Applying for Admission
Students from other countries may apply for admission into Associate's and Bachelor's degree programs at the college. To be considered for admission, international students should complete the Common Application for Admission and submit it along with all the following required credentials:
Applicants with foreign academic credentials may need to provide some or all of the following types of documents:
- Academic records in the original language and a certified English translation;
- Official secondary school transcripts and an official leaving certificate or diploma;
- Results of secondary external examinations (such as the West African Exam Council General Certificate of Education), if applicable;
- Official transcripts of any university-level studies already completed;
In order for Johnson State College to consider accepting transfer credits from foreign institutions, students must have their post-secondary academic transcripts evaluated by an official foreign credential evaluation service. Please be aware that students are responsible for paying for the credential evaluation and translation fees; a list of credential evaluation services can be found at www.edupass.org.
Proof of Proficiency in the English Language
Success at Johnson State College, for all students, requires proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. For this reason, international students seeking admission to Johnson State College must demonstrate their proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or by taking the language proficiency test offered through IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. Official TOEFL Score or IELTS test scores must be sent directly to Johnson State College from the testing agency: photocopies of TOEFL scores or IELTS scores will not be accepted. The TOEFL institutional code for Johnson State College is 3766. For information regarding the submission of IELTS scores, please contact the JSC Admissions Office.
Applicants who score between 500-549 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 61-80 on the Internet-based TOEFL test – or whose IELTS scores are marginal – will need to expand their proficiency in English if they are offered admission at Johnson State College. Typically these students will be required to enroll in a sequence of ESL courses and/or tutorials for English Language Learners (ELLs) during their first year at JSC. These courses and tutorials focus on Academic English -- the writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills necessary for success in college.
Applicants who have had the opportunity to use spoken and written English for a sustained period of time either through life experiences or through post-secondary education may ask to be excused from taking the TOEFL or IELTS test. If these applicants are accepted at Johnson State, they may still be required to enroll in ESL coursework and/or ELL tutorials depending on their level of proficiency as determined by the ESL academic skills coordinator and the director of the Academic Advising and Career Center.
Johnson State College is required to obtain verification of its international students' financial resources. All international students must demonstrate that funds exist at least for the student's first year of study and, barring unforeseen circumstances, that adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years.
International applicants must complete the financial documentation form included in the International Application for Admission, and supply official financial documents, on official letterhead or with an official seal, in support of the form.
Demonstrating Financial Support
Students may demonstrate financial support the following ways:
- If you will be supported by your government or sponsoring agency, you must submit an official copy of your sponsorship award letter;
- If you will be supported by private funds, the sponsor* must complete the Foreign Student Certification of Finances, and submit supporting documents demonstrating that sufficient funds are available to cover expenses of the student studying in the U.S.A.
Appropriate documents for financial verification include:
- Official proof of personal or family savings
- Bank-issued certified letters stating available funds
- Official bank statements
- Bank books
- Official tax documents
*If support is to come from a sponsor within the United States, the sponsor should complete INS form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) available at http://www.uscis.gov. Students may be supported by parents, relatives, business persons or other benefactors.
Outside Sources of Funding
Johnson State College encourages its international students to seek financial assistance through outside sources and sponsors. For more detailed information on the availability of financial aid for foreign students, we encourage you to visit the following websites:
One Letter of Recommendation
Students need to submit a letter of recommendation from someone that is not a family member. It is preferred that a recommendation comes from an academic advisor or professor. The advisor or professor may complete the College Instructor Evaluation form from the Common Application or write a letter.
A Writing Sample
Students need to submit a 300-500 word essay along with the application. This essay can explain the applicant's reason for choosing JSC. As an alternative, the applicant may submit an already-available sample of writing on another subject if the sample is of the appropriate length.
Students need to submit a page with their signature and printed name, and send this along with their application.
Johnson State College accepts and reviews applications for undergraduate study from international students on a year-round basis. However, we recommend that applicants submit their application materials by the following priority deadlines to give themselves ample time to arrange for immigration paperwork to be processed:
- Fall semester (August-December): March 1
- Spring semester (January-May): November 1
Accepting the Offer of Admission
You will be notified of our decision within three to four weeks of receipt of your completed application and supporting documentation.
If you are admitted to Johnson State College, a $300 deposit is required to guarantee your space for that academic year. We will issue the INS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services) form of I-20 after receiving the deposit money. This form will allow you to apply to your U.S. embassy for an F-1 student visa. This visa is the document you need to enter any U.S. ports. Please contact the U.S. embassy in your country for the required documents to apply for an F-1 student visa.
- For more information about obtaining a student visa, visit http://www.uscis.gov
- For other immigration-related topics, visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website at http://www.uscis.gov.