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International Students

Definition

An applicant who is a citizen or a Permanent Resident of a country other than the United States is classified as an International Student.

Resposibilities

It is the responsibility of the international student to be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.

Important Information for International Students

All International Students, regardless of status, are required by USCIS to complete the “Special Registration Alien’s Change of Address Card” within 10 days of such change. This form must be completed upon entering the United States and within 10 days of any change of address during time of stay.

International Students may obtain the “Special Registration Alien’s Change of Address Card” from the Information Desk in the Student Services Building. Forms should be mailed to the Department of Justice address located on the form.

F-1 Student Status

NSCC is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students on F-1 student status in its Associate’s degree programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Applicants should have the following credentials on file in the Office of Admissions by July 8 for the fall semester enrollment and December 9 for the spring semester enrollment:

  1. A completed application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Official copies of academic records of attendance from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by a certified English translation of these documents.
  3. Show proof of two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination and two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination.
  4. Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students who are seeking an Associate’s degree. A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based version, a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based version, or a 61 on the Internet-based version is required for admission. Course work completed at another United States college or university or graduation from a United States high school may be used in lieu of TOEFL. Additional institutional placement assessment such as the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and/or the math portion of the compass is required of all international students (See "Degree-Seeking Non-Immigrant Status other than F-1" section that follows). Any academic skills deficiencies must be removed through enrollment in college prep courses. Our TOEFL code number is 1149. International students who are non-degree seeking ESL students are not required to submit TOEFL scores, unless, after completing ESL requirements, they decide to be degree-seeking and/or take college- level courses. Non-degree ESL students will take the Michigan Plus test for placement in ESL courses.
  5. Satisfactory evidence of the financial capability to meet the expense involved while studying at NSCC. Applicants on F-1 status must also complete the appropriate form, provided by the college, showing financial capability. Completion of this form includes the student’s intent to attend the college on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours per semester) and states that no employment will be required to meet expenses. International students will pay out-of-state fees and are not eligible for Title IV funding.
  6. A certificate from a licensed physician or other medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. This certificate must be submitted to the Office of Admissions within 30 days from the first day of classes to continue enrollment. If the student either has or potentially has tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment depends upon the decision of a licensed physician that the student’s enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment.
  7. All foreign non-immigrant students with F-1 visas must enroll in the TBR Student/Scholar Health & Accident Insurance Plan as a condition of admission and continued enrollment.
  8. Submit proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. Acceptable documentation can be found here.

Degree-Seeking Non-Immigrant Status other than F-1

Students whose first language is NOT English are protected under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act and are guaranteed language assistance once a language deficiency is documented. These students must:

  1. Submit an application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Provide all documentation proving U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service status.
  3. Meet all regular admission requirements as a degree-seeking student except as described below:
      a. Take the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and accept placement in the appropriate course work. Call the ESL testing specialist for details at 615-353-3380.
      b. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 is required on the paper version, or a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based version, or a 61 on the Internet-based version.
      c. Take the math portion of the COMPASS examination.
  4. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if they are full-time entering students born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
      a. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices,
      b. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons, or
      c. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional, if they are full-time entering students born January 1, 1980 to present.
      a. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
      b. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
      c. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
  6. Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.
  7. Submit proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. Acceptable documentation can be found here.

Permanent Resident and Refugees

Applicants in this category must meet all applicable requirements for regular admissions to the college. Other requirements are as follows:

  1. Submit an application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Submit Permanent Resident or I-94 card.
  3. A permanent resident whose native language is NOT English must take the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and accept placement in the appropriate course work in lieu of regular placement assessment. Call the ESL testing specialist for details at 615-353-3380.
  4. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if they are full-time entering students born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
      a. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices,
      b. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons, or
      c. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional, if they are full-time entering students born January 1, 1980 to present.
      a. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
      b. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
      c. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
  6. Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.
  7. Submit proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. Acceptable documentation can be found here.

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