F-1 Visa Student Admissions
Lone Star College is a comprehensive community college system of six campuses: LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park.
LSC is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enroll non-immigrant students carrying valid F-1 (student) visas for degree-seeking programs. Currently there are about 3,000 international students from 100 different countries on various visa types. LSC adheres to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidelines. It is the responsibility of the student to have knowledge of DHS regulations pertaining to their visa type.
Enrollment at any of our six campuses involves five processes: admission, visa approval by the U.S. government, advisement, orientation and course registration.
Admissions Application Period
New Students from Outside the United States:
Applications can be submitted within the following timeframes:
- Fall Semester: April 1 - July 1, immediately prior to desired semester
- Spring Semester: September 15 - November 15, immediately prior to desired semester
Complete applications will be reviewed during the following dates:
- Fall Semester: April 1 - August 15, immediately prior to desired semester
- Spring Semester: September 15 - December 15, immediately prior to desired semester
See the F-1 Visa International Student Admission Checklist below for the required documents.
Applicants requesting a change of status to F-1:
If you are requesting a change of status to F-1, you must scan and email all required documentation as PDF or JPG attachments to the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor at the Lone Star College campus you wish to attend at least 60 days before the expiration date on your I-94 Admission Card/Record or no less than 60 days before the 21st birthday for dependents of certain visa types. If we receive your materials less than 60 days before, we will not be able to process your request. Please see the F-1 Visa International Student Admission Checklist below for the required documents.
F-1 Visa International Student Admission Checklist
We are currently updating our admission requirements for the Fall 2018 semester. Check back soon for the Admissions Checklist. If you are already in the U.S. and interested in applying for the Summer semester, please contact an International Student Advisor.
Texas law requires certain groups of students entering college to provide proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before the start of classes. To determine if you are affected by this requirement, please see the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination page.
Lone Star College (LSC) requires that all F-1 visa international students, with a LSC-issued I-20, maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. See the Mandatory F-1 Student Health Insurance Plan page for more information.
Each campus provides a mandatory orientation session specifically for new and transfer international students. This is different from the new student orientation that is required for new students by each campus.
These sessions occur before the semester begins. Accepted students will be notified by their Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor of their assigned date and time in the acceptance packet. F-1 visa students should make arrangements to attend this mandatory session.
All Lone Star College students are required to complete placement testing before enrolling in classes, unless they are considered exempt. Students who are required to undergo placement testing will either take the Compass ESL test for placement into English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses or the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. See the Placement Testing page for more information.
DSO/International Student Advisors
14955 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77040
Fairbanks Center Building 120F
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339-3801
Student Conference Center (SCC) 128
Office hours: By appointment
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384-4500
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3499
Wendy Palma, International Specialist/DSO
Student Services Bldg 108A
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375-4036
Office Hours: Call for appointment.
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
Building 13, Office 200J
LSC-System Office @ University Park
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070
Office hours: By appointment only
|Step1: Apply for
|Step 2: Apply for F-1 Student Visa with U.S. Government|
|Step 3: Meet your DSO/ International Student Advisor|
|Step 4: Attend Orientation|
|Step 5: Register and Pay for Classes|
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- Fall Semester
April 1 - July 1
- Spring Semester
September 15 - November 15
- Fall Semester:
April 1 - August 15
- Spring Semester:
September 15 - December 15
No less than 60 days from:
- Current I-94 Admission Card/Record Expiration Date
- 21st birthday for dependents on certain visa types