Terra State Community College welcomes qualified students from other countries. We value the diverse backgrounds and experiences these students bring to our campus and the classroom. Students from a variety of countries have already enrolled in courses at Terra.
An international student is defined as one who is in the United States on an F1 (student) visa. It is important for applicants to note that Terra State Community College does not have residence halls or on-campus housing options. Apartments are available from private landlords in the Fremont and surrounding communities. Additionally, the College is located in a rural setting that is not regularly served by public transportation. All students need to have a car available for commuting to the campus.
Enrollment Checklist for International Students
Required Documentation for International Students
Acceptance as a new applicant from abroad can be made for either the fall, spring or summer terms; however, all admission requirements must be completed no later than two months before the student intends to study. In addition to completion and submission of the application for admission, the following three requirements must also be met:
- Proof of English language proficiency. Terra State Community College requires all students for whom English is not their native language to participate in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL is administered throughout the world in major cities. A minimum overall score of 190 is required with no scores below 18 on any individual test sections of the TOEFL.
- Proof of adequate financial support. It is estimated that an international student will need a minimum of $12,000 per year for tuition, fees, books and living expenses while attending Terra State Community College. Immigration regulations prevent the student from earning any substantial portion of this amount in the United States. There are no scholarships or educational loans available for international students. The international student is requested to submit a letter from an appropriate government or bank official showing that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the education while attending Terra State Community College and that these funds will be available.
- Submission of transcripts. Official high school transcripts are required before acceptance. If an international student has previously attended a college or university, those transcripts should also be submitted. All documents submitted to the College by the student or the student's representative must be translated into the English language if the original language used is not English.
Procedures Following Admission
Once accepted for admission, an I-20 form will be processed by the College and sent to the student with the letter of acceptance. The I-20 form is used to obtain an F1 (student) visa. Applicants for student visas should generally apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any international U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the student's country of permanent residence.
For more information about international student admissions, contact us!
Student Success Mentor - Diverse Populations