Frequently Asked Questions
International Admissions and Arrival
Can I defer my admission?
Yes, you may defer your admission. However, before enrollment we may require additional and updated documents from you. If you plan on deferring please contact [email protected]
Am I required to attend international student orientation?
Yes, International Student Orientation help students transition to the United States and to Schoolcraft College. You will receive an email notification with the time and date of orientation. This is mandatory. If for some reason you are unable to attend, you must notify an international advisor.
I bought my plane ticket and will arrive more than 30 days before the start date on my initial I-20, will this be a problem?
Immigration regulations prohibit students from entering the U.S. earlier than 30 days prior to the start date on the I-20. You should change your ticket to a later date.
Exception: if you are transferring your SEVIS record from another school in the U.S., such as a high school or community college, and received a “transfer pending” I-20, you can enter the U.S. anytime prior to the I-20 start date.
What documents should I carry with me when entering the United States?
- Form I-20
- Financial Documents
- SEVIS Receipt
I have been issued an I-20 but have decided I no longer want to attend Schoolcraft, what should I do?
Please email [email protected] as soon as possible to notify us.
Academics and Campus
I need to study English as a Second Language (ESL) before I begin my major. Do you offer a bridge program? How does that work?
An English Proficiency test score is required to issue you an I-20 for ESL coursework prior to studying program coursework.
When do classes begin?
he college calendar is divided into two semesters and two sessions. The regular academic school year includes the Fall and Winter semesters. The approximate dates are as follows:
|Fall Semester||15 weeks: Late August until mid-December|
|Winter Semester||15 weeks: Early January until late April|
|Spring Semester||7 weeks: Early May until late June|
|Summer Semester||7 weeks: Early July until late August|
Are there housing options on campus?
Schoolcraft College does not offer on campus housing options. However, there are apartments available for rent in the surrounding area.
How do I transfer my credits?
If you previously attended college or university inside the U.S please submit your official college transcripts to Schoolcraft College. The transcripts must be sent directly from the transfer institution’s Registrar’s office. Hand carried or “issued to student” copies will not be accepted or considered official.
If you previously attended college or university outside the U.S and would like to determine if your credits are eligible to transfer you need to have them evaluated from an independent source. A course by course evaluation should be done. Evaluations are accepted from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). There is a cost associated with this and no guarantee that any of your credits will transfer in.
How many credits do I need to take to be considered full time in the spring and summer semesters?
To be considered full time you would need to take 6 credits in the Spring semester and 6 credits in the Summer semester.
How do I know if classes are cancelled because of weather or other reasons?
Schoolcraft has a RAVE emergency messaging system which sends students a text, email or phone call if the college is closed due to weather conditions or there is another campus emergency. You should sign up for SC alerts.
What do I do if I need to drop a class?
Meet with an international advisor; do not drop any class until you discuss your options
with an international advisor.
What is a reduced course load and am I eligible?
- A reduced course load (RCL) is a permission from the international advisor to be below the minimum enrollment requirements for a given semester. Federal regulations provide limited circumstances when an F-1 student may be authorized for a RCL.
- Some circumstances in which you could be eligible for a RCL include: last semester of program, initial English language difficulty, and medical conditions.
- ALL RCL requests and authorizations must be approved by the international advisor before any action is taken to drop classes or enroll in new classes. Documentation is always required.
- A student is eligible for only one semester of RCL due to academic difficulties.
- For medical conditions the international advisor may authorize a reduced load (or if necessary no load) for the current semester If the condition continues, new documentation must be provided along with a new authorization for the next semester. Total time authorized at one program level cannot exceed 12 months.
What does it cost to study at Schoolcraft?
A breakdown of estimated costs is available in the International Student Packet on the Admissions web page.
Am I eligible for financial aid or scholarships as an international student?
International students are not eligible for financial aid. Some scholarships are available through the athletic department. Other merit based scholarships are available to international students after their first semester at Schoolcraft College. Please note that funding is generally limited for international students and you should be prepared to pay for the majority of your education while in the United States.
How do I pay tuition?
For more information about paying for your tuition, visit Student Accounts.
What are the English proficiency requirements?
If English is not your native language you must take an English proficiency test. The minimum scores for the tests are as follows:
|Test Name||Regular Admit Score||ESL Admit Score|
|TOEFL (PBT) paper test||470||350|
|TOEFL (CBT) computer test||150||63|
|TOEFL (IBT) internet test||52||20|
Where do I send my English Proficiency scores?
Your TOEFL or English proficiency scores need to be sent directly from the organization that administered the test to Schoolcraft College. The official scores need to be received by Schoolcraft before an I-20 can be issued. The school code is 1764.
Can I work on-campus while attending Schoolcraft College?
F-1 international students who are maintaining status may work part-time (up to 20 hours) per week on campus at Schoolcraft College. You do not require authorization to do this.
Students, who have applied for a change of status to F-1, may not work until USCIS approves the change of status.
How do I find an on-campus job?
Career Services can assist you in applying for jobs and creating a resume.
Can I work on campus during my vacation semester?
Per Schoolcraft employment regulations you can work on campus during your vacation semester if you take 3 credits in the Spring and 3 credits in the Summer. If your vacation semester is in the Fall or Winter you would need to take at least 6 credits to work on campus.
Can I work off-campus?
ALL off-campus employment requires special authorization from USCIS.
Working off-campus requires special authorization and is available in only special situations such as severe economic hardship, optional practical training (OPT), or curricular practical training (CPT).Approval for off-campus employment is obtained from USCIS by filling forms, extensive documentation and paying an application fee.
If you would like to learn more about these options and find out if you are eligible for them, please schedule an appointment with the international advisor.
How many credits do I need to take?
As an F1 student you must maintain full time status. This means you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits each semester except your vacation semester. You must take 9 of those credits in the classroom.
What is a vacation semester?
For most students, vacation semesters are in the Spring and Summer unless other arrangements are made known to the International Advisor. If you have questions regarding vacation semesters, feel free to schedule an appointment with us.
Can an out of status student regain status?
- Under new regulations, a student may apply to USCIS for reinstatement of status only if the violation resulted beyond their control.
- A student may not apply for reinstatement if they have been out of status for more than 5 months.
- A student is usually only granted reinstatement once in their academic career.
I plan to visit my home country and/or travel internationally, what do I need to do before I depart?
- Schedule an appointment with the international advisor and bring your documents
- Ensure that your I-20 has been signed within the last six months before you leave the country
- Ensure that your passport is valid beyond the date on which you plan to re-enter the U.S
- Ensure that your visa is valid for “multiple” entries into the U.S. and is valid beyond reentry date. Exceptions: short visits to Canada, Mexico, or Caribbean islands
- If you are visiting a country other than your home country you may need an additional visa
It is also a good idea to be aware of any current travel restrictions which may affect your re-entry into the U.S. If you are unsure about these requirements, do not hesitate to meet with an international advisor before you leave the country. Plan ahead! If you know you are taking a trip home soon do not wait until the last minute to check your documents.
What is an I-94 record and how do I obtain a copy?
An I-94 serves as a departure and arrival record for foreign visitors entering the United States. Your I-94 record is important as it confirms your legal presence in the United States. Your I-94 record is available either electronically or in paper form depending on how you initially entered the country. It is highly recommended that you carry a copy of your latest I-94 on you at all times. The international center also requires a copy.
Please read below for instructions on how to obtain your most recent I-94.
If you entered by land (car):
You should have already been issued your I-94 in paper form. It is the white card which was stapled into your passport. Please photocopy the front and back of this card and keep one for yourself and give the other to the international center.
If you entered by air or sea (airplane or boat):
Your I-94 record was generated electronically when you entered the country. This means that you must go online, fill out your information, and print it out. Please print out two copies and keep one for yourself and give the other to the international center.
What activities are my dependents (F-2 visa holders) allowed to engage in?
- If you brought a dependent to the United States with you they are considered F-2 visa holders and are issued separate I-20’s in SEVIS
- F-2 dependents may not work
F-2 spouses and children may take classes for credit, however they are required to be less than full-time.
Exception: elementary or secondary school