The admission process includes the requirements and steps listed below.
Important: When you submit your International Student Application, BY MAIL, please include ALL required supporting documentation with the application in the same envelope. We do NOT accept faxed or emailed documents.
Failure to submit your application with ALL documents may cause your application to be delayed or denied.
1. Complete the International Student Application.
2. Submit an official certified diploma or transcripts demonstrating that you have completed the equivalent of high school in the United States. In most countries this is “secondary education” or the last years of schooling before entering university.
All non-English transcripts and records must be translated into English.
3. If English is not your native language, take the TOEFL Exam and request that your score report be sent directly to Estrella Mountain Community College (DI Code Number 8238). Admission requires a TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, a 61 on the internet-based test, or a 173 on the computer-based test.
This requirement may be waived if your native language is English.
We also accept an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Band Score of 5.5 or better and a minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 in each module.
For information on dates and locations of TOEFL exam centers, contact the Educational Testing Center at: http://www.toefl.org
IMPORTANT NOTE: Although EMCC offers ESL (English as a Second Language) courses, we do not have a full ESL program suited for F-1 visa students. To maintain your F-1 status, you must be enrolled in a full-time course of study (12 or more credits) each semester. At this time, we cannot guarantee a full-time ESL schedule and therefore do not offer the program to F-1 students.
EMCC is one of 10 community colleges within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). Please research the ESL programs at any of our sister colleges shown on this district MAP.
4. Your sponsor must complete the Statement of Financial Support form, as part of the International Student Application. Include financial documentation, such as a bank statement, showing that the sponsor has sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses estimated at $20,350 per year (see estimated expenses on the application for more details). Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
Please note: the American Embassy or Consulate will require another set of original financial documents.
Students Under 18 Years Old (Minors)
Maricopa Community Colleges recommends that students who are under the age of 18 (minors) have a guardian in the United States. In the event of personal emergency, accident, illness, incarceration, etc., the State of Arizona will require the signature of a guardian before assistance such as hospitalization, legal counsel, etc., can be offered. Maricopa Community Colleges is not permitted to act in the place of a parent or guardian.
The Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) will authorize the completed Form I-20 application. If your application is approved, an I-20 will be mailed to you by the EMCC International Student Admissions office.
Please Note: It is your responsibility to pay the SEVIS fee and take the completed I-20 to the American Consulate in your country.