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College of Southern Maryland
askme@csmd.edu
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-2251

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FORMS


I-539
AR-11
To access these forms, please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usci and select the "Forms" tab.

International Student Frequently Asked Questions

Who/What is an International Student?

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

How do I apply for a specific program?

How do I have my foreign transcript evaluated?

How much will it cost to attend CSM?

Can I be employed while on a student visa?

The application asks for a social security number and I do not have one.

Can I leave the United States during school breaks?

Does CSM furnish housing?

 

If you have further questions, please contact Admissions.

 

Anyone requesting an F-1 or M-1 visa is considered an International Student and is required to complete the International Student Admissions Packet.

Who/What is an International Student?

If you plan to attend CSM on any other visa type, complete and submit the online Admissions Application. The application asks your country of residence. The application also asks if you in the United States under any of the following visa categories. If your visa type is listed, check yes.  If your visa type is not listed check no.

 

 

I am currently in the United States on another visa type, can I attend your institution?

Your visa type determines if you can register for classes without being in violation of your visa. It also determines the tuition rate you will be charged. If you require more information, contact Admissions.

How do I change the status an F-1 visa?

You are required to complete all steps on the International Student checklist, including a completed Change of Status form. Schedule an appointment with the college's Designated School Official, to submit required documents.

I am currently in the United States on an F-1 visa. What must I do to transfer to CSM?

If you are currently maintaining a valid F-1 status, you may transfer that status from one SEVIS approved school to another. Complete the International Student Admission Packet and inform the school you are currently attending of your intention to transfer. Your current school will need to complete the transfer form (9 KB) or write a letter stating you are maintaining status and eligible to transfer to CSM.

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

If English is recognized as your country's primary language by the United States Department of State the TOEFL is not required. You may contact Admissions for confirmation.

Proof of English proficiency is required by the Admissions Office in the form of an official copy of your TOEFL score report. A minimum score of 500 is required on the written version, 173 on the computer version and 61 with the online version. To make arrangements to schedule or obtain test scores, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. The telephone number is (609) 771-7100.

How do I apply for a specific program?

Generally you select the program you wish to pursue on the admission application; however some programs have additional admission requirements. In these instances you will complete the general admission process prior to making application to the specific program. For more information, check out our Programs of Study pages.

How do I have my foreign transcript evaluated?

An official college transcript is required. If your transcript is not from the United States, contact American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to have your college or university transcript evaluated. They can be contacted at:

AACRAO International Educational Services
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 1B7
Washington, DC 20036-1135
www.aacrao.org
202-355-1041

How much will it cost to attend CSM?

As an International Student, you will be required to register as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits). You will be charged out-of-state rates as you cannot declare residency. Learn more about payment options.

Can I be employed while on a student visa?

As an International Student, your primary purpose is your schooling, therefore you are limited to 20 hours of on-campus employment. For more information, contact the Designated School Official.

The application asks for a social security number and I do not have one.

A social security number is not required during the admissions process. For registration of classes, the college will assign you a number in place of the social security number.

Can I leave the United States during school breaks?

If you plan to travel, contact the Designated School Official to have your I-20 signed prior to leaving. Failure to have a recent signature might prevent you from being readmitted to the United States.

Does CSM furnish housing?

The college does not provide residence halls or other types of housing. If you wish to view housing availability in the community, check out the Housing/Apartment Rentals on the Student Life Web site.