Admission for International Students
Information and Checklist
As an international student at CCBC, you will discover a new world of possibilities; but first please review the information below to help get you started, and welcome to Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Before completing any of the required documentation, all prospective international students must speak with an admissions representative either on campus or over the phone. Please call 724-480-3504 to request an international student information packet and to schedule an appointment.
- CCBC Application – apply online today
- International Student Information Form
- Proof of valid passport
- English language proficiency – As determined by TOEFL scores: a minimum of 500 or higher must be achieved on the paper-based test; 173 or higher on the computer-based test; 61 or higher on the internet-based test.
- Official copies of secondary and/or post-secondary school transcripts that have been translated into English and the American college credit system (if applicable).
- Affidavit of Support – This form must be completed by the student’s sponsor, showing that the student has sufficient financial resources to meet all expenses during their period of attendance at CCBC. Only the original notarized form will be accepted.
- Verification of financial support – Most recent 4 months of bank statements establishing that the student and/or sponsor have funds in the amount of $19,500.00* U.S. Dollars available to pay the first year’s expenses; for each dependent accompanying a student, an additional $2,000.00 must be available. Documentation must be dated within 30 days of application filing date. *This is an estimation of costs for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and limited living expenses.
- Medical insurance – All international students are required to purchase health insurance and must show proof each semester at registration. Heath insurance may be purchased in the student’s home country. Minimum coverage is as follows:
- $30,000 minimum hospitalization per year
- $250,000 lifetime payment
- Identification card or official letter from the insurance company
- 6 month coverage (no month to month coverage)
For transfer students: Transfer eligibility form, I-94, visa, & I-20AB are required in addition to all items listed above. NOTE: All transfer students must have 24 credits and 2.0 GPA to transfer.
All required documentation must be received by the following deadlines:
June 15 for the fall semester (starts in August)
November 15 for the spring semester (starts in January)
March 15 for the summer semester (starts in May)
When all necessary documents have been submitted and requirements are met, CCBC will issue an I-20A-B Form 60 to 90 days prior to the semester. The I-20 Student Immigration Form is sent by CCBC to all student immigrants who meet admission requirements. The form indicates: the student’s field of study, length of course, and date to report to the college. The I-20 Form allows you to apply for a student visa called the F-I, which must be kept with your passport.
We urge you to apply as early as possible to avoid complications with mail delivery and arranging appointment with U.S. Consulate. Past experience has shown that those who wait until the deadline to apply are often unable to receive their visas in time to arrive at the college by the required dates.
Once accepted to CCBC students must make arrangements to complete our Placement Test and register for appropriate classes prior to the start of the semester. All F-1 visa students are required to enroll in and maintain 12 or more credits per semester, (enrollment in the summer semester is optional) and must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0. Failure to do so will constitute a violation of visa status. Students wishing to graduate or transfer in a two-year period will need to complete at least 15 credits per semester. International students are required to maintain the same academic standards as do other students and shall be subject to the same rules for probation and disqualification.
International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid from the U.S. Government, nor are they eligible for subsidized tuition or scholarships from the college. There is little possibility for the student to secure employment with the Community College of Beaver County and all other off campus employment is strictly illegal, under the terms of the F-1 Student Visa, for the first year.