The United States has many great opportunities for higher education, but these opportunities can have a high cost. Studying at STLCC is a great way to get the American university experience at nearly half the cost of public, four-year universities.
Start your U.S. journey
Create an easy transition to life as a college student in the U.S. To attend on an F1 student visa, simply follow these steps to enrollment:
Submit an international student application
Your first step is to apply to STLCC by completing the “international” application to become a degree-seeking student.
After you apply, an enrollment services specialist will contact you directly to guide you through the rest of the application process.
Meet filing deadlines
If you’re currently living outside of the United States:
- All admissions materials are due at least 60 days before the start of the semester
If you’re currently in the U.S. on a visa:
- All admissions materials are due at least 30 days before the start of the semester
Submit your transcripts
When applying to STLCC, you will need to provide transcripts from secondary school and all colleges and universities you've attended. Transcripts must be sent via postal mail, directly from your university to: Registrar, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.
Additionally, all transcripts not in English must be professionally translated and sent directly from the translator to STLCC. We recommend using International Institute Saint Louis or WES translation services.
If you decide to use a different translation service, ensure that your translated transcript includes:
- Full courses titles
- Final grades in each course
- Explanation of grading system
Provide proof of finances
Going to college in a different country can be a large financial commitment. Here's the estimated cost of living in the U.S. and the cost of tuition and fees at STLCC for one year.
|Fall 2018 - Spring 2019||
Fees ($225.50/credit hour x 32 credit hours/year)
Books, supplies (9 months)
Living Expenses (9 months)
Health Insurance (12 months)
Semester Total (9 months)
Estimate of Summer Expenses (classes optional)
Annual Total (12 months)
Financial planning is important when studying in the U.S. as an international student. Please remember:
- According to U.S. law, you cannot work off campus during your first year
- International students are not eligible for financial aid through the U.S. government
- STLCC cannot provide housing or housing recommendations
To ensure you are able to pursue a degree without employment or additional aid, you are required to submit proof of financial ability. To do this, submit a financial statement that proves you, or your sponsor, have funds equivalent to the amount above, to support you through the entire school year. This statement must be notarized and completed within the past four months.
Demonstrate English proficiency
Success in completing a degree at STLCC requires a minimum level of English ability. If English is not a primary language for you, choose one of the following to demonstrate your knowledge of the language:
- TOEFL score - To enroll, you must earn these scores on the TOEFL test:
- 500 or more for the paper test
- 61 or more on the iBT online test
- Prior U.S. College - If you have previously attended another U.S. university or college, and have taken English 101-College Composition and passed with a grade of C or better, an official transcript from that school may enable you to waive this requirement.
Improve your English skills with ESL classes
Feel more comfortable in the classroom when you reinforce skills in an ESL class. While you cannot take ESL as a primary degree, we still offer ESL at a variety of levels.
Conditions of Enrollment
Your student visa allows you to study in the United States, but there are certain requirements you must meet to keep it.
- Complete at least 12 credit hours each semester
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater
- Complete a certification program in at most four semester or an associate degree in at most six semesters. This does not include summer sessions.
- Provide STLCC with proof of health insurance coverage for a year
Our enrollment services department will send you a Conditions of Enrollment form to complete and return, to make sure you understand the expectations of an international student. You must also provide a copy of your passport and, if applicable, your I-94, visa and/or previous I-20.
Need help? Contact Enrollment Services.
Enrollment Services offices are open 8 a.m.-7 p.m CST. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST Friday on all campuses.
3400 Pershall Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63135
Student Center, SC-100
5600 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
4115 Meramec Bottom Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63129