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International Students

Where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

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Where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

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Where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

International Student Services

Welcome, Bienvenue, Bienvenidos, Bem vindo!

Thank you for your interest in attending St. Philip's College, a community college that provides educational opportunities in over one hundred fifty programs. International students are welcome at the college, because such students bring with them a variety of cultures and languages that ultimately enrich the campus community, and help prepare all students for the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world. 

International Student Services is in partnership with the West African Management Services (WAMS) and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). We proudly host students from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Our staff in the International Student Services Office is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals by providing for special needs of international students, ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations of the Department of Homeland Security, and promoting internationalization through our services and programs.

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Summary of Contents

Foreign Transcript Evaluation & Translation
Admission Information
Visa Information
Tuition & Fees
English Language Requirements

Services Provided
Housing & Transportation
International Student Insurance
Helpful Links

Foreign Transcript Evaluation and Translation

Download information about foreign transcript evaluation and translation.
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International Admission Information

All international students in the U.S. with a visa must complete the following:

  1. Complete the Apply Texas application.
    Note: if you are completing an English Language Program, you should apply as a new student not as a transfer student.
  2. Listed below are 3 different international admission applications, you should select the application that applies to your visa type.

A. New and Transfer students (F-1 visa holders) – Download and print the I-20 International Student Application.

    • This application is for individuals who are applying from outside of the U.S. and for students currently in the U.S. who are interested in transferring from their current college or university to St. Philip's College.
    • B. Concurrent/Transient Students (F-1 visa holders) – Download and print the Concurrent/Transient International Student Application.  
    • This application is for students who are currently attending another U.S. college or university and would like to take classes at St. Philip's College in the regular semester or during the summer.
    • C. Other visas – If you have a visa other than F-1 - Download and print the Other Visas International Admission Application.
  1. Submit proof of financial resources.
  2. Submit translated and/or evaluated official high school and/or college academic records. For information regarding foreign transcripts, go to: Foreign Transcripts Evaluation and Translation.  Note: there is no guarantee transfer credit can or will be given.  All evaluations are subject to review and approval by Alamo Colleges.
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency – TOEFL or IELTS
  4. Submit a passport-size photo.
  5. Submit Statement of Understanding
  6. Submit International Application fee - $100.00 US dollars (Non-refundable).
  7. Transfer students should also submit copies of:
    • a. Current and previous I-20
    • b. I-94
    • c. Copy of visa and passport

Application Deadlines:

New International Students (students applying from outside of the U.S.):

  • Deadline for fall semester (August): May 15
  • Deadline for spring semester (January): October 15

Transfer International Students (students currently in the U.S. attending another college/university):

  • Deadline for fall semester (August): July 1
  • Deadline for spring semester (January): December 1

Mail complete application packets to:
St. Philip's College 
Attention: International Student Services, Box 333
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203

Transcript Information:

All International Student Admission Application Packets and Transcript Evaluations & Translations should be submitted to:

  • St. Philip's College
  • Attention: International Student Services, Box 333
  • 1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
  • San Antonio, TX 78203

Visa Information

Obtaining a Visa:
The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant student is being accepted for enrollment in an established school which is SEVP certified. When all requirements are fulfilled, your application will be evaluated for official admission and if accepted, the Form I-20 and letter of acceptance will be issued by the college you are applying to. You must submit the I-20 to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country in order to obtain the “F-1" Student visa. Because each student’s personal and academic situation is different, two students applying for same visa may be asked different questions and be required to submit different additional documents.

Additional Documentation Required:
  • Form I-20 - You will need to submit a SEVIS generated Form, I-20, which was provided to you by your school. You and your school official must sign the I-20 form.
  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States. If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must complete an application.
  • One (1) 2x2 photograph.
  • MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee
  • I-901 fee receipt.

Tuition & Fees

International students are assessed at the current Non-Resident tuition and general fee rates, plus the Student Activity Fee.

Estimated Minimum Student Expenses Per Year:
  • Tuition & Fees:$9,014
  • Living Expenses:$11,412
  • Books/Supplies:$2,074
  • Total:$22,500

English Language Requirements

All prospective international students are expected to show evidence of communication and proficiency in English. To meet the English proficiency requirement, applicants have three options:

Option 1:
Enroll in the Intensive English Program through the ELS Language Center and upon the successful completion of level 112; apply for admission to St. Philip’s College.

Option 2:
Students who are not proficient in English, but are otherwise qualified for F-1 admission, are eligible for Conditional Admission.

For Conditional Admission, students are required to enroll in the Intensive English Program through the ELS Language Center and after successfully completing level 112, they are eligible for full admission to St. Philip’s College.

Option 3:
Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS exam. Minimum accepted passing scores:

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): 61
  • IELTS: 5.5 - with high scores on the writing and reading sections of the exam

When all requirements are fulfilled, your application will be evaluated for official international admission and if accepted, the Form I-20 and letter of acceptance will be issued by St. Philip's College.

New applicants must submit the I-20 to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country in order to obtain the “F-1" Student visa.

Note: receipt of the I-20 does not guarantee issuance of visa.


Services Provided

General Assistance - Provide letters verifying enrollment for embassies, U.S. financial institutions, and letters of invitation.

U.S. Immigration Advising as it relates to F-1 students - Provide information and guidance on employment, OPT, CPT, change of non-immigrant status to F-1 student, reinstatement petitions and program extensions.

International Student Admission Advising - Review applications and issue the Form I-20 and letters of acceptance to eligible students and their dependents.


Housing & Transportation

Housing Information:
St. Philip’s College does not have dormitories, however, we are easily accessible from all parts of San Antonio and its surrounding areas, making affordable housing easy to locate not far from the college.

Villa Maria Residence – female students can reside at Villa Maria which is located 12 minutes from the college. The residence for young women is run by Catholic nuns, who happily receive young women from different countries, cultures and religions, with no distinction of race or creed.

The services provided at Villa Maria include:
Single furnished air conditioned rooms with semi-private bathrooms, daily meals, wireless internet, laundry facility and private parking. Villa Maria is located at 719 Augusta St., San Antonio, Texas 78215; Telephone (210) 223-8163.

Tobin Lofts – Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College are available to all Alamo College students. They are fully furnished one-, two- and four-bedroom units for students who attend any institution of higher education in San Antonio.

The services provided at Tobin Lofts include: All bills are included in the price (electricity, cable, internet & water.) a resort-style pool, game room, Wi-Fi access, media room, café, study rooms, business center, fitness club, business center, washer/dryers, 24-hour on-call maintenance and residence life programming. Tobin Lofts will also house community assistants or “CAs” who will assist students as needed.

For more information or to apply online, visit or call 888-696-3145. The temporary leasing office is located at 309 W. Dewey, Bldg. 19.

Homestays – Homestays provide international students with the option of living with families in the San Antonio area. Traditionally, homestays offer a private bedroom and two to three meals per day. This living arrangement provides an opportunity for students to improve their language skills and enhance their cultural experience in the United States.

Listed below is the contact information for Homestays:

San Antonio HomeStay Agency
Jerry Gomez
Office – 210-495-2483
Cell – 210-601-3276


Please note the Alamo Colleges has not inspected off-campus housing accommodations or verified off-campus housing information and does not assume any liability in connection with these listings. The information is provided solely for the convenience of students interested in finding housing in the San Antonio area and does not include all off-campus housing options.

Transportation Information:

VIA Metropolitan Transit – Upon completion of registration and tuition payment, students will receive a semester bus pass issued by the Business Office located in the Welcome Center (WEC).


International Student Insurance

The Alamo Colleges does not provide health insurance; therefore, all international students are highly encouraged to purchase health insurance for sickness and/or accident while enrolled at the Alamo Colleges.

The cost of healthcare in the United States is extremely high. Health insurance can help protect international students and their dependents from the high cost.

Listed below is a list of companies you can purchase your health insurance from; however, you can select a different insurance as long as it provides coverage listed on the F-1 Health Insurance requirements.


Helpful Links

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP):
Student Process Steps: How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System:

City of San Antonio:

Contact Information

Patrice L. Ballard

MLK Campus
Welcome Center (WEC) 106H

Summer Office Hours:
Mon - Thu: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Phone Number:

Certified Advisor/DSO:
Fidel Simmons

MLK Campus
Welcome Center (WEC) 106J

Summer Office Hours:
Mon - Thu: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Phone Number:


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Important Dates

June 29, 2016
Start I Session - Last Day to Withdraw

July 4, 2016
Independence Day - College Closed

July 6-7, 2016
Start I Session - Final Exams

July 7, 2016
End of Start I Session

July 11, 2016
Summer II - Classes Begin

July 14, 2016
Summer I - Last Day to Withdraw

July 14, 2016
Summer II - Census Date

July 27-28, 2016
Final Exams

July 28, 2016
End of Summer I

August 3, 2016
Summer II - Last Day to Withdraw

August 10-11, 2016
Summer II - Final Exams

August 11, 2016
End of Summer II

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