Admissions & Registration

Admission of International Students

EACC is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on "F- I" student visas. Citizens of foreign countries who wish to attend EACC should request admission information from the Office of Admission and Registration. Appropriate forms and instructions will be mailed on request. The application for admission should be completed and returned at least six months prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. All supporting documentation must be received at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. The applicant will be mailed a notification of acceptance or rejection of the application.

International applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission and pay $25 application processing fee. Printable (PDF) Admission Form.
  2. Certified copies of all the student's academic records, with English translation of these documents, must accompany the application. The applicant's academic background must be at least equivalent to U.S. high school graduation.
  3. If the applicant's native language is other than English, an official transcript of the score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted from Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. This test may be taken at various test centers throughout the world, but it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain the necessary information and application forms, and to arrange to take the test by a date which will ensure that the results are reported to EACC by the required deadlines. EACC requires a minimum score of 500 on the TOEFL.
  4. a. The applicant must submit a certified statement from U.S. bank or other reliable certifying institution (acceptable to EACC), certifying that the applicant has on deposit a minimum of $4,000 for each academic year of planned attendance. No EACC funds are available for financial aid to students who are not U.S. citizens. b. In the event that the student is being sponsored by another person, institution or agency, the sponsor shall deposit funds in escrow with EACC sufficient to cover the costs of books, tuition, and fees for each year of attendance and provide certification as described in 4a for the remainder of the funds necessary for living expenses.
  5. An international applicant must be in good physical health, as certified by a licensed physician. An international applicant must purchase health insurance and present evidence of this before enrollment. Such proof must be presented each semester.
  6. EACC's academic requirements for admission must be met, and all documents related to academic records, financial ability, competency in the English language, and physical health must be received before eligibility for admission can be determined. Form 1-20A, "Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F- I Student Status" will be issued only after eligibility for admission has been established.
  7. International applicants who are seeking admission as transfers from another college or university in the U.S. must also submit to EACC a Form I-20AB, or other appropriate form, which must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration, and Naturalization Service. Transfer students must be in good standing at the institution from which they are transferring, and must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00.
  8. It is the responsibility of the international student to become familiar with the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and to assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.
  9. EACC does not provide:
    1. Student housing (dormitories are not available).
    2. Transportation to and from the college.


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