International Student Checklist

This checklist is used by prospective students who want to attend Southwest and are a citizen of another country. Follow the checklist outlined below to become an INTERNATIONAL SALUQI.

Please send all transcripts and/or records to:

Southwest Tennessee Community College
Attention: International Student Affairs
Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Room 2040
P.O. Box 780
Memphis, TN 38101-0780

Note: Most admissions documents can be uploaded to the Admissions Documents/Forms Upload page.

Special Note: Prospective international students requesting a Form I-20 [Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status] to apply for an F-1 Visa must satisfy all admission requirements before an I-20 will be issued (this includes students transferring from another institution).

Submit Online Application

[back to top]

Create Southwest Student Account

  1. Locate and select the My.Southwest College Portal (opens new window) button [located in the top right corner of all pages]
  2. Locate and select "First Time Users"
  3. Follow the instructions on the page and enter information in appropriate boxes
  4. Your username will appear (jsmith) or (jsmith2)
  5. To set up your My.Southwest Student Account, follow the directions and create a password. Keep your password in a secure location.
  6. To access your student account, repeat steps 1 and 2

For assistance, contact the Help Desk at 901-333-4357 (HELP).

[back to top]

Obtaining an I-20 (F-1 Visa only)

Please submit the items listed below to International Student Affairs. This information including the completion of all admission requirements is required to process the Form I-20.

  1. Copy of your passport and/or visa
  2. Copy of Form I-94, Request Travel History and Check Travel Compliance (For additional information visit the Department of Homeland Security, I-94 website).
  3. Proof of funding from a banking institution showing a closing balance in U.S. dollars. Complete the International Student Financial Support Form with your bank statement as indicated on the form. Recommended financial support for each academic year is $31,403 USD. Costs may be greater due to inflation and other cost increases.

Note: After receiving your Form I-20, be sure to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee, if not already paid. Please send your I-901 payment confirmation to

[back to top]

Request Record

Request an official copy of your high school transcript or high school equivalency test scores (GED or HiSet) and all previously attended college transcripts.
Note: All international transcripts including high school and college, must be translated into English and evaluated for equivalency of a U.S. diploma and/or degree. It is required that applicants use an approved translation/credential evaluation service for complete admission to Southwest Tennessee Community College. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the translation/credential evaluation service. Please be aware that these services will charge a fee to the student.

[back to top]

Proof of Immunization (12+ credits)

  • Immunizations Required Under Tennessee State Law and Certificate of Immunization Proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Immunization Health History Form
  • TB Tine Certification of Freedom from Tuberculosis. All international non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis.

[back to top]

Testing Requirements

  • Submit your official test scores from ACT (American College Test), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) within the last five [5] years or transferrable college credit(s) earned at another institution via an official transcript(s). If neither of the above items are available, then you will need to schedule the ACCUPLACER® placement test through Testing.
  • Submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if the applicant's native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 500 pencil-based test or 173 computer-based test or an Internet-based score of 61 along with the current paper/pencil and computer-based scores is required. International student applicants must take an English placement examination prior to registration, if there is no supporting academic credit from another USA institution. Test results may be used in place of TOEFL. The college code is 1751. Visit the TOEFL website (opens new window) to schedule a test.

[back to top]


[back to top]


  • Advising is required for all new students.
  • For more information, contact Advising.

[back to top]

Student Disability Services

[back to top]

Register for Classes

[back to top]

Pay for Classes and Health Insurance

The insurance is no longer included in tuition. It is a separate cost; unless, the student can show proof of insurance. For more information, visit the International Student Health Insurance website.

[back to top]

Southwest Student Identification (ID) Card

[back to top]


[back to top]

Purchase Textbooks

  • Print a "Student Detail Schedule" from your My.Southwest student account and take it to the bookstore or purchase books online at eFollett.

Announcement: The Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) and Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC) are now known as TN eCampus.

[back to top]

Report to Class

  • The "Student Detail Schedule" contains the time and location of your classes. For additional assistance view How to Read the Schedule.
  • Students are expected to attend all classes.

[back to top]

For further assistance, call International Student Affairs at 901-333-4399.

Last updated: August 6, 2019