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, while also following the deadlines outlined in the international admissions packet. Even if you are just thinking about starting your academic journey at KCC, learning about the process early will ensure a successful admission.

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:

To apply for admission, please download our international admissions packet, review it thoroughly, and complete and return the admissions application as instructed. For questions about the application process, please email us at

Documentation required for admission include translated and evaluated official transcripts, proof of written and oral English competency, and the Affidavit of Support.

Translated and Evaluated Official Transcripts

Send or request official copies of your academic records, both high school and college, translated into English. Evaluations must be done by an accredited organization (ACEI or WES).

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), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the MELAB (Michigan Test of English Proficiency). KCC requires a score of 500 on the written TOEFL (computer-based = 173; internet-based = 61), a minimum score of 5 on IELTS or a minimum score of 75 on the Michigan test.

Affidavit of Support

Our Affidavit of Support will include all necessary information if completed. With this document, we will not require additional bank statements or sponsor letters. However, if you are unable to provide a complete Affidavit of Support, please read further instructions via the linked international admissions packet below. Please note that this document includes an estimate of living expenses; KCC does not offer living accommodations such as dormitories, and arranging these will be the student's responsibility.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student from a college, university or language center, you must also present a copy of your current I-20, I-94 card and passport. A KCC I-20 will not be issued until all forms have been received and evaluated.

Additional Information

For instructions on sending appropriate documentation and in-depth information on all documentation, please view the international admissions packet found at international admissions packet.

Upon successful processing of your admissions application and required documentation, we will issue you an I-20, an official document that provides supporting information on your F-1 academic status. Your I-20 may take a few weeks to mail; if you require that your I-20 is sent via faster shipping, you must arrange to pay the cost. Please contact us as soon as possible at to discuss the options for your local address.

Your I-20

Your I-20 along 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.

To plan ahead, we always advise consistent communication with your Designated School Official (DSO). For best results, we encourage you to submit our Request for Support from DSO form and describe how your DSO can assist you in as much detail as possible. You can also use this form to address any of the following actions as suggested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):


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.

    Transferring Out

    Generally speaking, after completing an Associate Degree or the Michigan Transfer Agreement at KCC, students transfer out to a four-year institution. To successfully transition out, we require that you complete our International Transfer Form, send it to the Admissions office or email to for processing.

    Contact your Designated School Official (DSO)

    As mentioned in the Plan Ahead section, once you have been admitted, you may contact your DSO by submitting our Request for Support from DSO. It may take up to 7 days for your request to be processed. For any questions, please email us at