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.

Contact International Programs and Services if need any help.

International Student Application Deadlines

Review fall, spring, and summer semester dates.

Semester Application Opens Application Deadline: Students Applying for a Student Visa (F-1) Application Deadline: Students Transferring from a U.S. Institution Latest Date to Report to Central Piedmont (I-20 Date) Application Deadline: Students Applying for Change of Status in U.S.
Spring 2020 Sept. 11, 2019 Nov. 11, 2019 Dec. 2, 2019 Jan. 6, 2020 Jan. 13, 2020
Summer 2020 Jan. 4, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 25, 2020 May 13, 2020 May 20, 2020
Fall 2020 April 1, 2020 July 22, 2020 July 29, 2020 Aug. 3, 2020 Aug. 10, 2020

International Student Enrollment Steps

Fill out all forms accurately. If you need any assistance, contact International Programs and Services.

  • Step 1: Prepare All Required Application 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 cost of the following expenses for one academic year:

    • tuition and fees: $8,000 (the cost of tuition and fee may change without notice)
    • medical insurance: $350
    • living expenses and books: $8,500

    The statement must be no older than two months from today’s date. 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.

    The International Services and Programs office accepts 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/Transcripts

      When you submit your international student application, the International Programs and Services office will accept a copy of your diploma or transcripts.

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

      4. Processing Fee

      The processing fee is $40 and is non-refundable. Pay by certified check or by U.S. money order made payable to Central Piedmont.

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

      • the biographical page of your passport
      • the biographical page(s) of your dependent’s passport (if applicable)
      • your current visa
      • the stamp from your most recent arrival into the U.S. (if applicable)
      • your electronic I-94 and your current I-20 (if you are already in the U.S.)

      6. Evidence of English Competency

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

      • have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) total score of at least 65, with no single score below 16
      • have an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) total score of at least 6.0, with no single score below 5.5
      • take Academic English as a Foreign Language (EFL) when you start at Central Piedmont

      Central Piedmont no longer accepts paper-based TOEFL (pBT) or computer-based (cBT) TOEFL.

    • Step 2: Submit All Application Documents to International Programs and Services

      We are currently accepting completed applications by email only. Please scan and send your completed application and all required documents to international.programs@cpcc.edu.

      We cannot process your application until you have submitted the complete application and all required documents.

      If you do not attend Central Piedmont, we will keep a record of your application on file for one year.

    • Step 3: Apply for a Student Visa and Have a Visa Interview in Your Home Country

      Once we process your application, the Central Piedmont International Programs and Services office will mail your acceptance packet to you by U.S. mail. The acceptance packet will include:

      • your I-20 form
      • acceptance letter
      • a checklist

      Please allow up to six weeks for international delivery. After you receive your acceptance packet:

      1. Sign the Form I-20.
      2. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
      3. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160).
      4. Prepare documents for your visa interview.
      5. Plan your trip!

      Visit Study in the States for helpful information about applying for a visa and maintaining your student status. Contact your local U.S. consulate or embassy with questions about your visa.

    • Step 4: Create Your Central Piedmont Login

      Create your Central Piedmont login. Your login will work in all of our systems after 6–24 hours. It will work right away only in the Central Piedmont login menu.

    • Step 5. Travel to the U.S. and Check in with International Programs and Services

      You must arrive in the U.S. by no later than the program start date indicated on the I-20 you receive from Central Piedmont. Upon your arrival, visit International Programs and Services. We will provide your placement test permissions and help you with your other next steps.

      If you meet these minimum scores for English proficiency, you can take our placement test to determine which courses you will take first. If any of your placement test scores is below the minimum requirement, or if you did not get the minimum score required on the TOEFL or IELTS, you must first take Academic English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Once you complete Academic English as a Foreign Language, you can continue on to take other courses.

    • Step 6. Submit Transcripts to Central Piedmont

      The International Services and Programs office will accept copies of your diploma or transcript when you apply to Central Piedmont. Before the semester start date, you must submit the original transcript from all institutions you have attended to the Student Records office.

      If you are transferring from another U.S. institution, you must submit your official transcript listing all the courses you took at that institution. You must have your international college transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved agency before you submit them.

      Learn how to submit your official high school and/or college transcripts to Student Records.

    • Step 7: Attend New Student Orientation

      Attend orientation. Orientation is required for all degree-seeking or transfer students. You will be unable to register for classes if you have not attended orientation.

    • Step 8: Meet with an Academic Advisor

      Meet with an academic advisor to discuss programs and courses. Advising is required. You will be unable to register for classes if you have not met with an advisor.

    • Step 9: Attend International Student Orientation

      Orientation is required for all degree-seeking or transfer students. You will be unable to register for classes if you have not attended orientation.

    • Step 10: Review Next Steps

      Review your next steps, such as registering and paying for classes and buying your books.