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Non-Immigrant (Visa holders other than F-1 status)

Admission Requirements and

Enrollment Process

Columbus State Community College welcomes international students to join our vibrant and diverse campus community.  Our staff and faculty are committed to helping you attain your goals and want you to get a good start toward success.

  Who can apply through International Admissions as a non-immigrant student?

A student is considered Non-immigrant for “admission” purposes if they:

  • Hold a valid non-immigrant visa/status in the USA, such as F-2, E-2, H1B, J-2, L-2, etc.
  • Is “undocumented” with no immigration status, or under the Temporary Protected Status  
  • Is a “pending permanent resident” (application for permanent resident status to USCIS has been submitted but has not yet been adjudicated)   

 If you currently have a visa of non-immigrant status (such as B2, C, D, etc.) that does not allow for full-or part-time study, you cannot take classes at Columbus State Community College.  In this case, you must travel outside of the US and apply for a F-1 visa or if you choose to stay in the US you must apply for a Change of Status with USCIS before starting your studies. You should contact an admission’s advisor in International Student Services (ISS) to set up an appointment as soon as you know that you want to change your status.    The process can be challenging, and we want to discuss with you your options.  For more information regarding F1 international student admission, please visit Application instructions for applying for an I-20 form. 

 Steps to Admission:

1. New applicant - complete the online application for admission. Be sure to check the “current” immigration status for your citizenship/immigration status. 

 If you are a returning student or previously applied for admission, please email for next step instructions.


2. All supporting documents must be received at least one month before the new semester start date at Columbus State Community College.  

 Attach photocopies of your passport pages, your I-94 (arrival/departure document) and/ or other documents concerning your current immigration status in the PDF format.  Use your “first name”, “last name” and “Non-immigrant” in the subject line to for faster processing.

 Please allow 5 business day for processing after a complete application and supporting documentation are submitted for an admission decision. 


 Steps to enrollment (What to do after being admitted to CSCC?)

1. Take the ESL Placement Test and/or Submit Test Scores

The placement test determines the appropriate course level placement for first term student.  You may be exempt from taking some or all sections of the test if you have qualifying ACT, SAT, AP, or CLEP scores.  Click here for details.  

Please review the college catalog for additional requirements for acceptance to some programs of study. Based on placement test results, students may be required to take non-credit skill-building courses prior to enrollment in credit bearing courses.

2. Foreign Transcript Evaluation  

Students who wish to receive transfer credit from universities and colleges outside of the United States must first have the international transcripts evaluated by a recognized member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  Visit Office of the Registrar website for more information, updates and useful links.     

3. Reserve your space for Orientation (You will register for classes at a New Student Orientation)

We strongly encourage you to attend orientation, where new students are assisted in registration process.  We offer a variety of options to orient you to Columbus State and help you get off to a successful start.  Students who attend orientation EARLY typically have more accessibility and option when registering for courses.

4. Establishing Residency for Tuition Purpose

Applying to Columbus State and determining residency status are two separate processes. Upon admission to the college, if you believe that you qualify as a Ohio resident for tuition purposes,  you will need to follow the Residency Guidelines and submit all the required documents to Student Central on the second floor of Madison Hall before the deadline.

The reclassification application won’t be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar until student has been officially accepted by college and is ready to register for classes. If granted, this in-state tuition rate will be valid until the expiry date of your current immigration status, at which time you can submit new documentation to be considered for an extension of this in-state tuition rate.

To inquire about the Residency Status Reclassification process, to determine if you qualify to apply, or if you have general questions regarding residency, you may send an e-mail to: or leave a voice mail at (614) 287-5533. 

5. Financial Aid information

International students are not eligible for any federal government financial aid program (i.e. Pell Grants, student loans, Federal Work Study). However, you are encouraged to apply for scholarship and College-work-study employment opportunities on campus.    

6. Tuition & Fees

7. Academic Calendar / Dates and Deadlines

8. Additional Support – want to add or drop a class? Got a question about your bill? Student Central is the solution!  Or you can call 614-287-5353, Telephone Information Center (TIC) representatives are able to answer questions for many of the campus departments.

Columbus State Community College
International Enrollment Services

Madison Hall, Room 109
550 East Spring St.
P.O. BOX 1609
Columbus, Ohio 43215-9965

Telephone: (614) 287-2074
FAX : (614) 287-6019