International Student Application

Thank you for your interest in earning a degree from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an F-1 student. Come join our large international student community of over 3,000 students representing 152 different countries.

Charlotte, North Carolina, home to Central Piedmont's six full-service college campuses, is a great place to live and to study. Charlotte's climate is pleasant, the mountains are less than two hours away, and ocean beaches are three hours away. As a growing city (about 1.6 million people in the metropolitan area), Charlotte is also home to a variety of professional sports teams, a thriving arts scene, and a busy international airport.

How to Attend Central Piedmont as an International Student

To attend Central Piedmont:

  1. Apply as an international student.
  2. Once you are admitted, complete the steps to enroll at the college.

Continue reading for instructions on how to apply and enroll.

Step 1: Apply to Central Piedmont as an International Student

Due to COVID-19, we are currently accepting completed applications by email only. Scan and send your completed application and all supporting documents to international.programs@cpcc.edu. Please allow 7-10 business days for us to process your application. Your Form I-20 and acceptance letter will be emailed to the address that you provide on your application. If you do not attend Central Piedmont, we will keep a record of your application on file for one year.

  • Required Application and Supporting Documents

    Your application must include all of the following required application documents.

    1. Completed International Student Application

    Type your responses on the international student application (PDF). You must sign your application before you submit it.

    2. Evidence of Financial Support, Signed Guarantee of Financial Support

    We must have a statement from your or your sponsor’s checking or savings bank account that shows that you have at least $16,850 on deposit. This $16,850 is the approximate total cost of the following expenses for one academic year:

    • Central Piedmont tuition and fees: $8,000
    • living expenses and books: $8,500
    • medical insurance: $350

    The statement must be no older than two months from the date you submit it to us. If you plan to bring dependents with you to the U.S., your evidence of financial support must include an additional $5,000 for each dependent. For example, if you plan to bring one dependent with you, your evidence of financial support must show that you have $21,850 ($16,850 + $5,000) available to you.

    We accept copies of your documents when you submit your international student application. You must bring the original financial statements to your visa interview. Keep copies of all financial information for your own records.

      3. Copy of Official Diploma and Transcripts

      When you submit your international student application, the Kal Kardous International Student Services Center will accept a copy of your diploma and transcripts.

      Before your semester start date, you must submit original transcripts with evaluations and translations from all institutions you have attended to the Student Records office.

      4. International Student Application Processing Fee

      The international student application processing fee is $40. This fee is non-refundable. A credit card authorization form is included on page 7 of the application. You may also pay by certified check or by U.S. money order, made payable to Central Piedmont Community College.

      5. Copies of Your of Passport/Visa, Form I-20, and I-94

      • biographical page of your passport
      • biographical page(s) of your dependent’s passport (if applicable)
      • your current visa (if applicable)
      • your electronic I-94 (if applicable)
      • your current Form I-20 (if applicable)

      6. Evidence of English Competency

      To enter a college-level program at Central Piedmont, you must meet one of the following:

      • total score of at least 65, with no single score below 16 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
      • total score of at least 6.0, with no single score below 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      • take Academic English as a Foreign Language (EFL) when you start at Central Piedmont
    • Transfer to Central Piedmont from Another U.S. School

      If you are an F-1 student already studying in the United States, you may be eligible to transfer to Central Piedmont.

      To be eligible to transfer, you must consistently maintain your status and follow the correct transfer procedures. To maintain your status at your current school, you must continue attending all of your classes until your transfer release date. Your transfer release date is the day that the designated school official (DSO) at your current school moves responsibility for your SEVIS record to Central Piedmont. Once your transfer release date arrives and you have registered for classes, Central Piedmont can create a new Form I-20 for you. To maintain your status, report to us and register for a full course of study (at least 12 credit hours) before the start of the semester.

      You will need to include the following documents when you submit your international student application and supporting documents:

      • copy of your I-94
      • copy of your student visa
      • Form I-20
      • transfer recommendation form (page 8 of the application), completed by your current DSO
    • Change Your Non-Immigrant Status to Study at Central Piedmont

      If you are already in the United States on a valid non-immigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school and want to study at a U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school, you may be able to change your non-immigrant status (PDF). You are not eligible for a change of status in the United States if you entered as a visitor through the visa waiver program.

      International Student Services is aware of the general issues surrounding immigration regulations. However, we are not immigration attorneys, and we cannot provide legal advice. An experienced immigration attorney is best for advice on all aspects of any change of status application, including the timing and type of bridge applications that may have to be filed, applicability of unlawful presence rules (including tolling), exploring alternative immigration strategies (such as consular processing and reentry instead of applying for change of status), responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs), and other matters that relate to your/your beneficiary and your dependents' personal immigration status.

      Depending on your status, you may need to wait to enroll in or begin your studies until the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved your change of status. If USCIS has not adjudicated your change of status before the program start date on your Form I-20, contact us. You may need to have your attendance deferred. Notify us upon receipt of your Form I-797C and approval notice.

      You will need to include a copy of your I-94 and visa when you submit your international student application and supporting documents.

    • International Student Application Deadlines

      Semester Application Opens Application Deadline: Applying for a Student Visa (F-1) Application Deadline: Transferring from a U.S. Institution Latest Date to Report to Central Piedmont (I-20 Date) Application Deadline: Applying for Change of Status in U.S.
      Spring 2021 Sept. 8, 2020 Tue., Nov. 24, 2020 Tue., Dec. 8, 2020 Mon., Jan. 4, 2021 Tue., Dec. 8, 2020
      Fall 2020 April 1, 2020 July 22, 2020 July 29, 2020 Aug. 3, 2020 Aug. 10, 2020

      Review fall, spring, and summer semester dates.

    Step 2: Enroll at the College (After Your International Student Application is Accepted)

    Once your application is accepted, complete the following steps to enroll at Central Piedmont. If you are a new student, apply and get your F-1 student visa before completing these steps. If you are changing your status, get your change of status approved before you complete these steps.

    Resources

    The following is a list of helpful resources to help you as you begin your studies at Central Piedmont. For information about how to maintain your F-1 status, please visit our international student resources page.

    • Social Security Number

      As an F-1 student, you are only eligible to receive a social security number if you will receive payment for on- or off-campus employment with the proper authorization. If you are entering a health science program, depending on your program, you may be required to have a social security number for state licensure.

    • Housing

      Central Piedmont does not have student housing. However, there are many housing options close to each campus. We have provided some options that aren't affiliated or endorsed by Central Piedmont, but were selected by students.

      Apartments near Central Campus:

      Apartment Search allows you to search for apartments near any Central Piedmont campus.

      Most places will not require a social security number if they know that you are an international student.

    • Medical Insurance

      Healthcare can be very expensive in the United States, so having healthcare coverage is important. Your I-20 estimated the cost of health insurance coverage for a year. Your actual cost will depend on the amount and type of coverage that is right for you. Although Central Piedmont cannot recommend a health insurance provider, we have provided a few resources to help you research health insurance options:

    • Employment

      As an F-1 student, you are allowed to work on campus. You may work off campus if you are authorized. You may also engage in practical training. Practical training allows you to get practical experience in your field of study through either Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Visit our international students resources page for more information about F-1 student employment options.