Lake-Sumter Community College

Transfer Students from Universities Outside the U.S.

For students transferring from a university outside the United States, the following is needed:

  1. Test of English as a Foriegn Languege (TOEFL) scores: If a student is from a country where the native language is not English, the student must submit acceptable TOEFL scores of 213 (for the TOEFL taken via computer) or 550 (for the written version of the test). Visit TOEFL Test Information.  
Note! All students who have English as a second language must submit a copy of:
  1. Acceptable TOEFL test scores or one of the "Exceptions" listed below, and
  2. The Admissions Application, and
  3. The $75 (USD) Admissions Fee.

If the above three items are not submitted together, the application will be returned to the student.

Exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  1. The student earned a college preparatory American high school diploma or GED in English.
  2. The student successfully completed secondary education from a school outside the U.S. that teaches the entire secondary education in English. Students from those countries that follow the British system need proof of successful completion of their particular testing requirements.
  3. The student successfully completed an Intensive English Program from a U.S. college or university or from one of the ELS Language Centers at level nine.
  4. The student successfully completed an associate degree or higher from a U.S. college or university.
  1. The student must have transcripts evaluated by an accredited evaluation service found listed at Credential Evaluation Companies.
  2. The student must submit proof of financial support. For more information, visit the Financial Requirements Website.
  3. All students must contact the U.S. Embassy in their home country to understand the process for obtaining a student visa, and to gain an understanding regarding the timeline for processing the I-20. Because U.S. Embassies around the world vary in how much time it takes to process an I-20 (from 5 days to 4 months), it is important for the applicant to relay this information regarding the predicted timeline to LSSC Admissions staff, so that an appropriate starting date is entered on the student's I-20.
  4. Once all the information and pieces listed above have been submitted, reviewed, and approved - only then is LSSC able to complete the I-20 for the student to take to the U. S. embassy.
  5. Once the I-20 has been issued, all students must complete the SEVIS I-901 Form and pay the $100.00 (USD) fee. The receipt from paying the SEVIS I-901 fee is required for the interview at the U.S. embassy. Note! This fee is in addition to the normal interview fees the embassy may charge.

Note! Because completing the SEVIS I-901 form requires the SEVIS I-20 number and School Code number, the form I-901 and fee are not able to be processed and paid until the student receives his or her SEVIS I-20 packet from LSSC.

Students are required to visit the Department of Homeland Security's SEVIS I-901 Form Website; the form must be completed, and the required fee must be paid in U.S. dollars either online, by a credit card drawn on an American bank, or by a check drawn on an American bank and mailed to the mailing address provided online. Because of numbers needed off the I-20, the fee may be paid only after the I-20 has been processed and received by the student. A relative or friend from the U.S. may do this for the student. If payment is made online by credit card, a computer receipt will be printed immediately. If a student mails in the payment, the receipt may take several weeks to receive. In all cases, the receipt must be presented along with the SEVIS I-20 at the embassy, airport, and/or the Canadian/U.S. border. 

Non-immigrant F-1 international students will not be permitted to register or will not be permitted to continue enrollment at LSSC unless they demonstrate they have adequate Health/Accident Insurance coverage for illness and injuries in the United States. The Certificate of Compliance may be submitted with the above-listed required documents. However, if the student is unable to submit the Certificate of Compliance prior to coming to the U. S., he or she must submit this information as soon as possible after arrival in the local area, as it is required before registering for classes. 

All full-time, non-immigrant, international students enrolled at LSSC must comply with this regulation after the I-20AB has been issued to the student AND BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. Non-compliance will prevent future class registration until the compliance form is submitted and approved.