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

Select one of the following application methods:

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. Evaluation must be submitted directly from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member evaluator.
  • For transfer credit, provide an approved credit evaluation for college or university coursework. The evaluator of the coursework must be a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member evaluator.
  • A list of NACES members can be found at

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.

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 

Provide acceptable SAT or ACT scores:

  • SAT = 960 (480 Verbal, 480 Math)
  • ACT = 20 composite

Acceptable SAT/ACT scores and/or transfer credits awarded for English and Math may be used to waive the placement test requirement

5. Demonstrate Evidence of Financial Support

Complete the Affidavit of Support with official documentation of financial support in the amount of $19,294 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. $7,044

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.

7. The INS Form I-20 will be issued upon receipt of all required documents and escrow deposit.

8. Pay SEVIS fee directly to USCIS (, print receipt. This must be presented to the embassy or consulate.

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.


International Student Advisor

Renae Frazier
(864) 941-8357