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International Students

Estrella Mountain Community College welcomes students from other countries who are seeking to broaden their experiences through international learning opportunities.  The college offers a range of classes and subject matter to meet a variety of academic needs.

Your contact person is:

Elaine Trask
Admissions, Registration, and Records Service Representative

Estrella Mountain Community College
3000 North Dysart Road
Avondale, Arizona 85323-1000, USA

Admission Requirements

You are expected to have good academic records. In addition, you must provide the following documents in order to be considered for admission to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC):

A complete International Student Information Form.
Certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university and/or technical school (in English)
Evidence of English Language Proficiency as indicated by acceptable scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign Language).
Financial Guarantee (supply either checking or savings account statement)

Transcript Information (updated 5-15-04)

EMCC does not evaluate foreign academic transcripts. In order for us to consider your application, it will be necessary for you to have your credentials evaluated. This evaluation may be accomplished by applying to one of the following agencies:

AACRAO Office of International Education Services, Southwest Regional Office
PMB 606
15029 N. Thompson Peak, Suite B11
Scottsdale, AZ   85260
  telephone: 480-551-8005
fax: 480-657-7071

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI  53203-3470

telephone: 414-289-3400
fax: 414-289-3411

World Education Services, Inc.


International Education Research Foundation, Inc.


EMCC does not endorse any of these agencies.  This listing is only provided for the convenience of the applicant.  There may be other transcript evaluation agencies you may choose to contact.  A letter of inquiry should be sent to the evaluation service of your choice for application, information, and fee structure before submitting documents.

General College Information

Immigration/Visa Information:

Eligibility for admission to EMCC cannot be determined until all of your credentials are evaluated.The I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status), which is necessary to secure an F1 student visa, will be forwarded when you are officially accepted.

If you are a transfer student already in the United States, you must inform your foreign advisor from your previous school of your plan to transfer.   When you arrive at EMCC, contact the Admissions and Records Office for the proper transfer procedures.

You are required to be enrolled full-time during each semester.

Always keep your I-20 in a secure place.

It is required that all F-1 students from abroad enroll in the Maricopa Community College District health insurance plan.  Elaine Trask will advise you on the necessary procedure relating to this requirement.


EMCC has no on-campus housing or residence halls. Students are expected to find housing in the surrounding communities. Students are responsible for transportation to and from EMCC.

General Catalog:

After you arrive at EMCC, you can pick up your copy of the General Catalog and a copy of the EMCC class schedule.  We cannot send catalogs outside the United States.  Information on the schedules are posted on our web page:

Financial Resources:

EMCC is a publicly supported institution and does not have funds appropriated for use as scholarships or loans for incoming international students.

International Education Program Location:
EMCC Enrollment Services
telephone: 663-935-8881

International Education fosters global awareness by providing programs, services, and professional development opportunities to students, faculty, and staff that enhance teaching and learning.  This is accomplished by:

Issuing I-20s to prospective students.

Acting as Immigration liaison.

Conducting an orientation program for new international students. 

Programs Available

Business (AAS Degree)
Business (ABUS Transfer Degree)
Computer Information Systems (ABUS Transfer Degree)
Political Science(AA Transfer Degree)
Psychology (AA Transfer Degree)
Social Work (AA Transfer Degree)
Elementary Education (AA Transfer Degree)
CISCO Network Networking Technology (AAS Degree)
Cisco Networking Administration (Certificate)
Cisco Networking Technology (Certificate)
MCSE (Microsoft Certificate Systems Engineer Certification)
Microsoft Networking Technology (AAS Degree)
Microsoft Networking Technology (Certificate)
Microsoft Systems Engineer (Certificate)
Microsoft NT Product Specialist (Certificate)
Computer Applications Technology (AAS Transfer Degree)
Computer Applications Technology (Certificate)
Culinary Studies (AAS Degree)
Hospitality / Hotel Management (AAS Degree)

Important Application Dates

Your application for admission and all required documents must be received in the International Education Office.

You should begin the application process so that we can receive all completed documents by the following dates:

Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: April 1

This information is subject to change.

Accreditation Statement

Estrella Mountain Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The Commission is located at 30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; telephone number: (800) 621-7440.

Estrella Mountain Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, age, or Vietnam-Era disabled veteran status in employment or in the application, admission, participation, access, and treatment of persons in instructional programs and activities.