International Students

Piedmont Technical College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Non-immigrant students must apply for an F-1 visa through the international student application process. Piedmont Technical College is authorized to admit international students for associate degree programs only. 

1. Apply for Admission

Download, complete and email the application to admissions.a@ptc.edu.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: June 1 
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • International transfer students: 30 days prior to the start of classes.

All documents must be received by these deadlines.

2. Provide Educational Records

  • Provide an approved evaluation of evidence of successful completion of secondary school, equal to a U.S. high school diploma. Note: An English translation may be required for approval. Evaluation must be submitted directly from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member evaluator. A list of NACES members can be found at www.naces.org

3. Provide Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Provide evidence of English language proficiency by one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores with a minimum of 173 (Computerized); 500 (Written) or 61(Internet-based).
  • IELTS (international English Language Testing System) score band 5.0.
  • Transfer credit for post-secondary level English coursework. Note: For transfer credit, provide an approved credit evaluation for college or university coursework for international transcripts.  The evaluator of the coursework must be a NACES member evaluator.

This requirement may be waived for a student whose first language is English or whose secondary school of instruction is English.

4. Provide Acceptable Test Scores 

Take College placement test or meet one of the following criteria for exemption:

  • Earned a minimum score of 19 on ACT Math waives the Math portion; and a minimum score of 20 on ACT English and Reading waives the Writing and Reading portion.
  • Prior to March 2016, earned a minimum SAT score of at least 480 on Verbal (or Critical Reading) waives the Writing and Reading portion; and a minimum score of 480 on Math waives the Math portion.
  • After March 2016, earned a minimum SAT score of at least 510 on Verbal (or Critical Reading) waives the Writing and Reading portion; and a minimum score of 510 on Math waives the Math portion.
  • Completed college-level English and math courses from an accredited or approved institution with minimum grades of “C”.
  • Have earned an associate’s, bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.

5. Demonstrate Evidence of Financial Support

Complete the Affidavit of Support with official documentation of financial support in the amount of $27,776 ($17,653 with Sponsor's Affidavit of Free Room & Board) to cover tuition and expenses for one academic year.  This amount is subject to change based on the current rate of tuition, books and cost of living in the local area.

6. Provide a two-semester Escrow Deposit of U.S. $7,692

A portion will be used to pay first semester tuition and fees. The balance will remain in escrow to be applied to your last semester. This amount is subject to change based on the current tuition rate for international students.

The INS Form I-20 will be issued upon completion of Steps 1-6.

Additional Information

Regulations requires all prospective F students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the Department of State issues you a visa.  For more information regarding this process, go to https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/paying-your-i-901-sevis-fee.

Transfer In students will be required to submit a Transfer-In release form from prior institution.  I-20 will be released upon transfer release of SEVIS record.

Transient International Students pursuing a degree at another college or university but choose to take approved classes at PTC, must complete Step 1, submit the International Transient Coursework Approval Form signed by the Registrar and International Advisor, and provide a copy of your I20.

Note: Issuance of an INS Form I-20 does not guarantee the approval of F-1 visa status by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Office or the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.

Forms

International Designated School Officials

L. Renae Frazier
Dean of Admissions

(864) 941-8357
(864) 941-8537 (fax)
frazier.r@ptc.edu

Carol Paguntalan
Director of Advising

(864) 941-8679
paguntalan.c@ptc.edu