International Students

International students bring cultural diversity to SOWELA and are welcomed to the student body. At this time, SOWELA is admitting international students with an F-1 or M-1 visa status only. An F-1 or M-1 student must be enrolled as full-time and is not permitted to work during the course of studies. The F-1 or M-1 student must have evidence that sufficient funds are immediately available to pay all tuition and living costs for the entire period of intended stay. In order for SOWELA to issue the SEVIS form I-20 applicants must:
  1. Complete the online application for admission.
  2. Meet the entrance requirements on the ACT/ACCUPLACER, or score 450 or higher on the paper/pencil Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a 133 on the computerized TOEFL.
  3. Provide additional documentation including a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship, proof of completion of high school, an affidavit of support and proof of immunization. All documents must be in English or accompanied by certified translations in English.
For additional information on international student admissions, please call (800) 256-0483 or (337) 421-6565.

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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