International Student Information
Northeast State is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students on “F-1” student visas. An international student must apply to the college, meet the admission requirements for international students and make contact with the school Designated School Official (DSO) prior to the
issuance of an I-20. The deadlines for admission are July 15 for Fall admission; November 15 for Spring admission; and March 15 for Summer admission. All international students are required to pay out of state tuition and must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. Three of
those credit hours may be on-line course work.
Once the student has been issued an I-20 and received their visa with the status of “F-1”, the student must meet with the DSO upon arrival.
- Submission of a completed Application for Admission.
- Submission of a certified or notarized copy of authenticated academic records in English translation. The applicant is responsible for arranging for and paying any cost of the official translation of foreign language transcripts. These records should describe the courses of instruction in terms of years spent in school and the type of subject matter covered, with grades earned in each subject. The education level attained must be comparable to a high school diploma in the United States.
- Submission of an official transcript from each college or university that the international applicant has attended. If the college or university is outside the United States the applicant is responsible for arranging for and paying any cost of the official translation of foreign language transcripts. These records should describe the courses of instruction in terms of years spent in school and the type of subject matter covered, with grades earned in each subject.
- All international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit official scores to Northeast State. A minimum score of 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 61 on the new internet-based TOEFL is required for admission. Northeast State does not give the TOEFL test but will accept official scores. For more information, contact TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, call 609.771.7100, or visit www.toefl.org. Coursework completed at another United States College or university or graduation from a United States high school may be used in lieu of TOEFL.
- International students with valid ACT/SAT scores (less than 5 years old) must submit the scores to Admissions. At the time of submission it will be determined if the student will be required to take placement testing. International students without valid ACT/SAT scores will be required to take placement testing. Additional institutional assessment may be required of all international students.
- International applicants must show satisfactory evidence of financial capability to meet the expense involved while studying at Northeast State. Applicants must complete the appropriate form, provided by the college, showing financial capability and indicating who will provide funds for the applicant’s educational and living expenses while he/she is enrolled at Northeast State. International students automatically pay out-of-state fees based on their residency status and are not eligible for Title IV funds. Northeast State does not provide housing for any of its students. Housing, meals, and transportation are solely the responsibility of the student.
- International applicants should submit a certificate from a licensed physician or other quality medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. This certificate must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records within 30 days from the first day of classes to continue enrollment. Failure to furnish such a certificate shall result in denial of further enrollment or admission. In the event that the applicant either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be contingent upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the applicant’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
- All international students born after January 1, 1957 must provide evidence of having received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Exceptions are made for students who are pregnant or allergic to the vaccine.
- Provide proof of two (2) doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccines, administered on or after the first birthday, will be required for attendance to all universities and colleges with an enrollment greater than 200 students. This rule applies to all new students born after 1979. Immunizations are not required if they conflict with the student’s religious tenets and practices, affirmed under penalties of perjury. The immunization is not required if a qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the person involved. Proof of immunity to varicella is required by meeting one of the following four (4) criteria:
- Date of birth before January 1, 1980 or
- History of chickenpox illness diagnosed by a healthcare provider or verified by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant to whom the illness is described or
- Documentation of two (2) doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart, excluding doses given earlier than four days before the first birthday or
- Documentation of blood test (serology) showing immunity to varicella.
- The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private post-secondary institution in the state provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection to all students matriculating for the first time. Tennessee law requires that such students complete and sign a waiver form provided by the institution that includes detailed information about the disease.
- International students must become familiar with the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and assume responsibility for complying with the regulations.
- As a condition of admission and continued enrollment, all International non-immigrant students must purchase health insurance through the Tennessee Board of Regents Student/Scholars Health and Accident Insurance Plan.
International applicants will be required to pay out-of-state tuition.
Student admission files will remain active for one year from date of application if the applicant doesn’t enroll and attend classes. After this time, the documents will be destroyed per TBR Guideline G-070 and the student will need to resubmit all information to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Please Note: Fees are subject to change each July for the upcoming Fall semester.
| # of Hours
|| Maintenance Fee
|| Technology Fee
|| Campus Access Fee
|| Activity Fee
|| International Education Fee
|| Out of State Tuition
|| Total Out of State |
|| 7,860.00 |
|| 7,988.00 |
|| 8,116.00 |
|| 8,244.00 |
|| 8,372.00 |
|| 8,500.00 |
|| 8,626.00 |
Reasons to Contact the Designated School Official (DSO)
- You have just arrived in the United States, you must meet with the DSO upon arrival.
- You are planning to transfer to another institution.
- You are dropping below full-time status (12 credit hours).
- You have an address change.
- Any financial status changes.