Multicultural Student Questions
FAQ by Category
What is the International
and Multicultural Student Center?
The Center for International and Multicultural Students
is made up of designated counselors on each campus who work with
International students or students whose first language is
English. These International Counselors advise new students,
provide counseling, and plan programs to help the student
in the transition
to college life in the United States.
Which Counselors make up the Centers?
150 Sciences & Applied Studies (SA), (240) 567-1803
150 Sciences & Applied Studies (SA), (240) 567-1801
150 Sciences & Applied Studies (SA), (240) 567-1975
215 Counseling Building (CB), (240) 567-5079
228 Counseling Building (CB), (240) 567-5080
216 Counseling Building (CB), (240) 567-5116
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus:
126 Student Services Pavilion (ST), (240) 567-1480
Who handles I-20, F-1 and visa issues?
The International Student Coordinators handle all visa and
questions from the Admissions offices on each campus.
Heidi Russell-Kalkofen, 150
Sciences & Applied
Studies (SA), (240) 567-1803
Marlon Vallejo-Valencia and
108 Student Services (SV), (240) 567-5315.
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses:
Student Services Pavilion (ST), (240) 567-1639.
Who handles admission for students who come
from other countries or whose first language is not English?
Office handles all admissions.
Do I need to take a test to take classes?
Montgomery College uses tests for placement purposes. If you
have any of the following English or math scores, you are exempt
from the placement testing in that area:
- SAT verbal score above 550
- SAT math score above 550
- CEEB Achievement Test score of 50 or higher
- ETS CLEP examination
- TOEFL score of 575 or above (Written Exam)
- TOEFL score of 231 or above (Computerized Exam)
- TOEFL score of 90 or above (Internet based, IBT)
- Comparable college-level English courses
- ACT combined score above 24
- AP score of 3, 4, or 5 in English or mathematics
Read more information about
or Placement tests.
If I need to take a test, which test will I
American English Placement
Test is recommended for most students whose first
language is not English.
Will I need to pay for this test?
No, there is no additional fee for this test. You must apply
to the College and pay your Admissions fee before you can sign
up for the test.
What is the test like?
Asked Questions about the Academic American English Placement Test before
you come take the test.
How is the test used?
This test is used to determine your course placement. Members
of the ESL/Reading faculty will review your test results and
you into one of the following:
Education English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes
– designed to improve your general communication skills.
English Language Courses (AELP) (credit) – designed
to prepare you to take other college courses that are
level English composition courses – required for
all students who wish to pursue a degree in the United
To learn more, go to the
Can I transfer credits for courses completed outside the U.S.?
Students requesting advanced standing credit for course work
completed outside of the US must have a full evaluation completed
by an independent, accredited credentialing service. Please read
for International Credit Evaluations for help on how
to do this. The service provider must forward the evaluation
Admissions Office at the campus you plan to attend.
The College will then determine the credit to be awarded and
notify the student.
Do you have a class to help international
and multicultural students succeed at Montgomery College?
- are new to the country
- are new to College
- place into the American English Language Program
What is included in this class?
The course covers the following:
- The American System of Education
- Study Skills
- Accessing College Resources
- Career Search
- Transfer Issues
- American Culture
- Immigration Information
In addition, students participate in a field trip to learn about