Why should I come to a community college instead of going to a four year college or university?
The community college offers more individualized attention, smaller classes led by highly-qualified instructors, and you can complete the general studies requirements before transferring to a university. At the community college, many students complete the equivalent of the first and second years of a bachelor's degree program, and then transfer directly to a university to complete the third and fourth year. Also, the cost of community college tuition is usually much less than university tuition.
What programs do you offer?
At SCC many students are enrolled in Associate Degree programs in areas such as business, applied sciences, languages, and fine arts. SCC has also broadened opportunities to students to prepare for careers that do not require four-year degrees. Applied Sciences offers over 23 different career or occupational programs including nursing, architecture, motion picture and television production, interior design, hospitality, culinary arts, business, and computer information systems. These programs are styled in accordance with the needs of students, the community, business, and industry. College personnel work closely with community employers to assess current educational and training needs. Also, SCC offers a full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
Will my community college credits transfer to a four-year college or university?
Yes, transferring to a university from SCC is very common. Be sure to meet with an academic advisor each semester because with good advising and a minimum Grade Point Average ("GPA") of 2.5, approximately 60 credit hours of similar coursework will transfer to your bachelor degree program at a university.
Will the classes I took in my home country transfer to SCC?
Maybe. You will first have to have your transcripts evaluated by an approved professional credential evaluator such as ECE or AACRAO. Please have the evaluation report sent directly to SCC Admissions and Records, and complete the Transfer Evaluation Request Form, so that transfer credit will be determined.
How many other international students attend Scottsdale Community College?
There are approximately 140 F-1 students, from about 50 countries. If we include all immigrants and other visa holders, there are nearly 1,000 students representing 90 countries. The total student population at SCC is approximately 11,000.
How many students are in a class?
Classes usually have between 20-35 students, depending on the subject, which allows for more one-on-one interaction between faculty and students.
How many classes do I have to take?
Students on F-1 visas must maintain enrollment in at least 12 credit hours each semester. This is usually equivalent to four or five classes. After you arrive on campus and take the placement tests, we will help you to choose and register for your classes.
I have difficulties with Math and English. Can I get help?
Yes, we have free tutoring services available in our Math/Science Tutoring Lab and Writing Center. You will find help for your ESL, foreign language, math, and science classwork.
I want to attend classes at night. How safe is the campus?
We feel the campus is a safe place all the time. The College Safety office is open 24 hours a day, and has security cameras and emergency phones in the parking lots. They will gladly escort students to their cars if requested.
What kind of financial aid or scholarships are available for international students?
Unfortunately, there is neither financial aid nor scholarships available for incoming international students. You should be prepared to finance your entire period of study at SCC from personal funds or from other sources, such as your sponsor. Also, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security strictly regulates off-campus employment.You can look online for sources of international student loans and other financial aid, but beware of scholarship scams! You should not have to pay for information on scholarships. Below are a couple of websites that may be helpful, but please note that these sites are not affiliated with Scottsdale Community College.
Can I work in the United States?
F-1 students who maintain legal status are permitted to work part-time on-campus only, up to twenty hours per week during the spring and fall semesters, and up to forty hours per week during vacations. Please see the section Employment Options for F-1 Visa Students.
An F-1 student may not accept off-campus employment at any time during the first year of study. After you have been in-status for one academic year, speak with the International Student Advisor to see if you are eligible for any-time of off-campus employment or internship.
Under certain limited circumstances, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may grant permission to accept off-campus employment after one year, in the case of severe, unforeseen economic hardship.
Please note that the U.S. government is very strict about working without authorization. Working illegally may subject you to deportation.