International Student Admissions

COVID-19 Announcement:  The International Student Services (ISS) department is currently offering most services online and limited services on-campus. Please email for assistance. Office hours are from 9 am until 5 pm Monday to Friday.  Please visit the COVID-19 information page for resources and updates.

We in International Student Services are here for you.

Follow International Student Services on Facebook at @stchascciss, on Instagram at @stchascciss and on Twitter at @iss_scc.

There are two steps to apply to be a degree-seeking student:  1) Apply online, 2) Reply to the welcome email you receive from with the application packet. 

Students must be degree-seeking and demonstrate English language proficiency, financial ability, and academic readiness and be degree-seeking students to be eligible to attend SCC (note: certificates must be attached to degrees)

English Language Proficiency

  • The following English proficiency requirements must be met for acceptance to a degree-seeking program, and students with English proficiency below the scores listed below will be considered for admissions to the intensive English program through the English Language and Culture Institute:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Paper Based: Minimum score of 323
    • TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test): Minimum score of 50
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum score of 5.5
    • Duolingo Online Test: Minimum score of 80
    • Completion of program at SCC's CEA-certified English Language and Culture Institute (ELCI).

    Exemption from English as a Second Language (ESL) Coursework

    Non-native English speakers who apply for acceptance to a degree-seeking program may be exempted from English as a Second Language coursework with the following demonstration of language proficiency: 

    • TOEFL Paper Based: Minimum score of 550
    • TOEFL IBT: Minimum score of 79 with no section score below 17
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5
    • Duolingo Online Test: Minimum score of 100
    • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): Minimum grade of C
    • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English): Minimum grade of B
    • GTEC CBT (Global Test of English Communication Computer Based Test): Minimum score of 100
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: Minimum score of 6.5
    • IB (International Baccalaureate) English A: Language & Literature HL Exam: Minimum score of 5
    • Transferrable Credits: Minimum of 24 transferable credits from an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institution in the United States
    • English Composition Course: Minimum grade of C in English Composition at an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institution in the United States
    • American high school graduation and:
      • ACT (American College Testing): minimum score of 19 in Reading and English, or
      • AP (Advanced Placement): Score of 4 or 5 on either the English: Language and Composition; or English: Literature and Composition exams

    Native Speaker Exemption

    Students from the following predominantly English speaking countries are not required to submit an English language proficiency score: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent (Grenadines), Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Students from these countries are required to assess basic reading, writing, and mathematics levels at the SCC Assessment Center before enrolling at the College. If scores on these placement instruments are significantly deficient, the student will be referred to the English Language Culture Institute for assessment.

    Native Speaker Appeal for Exemption

    Students who have completed their education entirely in English in a country where the English is considered an official language but is not on the list of native English-speaking countries above, may submit a written appeal to the Director of International Student Services to be exempted from providing an English language proficiency score for admission. These students are required to assess basic reading, writing, and mathematics levels at the SCC Assessment Center. If scores on these placement instruments are significantly deficient, the student will be referred to the Assessment Center for English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment.

Financial Eligibility Requirements for Admission to SCC 

Provide Proof of Financial Support:  $21,444 from: The student, family member or friend, government sponsorship, or scholarships.
  • Tuition and fees $5,520 
  • Supplies (insurance, daily living expenses, transportation, books) $4,924 
  • Living expenses $11,000 

Academic Background Requirements:  High School Graduation

Ready to apply?

Start your first step to your future by completing the online application. Next, choose the appropriate application packet from the list below. Email the completed documents and proof of English language proficiency (if required) to  

Pre-Departure and Arrival

  • Be prepared to check in to the ISS department office at least ten days before the semester begins (no more than 30)!  Failure to check in can result in the cancellation of your I-20. Check in immediately by the orientation date sent to you in your pre-departure information.
  • Submit proof of a TB test and purchase of health insurance (do not purchase without discussing with a DSO first), which is required before beginning courses
  • Visit with Christal Thomas or Virginia Guneyli to learn about assessment and to register -- Ms. Thomas can be reached at (636) 922-8248 or, and Virginia Guneyli can be reached at (636) 922-8617 or

*All students are required to pay for their tuition by the deadline or establish a payment plan.

* Students are also required to provide health insurance for one academic year before attending classes -- speak to a DSO about requirements.

Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Academic Year (9-months)
Tuition and Fees Approximately $5,776 plus applicable fees
Books and Supplies $4,924.00
Living Expenses $11,000.00
Total $21,444.00

*required health insurance additional cost

Additional information about tuition and costs as an F-1 student at SCC:

International tuition and fees are at the Out-of-State rate of $230.00* per credit hour. Students with F-1 visas MUST carry a minimum of 12 credit hours in the spring and fall semesters. Any additional credit hours that an F-1 student registers for will be calculated at each credit hour (X) out-of-state rate and any required fees.

Books and supplies are estimated at $4,924

Living expenses are estimated at $11,000

Proof of funds is currently $21,444.00* for Academic Levels (12 credit hours / semester). Note: If dependents will accompany you to the U.S. and will remain here while you study at St. Charles Community College, you must document an additional $3,600.00 for each dependent.

Helpful Information

Student Handbook

At orientation, students will learn about applying for a driver's license, social security card, working on campus, compliance with SEVIS laws, student activities, daily life, banks, fraud, and more.  Orientation is required. The date and time will be emailed prior to arrival.

On-Campus Housing is now available!  Visit to reserve your space, starting at $479 for Spring semester and $549 for Fall, fully furnished.

You must have minimum insurance coverage for one full semester (4 months) – it is preferred to have one full academic year of coverage (9 months). Submit your semester insurance before classes begin. Failure to do so can result in you being dropped from classes. Email if you need help and have questions about health insurance in the US.

Immigration and Visa Updates

TB Screening (State of Missouri Requirement)

Facilities that offer TB Screenings (minimal fee charged)

  • Walgreens or CVS Walk-In Clinics
  • St. Charles County Department of Public Health(Public health department in Saint Charles, Missouri Address: 1650 Boone's Lick Rd, St Charles, MO 63301)
    • Monday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Tuesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Wednesday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Saturday Closed
    • Sunday Closed

**Students may also have a TB screening completed in their home country. Please have clinic complete the TB screening form.

TB Screening Forms Parts 1-3

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So how do you sign up?

It's really quick and easy. There's just one rule: you must be registered for classes in an upcoming term at SCC to be eligible.

Once you're registered for classes, log on to mySCC Portal and go to the SCC Connection section on the home page. Choose "Alternative Payment Plans (NELNET)" from the Students Financial Aid menu. Told you it was quick and easy.

Note: There is an initial non-refundable enrollment fee of $30 per semester.

Additional information:

2018-19 Nelnet Brochure (PDF)

Need help getting started?​​ Call Student Accounts at 636-922-8361. We're happy to help.

Basic Nelnet Information

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