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International Education Pre-Arrival

Step 1


Complete the International Student Admissions Application. Submit the completed application to South Mountain Community College. You may do this by mail or email.

Step 2

Submit Transcripts

Submit an official certified diploma or transcripts demonstrating that you have completed the equivalent of high school in the United States. In most countries this is secondary education or the last years of schooling before entering university. All transcripts and records must be translated into English. For a list of commonly used and accepted evaluation and translation services and agencies, please view this list.

Step 3

Submit Proof of English Proficiency

Take the TOEFL exam and request that your score report be sent directly to South Mountain Community College. (Code Number 4734) Admission requires a TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, a 70 on the internet-based test or a 173 on the computer-based test. This requirement may be waived if your native language is English. We also accept an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Band Score of 5.5 or better and a minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 in each module.

Applicants for admission to the English Language Program must provide evidence of at least intermediate command of English by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • At least six years of English language instruction as shown by the applicant’s school transcript(s)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 400 on the paper-based test or a score of 32 on the internet-based test
  • A minimum IELTS overall Band Score of 4.0 or better
  • An original letter of recommendation from a teacher, school principal, headmaster/headmistress, or director of an English Language Institute attesting to the applicant’s proficiency at the intermediate level

For information on dates and locations of TOEFL exam centers, contact the Educational Testing Center at: IELTS:

Step 4

Submit Evidence of Financial Support form (included in the International Student Application) showing that you have a minimum of $20,350 per year to cover tuition and living expenses. A letter from the bank must be included showing that the sponsor or the student (if self-sufficient) has sufficient funds on deposit. A monthly bank statement CANNOT be used. The bank letter must be on official letterhead paper. The letter needs to include confirmation that the sponsor has an account with the financial institution and there is at least $20,150 available in U.S. dollars. While all efforts are made to present accurate information, changes in tuition and fees may be made without notice. Please note: the American Embassy or Consulate will require another set of original financial documents.

Step 5

Provide a photocopy of the visa page in your passport.

If applying for a school transfer within the United States, the following requirements are required:

  • A photocopy of the I-94 card in your passport.
  • A photocopy of the visa page in your passport.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities (if applicable) must be mailed directly from the college/university attended directly to SMCC International Education Programs.
  • A photocopy of ALL prior I-20s.
  • A completed Transfer Eligibility Form by the student and the current Designated School Official (DSO) at the current school.

Where to Send Documentations?

Please send all required documents to:

South Mountain Community College

International Education Programs

7050 South 24th Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85042


If you are accepted to South Mountain Community College, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to you, along with your SEVIS I-20 form and other important information.

Students Under 18 Years Old

South Mountain Community College recommends that students who are under the age of 18 (minors) have a guardian in the United States. In the event of personal emergency, accident, illness, incarceration, etc., the State of Arizona will require the signature of a guardian before assistance such as hospitalization, legal counsel, etc., can be offered. South Mountain Community College is not permitted to act in the place of the parent or guardian.

Additional Information & Definitions

Official Transcript: These transcripts should show your classes, credits, the grades you received, and your graduation dates in order to be complete.

Translation Services: For more information on translation services please contact the Registration & Records office and ask to speak to the International Admissions Assistant. Also note that the U.S. Embassy in your country may be able to refer you to a certified translator near you.

International academic records/credentials are not evaluated in-house at this time.  Students wishing to have their international academic records/credentials evaluated must contact an approved professional evaluation agency and request an official evaluation from them.  (Note: The professional evaluation must be sent directly to SMCC from the approved professional evaluation agency. The evaluation must be dated within the current year and done for the purpose of education. It must also include a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.) For information regarding which professional evaluation agencies are acceptable, please call 602.243.8305.

Cost of Academic Year

The table below is an estimate of the cost of one academic year:

Out-of-state tuition and fees


Textbooks and supplies


Living expenses (off campus)


Health insurance