International Students

Thank you for your interest in Lawson State Community College. The College expressly encourages multiculturalism through a geographically diverse student body. Our Bessemer Campus is not authorized to admit / enroll international students so all international student applicants must attend the Birmingham CampusAn international student applicant is a foreign student (F1 or M1) who wishes to attend Lawson State while in the united states.

International Student Applicant Instructions 

International Applicants must be complete the below requirements and be unconditionally accepted before being issues their I-20 and proceeding to class registrations

All Applicants must complete an application for admissions for the semester in which they plan to attend and enroll in classes

A VISA recognized and accepted by the United States Government and / or a current / valid passport or other official documentation to verify lawful presence. Lawson State is authorized to admit international student applicants who hold an F1 or M1 visa.

A certified original, translated and evaluated copy of the student's high school transcript. Documents must be reviewed by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., World Education Services, Inc. or by a member-agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) in the United States, at the expense of the applicant. An official report should be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office at Lawson State Community College.

A signed, notarized statement verifying adequate financial support. (Recent bank statements indicating sufficient funds to cover financial obligations must be included.) Please note that the College offers no financial assistance or scholarships for international students.

Statement of Financial Support

Proof of Immunization & Medical History Forms.  Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance, inclusive of a repatriation benefit. This must be maintained during all periods of enrollment.

A minimum score of 5.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as determined by the college, or a total score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFEL, a total of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a total score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL. Scores must be sent to our office by ETS / TOEFL.

English as a Second Language exam may be waived for students from all English-speaking countries including but not limited to: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada (verify from transcript), England, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Scotland, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, Dominica, Malawi, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria,Tanzania, The Gambia, Tobago and Trinidad, Zambia, and Virgin Islands. All other waivers must be submitted to the Chancellor of the Alabama College System for approval with 
substantial documentation.

Must submit a Transient/Transfer Clearance Form signed by the foreign student advisor at the institution from which the prospective student comes. Further, transfer students must submit a copy of the Form I-20 from the institution from which the student transfers. Also, a copy of the student's VISA and Passport and the information. Plus, a medical health history with proof of vaccinations. See Admissions / Forms to download the forms.

F-1 visa holders must be enrolled at full-time status -12 semester hours or more and should make satisfactory progress in a degree program. Our Bessemer Campus is not authorized to admit / enroll international students so all international student applicants must attend the Birmingham Campus.

Please note that the tuition rate for international students is calculated at the out of state student rate. As such, tuition is assessed at two times the basic in-state, residential tuition rate plus applicable technology and facility fees. *Tuition and Fees are subject to change. Fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable.

For question regarding your international student status please contact: 

Dr. Cyrus Vance

Dean of Students



Next Steps

Once you've been accepted, follow these steps to complete the enrollment process.
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Explore the different payment options available to finance your education.
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Once accepted, connect with an advisor and begin the class registration process.
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Complete your My Lawson New Student Orientation modules and schedule to attend Lawson New Student Connection Days on campus.

Get in Touch with Admissions

Reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns as you move through the application process.


Bessemer Campus: Student Services Building A
Second Floor Lobby - Admissions Desk
1100 Ninth Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022

Birmingham Campus: Academic Success Center
First Floor 
3060 Wilson Road, SW 
Birmingham, AL 35221


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.

Contact Admissions

Bessemer Campus Phone: 205-929-3418 
Birmingham Campus Phone: 205-929-6309