International Student Applicant Information

An international student applicant is a foreign student who wishes to attend Lawson State Community College while in the United States. 


International students may attend the Birmingham campus only. 

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Complete an application for admission.  Download the application here.  International student applicants must apply using the paper application for admission and should not apply online.

Present a minimum score of 5.5-6 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as determined by the college, or a total score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a total of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a total score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL.

NOTE: The foreign language test requirement may be waived for students from the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada (language will be verified from transcript), England, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Scotland, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, Dominica, Malawi, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Nevis, Nigeria, Tanzania, the Gambia, Tobago, Trinidad, Zambia and Virgin Islands. All other waivers must be submitted to the Chancellor for approval and substantial documentation.

Satisfy the requirements for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and complete forms necessary for attendance at Lawson State Community College.

Present a VISA recognized and accepted by the U.S. government.

Provide an affidavit of financial support.  Review this document.  

Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance which must be maintained during enrollment equivalent to $50,000 in U.S. currency per injury or illness, including repatriation benefit. Premiums must be paid in the Business Affairs Office at registration.

Provide a notarized medical report from a physician attesting to good health.

Contact the Office of Admissions or for most recent U.S. government regulations.

International students who earned credits at foreign colleges or universities may submit official, evaluated documents for consideration of credit. The following credentialing services may be used: World Education Services, Inc. or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Evaluations should be forwarded to LSCC directly from one of these providers. Those without prior college credit must have high school documents evaluated / translated as well.

If applicable, a completed transfer / transient clearance form.

International students must pay the out-of-state, non-resident tuition rate.