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 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 Julia Aguilar Reyes, Coordinator of International Relations, at 641-844-5680.
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When you arrive at Marshalltown Community College you will take the Compass/ESL placement test to determine your level of English proficiency. Based on Compass/ESL testing scores, you may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes before entering non-ESL course work. Please note: ESL classes are not included in the 64 credits needed for graduation and ESL classes are not transferable.
Read here to learn about the NEW mandatory SEVIS fee for all international applicants: SEVIS Fee Options & Procedures.
Complete our Online Admissions Application Form.
If you are transferring from another institution in the United States, you must print off the MCC International School Transfer Form (pdf) and submit it, along with the information listed below.
Enclose a health certificate stating that you have had no communicable diseases.
Completion of high school or equivalent is required. Enclose the original or certified copy of transcripts from your previous high school and colleges, if attended.
Enclose a statement from your banker, on official bank stationery, stating that you have at least $19,600 (U.S. funds) in the bank to pay for one year of college. You should plan on opening a bank account in the U.S. and transferring money to that account during your stay.
Enclose evidence of your English proficiency (TOEFL).
It is strongly recommended that you purchase a student health insurance plan for medical expenses you might have while studying in the U.S.; doctor visits and prescriptions are expensive. If you already have insurance that will cover you while you are in the U.S., you may use that.
Please send all of the above materials together at ONE TIME. It will be less expensive and much more efficient for processing. NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN on your application until all of the above items have been received. Use this checklist to help you make sure you have all the information you need to apply to MCC.
If you are applying for an F-1 visa for the first time, you must pay the SEVIS fee prior to making your embassy appointment. All International students applying to MCC must pay this $200 fee. The SEVIS fee collection form has been designated as Form I-901. This fee is not to be paid to MCC but to United State Immigration and Customs. All information regarding this fee is located at: https://www.FMJfee.com.
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.
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 college information.