Foreign Student Admissions Requirements (F-1 Visa ONLY)

Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) admits non-immigrant students with proper authorization through the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Application for admission should be made at least two months prior to the semester in which an applicant plans to enroll. Non-immigrant students are treated as non-resident students with respect to tuition and fees. The college cannot provide financial aid to foreign students; therefore, students must have sufficient funds to cover all living expenses, tuition and fees while attending the college. Student housing is not available on campus and foreign students are expected to make their own arrangements for housing.

F-1 Application Deadlines

Applicant Fall Semester Summer Semester Spring Semester
Applying Outside US May 1, 2018 No new students September 1, 2018
Transfers July 1, 2018 No new students October 1, 2018
Final Documents July 15, 2018 N/A November 15, 2018

Applying Outside U.S.:  This is a student who resides outside the United States.  The student wants to apply to receive an I-20.  With this I-20, the student will apply for an F-1 student visa to come to Guilford Technical Community College and study as a full-time student.

Transfers:  This is a student who is currently in the United States studying at an institution with a current I-20.  The student wants to apply to Guilford Technical Community College to transfer his or her I-20 to study as a full-time student.

Change of Status:  This is a student who is currently in the United States with an immigration status.  However, the student wants to apply to receive an I-20.  With this I-20, the student will apply with Immigration for a change of status from his or her current status to F-1 student status.  If the change of status is approved, the student plans to study at Guilford Technical Community College as a full-time student.  Please see the International Student Office for an appropriate deadline.

Out of Status Students: Guilford Technical Community College does not accept students who are currently out of status. We will not initiate the reinstatement process for new students.


(Do not complete the online application. If you have, please let us know. Otherwise, complete the paper application in this packet.) & NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE: $40.00
Click here to download application packet (PDF)


a. A High School Diploma is required, no exceptions.

b. A certified copy of the original educational record/transcripts, to include all previ-ous academic experiences is required. If the original copy of this record is written in a language other than English, then a certified copy of an English translation is required.

c. Transfer Credit: Transfer credit for international transcripts can be granted once their international transcripts have been verified by a recognized translation entity such as World Education Services (WES). If you have US college credit we will need those transcripts as well.


One of the following requirements are acceptable.

a. Your country of citizenship is a English speaking country. Verified by PDSO.

b. TOEFL: The Test Of English as a Foreign Language is required of all applicants, except those from countries where English is the only official language, or the applicant is a transfer student from an accredited U.S. college or institution with English transfer credit. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score of score of 65+. School Code: 5275. We must receive official copies of the scores.

c. Academic International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)  – Before entering a full-time academic (college) program, a student is required to have a minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall band score.  

d. Completion of a Language School— You must complete all levels of the language school no exceptions.


a. A completed Form I-134 and/or GTCC Financial Certificate, signed and notarized signature on financial resource statement is required of all applicants.

b. The supporter must provide an official letter from his/her banking institution giv-ing information on the types of account (s), balance (s) and length of time he/she has been banking with the institution.

c. A bank statement dated within the last 90 days.

d. A minimum of $15,000.00 in supporter’s bank account annually.

e. A minimum of $4,000 deposit upon admission to the college.


a. A completed statement of medical history signed by a practicing

physician is necessary. Use provided medical form.

b. A record of updated immunization history is also needed. If you have not had all required immunizations, you will be required to have them prior to acceptance.


a. A Transfer Clearance Form must be completed by all students who are currently residing in the United States for the purpose of attending school. The last authorized institution attended must complete this form. A copy of your I-20 is also re-quired.
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We must have copies of your passport, visa, and I-94.