Apply from Abroad

We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Mesa Community College and we hope that you will be able to do so!

The following information is provided to help you apply for a student visa and prepare for your entry into the U.S. as an F-1 visa student.

While this will give you a general idea of the process, each U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy has its own system for visa applications. Therefore, you should also check with your local consulate to find out how to arrange for the visa interview and what documents are required.

Visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs for more information.

The Admissions Process

Step 1:

Download the admissions packet.   (5 pages total)

Step 2: Submit One Form of Proof of English Proficiency.  Choose either:

 Academic Program

Choose one from the following:

  • TOEFL - A minimum of iBT-61, CBT-173, or PBT-500
  • IELTS - A minimum of 5.5
  • EIKEN - A minimum of Grade 2A
  • PTE - A minimum of 44

or English as a Second Language (ESL) 

Choose one from the following:

  • Six years of English instruction - Provide transcript(s) and/or official letter from your school(s).
  • TOEFL - A minimum of iBT- 32, CBT-97, or PBT-400
  • IELTS - A minimum of 4.0
  • EIKEN - A minimum of Grade Pre-2

Step 3: Collect Your Official Transcript(s).

This can be your official high school transcript or certificate of graduation in English.

  • The completion date of secondary education comparable to the U.S. high school must be clearly indicated.
  • Only an original transcript with English translation by a certified translator is acceptable.

Have your transcripts mailed to: 
International Education Admissions
Mesa Community College 
1833 W. Southern Avenue 
Mesa, AZ 85202  USA

Step 4: Provide Evidence of Financial Support.

In compliance with the Department of Homeland Security/SEVIS regulations, all international applicants on a F-1 student visa must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies. International students at MCC are required to show sponsorship for a minimum of $20,230 per year. The exact cost changes slightly from year to year due to changes in tuition costs.

  1. Complete the Evidence of Financial Support form and obtain signatures as needed.
  2. Provide an original letter on official bank letterhead showing that the student (if self-supported) or the sponsor has sufficient funds on deposit to cover tuition and living expenses while in the U.S.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • A minimum of $20,230 in U.S. currency per year plus any dependent fees (additional $5,000 for spouse on F-2 visa and $2,500 per child)
  • Applicants must obtain housing on their own as Mesa Community College does NOT provide student accommodations. Applicants who plan to live with a friend or family member in the United States may complete the Room and Board Agreement and are only required to submit a bank statement showing $10,500 per year (instead of $20,230).
  • Funding NOT acceptable: stocks and bonds, securities holdings, insurance, and property or employment income
  • Financial documents must be issued within the last 6 months
  • While all efforts are made to present accurate information, changes in tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

NOTE: For the visa process, the American Embassy or Consulate will require another set of original financial documents.

Step 5: Provide a Photocopy of the Identification Page of Your Current Passport

 The copy must clearly show your legal name, passport number, and birth date - click for example.

Step 6: Obtain Your F-1 Student Visa.

Things to Remember

  • Applicants may not directly apply to the allied health programs (Dental Hygiene, Mortuary Science, or Nursing). First, international applicants must apply to a general academic program (for example, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, or Associate in General Studies) and later, must apply to and be accepted into an allied health program.  Acceptance into an allied health program is not guaranteed.
  • Standardized tests (the SAT or TOEFL) are not required for admission. However, students may take an appropriate English assessment test at Mesa Community College. This is not an entrance examination. The score is used for placement only. If it is necessary for a student to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, the test score will determine the appropriate ESL course level. Each level is one semester long, though some intensive courses are available. For information on testing, including practice tests and tips for the English placement test, please visit Testing Services.
  • International students are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate and are charged the out-of-state tuition rate.  Financial aid or scholarships are not available for international students.

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