Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.Please visit
dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to
learn how to prepare for online classes.
Richland College has a new online I-20 application portal where the application and all supporting documents can be submitted electronically. In order to apply, select your application type, scan your documents, and complete your online I-20 application form.
If you prefer to submit an application through traditional postal services or in-person at Richland College, print out an I-20 application packet from our website. Completed paper I-20 application packets will be received only via mail or in person in the Multicultural Center, Thunderduck Hall, office T-150 at Richland College. There is no application fee. Please do not e-mail your scanned documents to the RLCWorld@dcccd.edu since this e-mail is only for inquiries. To submit an application online, please use the new electronic I-20 application portal.
The following is an explanation of the admissions procedures and documents required of non-immigrant F-1 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. 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.
1. Applying For F-1 International Student Admission
2. Copy of Identification Page of Passport or National Identification Card
3. Proof of English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for official admission as an F-1 International Student as a college level ready. Please read more about these scores on our
TOEFL Requirements page. English assessment (TSI) will be required upon your arrival, as the TOEFL /IELTS scores will not exempt you from the TSI assessment to determine your eligibility for college-level placement.
If you are applying for the
Intensive English Program (AECI), you will be exempt from TOEFL / IELTS requirement.
Applicants for the Intensive English Program are exempt from TOEFL or IELTS test; however, their I-20 will be issued for Language Training only, with the major: "Second Language Learning". Upon completion of the Intensive English Program, students will have an opportunity to enter the college level program at Richland College, and their I-20 will be changed to an Associate program at that time.
4. Copy of High School (Secondary School) Transcript or University Transcript
Copies of your High School (Secondary School) or University Transcripts from your country are required as a proof of taking English classes. Grades of English classes must be included. Transcripts must be in English. English assessment test will be required upon arrival in 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 a program with a lower level of beginning English.
5. 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.
6. Evidence of Sufficient Financial 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. Read more about the financial requirements on the
Financial Guide page.
The following documents are required from the sponsor:
7. 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.
8. Tuberculosis Test Requirement Form
Out-of-country students must undergo testing for freedom from tuberculosis upon arrival in the United States before registration in classes is allowed. Find out more about the
Meningitis Vaccination Requirement and the Tuberculosis Test Requirement here.
9. International Transfer Students within the U.S.
International Transfer Students must also provide copies of:
Note: Richland College does not process changes of status to F-1 from other visa categories. Richland College also does not file reinstatements for students who are out of status. We cannot accept transfer F-1 students who have earned an Associate or higher degree in the United States, or students who have a Grade Point Average (GPA) lower than 2.00.
Richland College can only release or mail I-20s directly to the prospective student, their dependents, or, for minors, to their parent or legal guardian.
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.
Before Arrival in the United States:
Please review carefully the information on
this webpage regarding procedures after you are issued the I-20.
SEVIS I-901 Fee: Please review carefully the information on the
Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee.
For more information, please visit Homeland Security Study in the States website.