Colleges must comply with federal law to enroll international students as provided FBA (LOCAL). An international student seeking appropriate F-1 or M-1 visa status to attend a college must:
College may exempt an international student from the TOEFL or IELTS requirements if the student satisfies one of the following criteria:
In addition to the requirements stated above, an international student who wishes to transfer from another U.S. institution of higher education must present documentation indicating valid international student status, including pursuit of a full course of study during the term immediately preceding transfer from the institution last authorized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Upon admission, students must present all original immigration documents including a valid I-94 (arrival/departure record) and an unexpired passport to be copied and kept on file. All colleges are authorized to issue I-20s. An international student must obtain an I-20 from the college that admits the student. If a student wishes to take courses at another college, the student must receive prior written permission from the admitting college unless the student is withdrawing completely from the admitting college. In the event of a complete withdrawal to attend another college, a student must complete a transfer under the SEVIS program prior to enrollment. The college shall charge international students tuition as appropriate.
An international student must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain full-time student status during each regular semester in order to maintain visa status. An international student who pursues an Associate Degree in Nursing, Vocational Nursing, or Associate Degree in one of the allied health fields of study, is considered a full-time student when the student's lecture, laboratory assignment and clinical work in clock hours are determined by the college to equal or exceed 12 credit hours. A college may also determine whether an international student who is enrolled in an intensive English program is a full-time student based upon the student's clock hours in this program.
After admission, international students must present scores from an assessment test approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under the TSI unless otherwise exempt. If adequate scores are not demonstrated through assessment, the college shall require placement in any or all of the following courses: additional reading, English language or mathematic courses to meet course prerequisites.
The college shall take all the following steps regarding out-of-status international students:
For tuition purposes out of the status students may not claim undocumented out of status for any reason. Students who enter this country with visas, other than F-1 or M-1 visas, shall submit an application for admissions and provide documentation of immigration status. The college recommends that all prospective students have adequate immunization for bacterial meningitis, diphtheria; rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus and poliomyelitis (see Department of Health and Human Services Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule); and submit an official transcript from each college or university previously attended in the Unitied States as well as any assessments if required by a college. For tuition purposes, colleges shall classify these students based upon their visas and appropriate documentation. Like international students, these students may not claim undocumented status for any reason.
It is strongly recommended that international students obtain health insurance for the duration of their studies in the college.