International Students

International Admission Upcoming Deadlines

Spring 2018 - December 8, 2017 at 12 noon
Summer 2018 - May 4, 2018 at 12 noon

For admission to an Alabama Community College System institution, an international applicant must provide:

  1. An Application for Admission, which includes the student’s signature page,presentation of a valid form of identification, and ACT, SAT, or College placement test scores.
  2. A VISA recognized and accepted by the United States Government.
  3. An official translated copy of the student's high school/college transcript
  4. A minimum score ranging from 5.5-6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as determined by the college, or a total score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a total of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a total score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL.
  5. Signed, notarized statement verifying adequate financial support and present a complete financial statement.
  6. Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance which must be maintained during enrollment.
  7. English as a Second Language exam may be waived for students from the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada (verify from transcript), England, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Scotland, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, Dominica, Malawi, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tobago and Trinidad, Zambia, and Virgin Islands. All other waivers must be submitted to the Chancellor for approval with substantial documentation.
  8. System institutions should ensure that the student has adequate health insurance which is inclusive of a repatriation benefit. Proof of life insurance is waived with the proper health policy. The institution should have a recommended coverage available for international students seeking adequate health coverage. International students must purchase a health insurance policy through the College. Students are required to pay for one semester of coverage at the time of registration.
  9. International students in this country with an F- 1 visa from another institution may be accepted for full-time study at Shelton State Community College. Students must complete and return the Transfer recommendation of Student’s Non- Immigration Status prior to admission.
  10. The student must maintain the recommended hours required by the host institution while in transient status. 
  11. F-1 visa holders are required to be enrolled fulltime (12 semester hours or more) and should be progressing satisfactorily toward a degree.
  12. International students must meet all Immigration and Naturalization Service Requirements and complete forms necessary for attendance at Shelton State.
  13. International student tuition is two (2) times that of residents of the State of Alabama.
  14. All international student applicants must secure private housing since Shelton State provides no dormitory facilities.
  15. The final decision for acceptance of international students who have met the preceding conditions will be made by the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
  16. International students must take the designated placement assessment before being admitted to the College. International students MUST then register for the appropriate English and reading courses during the first and each successive semester until all English and reading requirements are met.

NOTE: No student will be allowed to enroll for a second term unless all required admissions records have been received by the College prior to registration for the second term. If all required admissions records have not been received by the College prior to issuance of first semester grades, the grades will be reported on the transcript, but an official transcript will not be released until receipt of all required admissions records.
Programs Requiring Special Admission
The following programs require additional admission requirements. The College reserves the right to add additional programs. For more information, refer to the specific program listing in the PROGRAMS OF STUDY/CURRICULUMGUIDES section in the College Catalog.
 Nursing Programs
    For more information call 205-391-2232.
Emergency Medical Certificate
    For more information call 205-391-3777.
Respiratory Care Technology (RPT)
   For more information call 205-391-2232.
Linkage Programs
   For more information call 205-391-2959.
Admission Requirements: Center for Workforce Development, Wellness Center, Community Education, Lifelong Learning Units, Adult Education
Shelton State Community College offers many noncredit programs and activities through the Center for Workforce Development, the Wellness Center, the Community Education programs, the Mund Lifelong Learning Center, and the Adult Education Program Each of these units establishes admission requirements for their programs and activities. These admission requirements, which vary considerably among programs and activities, are designed to ensure that participants are those for whom each specific program or activity is designed and are available in the materials published by the College and on its website.

Acceptable Primary and Secondary Identification Documentation
A list of acceptable primary and secondary documentation follows. Required documentation for an International applicant is described in paragraph 3 below.

1. Primary forms of documentation:

  • Unexpired Alabama Driver's License or instruction permit
  • Unexpired Alabama identification card
  • Unexpired U.S. Passport
  • Unexpired U.S. Permanent Resident Card
  • Resident Alien Card- Pre-1997
  • Unexpired Driver's License or instruction permit from another state or
  • possession that verifies lawful presence, dated 2000 and beyond
  • U.S. Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form 1-151) prior to 1978
  • BIA or tribal identification card with photo
  • Voter identification card from a state that verifies lawful presence

2. If an applicant cannot present primary documentation, he/she must provide two secondary forms of documentation, one of which must be a photo identification card. In addition to the photo identification card, an applicant must present one of the following:

  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • Social Security Card
  • Certified copy of a U.S. Birth Certificate or a U.S. State Department Certificate of Birth Abroad
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • U.S. Military ID Card (active duty, reserve, retired)
  • U.S. Military Dependent ID Card
  • U.S. armed forces driver's license
  • Legal guardian affidavit
  • Selective service card
  • W-2 form
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs card
  • Concealed weapons permit
  • Medical insurance ID card (including AHCCCS ID card)
  • Professional license
  • Bank card
  • Credit card
  • Employee ID badge (with photo)
  • School ID (with photo)
  • Marriage certificate issued in any U.S. state, territory or possession
  • Certified letter of identification for a ward of the court, issued by a court or government agency in the U.S.
  • Documents from a court of record (certified copy) o   Divorce decree o   Adoption decree o   Name change decree o   Bankruptcy decree o  Emancipation decree
  • BIA or tribal affidavit of birth or certificate of Indian blood
  • USCIS 194 or I94A form
  • USCIS employment authorization document (I688A, I-688B, 1-766)
  • U.S. military DD-214
  • U.S. travel document (mint green cover) endorsed with Permit to re-enter (Form 1327 or refugee travel document Form 1-571)
  • U.S. application for voluntary departure under the family unity program (Form I-797
  • U.S. temporary resident card (Form 1-688)
  • U.S. notice of approval to apply for permanent residents (Form I-171 or 1-463)
  • Other documentation issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; or, documentation presenting a status permitted under 8U.S. Code § 1621 and 1641

3. An applicant must submit the documentation required under paragraph above in person or through a notarized copy by U.S. mail. Documentation sent by mail must be received by the close of the business day on the last day of the institution's published drop/add period.