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F-1 Visa Student Admissions

Applicants

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 1, immediately prior to desired semester

Transfer Students:
Applications can be submitted within the following timeframes:

  • Fall Semester: April 1 - August 1, immediately prior to desired semester
  • Spring Semester: September 15 - December 1, 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.

Application Process

The process below applies to admission as an F-1 student. Please note, certain programs of study such as healthcare programs have additional admission requirements. Please check with the particular academic program for more information: www.lonestar.edu/programs

  1. Select the Lone Star campus which you would like to attend.
  2. Complete the steps outlined in the F-1 International Student Admission Checklist:
    ENGLISH:  F-1 Visa International Student Admission Checklist
    SPANISH:  Coming Soon
  3. Please scan and email the required documents listed in the F-1 International Student Admissions Checklist as PDF or JPG attachments in one complete packet to the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor at the LSC campus you chose in your New Student Online Application by the specific deadline. If you send your documents to a campus other than the one you indicated, your application may be delayed or denied.

All required forms can be accessed on our forms page. Original documents may be required upon request.

Please contact the International Student Advisor/DSO at the chosen LSC campus with any additional questions.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

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.

Mandatory F-1 Student Health Insurance Plan

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.

Orientation

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.

  • Dates
    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.

Required Placement Testing

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.