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Welcome to International Student Services (ISS). Shelton State Community College offers international students a variety of services to help with the transition to the U.S., the state of Alabama, and our campus community.  ISS provides the support and assistance necessary for international students to achieve their education goals while ensuring compliance with government immigration regulations. We look forward to helping you achieve your higher learning goals.

For admission to an Alabama Community College System institution, an international applicant must provide and comply with the following:

  • Submit Shelton State application online.
    • Select one of the following categories: International Freshman, International Transfer, or International Transient.
    • 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 Immigration Status prior to admission. The student must maintain the recommended hours required by the host institution while in transient status.
  • Submit Signature/Residency page.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
  • Submit an unexpired, government-issued photo ID by mail or email.
  • Submit a valid VISA and passport to include identification page, expiration date page, and VISA page.
  • Submit an official translated and evaluated copy of the student’s high school/college transcript.
  • Submit ACT, SAT, or College Placement test scores.
    • 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.
  • Submit English Language Testing Scores.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – minimum score must range from 5.5-6.0
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – a total score of 61 on the Internet-based test, a total of 173 on the computer based test, or a total score of 500 on the paper-based test
      Note: 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 the Virgin Islands. All other waivers must be submitted to the Chancellor for approval with substantial documentation.
  • International Freshmen complete the First Time Freshman International Student Checklist.
  • International Transfer Students complete the Transfer International Student Checklist.
  • The final decision for acceptance of international students who have met the preceding conditions will be made by the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
  • For information about International Student Orientation and tuition and fees, visit International Students.

Spring 2019 International Student Orientation: Monday, January 7, 2019

  • International student tuition is two (2) times that of residents of the state of Alabama.
  • International students must provide a signed, notarized statement verifying adequate financial support and a complete financial statement documenting ability to pay cost of attendance. The official statement from the financial institution must be dated within the last three months and include the following information:
    • Minimum of $28,000 (USD)
    • If applicable, a minimum of $3,600 (USD) is required for each additional dependent in addition to the $28,000 for tuition.
    • Financial documentation must provide the specific amount of funds and the name(s) of the account holder.
    • Financial documentation must be in English; otherwise, attach a translation into English.
  • Documentation is required that demonstrates adequate health and life insurance, which must be maintained during enrollment. Students who do not present their own health insurance must purchase a health insurance policy through the Students are required to pay for international insurance coverage at the time of registration. (Note: Spring and summer semesters are combined unless the summer is the student’s first semester.)
  • International students must meet all Immigration and Naturalization Service Requirements and complete forms necessary for attendance at Shelton State.
  • F-1 visa holders are required to be enrolled full-time (twelve semester hours or more) and should be progressing satisfactorily toward a degree.
  • All international student applicants must secure private housing since Shelton State provides no dormitory facilities.
  • No student will be allowed to enroll for a second semester unless all required admissions records have been received by the College prior to registration for the second semester. If all required admissions records have not been received by the College prior to issuance of first semester grades, then the grades will be reported on the transcript, but an official transcript will not be released until all required admissions records are received.

International Student Services Appointment Hours:

Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.

Wednesdays: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For directions on how to schedule an appointment, click here.

Schedule An Appointment

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