International students are welcome at Independence Community College. Applications will be evaluated by the Primary Designated School Official and/or the Designated School Official. College staff designated to assist international students can be found on the ICC website. The following specific conditions must be completed before an I-20 form will be issued:
- Candidates must submit an application form to the Admissions Office.
- Candidates must submit a copy of their passport.
- Candidates must submit a bank statement indicating they have adequate funds to pay for one year of college ($14,000 or more) and sign the official ICC form agreeing to payment of balance.
- Candidates must submit an official high school transcript translated into English mailed in with the official seal.
- Candidates must submit a non-refundable application/processing fee of $75.00. Candidates will pay this amount once all documents have been received.
- Candidates must submit proof of health insurance. (must be functional for 10-12 months
- Deadlines: Candidates must submit all application materials prior to admission deadlines. See the Academic Calendar for dates:
- Acceptance: Qualified candidates will receive an official acceptance letter and I-20 form from the Primary Designated School Official and/or Designated School Official.
- English Proficiency: If you are NOT a citizen of one of the following countries, you will need documentation of your English proficiency:
a. Commonwealth Caribbean (does not include the Dominican Republic, Haiti or the Dutch Isles).
b. English-speaking Canada
c. United Kingdom
e. South Africa
f. New Zealand
g. 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:
- Provide Duolingo score of 85 or above or
- Provide official TOEFL scores of: 61 or above on the internet-based test or
- Provide an official IELTS score of 4.5 or
- Provide an official PTE score of 70, or
- Provide an official TOEIC score of 525 or
- Submit official transcripts from a U.S. College or university documenting you have completed the equivalent of ICC English composition 1, one with a grade of “C” or better, or
- Submit official transcripts from a U.S. College or university documenting the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of general education with a grade of “C” or better, or
- 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
- Official transcript documenting at least 24 credit hours of English as a second language (ESL) coursework 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 (AACROA). These recommendations identify countries recognized as using English predominantly for industry, government and education.
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 the 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.
International students wanting to transfer credit to ICC from a foreign college are required to provide the Registrar's office with a certified English translation of their transcript. This evaluation must be completed on a course,
by course basis through an organization recognized by NAFSA. Students are responsible for all fees involved in having the evaluation completed. Additional transfer credit requirements apply. Please see “Transferring credits to ICC” in the college catalog.
INTERNATIONAL ADVISOR POLICY
All international students are required to have their schedule approved by their academic advisor. The Primary Designated School Official and/or Designated School Official will work with the academic advisor to ensure that the student
is ready to enroll in classes and reviews all enrolled classes. All international students will need to consult with their academic advisor to review any changes being made to their academic schedule (add, drop, withdraw and more).
Submit any changes to the Admissions Office.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DISTANCE LEARNING RESTRICTIONS
There are restrictions on F-1 students who wish to take online courses. Under federal regulations, only three credit hours of online or distance learning courses may count toward the number of credit hours required for full-time
enrollment. Violation of this policy will constitute under enrollment, which is a violation of F-1 status.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
International students who have a valid, current F-1 visa are eligible for part-time (9 hours per week) employment on campus. F-1 students must maintain good Dept. Of Homeland Security status to be eligible for on-campus employment.
If you are interested in on-campus employment, please contact Financial Aid.
RETENTION OF RECORDS
Credential of applicants who do not register for the term to which they have been admitted are normally retained by the Admissions Office for one year. Students registering after one year will be required to resubmit application
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