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International Students

STLCC Welcomes International Students

International Students

STLCC is a place for you to learn and grow, make lifelong friends, discover and develop your passions and earn the degree that helps lead you to your destination.

Expanding Minds, Changing Lives

St. Louis Community College is the largest community college in Missouri and offers over 80 programs for high-wage, high-skill and in-demand jobs. With four unique campuses in the greater St. Louis area, STLCC also offers seamless class transfer to four year colleges and universities with nearly 100 articulation agreements and six transfer-specific degree programs.

Upon completion at STLCC, international students have successfully transferred to other Missouri universities to complete their bachelor’s degree including: Maryville University, Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri, Washington University, and Webster University.

Degree Programs at STLCC

General Transfer Studies

Easily transfer to the four-year school of your choice to finish a Bachelor’s degree.

Arts & Communications

Sign Language, Digital Media, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Photography...

Business, Management and Technology

Accounting, Baking and Pastry Arts, Computer Applications, Culinary Arts, Cyber Security...

Engineering and Industrial Technologies and Trades

Automotive Technology, CAD, Diesel Technology, Engineering Science, Robotics, Machining...

Health Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Sonography, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care...

Human Studies

Addictions Studies, Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Funeral Directing, Legal Studies for the Paralegal...

Science and Science Technology

Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Life Science Lab Assistant


About St. Louis, Missouri

Home of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis offers a wide array of activities for everyone. Many of the attractions are free or a nominal cost. Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States features 7.5 miles of biking and running paths, the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Art Museum, The Muny outdoor theater, Missouri History Museum and the award-winning Saint Louis Zoo.

St. Louis also has two professional sports teams, St. Louis Blues Hockey and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, and a variety of diverse neighborhoods with restaurants, shopping, cultural and theater events, all of which are within a short drive from most campus locations.

With a metropolitan area of almost three million people, St. Louis is a diverse community offering international festivals and community events. St. Louis is also a very affordable city and STLCC offers affordable tuition as well. Getting around the St. Louis area is easy with MetroBus and MetroLink, the region’s transit system. MetroBus stops at all four campus locations.

Hear From Our Students

“I love baking and I want to improve my skillset so that I can start my own bakery. For one of our finals, we had to create a wedding cake. My partner and I got positive feedback for our cake design and flavor combination from almost everyone who stopped by our wedding cake display. That day confirmed for me that I am on a path to my career.”

- Sonal Patil from India, studying Baking and Pastry Arts

“STLCC is an amazing place to start your journey towards your future goals. I feel I am better prepared for my future career because STLCC has laid a firm foundation in the fundamentals of my career goals.”

- Mark Spencer Ngunjiri from Kenya, studying Business Administration

“You will find your career path while being a student at STLCC. I feel better prepared for my future career because I new what courses I needed to take before transferring to another university as a pre-med student.”

- Ivy Pham from Vietnam, studying General Transfer Studies

How to Apply as an International Student

  1. After you submit our free application, an enrollment services specialist will contact you directly to guide you through the rest of the application process.

  2. Submit your official transcripts
    When applying to STLCC, you will need to provide transcripts from secondary school and all colleges and universities you have attended. Transcripts must be sent via postal mail directly from the school. All transcripts that are not in English must be professionally translated and sent directly from the translator to STLCC. One such organization that can be used is World Education Services at www.wes.org.

    If you decide to use a different translation service, ensure that your translated transcript includes:

    - Full courses titles
    - Final grades in each course
    - Explanation of grading system

  3. Submit proof of English proficiency through TOEFL or IELTS
    Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 61 or higher on the internet based test (IBT) or a score of 500 or higher on the paper test is required for admission. The applicant must have taken the test within the past two years. The TOEFL assigned code number for St. Louis Community College is 6225.

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A score of 6 or higher on the overall band score is required for admission.

    Transcripts and English proficiency score reports must be mailed directly to:
    St. Louis Community College
    Office of the Registrar
    5600 Oakland Ave.
    Saint Louis, MO 63110
    United States of America


  1. Submit a certification of finances form and a bank statement or letter from the bank that is less than six months old. This statement must confirm that the current balance of funds is equal to or greater than the yearly total of expenses for tuition, housing, food and health insurance.
  2. Submit a copy of your passport that has your photo, full legal name, date of birth, etc. The certification of finances and passport photocopy may be sent via email to: STLCCInternational@stlcc.edu
  3. After you have submitted all of the required documents, STLCC will send you an acceptance letter and the Form I-20 that you need to request the F-1 student visa from the United States embassy or consulate. A detailed explanation of the Form I-20 and the steps on how to apply for the F-1 student visa can be found on the Study in the States web site.

Estimated Cost of Living & Tuition

Going to college in a different country can be a large financial commitment. Here's the estimated cost of living in the U.S. and the cost of tuition and fees at STLCC for one year.

Tuition Fees ($243/credit hour x 24 credit hours/year)


Books, supplies (9 months)


Living Expenses (9 months)


Health Insurance (12 months)


Annual Total (9 months)


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Additional Information About Providing Proof of Finances

Financial planning is important when studying in the U.S. as an international student. Please remember:

  • According to U.S. law, you cannot work off campus during your first year
  • International students are not eligible for financial aid through the U.S. government
  • STLCC cannot provide housing or housing recommendations

To ensure you are able to pursue a degree without employment or additional aid, you are required to submit proof of financial ability. To do this, submit a financial statement that proves you, or your sponsor, have funds equivalent to the amount above, to support you through the entire school year. This statement must be dated within the past six months.

Conditions of Enrollment

Your student visa allows you to study in the United States, but there are certain requirements you must meet to keep it. These conditions include :

1. Complete at least 12 credit hours each semester;

2.Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or greater;

3. Make normal progress towards a degree by completing a program of study on or before the program end date on your I-20 form;

4. Provide STLCC with proof of health insurance coverage for one year. Health insurance is not an option, it is a requirement. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you submit proof of health insurance.

Our enrollment services department will send you a Conditions of Enrollment form to complete and return, to make sure you understand the expectations of an international student. You must also provide a copy of your passport and, if applicable, your I-94, visa and/or previous I-20.

Important Note:

If you are currently living outside of the United States, all admissions materials are due at least 60 days before the start of the semester. If you are currently in the U.S. on a visa, all admissions materials are due at least 30 days before the start of the semester.

F-2 Dependents:

The spouse and unmarried minor children (under age 21) of the F-1 student may be admitted into the U.S. in F-2 classification, if each dependent presents a SEVIS Form I-20 issued in his or her own name and an F-2 visa.

Improve your English skills with ESL classes

Feel more comfortable in the classroom when you reinforce skills in an ESL class. While you cannot take ESL as a primary degree, we still offer ESL at a variety of levels.

Learn more about ESL at STLCC.

ESL Assessment:

The ESL Assessment is required of students whose native language is not English, and wish to register and attend classes at STLCC.

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate a level of English language proficiency through STLCC's ESL Assessment.

Before you will be permitted to register for courses, you must first complete the following:

Submit your application for admission at least 48 hours before testing, and;
Complete the ESL Assessment, which includes a writing sample, computerized test, and an interview.

If you would like a PDF brochure version of this information one can be downloaded here.

Contact Enrollment Services

Enrollment Services offices are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m and Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on all campuses (hours may change in June and July). Enrollment Services can be contacted at the district-wide phone number 314-539-5005 or by email at EnrollmentServices@stlcc.edu.

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