Lone Star College opened its doors to more than 2,400 international students from 100 different countries for fall 2014 semester – ranking it fourth in the nation for the number of international students attending a community college.
Students from Albania to Zambia and all points in between have chosen to attend LSC for their higher education.
“Lone Star College is truly globally recognized as a leader in higher education,” said Stephen Head, LSC president. “Having so many international students attend Lone Star College provides an amazing benefit to the local students who have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn about new cultures.”
International students attend LSC for many of the same reasons that local students do: affordable tuition, small class sizes and easy transfer to four-year universities. LSC experienced a 7 percent increase with international students from fall 2013 to fall 2014.
“You might be surprised at some of the countries where students come from,” added Head. “While we have more than 1,100 students from Mexico, we also have 225 students from Vietnam and 51 from Saudi Arabia just to name a few.”
LSC ranked fourth in the nation by the Institute of International Education for hosting the most international students in the 2013-14 calendar year. In Texas alone, more than 64,000 international students are enrolled in universities and colleges, helping to contribute more than $1.5 billion to the economy.
Each LSC campus has a Designated School Officer/International Student Advisor who is the primary resource on questions about admissions, academics, maintaining status, medical insurance and other advising needs.
Students from outside of the U.S. wishing to study at LSC must apply for an F-1 visa. The terms of this visa require them to be full-time students and be in good standing with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services while studying in the United States.
Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.