South Central College is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to accept non-immigrant students. In addition to completing the regular student admission procedures for full-time students, all international students must complete the international student application and meet the following requirements:

  • Students must show the ability to read and write the English language.
  • Students must declare and pursue a program major on a full-time basis.
  • Students must purchase the health insurance plan offered through South Central College.

Admissions Checklist:

  • Submit to SCC a completed International student application.
  • Submit secondary and post-secondary transcripts. SCC may be able to obtain your official transcripts from any of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at no charge to you.  For information on how courses may transfer to SCC, please review the Transferology link via the SCC Transfer Made Easy link.
  • Submit any earned Articulated College Credit which can be obtained from the website.
  • Complete the Financial Statement form and provide bank statements.
  • Show English proficiency.
  • If required, complete the Accuplacer assessment prior to registering for courses.

When all the above requirements have been met, international student information will be entered into the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a government, computerized system that maintains and manages data about foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States.  This tracking system is part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is now managed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  SEVIS is the agency that will issue an I-20 MN Form, which will allow students to proceed with arrangements to enter the United States and begin studying. 

Application Timeline:

South Central College encourages completion of the application process early to assure the best course availability. Completion of all application materials is required by the dates listed to be invited to the STAR (Advising and Registration) session the following week.

Students currently NOT living in the United States:

  • Fall Session Admission Deadline: May 1
  • Spring Session Admission Deadline: September 1

Students currently living in the United States and attending a U.S. college or university

  • Fall Session Admission Deadline: July 1
  • Spring Session Admission Deadline: November 1

Prospective Student Resources:

International Student Application 
This application is to be used by international students applying as freshmen and as transfer students.

10 Tips On Getting A U.S. Visa ( pdfPDF document 22K)
Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa - Courtesy of NAFSA

Current Student Resources:

SEVIS Transfer - Out Form  ( pdfPDF document 14K)
International Students Request to Transfer from SCC to another Educational Institution within the US

F-1 Reinstatement  ( pdfPDF document)
Template for International Students to Request "Re-instatement" from the Department of Homeland Security

Reduced Course Load Form ( pdfPDF document 25K)
Academic Adviser Certification for International Students Enrolled Less Than Full-Time

Program Extension Request Form ( pdfPDF document 25K)
Academic Adviser Certification extending your I-20 Form for International Students Requesting an Extension

Optional Practical Training Checklist ( pdfPDF document 25K)
Academic Advisor Certification for International Students Requesting OPT