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Applying as an International Student

Thank you for your interest in El Centro College. The following information is an explanation of the admissions procedures and documents required of non-immigrant international students. You will need to complete and return all of the required documents as early as possible to ensure consideration for admission. Please read the information and follow all instructions carefully and completely.

***Embassies in certain countries require additional processing time for visas, so it is urgent that applications for admission are received in a timely manner.
Application Deadlines, Procedures, and Requirements

Prospective/New students applying from outside the United States

SpringJanuary - MayNovember 1
Summer (optional)June - AugustApril 1
FallAugust - DecemberJuly 1

Transfer Students

SpringJanuary - MayDecember 1
Summer (optional)June - AugustMay 1
FallAugust - DecemberAugust 1

* Deadlines falling on non-business days will be extended to the next business day.


All of the documents must be original or notarized copies and must be received by the appropriate deadline to initiate the admission process. Applications that do not include all required documents will not be processed. The information may be mailed or turned in directly to the International Office at the address at the end of this page. Faxes will not be accepted.

International Student Financial Guide

Academic year expenses (estimated average expenses for 12 month academic year)
Living Expenses$12,000
Total estimate for Fall & Spring$18,000

*Students are expected to pay tuition in full upon registration.

These are average cost figures. This amount is for a single student living away from home and may vary according to individual circumstances. Additional financial support must be shown for dependents.

Each Child$3,000

Once again, thank you for your interest in El Centro College. We hope to hear from you soon.

A completed International Student Application Packet consists of originals and copies of all documents.
  1. Application for International Student Admission

  2. Copy of identification page of passport (if available)

  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (link is external)

    A TOEFL score is required for official admission as an International Student. Original TOEFL results must be submitted. A photocopy will not be accepted. El Centro’s institution code is 6199. The departmental code is 00.
    TOEFL RequirementsCollege Level (minimum score)Intensive English Program
    Computer Based197 or higherRecommended to have at least 117 or higher
    Paper Based530 or higherRecommended to have at least 430 or higher
    Internet Based71 or higherRecommended to have at least 39 or higher

    The TOEFL requirement may be waived for Dallas County Community College District schools offering Intensive English Programs. Intensive English Programs are offered at Brookhaven, El Centro, Mountain View, and Richland Colleges.

    If you meet one of the following criteria, you will be exempt from the TOEFL requirement for admissions to college level courses:
    • You are a graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university; or

    • You are a native of speaker of English from a country in which English is the primary language of the majority as documented by the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Languages. (Anguilla, Australia, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Grenadines & Saint Vincent, Great Britain including Scotland, Grenada, Guyana, The Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis & Saint Kitts, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago) or

    • You have an official transcript from an accredited college or university in the United States showing a grade of C or better for English 1301 or the equivalent; or

    • You have an Institutional TOEFL score of 530 or higher on the paper/pencil version, or 197 or higher on the computerized version from the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, or the University of Dallas or

    • You have successfully completed the final level of an intensive English program of the DCCCD; or

    • You can present documented completion of the final level of an intensive English program that is approved by the DCCCD through an established agreement; or

    • You have met TSI requirement in reading and writing through THEA, Accuplacer, ACT, SAT or other approved test.

  4. Official College Transcripts from each U. S. college or university attended. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for transfer. Coursework completed outside of the United States will require a course by course credential evaluation from an approved DCCCD evaluation service if credit is desired.

  5. Evidence of Sufficient Support for the Academic Year. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require non-immigrant students to verify that they will have the necessary funds available to pay for all educational and living expenses as an F-1 student. Students will need to provide a financial statement with supporting bank documents. All financial and supporting documents must be issued within the last three months.

    The following documents are required from the sponsor:
    * A copy of most recent W-2 form, tax return, or employment verification letter including annual salary may be required.

  6. Medical Form: International students must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis through either a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test or results of a chest X-ray that was given in the United States within the last year. Out-of-country students must undergo testing for freedom from tuberculosis upon arrival in the United States before registration in classes is allowed. The DCCCD does recommend that all prospective students have adequate immunizations for bacterial meningitis; diphtheria; rubeola, rubella, mumps; tetanus and poliomyelitis (see Texas Department of Health’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule)

  7. International Transfer Students must provide copies of:
    • Passport, valid for at least six (6) months. (Identification and expiration date pages.)

    • Visa

    • I-94 (Front and back)

    • I-20 (Pages 1 and 3)

    • Transfer Clearance Form completed by the school last authorized to attend in the United States.

      New students outside the United States must submit copies of these documents upon arrival at the college.

      Original documents must be presented by both transfer and new students for verification.

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