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Overseas F1 Visa Applicants

Application Deadlines:
June 1st - Fall Semester (April 1st Preferred)
October 1st - Spring Semester

Step 1: Read the following important information for International (F1) Applicants

Step 2: Submit an F1 Application

Step 3: Submit the following documents to complete your admission

  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) transcript.
    Applicants should use HCC’s Institutional Code (5308) to have official scores sent directly to the college.  Applicants currently in the U.S. can take HCC's English Placement Test instead of the TOEFL.  Applicants must meet the following score requirement:
    • 74 or higher on the internet-based test (ibt)
  • Current bank statement (checking/savings account) with a balance of at least $34,000*
    Payment is expected for duration of study at Howard Community College.  Financial documentation must be shown to verify that students can pay for their first year of academic and living expenses before they can be admitted.  These costs are currently $34,000* for a year of study (*Costs subject to change. Additional financial support must be shown for dependents).
    • tuition and fees: $9,300
    • books: $2,400
    • room and board: $17,100
    • personal expenses: $4,200
    • health insurance: $1,000
  • Financial/Sponsorship Forms
  • Official high school diploma or graduation certificate
  • Official college or university transcripts, if applicable
    • U.S. transcripts must be official (in a sealed envelope issued by the college/university, or electronic format sent directly to HCC by the college/university)
    • Students seeking transfer credit from outside of the U.S. must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by an accredited foreign transcript evaluation agency.
  • Passport ID Page

Step 4: After completing admission to HCC...

  • An HCC Designated School Official will prepare the document required to apply for an F1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy, called an I-20.  We can ship the I-20 using standard U.S. mail, or we can give the I-20 to a local sponsor who can ship it using a courier service for quicker delivery.  If approved for the F1 visa, students can travel to the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the program start date on the I-20.
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