International Students

Kellogg Community College is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school. As such, KCC accepts applications for non-US citizens who intend to study in the United States as an F-1 or M-1 visa holder. Please note: refugees, immigrants, or green card holders are not considered international students for admissions purposes; however, the tuition residency may depend on current residential status.

When should I apply for admission?

The best practice for international students is to apply as soon as possible. The International Student application and all required materials must be completed and received in the Admissions office by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester (classes begin at the end of August) July 1
  • Spring Semester (classes begin in January) Oct 1
  • Transfer students or F-1 Students already in the United States
    have until Aug 1 or Dec 1

Are you ready for the next step?

To learn more about sending us the appropriate documentation to process your I-20, arrange visa-related steps and accommodation, and make successful academic progress once you are at KCC, please choose the appropriate step below:

Apply for admission by completing the online International Admissions Application. Please wait to start the application until you have collected all of the required documents. You are not able to save and come back to the application once started.

For questions about the application process, please email us at [email protected].

Proof of Written and Oral English Competency

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide proof of written and oral English competency by submitting official copies of scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Kellogg Community College requires the following English competency scores:

  • TOEFL - 173 or higher for the computer-based test; 61 or higher for the internet-based test; 500 or higher for the paper-based test
  • IELTS - A minimum score of 5

    Proof of Finances

    Students must show proof of finances (minimum of $19,617) with an accompanying bank statement in English or certified English translation. The currency must be in United States Dollars (USD).

    KCC is NOT able to offer financial assistance to international students. All applicants must certify they have met the minimum cost estimate and have sufficient resources throughout their study program.

    If the student is receiving financial support from a sponsor, then the bank statement must be accompanied by the I-134 – Affidavit of Support at


    Students who wish to have dependent(s) included as part of their F-1 visa will need to prove there are funds available to cover the dependent(s). Dependents are considered a spouse and children only. No other family member will be covered under the dependent status.

    Additional Cost for Dependent(s)

  • First dependent $300 per month =$3600
  • Additional dependents - $200 per month each = $2400

    Submit paperwork to the Admissions Office email at [email protected].

  • Students will be notified via email that their International Student Application has been received and approved.

    KCC will issue you an I-20, an official document that provides supporting information on your F-1 academic status. Your I-20 will be sent through the mail and may take a few weeks to arrive. If you require that your I-20 to be expedited, you must arrange to pay the cost. Please contact us as soon as possible at [email protected] to discuss the options for your local address.

    Your I-20

    Your I-20 along with other documents will be required for your visa interview at your country’s embassy. It is imperative that you arrange your paperwork and receive your I-20 on time to schedule a visa appointment, as waiting times vary between countries. For more information on gathering required documentation for visa purposes, please visit

    Kellogg Community College is unable to provide support throughout the visa process aside from issuing your I-20. For all visa-related question, please contact the United States Embassy in your home country.


    When arriving to the United States, both F and M students must:

    • Enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program of study begins.
    • Inform your Designated School Official (DSO) when you enter the United States.
    • When you arrive at school, you need to contact your DSO, no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20.


    While studying in the United States, both F and M students must:

  • Attend and pass all your classes. If school is too difficult, speak with your DSO immediately.
  • If you believe that you will be unable to complete your program by the end date listed on your Form I-20, talk with your DSO about requesting a possible program extension.
  • You must take a full course of study each term; if you cannot study full-time, contact your DSO immediately. Do not drop a class without first speaking with your DSO.
  • Document Validity

    Your passport must always be valid, and for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. Your visa may expire during your stay in the United States, if you are maintaining F-1 status, and your I-20 is up to date. If you plan to leave the country and return as a student, you will be required to obtain a new F-1 visa before returning to the United States.

    If you are currently an F-1 visa student at another institution and would like to transfer to KCC you will need to submit the following:
  • International Admissions Application
  • Proof of Written and Oral English Competency
  • Proof of finances
  • Submit the Transfer Verification Form. The Designated School Official at your current school will need to complete this form.

    A KCC 1-20 will not be issued until all forms have been received and evaluated.

  • Once you arrive in the United States, please reach out to the KCC Designated School Official (DSO) and provide the following documentation:
  • Valid Passport
  • Signed I-94 form
  • (Optional) Student health insurance is not required but is highly recommended. KCC does not offer insurance, but we do have information on an insurance company that provides insurance to International students.
  • Summary of USCIS Regulations for F-1 Students

  • In compliance with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), International students are required to register for no fewer than 12 credit hours each semester.
  • International students have two semesters to achieve a 2.0 grade point average (a “C” average) with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Failure to meet these regulations may result in dismissal from the College, and notification to INS that the student is out of status.

    Change of Address

    Students changing their address is required to submit their new address to INS and to the KCC Admissions office within 10 days of the change.

    Traveling while on F-1 Visa

    Any student who wishes to leave the country, either for travel or vacation, must have I-20 (page 4) endorsed by the Designated School Official no more than 5 days in advance of travel. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the I-20 has this signature. Students are permitted to leave the country, but re-entry may not be granted without the DSO signature.

  • Contact your Designated School Official (DSO)

    For any questions regarding the International application, please email us at [email protected].