Multicultural Center

Information For Prospective International Students

Contact Information
rlcworld@dcccd.edu
972-238-6291
Richland College
Multicultural Center
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, Texas 75243

Thank you for your interest in Richland College! The following information is an explanation of the admissions procedures and documents required of non-immigrant International Students. You will need to complete and return all of the required documents as early as possible to ensure consideration for admission. Please read the information and follow all instructions carefully and completely.

Please submit all required documents and forms listed below. If your documents are incomplete we will NOT process your application for the I-20.

***Embassies in certain countries require additional processing time for visas, so it is urgent that applications for admission be received in a timely manner.

 

 

Deadlines for College Level Program

Semester Months Deadline*
Prospective/New students applying from outside the United States
Spring January - May October 15
Summer (optional) June - August March 15
Fall August - December June 15
Transfer Students within the United States
Spring January - May November 15
Summer June - August April 15
Fall August - December July 15
*Application deadlines subject to change based on the number of applications received per semester.
* Deadlines falling on non-business days will be extended to the next business day.

Deadlines for Intensive English Program – American English and Culture Institute (AECI)

For more information regarding AECI Program, please visit: http://www.richlandcollege.edu/worldlanguages/aeci.php

Semester Months Deadline*
Prospective/New students applying from outside the United States
Session I August - October June 15
Session II October - December June 15
Session III January - March October 15
Session IV March - May October 15
Session V June - July March 15
Transfer Students within the United States
Session I August - October July 15
Session II October - December July 15
Session III January - March November 15
Session IV March - May November 15
Session V June - July April 15
*Application deadlines subject to change based on the number of applications received per semester.
* Deadlines falling on non-business days will be extended to the next business day.

Procedures

All of the required documents must be received by the appropriate deadline to initiate the admission process. If your documents are incomplete we will NOT process your application for the I-20. The information may be mailed or turned in directly to the International Office at the address at the end of this page. Good quality scanned documents may be submitted to rlcworld@dcccd.edu
Faxes will not be accepted.

International Student Financial Guide

Academic Year Expenses
(estimated average expenses for 9 month academic year)
Tuition/Fees* $4,000
Living Expenses $12,000
Books/Supplies/Other $1,000
Total estimate for Fall & Spring $17,000
*Students are expected to pay tuition in full upon registration.

These are average cost figures. This amount is for a single student living away from home and may vary according to individual circumstances. Additional financial support must be shown for dependents.
Dependents
Spouse $5,000
Each Child $3,000

Required Forms and Information

A completed International Student application packet consists of ALL documents and forms listed below. If your documents are incomplete we will NOT process your application for the I-20.

ALL DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROCESS THE I-20.
Click here to Print All Forms

Application for International Student Admission
Student Guidelines to Maintain Legal F-1 Status
Affidavit of Support - Form I-134 (U.S. Sponsor) (Instructions)
Affidavit of Support (Non-U.S. Sponsor)
Affidavit of Support (Self-Sponsored Applicant)
Tuberculosis Test Requirement Form
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form
Transfer Status Form
Saudi Arabian students only: SACM Procedures form

1. Application For International Student Admission

Click here to print form
* There is no application fee
** Saudi Arabian students only: click here and link to 7 steps

2. Copy of Identification Page of Passport or National Identification Card (required)

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or Copies of High School / College Transcripts from the Original Country (as a proof of taking English classes)

A TOEFL or IELTS score is required for official admission as an International Student. Original TOEFL or IELTS results must be submitted. A photocopy will not be accepted. Richland College institution code is 6607. The departmental code is 00. If you are applying for the Intensive English Program you will be exempt from this requirement (please read more information below).



To waive the TOEFL requirement, applicants must provide copies of their high school or college transcripts from the original country as a proof of taking English classes for a minimum of one year. English assessment test will be required upon arrival to the U.S.

TOEFL Requirements College Level (minimum score) Intensive English Program
Paper Based 530 or higher Recommended to have at least 430 or higher
Internet Based 71 or higher Recommended to have at least 39 or higher
IELTS Requirements
6 or higher overall band score

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for Dallas County Community College District schools offering Intensive English Programs. To waive the TOEFL requirement, applicants must provide copies of their high school or college transcripts from the original country as a proof of taking English classes for a minimum of one year. English assessment test will be required upon arrival to the U.S. The student will need to place at least in the lowest level of the Intensive English Program of the American English and Culture Institute of Richland College. If scores of the assessment test indicate ability less than the lowest level offered by the Intensive English Program at Richland College, the student will be required to transfer to a school that offers program with a lower level of beginning English.

If you meet one of the following criteria, you will be exempt from the TOEFL requirement for admissions to college level courses:

  • You are a graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university; or
  • You are a native of speaker of English from a country in which English is the primary language of the majority as documented by the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Languages. (Anguilla, Australia, The Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Grenadines & Saint Vincent, Great Britain including Scotland, Grenada, Guyana, The Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis & Saint Kitts, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago); or
  • You have an official transcript from an accredited college or university in the United States showing a grade of C or better for English 1301 or the equivalent; or
  • You have an Institutional TOEFL score of 530 or higher on the paper/pencil version, or 197 or higher on the computerized version from the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, or the University of Dallas; or
  • You have successfully completed the final level of an intensive English program of the DCCCD; or
  • You can present documented completion of the final level of an intensive English program that is approved by the DCCCD through an established agreement; or
  • You have met TSI requirement in reading and writing through THEA, Accuplacer, ACT, SAT or other approved test.

Go to the TOEFL website

4. Official College Transcripts

Official College Transcripts from each U. S. college or university attended. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for transfer. Coursework completed outside of the United States will require a course by course credential evaluation from an approved DCCCD evaluation service if credit is desired.

Please be sure that your transcript is mailed to the Multicultural Center of Richland College, not to the Admissions Office.

Richland College
Multicultural Center
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, Texas 75243

5. Evidence of Sufficient Support for the Academic Year

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require non-immigrant students to verify that they will have the necessary funds available to pay for all educational and living expenses as an F-1 student. Students will need to provide a financial statement with supporting bank documents. All financial and supporting documents must be issued within the last three months.

The following documents are required from the sponsor:

  • Affidavit of Support – Form I-134 (If the sponsor lives in the United States). A copy of most recent W-2 form, tax return, or employment verification letter including annual salary may be required. Get Instructions for Form I-134
  • Non U. S. Sponsorship Form (If the sponsor lives outside of the United States)
  • Self Sponsorship Form (If you are sponsoring yourself)
  • Current bank statement or bank letter showing a minimum of $17,000 U.S. dollars and issued within the last three months.

6. Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

All new students under the age of 22 are required by Texas state law to obtain a bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before the first day of the semester in which they will enroll.

The date of the vaccination must be at least 10 days before the first day of class, to allow time for vaccination to take effect. Vaccination records must be in English.
Proof of the vaccination must include the physician or health care professional’s signature, the date the vaccination was administered, the medical facility’s stamp and seal, and contact information. The average cost of the vaccination against the bacterial meningitis is about $140.

You must provide proof of meningitis vaccine if:

• You are enrolling for the first time at DCCCD
• You are returning after a semester break in enrollment

Exceptions and Exemptions

You are not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis, if:

You are 22 years of age or older by the first day of the semester in which you enroll; or

• You claim a bacterial meningitis vaccine exemption due to health reasons. You must submit an exemption signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, stating in the physician's opinion, the vaccination would be injurious to your health and well-being; or

• You declare an exemption from the Texas immunization requirement for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. You must submit a conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

For more information about the meningitis vaccination requirement and exemptions, visit: www.dcccd.edu/meningitis .

All applicants must complete and submit the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form; however, the proof of meningitis vaccination may be submitted upon your arrival to the United States.

This form is a part of the application packet requirement. Click here to print the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form.

7. Tuberculosis Test Requirement Form

International students must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis through either a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test or results of a chest X-ray that was given in the United States within the last year.

Out-of-country students must undergo testing for freedom from tuberculosis upon arrival in the United States before registration in classes is allowed. Tuberculosis testing done in countries other than the United States will not be accepted. International transfer applicants must provide official written medical proof of freedom from tuberculosis, through either a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test or chest X-ray that was given inside the United States within the last one (1) year. The Health Center of Richland College provides free tuberculin skin test.

The DCCCD does recommend that all prospective students have adequate immunizations for diphtheria; rubeola, rubella, mumps; tetanus and poliomyelitis (see Texas Department of Health’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule)

Please complete and submit the form: Tuberculosis Test Requirement Form

8. International Transfer Students must also provide copies of:

  • Passport, valid for at least six (6) months. (Identification and expiration date pages.)
  • Visa
  • I-94 (Front and back if you have a paper I-94. If you have an electronic I-94, go to
    ( www.cbp.gov/i94 enter required information and print your Admission I-94 number)
  • I-20 (Pages 1 and 3)
  • Transfer Status Form completed by the school last authorized to attend in the United States.

Note: Richland College does not process changes of status to F-1 from other visa categories.
We do not accept transfer F-1 students who have earned an Associate or higher degree in the U.S.
Richland College does not file reinstatements for students out of status.

New students outside the United States must submit copies of their visa and I-94 upon arrival at the college.

Original documents must be presented by both transfer and new students for verification.

Health insurance is strongly recommended. Click here for student health insurance information.

Very Important – Please read the following information carefully BEFORE you arrive in the Unites States

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows a student to enter the United States up to thirty (30) days before the reporting date on the I-20. A student should not report more than the 30 days before the report date stated on the I-20. If so, the student may be denied entry and asked to return to their home country.

It is very important for you to arrive BEFORE the reporting date on the I-20. Please check your report date in item number 5 of your I-20, stating: “The student is expected to report to the school no later than (date)”. You MUST arrive in the United States on or before that day or you will lose your visa status, and your I-20 record will be terminated by the International Student Advisor at Richland College. You will then be considered out of status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

AT THE PORT OF ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES
When entering the U.S., you will need your passport, visa, and original I-20 (not a copy).

REPORTING TO RICHLAND COLLEGE
You need to meet with an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center (room T-150) at Richland College no later than several days after your arrival in the U.S. The Multicultural Center is located in Thunderduck Hall, near parking lot A, by entrance from Abrams Road. You may get Richland College campus map at www.richlandcollege.edu/map. Please bring your passport, I-20 and I-94 printed record. In order to get your I-94, go to www.cbp.gov/i94. Please also try to bring already filled out Admissions Application with the U.S. address (only pages: 1, 2, 3 and 7). Please visit: www.richlandcollege.edu/admissions in order to access the link to print the application. Don’t apply online.

F-1 students must attend the school that issued the I-20. Health insurance is strongly recommended.

TUBERCULOSIS TESTING
You will need to have tuberculosis (TB) test done in the U.S. upon your arrival. We do not accept tuberculosis test results from other countries.

MENINGITIS VACCINATION
All new students under the age of 22 are required by Texas state law to obtain a bacterial meningitis vaccination at least 10 days before the first day of the semester in which they will enroll.

NO DORMS/HOUSING AVAILABLE
Unfortunately, Richland College does not provide any housing. We do not offer pick-up from the airport either. Please search for other options before arrival.

SEVIS I-901 Fee

All new F-1 student applicants must pay a $200.00 SEVIS I-901 Fee (Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee) prior to a visa interview. This fee supports the Student and Exchange Visitor Program in DHS. (There is a separate non-refundable fee for a visa.) You must have an I-20 from Richland College prior to making this payment. Additional information may be found at www.FMJfee.com

*SEVIS ID number is located on the top right hand corner of the I-20 above the Bar Code.

The School Code for Richland College is DAL 214F 00464 000

This information must be completed in English. Payment receipt (I-797) must be presented at visa interview and upon entry to the U.S.

Payment methods for SEVIS I-901 fee:

By Internet
You may fill in the Form I-901 online at: www.FMJfee.com
Payment must be made by credit or debit card.
Please select “Proceed to I-901 Form and Fee Payment”, then “Form I-20” and “OK” in order to process I-901 SEVIS fee online.
Please print the payment confirmation (receipt) that will be generated upon completion of the form. The printed confirmation can be printed from www.FMJfee.com
Allow three working days for the information to be posted to SEVIS and the Department of State consular information system.
This payment method is not available for applicants from certain countries.

By Western Union

Please visit: www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm for the instructions for SEVIS I-901 Fee Payment by Western Union Quick Pay for F-1 Students.

If a third party is paying your SEVIS I-901 fee on your behalf, you will need to provide them with your coupon number to enter into the Account Number field of the Western Union Quick Pay/Quick Collect Form. If you have any important questions regarding your SEVIS I-901 fee, please contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 or email FMJfee.sevis@ice.dhs.gov

By Mail
Complete Form I-901 and mail along with payment (check or money order) to:

I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
P.O. Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
United States

By Courier (to expedite delivery to SEVP)
Send the completed Form I-901 and payment (check or money order) to:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States

Additional information for payments by Mail or Courier:
Only checks and money orders are accepted. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
All checks and money orders must be made in U.S. dollars and drawn on a bank located in the U.S. Make checks and money orders payable to the “I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee”
Write the name of the student and the SEVIS ID Number* on the check.
Make sure the envelope has both your payment and your Form I-901.

BE SURE TO PRINT PAYMENT RECEIPT. You can return to the Check I-901 Status / Print Payment Confirmation page and print the online I-901 Payment Confirmation at a later time.

If you would like to request corrections to your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt because you have noticed misspellings, would like to go to a different school, or would like to transfer your payment to a new SEVIS record, you must first e-mail a detailed request to FMJfee.sevis@ice.dhs.gov

I-901 payment confirmations must be printed from: www.FMJfee.com

Contact Information
rlcworld@dcccd.edu
972-238-6291
Richland College
Multicultural Center
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, Texas 75243
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