Thank you for your interest in Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC). OTC is a comprehensive community college offering two-year associate degree programs in both academic and technical areas.
If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and are considering pursuing a full course of study as an international student at OTC, you will be required to meet the following requirements. Please consider these requirements carefully before submitting a formal application for admission. Students who have completed an ESL program at a college or university in the United States are also welcome to apply to transfer to OTC.
The application form is available at the bottom of this page. Or, you can complete an online application via this link. Please include your home country address, country of birth and country of citizenship. All information and payments must be received by the IPO prior to admission deadlines.
Students who are transferring from another college or university in the U.S. must submit the application and admission requirements by the following deadlines:
- Fall semester: July 31
- Spring semester: November 30
Ozarks Technical Community College requires a U.S. $78 application fee. There is also a $3 transaction fee for all international admissions. This fee is non-refundable. It also applies to guest students who take classes at OTC without transferring. This fee must be received by the IPO before application processing can begin. Please pay the application fee here.
Transferring students must submit a transfer-in recommendation form. This form should be completed by both the student and the designated school officer at the student’s current college or university.
To be considered for admission to OTC, transfer international students must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (secondary school). Official or certified copies of academic records for all course work completed in secondary schools, colleges and universities within and outside the United States must be submitted. All documents must have English translations, including your full name on each document. All records become OTC property and will not be returned.
Transcripts should provide detailed information including courses studied and grades received. The grading scale and number of course hours attempted should be noted when possible. International students transferring from another college or university require a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25. Transcripts from American and Canadian institutions should be sent in a sealed envelope directly from the institution to the IPO.
Students who wish to have foreign coursework accepted for credit or as a prerequisite at OTC must have their foreign credits evaluated by an independent agency. The following are a number of options:
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org)
- Education Evaluators International, Inc. (www.educei.com)
- Educational Perspectives (www.educational-perspectives.org)
- Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.gceus.com)
- International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.iacei.net)
- SpanTran Educational Services (www.spantran.com)
- World Education Services (www.wes.org).
OTC requires a hand-signed affidavit of support from the student’s sponsor verifying financial support. The statement must both be in English and include the student’s name. This letter must be dated within six months of the start of classes. You can find the affidavit form on the bottom of this page.
OTC requires a certified bank statement dated within six months of the start of classes showing the equivalent of $21,812 to demonstrate the student’s ability to afford one full year of living and educational expenses in the Springfield, Missouri. This is the estimated one year cost for tuition, books, fees, housing and living expenses. In addition, OTC requires an additional $3,000 per dependent. Your bank statement and affidavit of support should reflect this if you have a dependent like a child or husband. These figures are subject to change. To simplify transactions, we recommend prospective students establish a local account with a branch of any of the national or international banks in the Springfield area.
Students whose first language is not English must document their English proficiency in one of the following ways:
(1) OTC requires a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) total score of 61. You must submit TOEFL scores directly to OTC. The OTC institutional code for TOEFL is 8570. Check the TOEFL website. The TOEFL report scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
(2) Academic credit of 15 hours or more from a U.S. college or university with a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.
(3) OTC requires a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5. You must submit scores directly to OTC. Check the IELTS website. The IELTS report scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
(4) Successful completion of Level 402 training from the English Language Institute (ELI) of Missouri State University with a letter of recommendation from the ELI Director’s office. Click here for details about the English Language Institute.
Students attending other English language institutes must submit transcripts and a recommendation letter from the language institute director indicating a high intermediate level in English.
(5) Proof of satisfactory completion of the US Department of State, J-1 visa Student Exchange Program at an American high school for at least one academic year.
Medical insurance is mandatory for international students attending OTC using the pre-approved insurance plan available to OTC international students. You must pay the first year of coverage ($592) in advance to the ISO health insurance organization before OTC will issue your I-20. After the first year of studies at OTC, the student must provide the IPO with proof of coverage through the end of each new semester before OTC will allow them to register for classes. For more information concerning the medical insurance plan for international students, contact the IPO. You can access the International Student Health Insurance brochure here. Here is a brief description of the current plan benefits:
|Medical benefits||$500,000 per accident or illness|
|Lifetime medical maximum||No lifetime medical maximum|
|Deductible at SHC||$45 per accident or illness|
|Deductible||$250 per accident or illness|
|Co-insurance in-network||80% of preferred allowance (student is responsible for 20%)|
|Co-insurance out-of-network||80% of usual reasonable & customary charge|
|Student monthly rate||$48|
To pay for health insurance, please click here. Follow the steps and make the payment.
This video contains some useful information for international students studying in the U.S.:
Before arriving at OTC, you must obtain copies of your immunization records demonstrating proof of vaccination for measles (rubeola), mumps and rubella (MMR) and bring these records with you to the U.S. The IPO will copy the documents for your file. If you are going to renew your MMR vaccine at home, please have it done at least six weeks prior to your arrival at OTC. OTC also requires prospective international students obtain a negative TB test within the U.S. and on file at the IPO before enrollment. TB skin tests are valid for 12 months. If test results have expired, you must retest before enrolling.
Once OTC receives the above payments and documents, the IPO will review your application for admission. If admitted, OTC will send you an I-20.
Your high school and/or college must send your transcripts in a sealed envelope to:
International Programs Office
Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
Mail all other documents described on this page to the address above. Our office must receive them before the application deadline.
Please submit a copy of your student visa, passport and I-20 from current college or university.
F1 and M-1 Students
If you are transferring to another school in the U.S. as an F-1 or M-1 student, you must first ensure your admittance at a new school. Then turn in your the “Transfer Out Request” form (located at the bottom of this page) before the IP office releases your record in SEVIS. This transfer release means that your information will be accessible by a new school so that they can issue a new I-20 using the same SEVIS ID. Please remember that once we release your data, we will not be able to reverse it. Only one school can access your information once released. This means that you will need to think carefully about choosing a new school to transfer to.
Speak with the International Student Advisor at your new institution to learn what information and papers OTC may require. Then make sure to inform the International Student Advisor at OTC that you are transferring to another university. As soon as you arrive on your new campus, report to the International Student Advisor. He/she will make sure that you have completed your transfer process according to immigration regulations. If you wish to leave the U.S. during the transfer, consult your International Student Advisor.
International students wishing to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program are not limited with regard to where they can apply after completing their studies at OTC. Articulation agreements between OTC and many other institutions of higher education are already in place. Of note, both Missouri State University and Drury University have personnel available in our Student Services office to discuss transfer options. Missouri Southern State University represents another transfer opportunity. Their Institute of International Studies website provides additional information.