If you are an international student who has earned college or university credit outside of the U.S., you will need to have your non-U.S. credits evaluated by one of the following credentialed agencies:

Joseph Silny & Associates
International Education Consultants
P.O. Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Phone: 305.273.1616

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsey Station
New York, NY 10113
Phone: 800.937.3895
Fax: 212.966.6395

Office of International Education Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Phone: 202.293.9161

Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Phone: 414.289.3400
Fax: 414.289.3411

International Education Research Foundation
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3655
Phone: 310.258.9451
Fax: 310.342.7086