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International Student Admission Requirements

International students are welcome at Independence Community College.  Applications will be evaluated by the Primary Designated School Official, but the following specific conditions must be completed before an I-20 form will be issues:

  1. Candidates must submit an application form to the Admission Office along with a non-refundable application/processing fee of $50.00.
  2. If you are NOT a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need documentation of your English proficiency:
    1. Commonwealth Caribbean (does not include the Dominican Republic, Haiti, or the Dutch Isles)
    2. English-speaking Canada
    3. United Kingdom
    4. Australia
    5. South Africa
    6. New Zealand
    7. Republic of Ireland

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed above, you must submit original documentation of English proficiency from one of the options below:

a.       Provide official TOEFL scores of:

·         500 or above on the paper-based test, or

·         173 or above on the computer-based test, or

·         61 or above on the internet-based test, OR

b.      Provide an official IELTS score of 4.5, or

c.       Provide an official PTE score of 70, or

d.      Provide an official TOEIC score of 525, or

e.      Submit official transcripts from a U.S. College or University documenting you have completed the equivalent of ICC’s English Composition I with a grade of “C” or better, or

f.        Submit official transcripts from a U.S. College or University documenting the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of general education credit with a grade of “C” or better, or

g.       Submit official high school transcripts documenting the completion of one academic year of study in the U.S. with an equivalent GPA of 2.5 or better, or

h.      Official transcript documenting at least 24 credit hours of English-As-A-Second-Language (ESL) course work with a 2.5 GPA or higher

Though you may be from an English-speaking country not listed above, ICC follows the recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).  These recommendations identify countries recognized as using English predominantly for industry, government, and education.

  1.  Candidates must submit a bank statement indicating they have adequate funds to pay for one year of college, and sign the official ICC form agreeing to payment of balance.
  2. Candidates must submit an official high school transcript translated into English mailed in with the official seal.
  3. International students are required to have proof of health insurance.
  4. International students must submit admission materials to the Admissions Office by July 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester, and May 1st for the summer semester.

International students will be classified as non-residents and will be required to pay international tuition and fees.  International students will also be required to take a TB skin test within one week of arrival.  The cost of the TB skin test will be the student’s responsibility.

All new students are required to take ACCUPLACER before enrolling in courses unless they have transferred from another American Institution.  Depending on the results of the placement test, international students will be required to enroll in the appropriate courses according to the placement policy.