First-Time (Initial) International Students

Requirements: (All documents must be in English)

  1. Application: Complete an International Student Application. 
  1. Application Fee: A $100 non-refundable application fee (in U.S. currency) is required before consideration of an application can be made. We accept cash, money order or credit card. If paying by credit card email the Business Office at  In the email please include your full name, name of credit card holder, credit card number, expiration date and the security code on the back of the card. 
  1. Evidence of proficiency is required from official non-English speaking countries as documented by the US Central Intelligence Agency – World Factbook. This can be satisfied by submitting results from one of the following:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL)
      • Minimum score of a 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam), or 79 (internet-based exam). Scores are only valid for 2 years.
    2. International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
      • Minimum score of a 6.5 for academic version, general training results are not acceptable. Scores are only valid for 2 years.
    3. Or by completing the highest level in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 
  1. Transcript: An official transcript from the last four (4) years of secondary school must be submitted. The official transcript must be an original copy translated into English and must show each course completed along with the grade earned. A minimum grade average of “C” is required.

An unofficial copy of the transcript may be accepted temporarily for application to be reviewed. If accepted, student is required to submit the official transcript to the International Student Office upon arrival.

Do not send transcripts, diplomas, certificates or any other academic credential that cannot be duplicated or replaced. All documents become the property of South Plains College and will not be returned to the student. 

  1. Passport photocopy 
  1. Financial Ability: Proof of financial ability to remain at South Plains College must be submitted with the application. Proof can be in the form of a bank statement (minimum of $10,500 USD) within the last six months along with a typed and signed letter from the sponsor responsible for providing financial support or the form I-134, Affidavit of Support. I-134, Affidavit of Support can only be completed if sponsor is a U.S. citizen. An additional $2,000 USD is required for each dependent.

     7. Vaccine: Proof of MENINGITIS VACCINATION, if under the age of 22.


The application process will take about 10 - 12 business days if all required documents are submitted by the deadline.