International Student Admissions

An “international student” is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or immigrant. Some international students are already living in the U.S. when they apply and others travel from their home countries.

International Student Admissions Facts
Key Information

  • Apply as an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen and not an immigrant.
  • You need a non-immigrant F-1 student visa to attend college. Learn more about visas.
  • You have to show proficiency in English and meet academic requirements for international students to be accepted (see below for more information).
  • Federal financial aid is not available to international students, but international students are eligible for ICC Foundation Scholarships if applying before the March 1 scholarship deadline.

The Admission Application Process:

New Students currently outside of the U.S.

  • June 1 for fall semester admission
  • November 1 for spring semester
  • No summer session admission

Transfer student currently in the U.S.

  • August 1 for fall semester
  • December 1 for spring semester
  • June 1 for summer session

If you are a prospective international student applying from a foreign country seeking an F-1 Student Visa to complete a degree at Itasca Community College, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application and pay the $20 application fee.
  2. Complete the testing or courses to meet the English language proficiency requirement. (See "English Proficiency Requirements" section below.)
  3. Submit academic records (original/official documentation of high school completion) to show you have met the academic requirements for international students. (See "Academic Requirements" section below.)
    If you have attended University in your home country and would like to transfer credit, please submit your transcripts to Itasca Community College through ECE and WES for evaluation.
  4. Complete and submit the Financial Certification Statement form with supporting documents to show that you have funding for one full academic year.
  5. Complete and submit the Immunization Form.
  6. If available, submit a photocopy of your current passport.

Where to Submit All Supporting Documentation

Email all documents as attachments to william.marshall@itascacc.edu

OR

Mail your completed forms and all supporting documentation in ONE envelope to:

Itasca Community College
Admissions
1851 US Highway 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN, U.S.A. 55744

Applicants with a current (valid) F-1 visa transferring from a United States high school or college:

If you are currently enrolled at another U.S. college/university or English language school/institute and you are seeking to transfer to Itasca to enroll in courses to complete a degree, please complete the following process for admission to the college. To be eligible you must already have a Form I-20 issued by the school you are presently attending. Transfer students are eligible to apply for admission to the fall, spring or summer session.

  1. Complete the online application and pay the $20 application fee.
  2. Complete the testing or courses to meet the English language proficiency requirement. (See "English Proficiency Requirements" section below.)
  3. Submit academic records (original/official documentation of high school completion) to show you have met the academic requirements for international students. (See "Academic Requirements" section below.)
    If you have attended University in your home country and would like to transfer credit, please submit your transcripts to Itasca Community College through ECE and WES for evaluation.
  4. Complete and submit the Financial Certification Statement form with supporting documents to show that you have funding for one full academic year.
  5. Complete and submit the Immunization Form.
  6. If available, submit a photocopy of your current passport.
  7. Submit a photocopy of your current visa.
  8. Submit a copy of current I-94. You may print off the I-94 at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website.
  9. Submit a photocopy of your current I-20 form.

After being accepted to Itasca, ask your previous US high school, college or university to transfer your SEVIS record to Itasca Community College (after you have completed classes at your previous US school).


Where to Submit All Supporting Documentation

Email all documents as attachments to william.marshall@itascacc.edu

OR

Mail your completed forms and all supporting documentation in ONE envelope to:

Itasca Community College
Admissions
1851 US Highway 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN, U.S.A. 55744

Visa Application Procedure

  1. After you are accepted to Itasca Community College, we will mail you the Form I-20.
  2. Once you receive your Form I-20, you must schedule a visa application appointment with the nearest US embassy or consulate.
  3. The form I-20 must be presented together with evidence of payment of the SEVIS Fee, your passport and original records of financial support to the nearest American Embassy/Consulate. Students who will be transferring from another U.S. institution should consult with their present international student advisor as to the required transfer procedures. Please note that Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa. Canadians may present their documents at the port of entry. This includes your I-20, evidence of payment of the SEVIS fee, passport and original records of financial support at the port of entry.

Enrollment Requirements:

Once admitted, you will be sent your I-20. Then you will be required to do the following:

Upon arrival you are required to:

  • Complete the Accuplacer placement test (if necessary) and register for classes.
  • Attend New Student Orientation (fall semester only).

Transportation

You will need to fly into Duluth, Minnesota and take the Jefferson Line bus to Grand Rapids or fly into Hibbing, Minnesota and arrange for our staff to pick you up.

To be admitted to Itasca Community College as an international student, you must provide proof of English language proficiency. You can meet this requirement through test scores or successful completion of courses.

Test scores and academic reports must be mailed directly from the testing agency or college to Admissions at Itasca Community College. Test scores cannot be older than 2 years. Documentation must be received by or before the published application deadline.

Testing Options

TOEFL (Test of the English Foreign Language)

  • Minimum scores: 61 on internet-based test, 173 on computer-based test, 500 on paper test

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

  • Minimum score: 75

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score: 5.5

Course Options

  • Recent completion of a college level English composition course with a grade of C or higher from an accredited United States college or university. Email an unofficial transcript to william.marshall@itascacc.edu AND have an official transcript sent to Itasca Community College Admissions.
  • Global Language Institute (GLI). Completion of the Mastering Level and a score of 3.5 or higher on GLI’s Test of Written English (TWE) OR completion of GLI Accelerated Level in the last three years. Completion of the course(s) must be documented on the GLI Student Recommendation Form provided by GLI.
  • ELS Language Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Successful completion of Level 109 or Level 112 in the last three years. Completed coursework must be documented on ELS Language Centers transcript provided by ELS.

International applicants need to meet the following academic requirements.

Please send at least one of the following official documents:

  • Document showing graduation from secondary/high school, such as a Certified School Leaving Certificate/Examination document. Also send an official transcript showing courses/subjects taken and grades/marks earned. You must show academic strength during high school in at least five academic areas, with a minimum grade of C in courses related to your intended area of study. Courses in religion are not considered academic.
    or
  • Transcript from a college or university outside the U.S. (Please submit your transcripts to Itasca Community College through ECE and WES for evaluation.)
    or
  • Transcript from a U.S. college or university.

Policies on Transcripts and Academic Records

  • An official transcript is one that is mailed directly from the school to Minneapolis College in a separate sealed envelope or sent electronically from the school to Itasca Community College.
  • Documents must arrive before the deadline for admissions.
  • Please do not send essays, letters of recommendation, honor certificates or extracurricular accomplishments.
  • ACT and SAT scores are not required for admission, but may exempt you from taking the Accuplacer (placement test).
  • If your documents are not in English, they must be translated into English with a copy of the original document in the native language. Translations must be certified by a school or public official as a true copy and translation of the original document.
  • Itasca Community College reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of the certification and does not ordinarily return certificates and records.