INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS 

Prospective International Student Welcome Letter

International Student Information

International applicants who apply from outside the United States and have not previously attended an American college or university will be processed as an entering freshman. If you are a qualified applicant who wishes to attend the College, please apply by sending your request to:

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Admissions Office, PO Box 35236, Fayetteville, NC 28303-0236 USA. For questions you may contact Lisa Haywood at 910-678-8306 or via email at haywoodl@faytechcc.edu.

Applicants are responsible for requesting that the school principal or headmaster send official copies of high school (secondary) transcripts directly to Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC). Further, transcripts must be translated into English. If applicants have attended an American or Foreign college or university, applicants must have an official transcript sent directly from that college or university.

STUDENT VISA (I-20)

International applicants holding an F1 or M1 visa are ONLY admitted to begin their studies for the Fall Semester. All paperwork must be completed no later than March 1 of the year you plan to begin classes. Applications will not be considered until all of the following items have been received.

• FTCC Application for Admission. 
Preliminary Application(Form A)
• Completed Financial Certificate(Form B).
• TOEFL results (only official scores sent from Princeton, New Jersey are acceptable)
• Official high school (secondary) transcript. Transcript must be translated into English
• Official college or university transcripts, if applicable. Transcript(s) must be translated into English
• Completed Pre-Entrance Medical Form.
• Completed I-134, Affidavit of Support.
• Completed Student Responsibility Agreement.
• Completed Transfer Form (if applicable).

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

Proficiency in the use of the English Language and past academic record will be important factors in the admission decision. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all foreign applicants. To obtain materials and information regarding the TOEFL write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540 USA. Please specify code number 5208 when requesting TOEFL scores to be reported to FTCC. Applicants must score at least a 550 on the paper TOEFEL, and at least a 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, and at least a 79 on the internet TOEFL, as recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

As part of the admission process to FTCC and before an F1 or M1 visa approval is granted, applicants must show evidence of official financial support (Form B) for each year of study in the United States. The college cannot provide financial aid to students applying from other nations. Applicants must certify their financial support.

FTCC is tax supported by the people of North Carolina. Legal residents of North Carolina and the United States are given preference in the admission's process. Therefore, applications of international applicants are accepted only on a space availability basis.

EMPLOYMENT

On-Campus: F1 students are allowed to work part-time on the campus of the school they are attending (and whose I-20 they have). They may work up to 20 hours per week while attending classes full-time. They can work full-time during summer vacations and between terms, provided they continue at that school the following term. M1 students are not allowed to work on or off campus.

Off-Campus: Students holding F1 visas are not authorized to work off campus except under extraordinary circumstances. There are two ways to get permission for off-campus work: 1) practical training and severe economic hardship; and 2) the US Immigration Services must grant permission.

PERIOD OF AUTHORIZED STAY

Admission into the US on an F1 or M1 visa is for "duration of status" (D/S). This is the time estimated for program completion. During that time, students are required to make satisfactory progress each term, keep a current passport that is valid for at least six months into the future, and maintain a valid I-20.

HOUSING

Fayetteville Technical Community College serves entirely a commuting student body. Housing is not available on campus. International students must seek housing in the community and commute daily by public transportation. Arrangements for housing must be made between the landlord and the student.

TRANSPORTATION

International students must provide their own transportation or use public transportation to travel between the campus and their housing accommodations.

FULLTIME REQUIREMENT

International students holding an F1 or M1 visa must enroll as a full-time student. College students must pass a minimum of 12 credits per semester. The student should make satisfactory progress in their approved program each semester. If 12 credits per semester is not maintained, the continuation of study on a student visa may be jeopardized and the I-20 will be rescinded.

NON-STUDENT VISA (Asylum, Refugee)

Foreign applicants holding a visa other than an F1 or M1 may be admitted on a rolling basis. Your application will not be considered until all of the following items have been received:

• FTCC Application
• Presentation of either a valid passport or valid visa
• FTCC entrance assessment results
• Official high school (secondary) transcript. The Transcript must be translated into English
• Official college and/or university transcript(s), if applicable. The Transcript(s) must be translated into English

NOTE: INDIVIDUALS HOLDING A VISITOR'S VISA (B) OR A (J) VISA ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL IN CURRICULUM CLASSES.

RESIDENT ALIEN

Foreign applicants who have applied for or hold a valid Resident Alien Card may be admitted on a rolling basis. Your application will not be considered until all of the following items have been received:

• FTCC Application
• Presentation of a valid Resident Alien Card or official Receipt of Application for permanent US residence
• FTCC entrance assessment results
• Official high school (secondary) transcript. The transcript must be translated into English
• Official college and/or university transcript(s), if applicable. The transcripts must be translated into English

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT

Foreign applicants "who graduated from an American high school will be eligible to enroll.  However, they will also be required to pay tuition at out-of-state rates -- more than $7,000 a year -- and will be ineligible for financial aid." Undocumented applicants will not be approved into programs requiring a license and will be admitted on a rolling basis. For detailed information click here

U.S. Immigration and Customs  Enforcement