Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll at one of the Lone Star College System colleges?

Enrollment involves five processes: admission, visa approval by the U.S. government, orientation, advisement and course registration. Once you have decided on a program and campus, contact the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor at that college and request an admissions application. Once accepted, you will receive a welcome packet containing a SEVIS I-20 form, which you will use to obtain your student visa at a local U.S. embassy or consulate. These details are outlined thoroughly in the Future International Students page of this web site. 

Some Lone Star College System programs (nursing, veterinary technology, other health science programs, etc.) have special enrollment requirements.

How can I enter these special programs?

Entrance into these programs is competitive, and they have a separate application and admission process for each program. Acceptance at a Lone Star College System college does not guarantee acceptance into one of these programs. In most cases, you will need to complete your English and other academic prerequisites before applying to one of these specialized programs. For more information, contact your DSO/International Student Advisor.

Can I apply as an F-1 student to take only English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses at Lone Star College?

No. Lone Star College is not a language institute and therefore cannot admit F-1 students who wish to only take ESOL courses. F-1 students who wish to pursue a degree program at Lone Star and whose placement test scores show that they need to take ESOL courses to prepare are able to do so. Additionally, minimum English proficiency is required for admission.

Is English proficiency required for admission as an F-1 student?

Yes, minimum English proficiency is required to ensure that students can benefit from our courses. You can demonstrate English proficiency in a variety of ways. Please see our English Proficiency page for more information. 

Can I FAX or send photocopies of my application materials (bank statement, transcripts, etc.)?

Yes, prospective international students may fax or send photocopies of application materials. Original documents should be kept and presented when applying to the U.S. embassy or consulate.

When are the deadlines to apply for admission?

New Students:  Your application and required documentation must be on file with the DSO/International Student Advisor at the LSC campus you wish to attend by
          the following dates:

  • July 1st - Fall Semester
  • November 1st - Spring Semester

U.S.-Based Transfer Students:  Please contact the DSO/International Student Advisor at the LSC campus you wish to attend for the deadline.

Applicants requesting a change of status to F-1 (COS): If you are requesting a change of status to F-1, you must submit all required documentation to Lone Star College at least 30 days before the expiration date on your I-94 card. If we receive your materials less than 30 days before, we will not be able to process your request.

Is financial aid available for international students?

No, international students should be prepared to pay all expenses, both educational and living.  View the tuition page for an estimate cost for one academic year.  >>More

When do I pay for my tuition and fees?

Payment is due before the first day of class.  More information about due dates and payment plans is available online. >>More

Does Lone Star College System have on-campus housing?

No, we do not have on-campus housing for any students, domestic or international.

Must I take the Lone Star College System placement test?

Yes, placement testing is required and ensures that you will be enrolled in appropriate classes according to your abilities in English and math.  All Lone Star College System students are subject to the academic requirements of the State of Texas and Lone Star College System.

Can I transfer credit from a foreign college or university?

Yes, degree-seeking students who have college or university credits outside the U.S. and wish to transfer their credits to Lone Star College System must submit a course-by-course evaluation from one of the approved evaluation services listed below:

1. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services, or
2. By an evaluation service that maintains current membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services Inc. (NACES) or
3. Any evaluation service which is a member of the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE).

Official transcripts must be provided in addition to the evaluations.

How many classes must I take?

An F-1 international student must enroll in and maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester as required by USCIS rules and regulations.

Some Lone Star College System programs (nursing, veterinary technology, etc.) have special enrollment requirements.

May I work if I am an F-1 student?

USCIS allows international students to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week. However, the number of available positions is extremely limited. Work off-campus is only allowed in special cases with authorization by the DSO/International Student Advisor and USCIS.

Do I need a Social Security card to work on campus?

Yes.  U.S. Social Security numbers are approved for people who are authorized to work in the United States. These numbers are used to report your wages to the U.S. government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits.  If you are temporarily in the United States to attend college, with a non-immigrant F-1 student classification without an on-campus work authorization, you cannot apply for U.S. Social Security Number. The Social Security Administration will not assign you a number just to enroll in college or school. Please talk to your DSO/International Student Advisor before applying for social security.



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