Requirements and How to Apply
- High School Documents
- Transfer Credit
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Personal Representative
- Guest Students
- English Competency
What are the Admission Requirements for International Students?
You must be 18 years of age at the time your first semester of attendance begins. However, you may apply up to one year in advance of your planned start date. Additional admissions requirements for international students are affected by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) regulations.
Submit a completed LCC
international student (F1 or M1 visa) admission packet.
And, if you have the F-1 or M-1 student visa, or plan to apply for one of these visas, the following items should be attached to the application form:
1 - Original or Certified proof of successful completion of studies equivalent to U.S. high school (secondary)(see High School Documents). Test scores are not proof of High School completion. Will not accept a fax or photocopied document.
2 - Write a brief personal statement explaining your previous educational and employment background and your future educational and career plans.
3 - Provide proof of competency in the English Language (see English competency). Test reports must be received directly from the testing center. Canadians from English speaking provinces are not required to provide proof of English competency.
4 - Provide Original or Certified evidence of financial resources. LCC does not accept faxed or photocopied documents.
Transfer students are students currently attending another
U.S. college and intend to come to LCC, obtain a LCC I-20,
and work toward a program of study. In addition to the
documents listed above, a transfer student must also submit:
5 - A copy of your current I-20, front and back.
6 - An official copy of your current college or university transcript
7 - A photocopy of the current visa page from your passport.
8 - A photocopy of your current I-94 card.
9 - A completed LCC transfer form. (Obtained from Enrollment Services Office)
Lansing Community College requires proof of successful completion of studies equivalent to U.S. high (secondary) school for F1 or M1 admission. This requirement related to the USDHS regulations that F1 or M1 students maintain full-time study and make progress toward completion of a program.
As proof of successful completion of U.S. high school equivalency, you should submit a certified copy or original of the primary document in your country that shows completion of studies. Test scores are not proof of High School completion. This may be a transcript that shows all courses taken, grades received and graduation date, or it may be a certificate of national examination results, or some other document. A certified copy is an original document or attested (signed with official stamp or seal) photocopy that has been issued by the educational institution or government agency responsible for issuing the document. An official English translation must accompany the document.
If you have not yet completed the last year of high school, you may still apply, Submit an official transcript showing the courses you have completed and a letter in English from your school stating that you are currently enrolled and your expected date of completion. You will be required to provide proof of completion when you arrive at LCC.
LCC uses the guide book, Foreign Educational Credentials Required for Consideration of Admission to Universities and Colleges in the United States, prepared by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers as its primary resource on determining U.S. high school equivalency. If necessary, other world-renowned references will be consulted to determine if your prior education meets LCC requirements.
Official college or university document can be submitted in place of high school completion documents. If you have completed college or university work in the United States, please read the section titled Transfer Credit.
If you have completed course work at another college or university, either in the United States or another country, you may choose to apply for transfer credit.
How to apply for U.S. Transfer Credit
To apply for transfer credit for course work done at a U.S. college or university, you will need to submit an official transcript from your previous school. Lansing Community College keeps current catalogs (course descriptions) on file from public Michigan institutions so it is not usually necessary for you to provide course descriptions from these schools. If your transcript is being submitted from a school outside of Michigan, course descriptions are required. It is the students responsibility to provide the necessary materials for a transcript evaluation to occur.
Official transcripts are mailed directly from school to school. Hand delivered transcripts, even sealed in envelops, are not accepted for transfer credit evaluation but may be used for academic advising or counseling. Transfer credits will NOT be posted to the Lansing Community College academic record from transcripts that are not received directly from the issuing institution or Ministry of Education.
How to Apply for Foreign Transfer Credit
Request a credit evaluation report prepared by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) to be sent directly to LCC at 1121-Registrar, Lansing Community College, PO Box 40010, Lansing MI 48901-7210.
Please contact one of the NACES member organizations listed below to obtain a credit evaluation request form:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Credit Evaluation Service
(medical/health career credentials)
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
World Educational Services, Inc.
PO Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
World Education Services, Inc.
San Francisco: 4-15-677-9378
Very few financial aid opportunities exist for international students to study in the United States at the undergraduate level. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources are restricted to U.S. citizens, including U.S. government loans. Some countries provide financial assistance to their citizens for study in the United States. Funds may be available from private organizations in your country that provide support for study in the United States. Most private scholarships for international students require that you apply from your home country so you should search for these opportunities before you arrive in the United States.
To find information on financial assistance, you might want to contact your Ministry of Education, the U.S. Information Agency through the nearest U.S. Embassy, and the Agency for International Development, Office of International Training, Washington, DC 20523. If you have access to the Internet, you might want to visit the financial aid web page at http://www.edupass.org. If you are already in the United States, public libraries usually reference materials available to research private scholarship sources. Paid Scholarship search services are available in the United States, but they will be searching the sources that are usually restricted to U.S. citizens, so it is unlikely that funds will be found for you. These services are expensive.
LCC offers Foundation scholarships every year for qualified students. For more information, please visit www.lcc.edu/scholarships/foundation.
Authorization for Personal Representative needs
to come directly from the student.
An email or fax will not be accepted.
Sometimes applicants have a friend or relative in the United States who has agreed to assist them in getting admitted to a U.S. school. Or, they would like this person to receive the applicant?s I-20 and acceptance materials for special mailing. If you wish LCC to provide information about your application status or your I-20 to someone other than yourself, you must give LCC written permission to do this.
On a separate piece of paper, type or write one of the following statements providing the name, address, and telephone number of your personal representative. You must type or print your name at the bottom of the statement as it appears on your application and sign and date the statement. Choosing a personal representative is optional. If you name a personal representative, you should make sure that the individual has agreed to assist you.
(Insert name, address, telephone number and email address of personal representative) is authorized to act as my personal representative regarding my application to Lansing Community College. He/She is to receive all correspondence regarding my application, including the I-20 form, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy.
(Insert name, address, telephone number and email address of personal representative) is authorized to act as my personal representative regarding my application to Lansing Community College. He/She is to receive copies of all correspondence regarding my application. The I-20 form, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy, is to be mailed directly to me. is authorized to act as my personal representative regarding my application to Lansing Community College. He/She is to receive copies of all correspondence regarding my application. The I-20 form, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy, is to be mailed directly to me.
(Insert name, address, telephone number and email address of personal representative) is authorized to receive the I-20 form, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy.
Guest students are students who are currently attending another U.S. college who intend to take a small number of classes at LCC. Guest students must have written permission from the international student office at their primary college to attend LCC. No other application forms or documents are required for guest admission. A new guest form or letter must be submitted for each semester. Michigan State University students should obtain an "LCC Attendance Approval Form" from their MSU academic advisor. All other guest students should obtain a letter from the foreign student advisor at their university authorizing LCC attendance. Please request Fact Sheet #4, Information for Guest Students, for additional information.
For admission to LCC, proof of English competency is required. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required before an admission decision can be made. Test reports must be received directly from the testing center. Test reports must be no more than two (2) years old. Test reports must be received by the application deadline. The LCC TOEFL institution code is 1414.
For English Language instruction a minimum total score of 45 and minimum speaking score of 10 on the Internet based test (iBT) is required. For academic program admission a minimum score of 61 and a minimum speaking score of 21 is required.
Countries where English is the Language of the Education System
(Applicants educated in these countries are exempt from the English competency test requirements.)
Instruction in English as a Second Language
Students with visas other than the F-1 or M-1 may be
eligible under USCIS regulations to take full or part-time
courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) through the
LCC Center for Transitional Learning. These courses are
offered on the semester schedule. The curriculum code is
LCC also offers full-time English language study in the English Language Studies Program (ELSP) that meets the requirements of the F-1 and M-1 visa. Students who desire English as a Second Language instruction, who have the F-1 or M-1 visa, or who plan to apply for the visa, should use 0097-ELSP as their area of study on their application.
International Admissions - Related Links:
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Phone: (517) 483-1200
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