International Admissions Text-Only
Who is an international student?
Any individual who has been admitted to the United States in a temporary, non-resident (visa) status and is 18 years of age will be classified as an international student at Lansing Community College. Individuals admitted to the United States on any type of visa should use the international application on page 17.
Individuals who have refugee, immigrant, or resident alien (green card) status are not international students and should use the LCC general admissions student application.
For more information about LCC go to: About LCC (Facts at a Glance)
Distances from U.S. ports-of-entry to Lansing (in kilometers)
Los Angeles, California
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Visa types and WT status
A visa is a permit placed in your passport by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate official that gives you permission to travel to the United States. There are many different categories of visas. The type of visa given to you is determined by the purpose of your trip to the U.S. Each visa category has a set of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) regulations that govern the activities you may engage in while in the United States. Almost all visa categories allow a person to attend school either full or part-time. The length of time required to obtain a visa and the method of applying vary at each U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Check with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for information on the process currently in effect.
Student visa (F-1 or M-1)
LCC offers programs that meet the requirements of the F-1 (academic study) and M-1 (vocational study) student visas. You should know that a student must follow certain USDHS regulations to obtain and keep his student visa. You must:
- Declare a program of study and make progress toward completion of that program each semester
- Complete at least 12 credits each semester in your program and complete two semesters each year
- Maintain a cumulative 2.0 (C) grade point average
- Keep the school advised of your U.S. and foreign addresses.
The I-20 form must be presented to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain a student visa.
Prospective student visa (B-2)
Under certain circumstances an individual might wish to personally visit one or more U.S. colleges to complete admission, inspect facilities, or for a personal interview. Because admission has not yet been granted, the schools cannot issue an I-20 form. The prospective student visa should be requested at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate before entering the U.S. This allows a limited period of time to complete admission and, while in the United States, apply for a change-of-status to student visa. The prospective student visa is more likely (but not guaranteed) to be approved for the change-of-status to student visa than the regular visitor visa category. (See "Change of Visa Status")
Visitor (B-1 or B-2)
The visitor (business or tourist) visa allows school attendance for language or recreational courses. Those individuals who intend to be full-time students or who intend to complete an academic or vocational program are advised to seek a student visa. A B Visa holder is NOT allowed to enroll in a full-time course of study until they have obtained an F-1 or M-1 non-immigrant Visa. Those who have an I-94 card stamped ?Prospective Student? are eligible to do a Change of Status while in the United States to F-1 or M-1 student visas. If the I-94 card does not have this stamp, then the student must exit the country and obtain an F-1 or M-1 non-immigrant visa from a Consular Officer abroad and obtain readmission to the United States before they can work toward a degree.
Other visa categories and their regulations are too numerous for this publication. Almost all visa categories allow a person to attend school either full- or part-time. However, school admission is not automatic. You must meet the requirements for admission as established by the school. For LCC requirements see page 14. If you have questions about your visa category and LCC attendance, please contact the Admissions Office and our staff will be happy to assist you.
WT status means that you were allowed to enter the United States for a short visit without a visa. This status cannot be changed to a visa status while in the United States. School enrollment is prohibited by USDHS regulations for persons with WT status. You can arrange for school admission while in the United States in WT status, but you will need to exit the United States to your home country, obtain a student visa, and re-enter in time for the start of classes.
Canadian citizens may enter the United States as students with the I-20 form and a copy of their financial resources documents. A passport is not required.
In the United States, the spouse (wife or husband) and children under age 21 of an individual are called dependents. Individuals entering the United States on the student visa (F-1 or M-1) are eligible to apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to bring their dependents with them. Or, the dependents can apply later at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to travel to the United States to join the student. Dependents receive the F-2 or M-2 visa. The student (or applicant if not yet admitted) must show that financial resources are available to support all dependents brought to the United States. Dependents, according to USDHS regulations, may not work under any circumstances. For additional information on bringing dependents to the United States, write or call the Admissions Office for International Student Fact Sheet #7, ?How to Apply for Permission to Bring F-1/M-1 Dependents to the United States.?
I-20 forms and photocopies of financial documents are issued to applicants outside the United States with the acceptance letter. Students in the United States who intend to apply for a change of visa to F-1 or M-1 will receive the I-20 form during a personal interview with their Counselor to International Students after admission has been granted.
The I-20 form is issued with the acceptance letter to students in the United States who already have the F-1 or M-1 student visa.
I-20 forms are never issued before admission is approved. I-20 forms, in accordance with USDHS regulations, are mailed directly to the student unless the student has named a personal representative. (See "Personal Representative")
Change of visa status
When your purpose for remaining in the United States has changed from your original purpose, you will need to request a change of visa status from the USDHS. This is usually referred to as change-of-status. For example, a student's dependent in the United States with an F-2 visa might decide to begin full-time study towards an associate degree and thus need an F-1 visa.
If you want to apply for a change-of-status to the F-1 or M-1 visa while in the United States, Lansing Community College can assist you, but it is the USDHS that makes the decision to approve or not approve your request. You must first obtain admission to LCC by following the directions for F-1 or M-1 student visa admission on page 14. After admission, an appointment will be scheduled for you with your LCC Counselor to International Students who will explain the USDHS form required to request change-of-status. The USDHS currently charges $140 to process this form.
You must apply to the USDHS for your change-of-status at least one day before your current visa expires. It can take several months for your change-of-status request to be processed by the USDHS. However, you can remain in the United States while your request is being considered, even if your current visa expires during this time. You can also begin classes while you are waiting for the USDHS decision.
Some visa categories ( ?Visa Types and WT Status,? ) are not eligible to change status while in the United States. If you have questions about your particular situation, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
When should I apply for admission?
You may apply up to one year in advance for admission for the start date you desire. (If you have not yet completed high school, see "High School Documents" )
If your application materials arrive too late for the start date you indicate on your application, you will automatically be considered for the next start date. Final decision on start date rests with Lansing Community College.
Orientation is a mandatory formal program of introduction to Lansing Community College. Orientation for new international students is held approximately two to three days before classes begin. During the orientation program you will receive information about USDHS regulations related to international students, LCC services, academic advising and register. The orientation program is conducted by the LCC International Admissions team.
Students must attend orientation in order to be properly prepared to register for classes. Additional information regarding orientation will be mailed with the student's acceptance letter.
Applicants outside the United States
Apply as early as possible to allow adequate time for mailing delays, obtaining a visa, and making travel arrangements.
The last dates for application documents to be considered from applicants outside the United States for each semester are:
Spring semester (starts in January) October 10
Fall semester (starts in August) May 10
Applicants inside the United States
Applicants inside the United States are also advised to apply as early as possible to ensure admission for the preferred start date. Applications are processed in the order received. Normal processing time is three weeks. Applications received after the due dates printed above will be considered on a time-allowed basis through the last day of registration. Applications not processed by the last day of registration will be considered for the next start date.
Nearly all students live in the Lansing area where student rental property is plentiful. Many Lansing city bus routes stop at the campus, so travel to classes is easy. The Student Life Office offers a housing information service. This service consists of listings from property owners regarding available housing (type, location, cost), and listings from students looking for others to share housing. These listings are posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway outside the Student Life Office and are updated daily. This information is not available by mail.
It is recommended that new students arrive in the Lansing area 1 or 2 weeks before orientation to have adequate time to arrange for housing. Students should bring adequate funds to pay for a hotel room and meals while looking for housing. It is customary to pay a minimum of two months rent to obtain housing. The college does not maintain housing units for students, nor does it enter into third party contracts or supervise off-campus housing. Home stay placements are not arranged by LCC.
2012-13 Academic year (estimated cost for F-1/M-1 visa)
Estimated costs for one year of full-time study at Lansing Community College are as follows:
Tuition and fees 1
Room and board 2
Books and supplies 3
Health insurance 4
1) Based on full-time enrollment of 15 credit hours per semester
during the academic year and 8 credit hours during the summer
session. Tuition cost is based on $276 per credit hour. Tuition
and fees are subject to change at any time upon action of the
Board of Trustees.
2) Includes a 12-month lease. This cost estimate is based on modest, shared accommodations in the college community, with the student preparing most meals at home or eating in the school cafeteria.
3) Based on purchase of a combination of new and used textbooks for an average academic program. Certain specialties may have higher costs.
4) Health insurance is strongly recommended. Students may purchase insurance in their own countries or they may purchase student insurance when they enroll in classes.
5) Based on public transportation. Does not include purchase price of private auto or transportation to and from the United States.
6) Included are such items as clothing for four seasons, laundry and personal care articles, cultural and leisure events.
It is the responsibility of the student to arrive with sufficient funds to pay temporary living expenses (hotel and meals), make arrangements for living quarters and meals, register for the first semester of classes, and pay other expenses related to living in the United States. Also, determine how and when your sponsor will provide funds to you to make sure that you have adequate finances for your living and educational expenses throughout the year. Lansing Community College does not have any financial assistance or emergency funds available for international students.
English competency (F-1, M-1 only)
For admission to academic courses, proof of English competency is required. To prove English competency you may submit a test score report from one of the following tests: 1) TOEFL, 2) Michigan State University (MSU) Test of English as a Foreign Language, or 3) University of Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Test reports must be received directly from the testing center. An English competency test is required before an admission decision can be made.
Applicants outside the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for TOEFL registration information. LCC requires a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL test, or minimum of 61 on the iBT, Internet-based test, for academic admission. The LCC TOEFL institution code is 1414 and score reports must be received directly from the TOEFL company. Please note that TOEFL score reports from applicants outside the United States must be received by each semester's application deadline.
Applicants in the Lansing area may contact the MSU English Language Center, Room A714 Wells Hall (517)-353-0800 for current information regarding test dates and cost of the MSU Test. A score of 75 is required on the MSU test. Or, you may contact the MSU Testing Services Office, Room 207, Student Services Building, (517) 355-8385, for current information regarding the TOEFL.
Applicants who wish to take the MELAB may contact the University of Michigan English Language Institute, 1205 N. University Ave., RM3O2O, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA for current test information. MELAB Test information can also be obtained by telephone at (734) 764-2416 or by fax at (734) 763-0369. A score of 72 is required for academic admission.
English as a Second Language INSTRUCTION
Students with visas other than the F-1 or M-1 are eligible under USDHS regulations to take full- or part-time courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) through the LCC Language Skills Department. The Language Skills courses are charged tuition by the credit hour. ESL courses range from 2 to 4 credits per course and are offered on the semester schedule. The curriculum code is 0097.
LCC also offers a full-time, intensive English program through the LCC English Language and Cultural Center (ELCC) 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, must apply to this program. Students with visas other than F-1 or M-1 may also apply to the ELCC. The 2007 ELCC program tuition is $1,425 per 8-week session ($2,850 per semester). An application to the ELCC may be obtained by writing to:
1121 - Admissions
Lansing Community College
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210 USA
The ELCP can also be contacted by telephone at (517) 483-1006
and by fax at (517) 483-9638.
High school documents
Lansing Community College requires proof of successful completion of studies equivalent to U.S. high (secondary) school for F-1 or M-1 admission. This requirement relates to the USDHS regulations that F-1 or M-1 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. 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 guidebook, 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 the LCC requirement.
Official college or university documents 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 student's responsibility to provide the necessary materials for a transcript evaluation to occur.
Official transcripts are mailed directly from school to school. Transcripts list dates of attendance, all courses taken, grades received, and diploma or degree granted. Hand delivered transcripts, even in sealed envelopes, 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 :
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: 415-677-9378
Financial aid and scholarships
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 have 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.
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 you, you must give LCC written permission to do so. The letter must come mailed directly to LCC from the student only. An e-mail or fax will not be accepted.
On a separate piece of paper, write or type one of the following statements providing the name, address, and telephone number of your personal representative. You must print or type your name at the bottom of the statement as it appears on your application and then 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.
(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.
Where can I get additional information about LCC?
If our information packet has not answered all your questions about LCC, please visit our home page at /interstu/. To ask your questions in person, you may visit Enrollment Services, Room 203, Gannon Building. During the semester, the office is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. E.S.T. Or you may call (517) 483-1200 for telephone assistance.
If you are outside the Lansing area, we suggest that you FAX your questions to us at (517) 483-1170. If you are sending a fax to us from outside the United States, we recommend that you type or print your document in black ink for clear transmission. Make sure that your name and reply information (telephone number including country code or mailing address) is included. Our FAX machine is active 24 hours each day.
You can also choose to contact us by using e-mail at email@example.com . Please make sure your e-mail message includes your name and reply information (how you want us to reply to you: FAX, e-mail, air mail and the proper address). If you would like to use the mail to contact us, please use the following address (USA is only required if you are outside the United States):
Lansing Community College
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210
Each inquiry is answered in the order it is received. If you are
requesting that we mail something to you, please allow three
weeks for delivery. If you are asking us to answer your inquiry
by FAX or e-mail, please allow a minimum of three business days.
The subject you would like to study is given many titles in the United States It may be referred to as area of study, concentration, curriculum (plural curricula), major, or program. To obtain the F-1/M-1 student visa, a program of study must be listed on the I-20 form; therefore, you must list a curriculum on your application. USDHS regulations do not allow the F-1/M-1 student to chose undecided as a program. If you are uncertain of what you want to study (undecided), we recommend that you select, 0251-Liberal Arts, because it allows the largest choice of courses. Our counselors and academic advisors will be happy to assist you during your studies at LCC to develop your educational and career plans.
If the major you desire or the university where you would like to transfer is not listed here, include your preference in your personal statement, and we will assist you in making a choice.
Curricular guides list the courses and graduation requirements for each area of study at LCC. Curricular guides for programs listed under Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Completion, and Associate Degree ) are printed in the LCC catalog (/catalog/ ). Curricular guides for transfer programs are available by calling or writing the Admissions Office. You will need to provide the name and number of each guide that you would like us to mail to you. Guides mailed to a U.S. address are sent first-class mail; guides mailed outside the United States are sent air mail.
The associate degree (2-year career program) prepares an individual for a specific type of employment that in the United States requires only two years of college preparation. Employment in these careers in your country may require more or less college study.
Transfer programs (/transfer/) are careers where two years of college study is usually not sufficient for employment in this field. Additional study is undertaken at the university level for the third and fourth year resulting in the bachelor's degree. If your long-term educational goal is to obtain the bachelor's degree, you should select a transfer program rather than an associate degree career program.
All students at LCC, including international students, are eligible to change their curriculum. However, F-1 students, according to USDHS regulations, must meet with the LCC Counselor for international Students to discuss a change of curriculum before beginning to study in the new curriculum. M-1 students who wish to change curriculum are restricted by USDHS regulations in many ways. A counselor to international students will be happy to discuss your options with you.
During your study at LCC, our international student counselors and academic advisors will be available to assist you in preparing to complete an associate degree or obtaining information about completing a transfer program, including preparing for admission to the transfer institution of your choice. It is the student's responsibility to meet the admission requirements of the transfer institution.
ONLINE LEARNING (INTERNET)
Online Learning is part of the LCC eCampus initiative that delivers electronically-supported education opportunities online, for 100% of the course.Online Learning offers quality education that is flexible, convenient and accessible. A variety of courses are available which apply to many LCC majors. Currently, virtual college students can earn a general associate degree with an emphasis in business entirely on-line. For more information visit the Online Learning College website: /online/
What are the admission requirements for international
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 admission requirements for international students are affected by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) regulations.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a completed LCC international student application form (PDF). 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:
-Original or certified proof of successful completion of studies equivalent to U.S. high (secondary) school. Not a fax or photocopy.
- Write a brief personal statement explaining your previous educational and employment background and your future educational and career plans.
- Provide original proof of evidence of financial resources. Not a fax or photocopy.
- Provide proof of competency in the English Language. Applicants whose secondary education (grades 9 through 12) was obtained in an English-based school (see list ) are exempt from this requirement.
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:
- A copy of your current I-20, front and back.
- An official copy of your current college or university transcript
- A photocopy of the current visa page from your passport.
- A photocopy of your current I-94 card.
- A completed LCC transfer form.
Guest students are students who are currently attending another U.S. college and who intend to take a small number of classes at LCC. Guest students must have written permission to attend LCC from the international student office at their primary college. 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.
International Admissions - Related Links:
Gannon Bldg, Room 203
Phone: (517) 483-1200
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