International Students

If you’re a citizen or permanent resident from another country and looking to start your college career, this is the application process for you! With courses created for foreign language speaking students and organizations for all sorts of interests, we want you to feel right at home. Get started today!

Important Deadlines

Don't miss your chance to apply! Application deadlines are as follows:

Application Steps


Submit your application by the deadlines listed above.

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Before an I-20 can be sent to you, complete and send the following forms: 

To help fill any gaps and get you up to speed on our courses, you may be required to complete tests before enrolling. 

We do not automatically award credit from international colleges. However, if you feel the course content is equivalent to a course taught at the same level at NSCC, you may submit an educational credential evaluation and course descriptions. These evaluations MUST come from an agency that is a member of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students are responsible for contacting the evaluation agency and requesting a course-by-course evaluation, including a calculated grade point average. Students are also responsible for any fees associated with translations and evaluations. The following is a list of some evaluation agencies but not limited to (Nashville State does not endorse any particular agency and the college cannot guarantee the accuracy, quality, or availability of the agencies on the list. If you find an error please let us know.)

  • Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
  • Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
  • Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • SpanTran: The Evaluation Company (Use this SpanTran link for a customized application for Nashville State ensuring you select the correct evaluation at a discounted rate.)
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
  • Additional NACES Members 

Upon receipt of the educational credential evaluation, the Records Office will distribute your request to the academic division for evaluation. If your coursework is approved by the academic division, you will be awarded a transfer for credit of the approved course(s). 

To help fill any gaps and get you up to speed on our courses, you may be required to complete tests before enrolling.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Associate degree-seeking international students must pass this test with a minimum score of 500 on the paper test, 173 on the in-person computer test, or a 61 on the Internet test. If you graduated from a U.S. high school or completed coursework at another U.S. college or university, you may not have to take the TOEFL. If you are not seeking a degree, you are not required to submit TOEFL scores. 

Effective Fall 2024, in lieu of the TOEFL, a minimum 5.5 score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can meet this admissions requirement.

NSCCC TOEFL code: 1149 


English Language Placement Test or the math portion of the Accuplacer

Required of all international students. Non-degree ESL students will take the English Language Placement Test for placement in ESL courses.  

We will need satisfactory evidence that you are financially capable of meeting the expenses involved while studying at NSCC. All F-1 status students must also complete our provided form that includes your intent to attend the college full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) and states that no employment will be required. 

International students will pay out-of-state fees and are not eligible for Title IV funding. 

Complete the medical requirements. 

  • Must provide 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunization. 
  • Must provide 2 doses of the Varicella Immunization. 
  • Certificate verifying freedom from tuberculosis
    • Send this certificate from a licensed physician or other medical authority to the Welcome Center within 30 days from the first day of classes to continue enrollment.
  • Proof of enrollment in the TBR Student /Scholar Health & Accident Insurance Plan (F-1 only).
    • All foreign non-immigrant students with F-1 visas must enroll in this plan as a condition of admission and continued enrollment. 

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Call, email, or stop by anytime! The Nashville State Welcome Center team is here for you. If you want to speak with someone at a particular campus, find them on our Campuses page. 


Welcome Center
2nd Floor of S-Building
White Bridge Campus


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Friday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM