International Programs and Services

Enroll at Central Piedmont as an F-1 International Student

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. Our International Programs and Services office supports the academic and personal growth of our F-1 international students, whether you need assistance with immigration related issues, resources at the college, or want to learn more about the Charlotte community.

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’ drive 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.

Academic (For-Credit) English

The Academic English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) curriculum prepares nonnative speakers of English to function successfully in institutions of higher education in the United States. You earn college credit for academic ESL/EFL courses. Coursework provides knowledge and practice of academic reading, grammar, listening/speaking, and composition. Among other skills, you learn to make presentations to groups, write a research paper, and take notes from classroom lectures. Attention is also paid to your cultural awareness, particularly that of the academic environment.

Students studying in the U.S. on F-1 visas cannot take ESL through College and Career Readiness.

International Student Application Deadlines

Review fall, spring, and summer semester dates.

Students Applying from Outside the U.S.

Semester Application Deadline Latest Date You May Arrive in the U.S. (I-20 Date)
Spring 2020 November 11, 2019 January 6, 2020
Summer 2020 March 10, 2020 May 13, 2020
Fall 2020 June 3, 2020 August 10, 2020

Students Transferring from a U.S. Institution

Semester Application Deadline Latest Date to Report to Central Piedmont
Spring 2020 December 2, 2019 December 16, 2019
Summer 2020 May 3, 2020 May 2, 2020
Fall 2020 July 28, 2020 August 10, 2020

International Student Enrollment Steps

Fill out all forms accurately. If you need any assistance, contact international programs and services.

Step 1: Complete the International Student Application

Required Application Documents

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

  • Completed international student application (PDF) (print and sign before submitting).
  • $40 non-refundable processing fee. The fee should be paid by certified check or U.S. money order made payable to Central Piedmont.
  • Evidence of financial support for at least $16,850 (U.S. dollars). If you have any dependents, add $5,000 for each dependent. Bank statements can be no older than two months from date of application. Retain original statements to bring to your visa interview. This $16,850 includes:
    • $8,000 for tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
    • $8,500 for living expenses and books
    • $350 for medical insurance. Medical insurance is not provided by the college. All students are individually responsible for selecting and purchasing insurance coverage.
  • Evidence of English competency. A TOEFL score is not required to apply to the college, but you must provide evidence of English competency before you start your full-time for-college-credit program. You are required to have a total score of at least:
    • Academic International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS): 6.0, with no single score below 5.5
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL): 65, with no single score below 16. Central Piedmont no longer accepts paper-based or computer-based TOEFL.
    • If you have completed college-level English at a U.S. college or university with a grade of C or higher, you may submit an official transcript in place of TOEFL or IELTS scores.
    • If you do not meet the minimum score on the TOEFL or the IELTS, you will be allowed to take Central Piedmont placement tests.
  • Copy of official high school diploma and transcript and English translation of official high school diploma and transcript.
    • If you wish to study English as a Foreign Language (EFL) only, you do not need to submit a high school diploma unless you are younger than 18.
    • Upon arrival to Central Piedmont, you will need to bring your original documents to the records department.
    • If you are transferring from another U.S. institution, you must include a copy of your transcript from that institution, even if only EFL classes were taken.
    • Applicants under the age of 18 must have original proof of high school graduation.
  • Copy of biographical page of passport (for applicant and all dependents).
    • Include copies of most recent entry stand and/or visa, if applicable.

Step 2: Submit Your Application to International Programs and Services

Be sure to include a signed affidavit of support when you mail your information. Send all your application documents to:

International Student Admissions
Central Piedmont
P.O. Box 35009
Charlotte, NC 28235-5009

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

Once your application is processed, Central Piedmont's International Programs and Services will mail your I-20 and other documents to you by U.S. mail. Please allow up to six weeks to receive your documents. After you receive your I-20 form from Central Piedmont:

  1. Note the earliest admission date on your I-20. This is the earliest date you may enter the U.S. once your visa is granted. You may be refused entry into the United States if you attempt to arrive before the earliest admission date listed on your I-20 form. You must be in the U.S. no later than the program start date on your I-20.
  2. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online. Print copies of your I-901 fee payment receipt for your records.
  3. Visit the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply for your F-1 student visa for application instructions and to schedule an interview for your visa. It is important that you apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates recommend that you make your appointment no more than 90 days from the intended date of travel. Some can make earlier arrangements for interviews. Prepare and bring to your visa interview the following items, as well as any others that are noted on the U.S. embassy website:
    1. a passport valid for at least six months
    2. form I-20 signed under the "Student Attestation" section
    3. school admission letter (included with your I-20)
    4. completed visa applications (DS-160)
    5. two 2”x2” photographs in the prescribed format
    6. a receipt for the visa application fee
    7. a receipt for the I-901 SEVIS fee
    8. financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period you intend to study (the total amount from the I-20)
    9. any information that proves that you will return to your home country after finishing your studies in the U.S. (such as proof of property, family, or other ties to your community)

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. 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 date indicated on the I-20 you receive from Central Piedmont. Upon your arrival, come to International Programs and Services so we can make copies of your student visa and stamped I-20. We will review immigration regulations with you at your check-in, provide appropriate testing permissions, and help you with your next steps after enrolling, such as registering for classes.

Step 5. Submit Transcripts to Central Piedmont

Submit all official high school, college, and/or military transcripts to Student Records. International college transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency, then submitted to Student Records.

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