International Students


IBCS has been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue forms for foreign students to receive permission to enter the United States for college training. Foreign students who do not have permanent residency status should follow the standard procedure for making application to the College. Applications should be submitted well in advance of deadlines so that adequate time is available for processing and communication.

Foreign applicants must be prepared to demonstrate that they have made adequate educational preparation for college-level work. This will require detailed documentation, description, and verification of the applicant’s foreign academic credentials. Through a specific service (such as the Foreign Credentials Service of America), applicants must verify their academic credentials. Please contact the IBCS admissions office or the IBCS Registrar for more information.

TOEFL Requirement

In addition to this requirement, all foreign applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants should be prepared to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®). IBCS’ institution code is B592.

Passing Total Scores on the TOEFL® exam are as follows:

Internet Score: 76
Computer Score: 207
Paper Score: 543

Passing the TOEFL® Exam is one indicator of academic preparedness. It is not the sole source to determine adequate educational preparedness.

Non-Immigrant Student Status

The Department of Homeland Security requires a current Form I-20 to verify that the applicant has sufficient financial resources to pay for the cost of travel, living expenses, and education in the United States; this form is also required for a visa. Those persons admitted to the United States on a student visa are required by law to be registered as full-time students. Requests for additional information should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Application Forms

Before an application will be submitted for acceptance, all forms must be completed and returned to IBCS. These documents become the property of IBCS. After careful study of the applicant’s file by the admissions committee, the applicant will receive an official notice of his or her status of admittance and be provided with further information.

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