International Student's 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.

Submit Online Application

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Create Southwest Student Account and Email

  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

Setting this account also creates your email (example: jsmith@southwest.tn.edu). For assistance accessing your email account, contact the Help Desk at 901-333-4357 (HELP).

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Steps to Obtain an I-20

The Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status steps apply only to F-1 Visa and J Scholar applicants.

  1. Email or fax [901-333-4523] the items listed below to International Student Affairs. All of this information is required to process the 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 (opens new window)).
    3. Foreign address, U.S. address (where you will be living while studying) and, if applicable, telephone number
    4. Proof of funding from a banking institution showing closing balance in U.S. currency. Completed International Student Financial Support Form (PDF) [Size: 532 KB], requires Adobe Reader (opens new window). We recommend at least $31,228 U.S. dollars for each academic year. Costs may actually be greater due to inflation and other cost increases.

Note: After receiving your I-20, be sure to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee (opens new window). All I-901 payment confirmations must be emailed or faxed to International Student Affairs.

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Request Record

Request an "Official" copy of your high school, General Educational Development (GED), or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) transcript, and all previously attended college transcripts translated into English Language, identifying the equivalency of an American High School or College Degree. View the Transcript Evaluations for approved translation services. Please send documents to the college at the same time, once translated.

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

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Proof of Immunization (12+ credits)

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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 ACT Residual or 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.

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Orientation

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Advising

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

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Student Disability Services

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Register for Classes

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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 please visit the International Student Health Insurance website (opens new window).

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Southwest Student Identification (ID) Card

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Parking

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Purchase Textbooks

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

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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.

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

Last updated: September 12, 2017