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International Student Admissions

To apply for admission, an applicant residing in a country other than the United States must:

  1. Complete the SCC Admissions Application online.
  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts. Photocopies are not acceptable. Documents must attest to the student's graduation status. Original credentials must be accompanied by English translations certified through a NACES accredited agency.
  3. Provide proof of English language comprehension/fluency. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 68 (iBT), 190 (CbT) or 520 (paper-based format) are required. Salem Community College does not offer intensive English as a Second Language instruction. TOEFL test scores must be submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Salem Community College. Photocopies from the student are not acceptable.
  4. Submit proof of age through copy of birth certificate or passport.
  5. Provide an Affidavit of Support Form (USCIS Form I-134) completed by the student's sponsor and notarized at a United States Consulate or Embassy. Supporting documentation reflecting a minimum of $16,000 must accompany the affidavit and amounts must be listed in U.S. dollars
  6. Make a payment of $300 to cover the international student processing fee. This fee is non-refundable.
  7. Provide a check or money order for $5,000 U.S. drawn on a United States bank or other financial institution made payable to Salem Community College. The money will be deposited into the student's account and will be used to pay a portion of the tuition and fees for the first two semesters.

Upon the receipt of all required material and deposits, an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigration Student Status) will be processed and mailed to the student. The student will need to take the I-20 and accompanying documentation to the United States Consulate or Embassy to meet with a consular official. The decision to grant an F-1/M-1 student visa is made by the consulate or embassy staff representing the United States Department of State.


Students Admitted under an F-1/M-1 Visa

Must enroll full-time (12 credits or more) and hold at least a 2.0 grade point average each semester in order to maintain good standing. Students failing to do so will have their enrollment ended.


Students Denied an F-1/M-1 Visa

Must write to SCC's Dean of Enrollment Management to request a refund due to visa denial. SCC will refund all tuition, fees only. The $300 international student processing fee is non-refundable.


Students holding a B-1/B-2/Tourist Visa

Are required to return to their home countries if they wish to apply for F-1/M-1 visa status. 


Students holding active F-1 Visa at another Institution

International students who wish to transfer to Salem Community College must be in compliance with their student visa requirements, request a transfer release from the other institution, and complete an SCC Transfer-in form and application.


International Student Estimated Cost

The annual estimated cost for an international student is $24,000. This includes tuition, fees, living expenses and off-campus room and board.


Application Deadline for International Students

Fall (September) applicants - July 1

Spring (January) applicants - November 1


Additional Resources

NACES accredited agencies

USCIS Affidavit of Support Form, I-134


Department of Homeland Security, Study in the States


For additional information please contact international@salemcc.edu