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St. Charles Community College

Check whether St. Charles Community College is right for you as an international student.

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Study abroad at St. Charles Community College

St. Charles Community College (SCC) is a highly-respected public college in the US city of Cottleville, Missouri. It offers a varied college transfer program, as well as over 45 two-year associate degrees and certificate programs in subjects such as business, engineering, health, and arts.

SCC has an award-winning campus thanks to its contemporary architecture and impressive facilities. Students have access to modern accommodation, sports venues, and learning hubs.

There’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into at SCC. There are over 45 student organizations to choose from, including drama, chess, animation, and fishing. The College also has an excellent athletics program. Students athletes, known as Cougars, compete in soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, roller hockey, and track and field.

Why study at SCC?

  • Great place to live

    St. Charles has been ranked in the top 50 places to live in the US because of its stunning scenery and affordability (Money Magazine, 2018)

  • Work-based training

    SCC helps students to prepare for the world of work by offering a practical as well as theoretical education

  • Safety

    SCC has been recognized as one of the safest colleges in the US (, 2019)

  • Affordable tuition

    Average tuition fees at SCC are only $6,000 a year

  • Impressive pass rates

    The pass rates of SCC students in health programs exceed state and national averages and have been as high as 100%

Life as an international student

SCC attracts students from all over the world and over 30 nationalities are currently represented on campus.

The College has dedicated international support specialists who are there to help you with visas, travel advice and adjusting to US culture.

All non-native English speakers at SCC are invited to participate in an English as a second language course. The accredited program is designed to improve your English proficiency so that you can go onto excel in your studies.

There are services in place to support you in every aspect of college life. Thanks to the College’s career, childcare, and technology services, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

What St. Charles Community College says

  • Dr Virginia Bunn Guneyli

    Dr Virginia Bunn Guneyli

    St. Charles Community College Director, International Student Services
    Dr Virginia Bunn Guneyli says

    SCC is just 20 minutes away from an American city known for its music, sport, food, and parks, St. Louis, Missouri. While close to the action, SCC's campus is tucked away in Cottleville, a safe and beautiful area, where students enjoy the campus and on-campus housing, the idyllic main street with its wineries and shops just behind the campus, and running and cycling trails, and parks and activities along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

    The area is diverse and the cost of living is affordable, which is what attracted MasterCard, Boeing, Enterprise, Citi, Worldwide Technologies, and other global corporations, and also small businesses, shop owners, restaurants, breweries, and artists to the region.

    Besides the on-campus housing, which is brand new, and the safe and beautiful region, SCC offers a variety of liberal arts programs and transfer pathways to universities.

    The International Student Services department maintains close ties to the international students, even celebrating students' birthdays and milestones with them. In fact, the staff have had their own international experiences, so they understand. The faculty members are accomplished, and SCC's sports teams are breaking records each year. The theatre department is renowned, as is the art program and gallery. For approximately $6,000 a year in tuition, SCC is an amazing opportunity.

    The campus consists of 15 modern buildings on the 228-acre main campus, and two state-of-the-art buildings on the second campus in Dardenne Prairie. SCC offers comprehensive services (mental health counseling, tutoring, career counseling, student life, a bookstore, a library and learning resource center, a scholarship Foundation, and more), and international services are funneled through ISS.

    In 2015-16 alone, the SCC Workforce Development Department served more than 31,740 participants. The college helped 39 companies gain access to $1.1 million in Missouri customized training funds. International students get one year of optional practical training to work in the United States after graduating with an associate's and before beginning their bachelor's.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • No. of Baseball Pitches 1
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    • No. of Athletics Track 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
  • Transport
    • Bike Rental
    • Campus parking
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal Trainers
    • Fitness Center Physiotherapist
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 45
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Praying Rooms
    • Skills classes
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition: US$8,184 per year

Scholarships are funds that do not require repayment. They range from a specific amount given in a particular semester to a full scholarship of tuition, fees, and books for up to four continuous semesters. Scholarships are based on a wide range of criteria that include academic achievement, enrollment in a specific career program, leadership involvement, talent, and athletic ability.

More than $200,000 in scholarships is made available each year between the SCC Foundation and the Board of Trustees.


St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376, United States

St. Charles is ranked among the top 50 places to live in the United States. According to Money Magazine, “the people of St. Charles appreciate their city as a nice place to raise kids, with great schools, little crime, and reasonably priced homes.”

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