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 andcampus,contact the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor at that college and request an admissions application.Once accepted, you will receivea 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 Studentspage 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 applyas anF-1studentto take only English as a Second Language (ESOL) coursesat 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 thatthey need to take ESOL courses to prepareare able to do so. Additionally, minimum English proficiency is required for admission.

Is Englishproficiency requiredfor admission as an F-1 student?

Yes,minimum English proficiency is requiredto ensure that students canbenefit 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.)?

In order to protect your privacy and documents, we are unable to accept application documents via fax. However, you can scan and email your application materials to the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor at the Lone Star campus you wish to attend. Please email scanned documents as PDF or JPG attachments in one complete packetto the Designated School Official (DSO)/International Student Advisor/at the LSC campusyou 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. Original documents should be kept and presented when applying to the U.S. embassy or consulate and may be required by Lone Star upon request.

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 estimated 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 aboutdue datesand 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. Nearby lodging is available and is the responsibility of the student. View the tuition page for an estimated cost for one academic year. >>More

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 theapproved 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, at least nine of which must be in a face-to-face setting, 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 approvedfor 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 withoutan 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.