For an international student to be considered for admission to PCC, the student must have graduated from the equivalent of a U.S. high school (12 years of education) and submit the following documents to the Director of Admissions. All items must be on file at PCC before an I-20 will be issued:
1. Application for Admission: The priority deadline to apply is April 15th for the fall semester (begins in August), September 15th for the spring (begins in January), and February 15 for the summer semester (begins in May).
2. Academic Records (Transcripts): Official copies of the academic records for all coursework completed in secondary schools and/or colleges and universities must be submitted. These must be (translated) in the English language and must include a graduation date and must be properly certified by an official at the institution attended or by an official translator.
3. Financial Support Letter: Documentation stating financial support for the school year is required and should be dated within six months of the anticipated arrival date. A copy of a usable document is available from the admissions office. (Attachment A)
4. English Proficiency: Students whose first language is not English must document their English proficiency in one of the following ways:
a. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 or above (173 computer-based). The institutional code is 6581 for PCC.
b. Completion of the ELS 109.
c. Completion of ASPECT level 5.
d. An APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language Examination) grade of 3 or higher.
e. Successful completion of the ESL (English as a Second Language) level 9.
f. Academic credit of 12 hours or more from a U.S. post-secondary institution.
g. A transcript in which it reflects that all instruction was taught in
English with a 2.5 grade point average minimum obtained.
h. Transcript from a college or U.S. high school for one-year minimum and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The student will be re-evaluated in the areas of Math, Reading, and English upon arrival. This is to be done by way of the Compass Test and the student must be enrolled in classes that are deemed appropriate by the results of this evaluation.
i. Interview conducted by Director of Admissions and/or admissions committee is required. Conversational skills are to be assessed and confirmation of the pre-payment amount is to happen at this time.
a. The pre-payment will consist of one-half of tuition and fees (based on 32 credit hours for the year), books, and residence hall charges for a 19 meals plan. Pre-payment will also include $200 dorm deposit, and $900 for emergency expenses.
b. An international student will not be able to enroll in subsequent semesters unless the previous balance is paid in full and pre-payment for the subsequent semester’s expenses is received.
6. Housing Information
a. Housing contract for 19 meals in residence halls. All areas requiring initials must be completed.
b. Personal information sheet
c. Immunization Records
d. Health card
e. Emergency contact card
f. Deposit is included in the pre-payment.
g. An international student will not be able to reside in the residence hall if a previous balance is owed to the college from a subsequent semester’s expense.
7. Proof of Medical Insurance: Proof of medical insurance is required and must be presented before enrollment of each semester.
8. Completion of I-20: The following information is required for the completion of the I-20:
a. Last name
b. First name
c. Country of birth
d. Date of birth
e. Country of citizenship
f. Intended major (Liberal Arts will be used if not indicated)
g. Scholarship information (if applicable)
h. Work study information (if applicable)
i. Additional financial assistance (if applicable)
j. Foreign Address (P.O. Box not acceptable)
Items 2-9 must be completed by the following deadlines: June 1 prior to the fall semester, November 1 prior to the spring semester, and April 1 prior to the summer semester.
When arriving to enroll, the following must be submitted:
A. Proof of medical insurance
B. Student copy of the I-20 with the I-94 authorization.
C. Copy of I-20 from transferring school (if applicable)
D. Locally administered Tuberculosis test
INTERNATIONAL GUEST STUDENTS
Students wishing to enroll in Pratt Community College while on an I-20 from another institution must have an international guest letter. This letter must state the semester and course that they are allowed to attend Pratt Community College.
TRANSFER OF SCHOOLS
1. In order to transfer schools, the student must first obtain an I-20 from the new school and then inform the International Student Advisor (ISA) the student is transferring from.
2. The PDSO (Primary Designated School Official) at the new school informs the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) of the transfer after verifying that the student was in a full course of study and maintained status at the old school and has completed enrollment at the new school. The process involves making information available on the USCIS reporting system known as SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information System). A new I-20 form will be printed upon completion of information being submitted. A photocopy will be sent to the students’ previous school.
3. A student who does not complete the process of transfer in a timely manner becomes out of status and will require reinstatement.
Replaces policy dated: 01-31-2006