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Admission Information for International Students

International students, unless admitted under a contract or agreement establishing alternative requirements, must fulfill the following requirements for admission:

  1. Complete an application for admission. If you have questions, contact Enrollment Services.
  2. Complete the requirements for admission as a degree-seeking student to the college.
  3. Submit a Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL) score 500 or above on the paper-based TOEFL test or score of 61 or above on Internet base TOEFL test. The applicant must have taken the test within the last two years.

All admissions requirements and all required documents for prospective students still residing outside of the United States must be on file 60 days prior to the start of classes.

Prospective students presently attending a college in the United States must submit all materials 30 days prior to the start of classes.

Prospective students already in the United States and attending English Language Centers or intensive English courses at another college must submit a grade of "B" (3.0) on all such coursework. Students in regular academic programs at other accredited institutions in the United States must have earned a cumulative GPA of "C" (2.0).

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Once enrolled, international students on F-1 Visas must comply with the following regulations:

  1. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
  3. Complete a certification program in not more than four semesters or an associate degree program in not more than six semesters, excluding summer or interim sessions.
  4. Provide the college with proof of health insurance.

If such a student completes fewer than 12 credit hours or earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, he/she will be placed on probation for the next semester of attendance. If the student completes fewer than 12 credit hours or earns a GPA less than 2.0 while on probation, he/she will not be permitted to re-enroll.

Foreign-born students (both permanent residents and refugees) should have a command of written and spoken English in order to successfully complete college work.


Estimated cost per academic year (9 months) in U.S. dollars:

Fees ($215x32 credit hours/year) $6,880
Books, supplies (9 months) $800
Room/Meals (9 months) $9,998
Health Insurance (12 months) $779
Semester Total (9 months) $18,457
Estimate of Summer Expenses
Room/Meals $2,900
Grand Total (12 months) $21,357

The above is merely an estimate and does not take into account changes in the cost of living or unforeseen circumstances.


International students are not eligible for federal aid. A student must not plan on working to help defray the cost of attending college. According to immigration regulations, anyone who enters the United States on a student visa must not accept part-time off campus employment for the first year of U.S. residence.


International students on student visas attending another educational institution who plan to enroll as a part-time, visiting student must submit the following:

  1. Admissions application; apply as Non-Degree-seeking "Visiting"
  2. Proof of English proficiency before enrollment
  3. A letter from the international student advisor where the student is currently attending which certifies that the student is in good standing and has permission to enroll part-time at the college
  4. Copy of I-20

Part-time students on visas other than student visas need to provide the first two items above and a copy of a visa valid for the duration of scheduled classes.

St. Louis Community College is unable to issue an I-20 for a student wanting only to study English as a second language.