Students from all over the world have been coming to Marshalltown for many years. In fact, Marshalltown Community College has the highest percentage of international students of any community college in Iowa! The first time you step on campus you will feel like part of a family that supports and helps you. Faculty, staff, and the community will help make your stay a memorable and rewarding experience. Not only will you be immersed in American culture, but you will also learn about other cultures from the variety of international students in your classes. You will have many questions as you plan your studies at MCC. A complete list of requirements is shown below. Please contact our International Students Program Coordinator, Julia Aguilar Reyes, at 641-844-5680 or email Julia.AguilarReyes@iavalley.edu.
1. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
Fill out the international online application for admission (EN ESPANOL).
*International Application Fee: $110 (covers postage, travel, housing)
2. HIGH SCHOOL/GED/HSET TRANSCRIPT
A high school transcript needs to be included in the information sent to the MCC Admissions Office.
3. PREVIOUS COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS
A transcript from each college previously attended must be provided. These must be official transcripts sent directly from the previous college(s) to the MCC Admissions Office.
4. ACT/SAT/COMPASS/ACCUPLACER SCORES
Request that your official ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER scores be sent to the MCC Admissions Office. Scores are used for placement in classes; they are not admissions assessments. In many instances, high schools make a record of scores and the scores are part of the high school transcript. Score results need to be within the last 5 years.
If you have not taken an ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER within the last 5 years, when you arrive at MCC you can take the ACCUPLACER Next Generation placement assessments to determine your level of English proficiency.
5. HEALTH CERTIFICATE
Enclose a health certificate stating that you have no communicable diseases. Also provide proof of vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) from a doctor.
6. FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Financial Statement Form (EN ESPANOL) verifying ability to meet ALL educational and living expenses that you will incur while attending MCC.
Also enclose a statement from your bank, on official bank stationery, stating that you have at least $13,824 (US funds) in your accounts to pay for one year of college.
7. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
Although not required, if you have taken TOEFL or a similar English proficiency test, please send you results to the MCC Admissions Office. If not, students will take ACCUPLACER upon arrival. Based on ACCUPLACER assessment scores, you may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at MCC. Most students take credit level classes at the same time.
8. HEALTH INSURANCE
Health insurance for international students is mandatory and should be purchased before arrival. A proof of insurance will be required during orientation after arriving at MCC.
9. HOUSING PLANS
If you are planning on living on-campus, you will want to submit the application for student housing and deposit. If you will not be living in student housing, you must submit a letter from a sponsor/host family indicating what they will provide to you for living arrangements OR a letter from you indicating you will be renting an apartment or staying with a friend/family member off campus. Culinary Apprenticeship, Dental Assisting, Gunsmith Technology, Medical Assisting, and Nursing programs have additional admission requirements.
Please send all of the above materials together at ONE TIME. It will be less expensive and more efficient for processing. NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN on your application until all of the above items have been received. Use this checklist (EN ESPANOL) to help you make sure you have all the information you need to apply to MCC. If you are an F-1 transfer student, additional steps are outlined on the checklist.
Learn about the mandatory SEVIS fee and options (EN ESPANOL) for all international applicants.
If you require your I-20 document to be sent Federal Express (overnight mail) there will be an additional fee of $50 that must be paid in advance with either a credit card, check drawn on a U.S. bank, or Western Union. Contact the MCC Admissions Office to arrange payment.
You may find the International Student Handbook* (coming soon!) helpful to learn more about living in the U.S., what there is to do in Marshalltown, and information about MCC.