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International Student Admissions

Thank you for considering Iowa Lakes Community College as your home for the next academic year. To begin the acceptance process you must complete the online application for admissions. In addition to this application, other items are required to complete the application process. Once we receive your application, a member of the International Student Services Team will be in contact with you to let you know about other requirements. You will need to submit these in order to obtain the necessary documents to apply for your student Visa.

Steps for Admissions

Note:  All documents must be submitted in English
Prior to admissions issuing an I-20 the following requirements must be met:

[  ] Application for admission
[  ] GDPR Consent Form

  1. Waived for non-European countries

[  ] High school transcripts 

Students currently in their senior year of high school can provide their current partial transcripts.  Their final transcripts will be required by the time they arrive on campus. 

  1. Name of student
  2. Name of school
  3. Date of graduation listed
    •    A copy of the high school diploma will be required when the graduation date is missing from the transcripts.  

[  ] Valid passport 
[  ] Official TOEFL Scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language scores)

  1. Test score requirements are as follows:  500 for paper based test; 173 on computer based test; and 61 on internet based TOEFL.
  2. Official TOEFL scores may be requested at http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/send
  3. Waived For:
    •    Students who completed formal English studies and tested into college level English.
    •    Students who graduate from an English instruction high school equivalency program in the US
    •    Students who graduated with an English instruction only high school at other countries if they score at the college English level in the SAT or ACT. 
    •    Students from English speaking countries 
    •    Students transferring in from an American college if they have taken English Comp 1 and received a grade of ‘C’ or better, and have a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
    •    May be waived if the student has an associates, bachelors, or master’s degree from an American university.

[  ] Proof of Financial Sponsorship

  1. Signed by sponsor
  2. Signed by bank official
  3. Stamped by bank
    •    If bank will not stamp and sign a foreign language document, they may translate the financial certificate and have the translated version stamped and signed by the bank.
    •    If bank regulations prohibit the bank from signing and stamping this form, then we will accept a bank letter on official letterhead & must be directly e-mailed or mailed from the bank to our international admissions staff at:

    Beto Hernandez - bhernandez@iowalakes.edu 
        The letter sent by the bank must include:
           1.    A bank official’s signature
           2.    The amount of sponsor’s available funds 
        We will still need the first page of the Proof of Financial Sponsorship Form signed by the student and sponsor to be sent back to us.
        If mailed, it should be sent to:

Iowa Lakes Community College
Attn:  International Student Admissions
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA  51334
United States

[  ] Bank Statement (savings or checking account only)

  1. Signed by bank official
    •    Bank signature waived when bank statement is accompanied by a bank certified letter clearly stating the bank account number and owner, which includes the bank officials signature.
  2. Stamped by bank
    •    Bank stamp waived when bank statement is accompanied by a bank certified letter clearly stating the bank account number and owner, which includes the bank’s stamp.
  3. Funds available to cover the cost of attendance
    •    No more than 3 months old.
    •    Proof of financial ability can range $17,242 USD to $25,939 USD depending on campus and number of semesters attending.  The aviation program is considerably higher and can range up to $45,357 USD.
    •    Adjustments
             Cost of attendance will be adjusted to reflect scholarships, no need for international insurance (when covered through own insurance), or a when the student will be living off campus.
                1.    Students living off campus will provide a copy of their rental agreement for statement of costs.
  4. If student is expected to use work study as proof of financial ability, we will need a copy of his work study offer.

[  ] Letter of Intent    

  1. Students receiving an athletic scholarship must have a letter of intent turned into the admissions office stating the amount awarded.

[  ] Student Status Transfer Form

  1. Students transferring from another college within the United States must have a Student Status Transfer Form filled out by their previous college.
  • Students are expected to be here by the first day of classes.  January 9, 2019
  • Instructor approval needed to add a class after the first week of classes.
  • Students will not be allowed to start classes 2 weeks after the 1st day of classes.

Note: All documents, except TOEFL scores can be sent via e-mail to:

Beto Hernandez at bhernandez@iowalakes.edu 
Or via Fax, addressed to admissions, at: 712-362-8363

TOEFL scores must be mailed from ETS to us at:

Iowa Lakes Community College
Admissions Office
300 South 18th Street
Estherville, IA  51334

Examples of acceptable bank statements:

Example #1

Example #2

Example #3

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