Welcome to NSCC.

North Shore Community College welcomes international students and is committed to providing an inclusive, proactive, and empowered culture where diversity is a guiding value.  NSCC international students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Located in the North Shore area, just outside of Boston, NSCC offers a wide range of Associate Degree programs, outstanding faculty, individualized attention, and transfer opportunities to continue your learning.

How to apply and enroll

While North Shore Community College may issue an I-20 if the student applying to the College meets all of the criteria outlined in the application, we do not guarantee entry into the United States.  All final decisions concerning a student's ability to attend on campus courses at North Shore Community College are made by USCIS.

See below for application timeline.

International Student Course Load

All international students must maintain a full-time course load (12 credits or more) each semester and be in good standing with college academically and with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while studying in the United States in order to fulfill visa requirements. North Shore Community College does not issue I-20's for the student visas for admittance into the English as a Second Language (ESL), Selective Admissions, or Aviation programs/pathways. 

Required Documents 

  • Proof of high school completion (copy of diploma or official high school transcript)
  • An official copy of transcripts from all U.S. colleges you attended (if applicable). If you have foreign college credits, you will to submit a professional evaluation of your coursework.  Please contact one of these agencies directly: Evaluation of Foreign Credentials>
  • Proof that you are proficient in English. If English is not your first language, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency.  We accept  the follow minimum TOEFL score report:
    • 500 or higher on the paper-based test
    • 173 on the computer-based test
    • 61 on the iBT
    • We do not accept IELTS or other similar exams
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds (minimum $33,278) to support yourself during your first year of study.
  • Photocopy of biographical page of passport
  • If an international transfer student, copy of your prior I-20
  • If you currently hold a different visa status, a copy of the visa page on your passport as well as a copy of your most up to date I-94 

Application Deadlines

For New International Students applying from abroad and Change of Visa status petitions. 

Fall 2024 Application:


Fall 2024 Application

Deadline: August 2, 2024 


For International Student related questions, email Admissions at info@northshore.edu.

For applicants who are attending another institution in the United States wishing to transfer: Transfer I-20/Active F1 Visa Status Transfer.

Fall 2024 Application:


Fall 2024 Application 

Deadline: August 23, 2024

For International Student related questions, email Admissions at info@northshore.edu

Applicants who wish to request a change of visa status to F1 within the US should consult with an immigration attorney regarding eligibility and deadlines.

Estimated Costs Per Academic Year

Estimated Education Expenses: $15,778*

  • Tuition and Fees - $10,920
  • Books/supplies - $1,000
  • Health insurance - $3,858
  • Prices based on 2 semesters with 12 credits per semester

Estimated Living Expenses: $17,500*

  • Housing (NSCC does not provide on campus housing.  International students are responsible for obtaining their own housing arrangements.)
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Personal Expenses

Total Annual Estimated Educational and Living Expenses - $33,278*
* prices subject to change 

Financial Aid: No financial assistance is available from NSCC for international students.  International student applicants are responsible for all costs associated with studying in the U.S.  At no point is an international student on an F1 visa eligible for in-state-tuition.

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Questions? Contact us

Check our Frequently Asked Questions page

Email: info@northshore.edu
Phone: 978-762-4188


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