International Students

  • International Students 

    Permanent Residents and Those on Other Than Student Visas
    While over 10 percent of the college’s students are non-citizens, most of them are already living in the community and would be asked to follow the procedures for new students or transfer students given above. The only additional step for such students is the requirement to present a visa and passport, or permanent resident card, before their first registration so that their entitlement to in-county status for tuition purposes may be determined. Those who fail to do this will still be admitted but will be classified as out-of-state residents for tuition purposes until such time as the documents are provided and a final determination made.

    Admission Procedures
    1. Complete and submit the application for admission.
    2. Submit proof of immigration status to the Admissions and Records Office located in Bladen, Room 126 on the Largo campus, or to the University Town Center or Laurel College Center. Such proof would include an alien registration card, a valid visa, or a permanent resident card.
    3. Pay the nonrefundable $25.00 application fee.
    4. Arrange for English proficiency testing through the Student Assessment Services Center, if the native language is other than English, and follow the course placement recommendations which result.
    5. Follow the procedures in place for other applicants with similar academic backgrounds such as a new student or a transfer student.

     Students Requesting an F-1 Student Visa

    Students requesting admission and the granting of a Form I-20 in order to obtain a student visa do not use the standard application for admission. A different form must be completed and additional requirements met before admission may be granted. Requirements include proof of financial support, housing and English proficiency as required by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, formerly INS). Deadlines for admission for F-1 students are May 1 for fall semester admission and October 1 for the spring semester. The college reserves the right to deny an I-20 to any applicant who, in the college’s judgment, fails to meet the academic, English language proficiency, or financial criteria or who fails to supply requested information in a timely manner.

     F-1 Admission Procedures

    Prince George's Community College is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Eligible students must:

    1.  Apply for admission as a degree-seeking student using the special application form for F-1 students. A non-refundable $25.00 application fee is required as well as a $25.00 nonrefundable processing fee. Only applications signed and submitted by the prospective student directly to the college will be honored. We will not accept applications mailed or brought to us by anyone other than the student.
    2.  Submit all previous school documents (transcripts), financial certification forms and results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by May 1 for fall or by October 1 for spring.
    3.  Have international documents translated prior to submission to the college. Transcripts from colleges outside the United States must be submitted to a college-recognized evaluation service for translation and transfer credit recommendations. Please click here for further information. 
    4.  Achieve a minimum score of 450 or better on the paper-based TOEFL, 133 or better on the computer-based TOEFL, or 46 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL. Applicants admitted on the basis of TOEFL scores are required to take a college-required examination for course placement prior to registration unless they achieve a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL.
    5. Transferring students are also required to have their current institution complete a Transfer Clearance Form.
    6.  Meet with the coordinator of International Student Services prior to each registration and anytime during a semester should problems or concerns arise.


    Note: Applications cannot be accepted from anyone other than the applicant. The printed International Application for Admission must be completed, signed and returned directly to the college by the applicant in person, through the U.S. Postal Service, or by independent courier service (UPS, Federal Express, DHL) from the applicant’s current address, without third-party intervention. Sponsors, relatives, friends or others cannot submit the application on the student’s behalf, though they may provide all other documents.

    F-1 students who wish to have money sent directly to the college for payment of tuition and fees are limited to a per-semester amount of $4,300. (Checks with a total amount higher than this will not be accepted.) Any refund due the student will be issued in accordance with the refund timelines in effect for that semester.

    Each F-1 student admitted to Prince George's Community College will receive a letter of admission as well as a form I-20. Documents will indicate the date by which the student is to report to the college. Students who do not abide by the listed dates may be denied admission/registration and have their I-20 canceled in SEVIS, the automated tracking system used by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Students, by accepting the I-20 form, agree to maintain full-time status during their studies in the United States and to inform the Admissions and Records Office of any change of address or other pertinent information within 15 days after the change has occurred.

    Note: Acceptance of the I-20 form from PGCC to use for the receipt of an F-1 visa precludes any residency classification other than out-of-state for tuition purposes.


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