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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Kellogg Community College is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school. As such, KCC accepts applications for non-United States citizens who intend to study in the U.S. as an F-1 or M-1 visa holder. Please note: Refugees, immigrants or green card holders are not considered international students for admissions purposes; however, tuition residency may depend on current residential status.

International students can apply for admission by completing the online International Admissions Application. Students should wait to start the application until they have collected all of the required documents. Applicants are not able to save and come back to the application once started.

For answers to questions about the application process, please email Admissions at [email protected].

International Student Application Deadlines

The best practice for international students is to apply as soon as possible. The international student application and all required materials must be completed and received in Admissions by the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester (classes begin at the end of August): July 1
  • Spring semester (classes begin in January): Oct. 1
  • Transfer students or F-1 students already in the United States
    have until Aug. 1 or Dec. 1

Next Steps

To learn more about sending KCC the appropriate documentation to process the I-20 form, arrange visa-related steps and accommodation, and make successful academic progress once at KCC, please choose the appropriate step below.

 

Sending Documentation

Proof of Written and Oral English Competency

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of written and oral English competency by submitting official copies of scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Kellogg Community College requires the following English competency scores:

  • TOEFL: 173 or higher for the computer-based test; 61 or higher for the internet-based test; 500 or higher for the paper-based test
  • IELTS: A minimum score of 5

Proof of Finances

Students must show proof of finances (a minimum of $19,617) with an accompanying bank statement in English or certified English translation. The currency must be in United States dollars (USD).

KCC is NOT able to offer financial assistance to international students. All applicants must certify they have met the minimum cost estimate and have sufficient resources throughout their study program.

If the student is receiving financial support from a sponsor, the bank statement must be accompanied by the I-134, Affidavit of Support at uscis.gov/i-134.

Dependent(s)

Students who wish to have dependent(s) included as part of their F-1 visa will need to prove there are funds available to cover the dependent(s). Dependents are considered a spouse and children only; no other family member will be covered under the dependent status.

Additional Cost for Dependent(s)

  • First dependent: $300 per month = $3,600
  • Additional dependents: $200 per month each = $2,400

Submit all paperwork to Admissions at [email protected].

Once Admitted

Students will be notified via email that their International Student Application has been received and approved.

KCC will issue the student an I-20, an official document that provides supporting information on their F-1 academic status. The I-20 will be sent through the mail and may take a few weeks to arrive. If the I-20 needs to be expedited, the student must arrange to pay the cost. Applicants should contact Admissions as soon as possible at [email protected] to discuss the options for their local address.

The I-20 Form

The I-20 along with other documents will be required for the student’s visa interview at their country’s embassy. It is imperative that the student arranges their paperwork and receives their I-20 on time to schedule a visa appointment, as waiting times vary between countries. For more information on gathering required documentation for visa purposes, please visit travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html.

Kellogg Community College is unable to provide support throughout the visa process aside from issuing the I-20 form. For all visa-related question, students should contact the United States embassy in their home country.

Preparing for Arrival in the U.S.

Arrival

When arriving to the United States, both F and M students must:

  • Enter the United States no more than 30 days before their program of study begins.
  • Inform their Designated School Official (DSO) when they enter the United States.
  • When the student arrives at school, they must contact their DSO no later than the program start date listed on their Form I-20.

Education

While studying in the United States, both F and M students must:

  • Attend and pass all of their classes. If school is too difficult, the student should speak with their DSO immediately.
  • If the student believes they will be unable to complete their program by the end date listed on their Form I-20, they should talk with their DSO about requesting a possible program extension.
  • Students must take a full course of study each term; if the student cannot study full-time, they must contact their DSO immediately. Students should not drop a class without first speaking with their DSO.

Document Validity

The international student’s passport must always be valid, and for at least six months beyond their period of stay in the United States. Their visa may expire during their stay in the United States if they are maintaining F-1 status and their I-20 is up to date. If the student plans to leave the country and return as a student, they will be required to obtain a new F-1 visa before returning to the United States.

Transferring an F-1 Visa

If you are currently an F-1 visa student at another institution and would like to transfer to KCC, you will need to submit the following:

A KCC 1-20 will not be issued until all forms have been received and evaluated.

Arriving in the U.S.

Once you arrive in the United States, please reach out to the KCC Designated School Official (DSO) and provide the following documentation:

  • Valid Passport
  • Signed I-94 form
  • (Optional) Student health insurance is not required but is highly recommended. KCC does not offer insurance, but we do have information on an insurance company that provides insurance to international students.
Important Information for International Students

Summary of USCIS Regulations for F-1 Students

  • In compliance with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), international students are required to register for no fewer than 12 credit hours each semester.
  • International students have two semesters to achieve a 2.0 grade point average (a “C” average) with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Failure to meet these regulations may result in dismissal from the College and notification to INS that the student is out of status.

Change of Address

Students changing their address are required to submit their new address to INS and to the KCC Admissions Office within 10 days of the change.

Traveling while on an F-1 Visa

Any student who wishes to leave the country, either for travel or vacation, must have an I-20 endorsed by the Designated School Official no more than five days in advance of travel. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the I-20 has this signature. Students are permitted to leave the country, but re-entry may not be granted without the DSO signature.

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