International Students are students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents and are citizens of another country.

International applicants with acceptable scholastic records and proven English proficiency will be considered for admission as freshmen or as transfer students.

Freshman applicants must be graduates of recognized secondary schools comparable in level to the American high school. Transfer applicants are considered on the basis of secondary school records and records of postsecondary study (college or technical school).

Factors considered in making the admission decision are grades earned, subjects to be taken, ability to carry a full course of study, satisfactory scores on the East Central Community College (ECCC) placement tests, proof of financial responsibility, and proof of health insurance and tuberculosis screening. ECCC is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

International Applicant Document Submission Requirements:

  • An International Student Application filled out in full and signed by the student
  • A copy of the student's current, valid passport
  • A Statement of Finances Form signed by the student and by any persons (parents, sponsors) pledging financial support
  • An Affidavit of Support filled out and signed by any parent or sponsor pledging financial support for the student, with notary signature and seal or bank stamp/seal
  • Financial documents, such as bank statements, from within the last 3 months and translated in English (if in any other language originally) belonging to each individual pledging support
  • An official high school/secondary school transcript, which includes a graduation or completion date, as well as any certificates that may be required by the student's home country to demonstrate completion translated in English.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges attended outside the US, such as in the student's home country, translated in English.
  • An official American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score report
  • Proof of international student health insurance coverage (not travel insurance) for the student's time at MCC secured after acceptance and provided to our offices upon arrival.

Certified mail is preferred for submission of documents, but official PDF documents sent by email attachment to may also be acceptable.

Documents provided by email must be scanned images; photos and screenshots are not acceptable. ECCC may still request physical copies of emailed documents to be mailed if needed for closer evaluation.

Please direct all mailed document submissions to:

East Central Community College
ATTN: ECCC International Admissions
Smith Student Union – 2nd Floor
PO Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327

International applicants who:

  • have already achieved a passing grade of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale in two English writing/composition courses from a regionally accredited institution within the United States as evidenced by an official transcript from that institution; or
  • have already completed at least 15 credits, including at least one English writing/composition course from a regionally accredited institution within the United States as evidenced by an official transcript from that institution, and who have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale, and a grade of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale on the English writing/composition course; or
  • have completed two years minimum of high school education at, and graduated from, an accredited high school in the U.S. and must, however, comply with the admission standards for admissions for academic and technical applicants as stated in the catalog; or
  • are citizens of one of a group of countries listed on the English Language Test Requirement exemption list which is maintained by the Office of Admissions and Records,

may be admitted to the College without an official English language proficiency exam providing qualifying test scores.

International applicants whose primary language is not English and/or who have completed their secondary or postsecondary education either primarily outside of the United States or from a non-regionally accredited institution within the United States must submit official scores from the acceptable tests listed below.

English language proficiency requirements may be met by an official English language proficiency exam providing qualifying test scores. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the ECCC and be less than two years old.

Scores to be considered for admission to ECCC must be as follows:

1. Duolingo English Test: 95 or higher
2. TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT): 62 or higher
3. TOEFL Paper Based Test (PBT): 503 or higher
4. IELTS: 6.00 overall band score or higher.