Durham Tech will not issue an I-20 for an F-1 visa until after a prospective student has come to the U.S., has completed the checklist for change of status, and has met with a designated school official. Admissions steps, which include taking the COMPASS placement test at Durham Tech, can be found in the admissions section of the website.
Durham Technical Community College is an open-door institution, and persons who meet the admissions requirements are usually accepted, although some programs, such as nursing, have additional requirements, competitive admissions, and limited enrollment. After acceptance into the college, students will be advised how to apply to the Department of Homeland Security for a change of status to F-1 visa status. This process can take several months and there is no guarantee of approval.
Frequently asked Questions for Prospective Students
Do my transcripts need to be in English?
Yes, and the English translation must be completed by a certified translator.
Will my previous university credits transfer ?
Transfer credit is determined on a course-by-course basis depending on the program of study. All transcripts from non-US institutions must first be professionally evaluated. View the suggested list of evaluation services. Durham Tech does not accept course credit for English courses taken at educational institutions outside the United States.
Can I take the placement tests somewhere else?
No, the COMPASS placement test must be taken at one of the three Durham Tech campuses in North Carolina.
Is the COMPASS test the only one that I need to take?
Students who are applying for a Health Technologies program will need to meet additional English language requirements. Please see the Health Technologies English Language requirement for additional information.
Can I get an I-20 for the ESL program?
No, Durham Tech does not issue an I-20 for this noncredit program.
Do you have scholarships and financial aid?
Durham Tech has no financial aid available for non-resident international students. Non-resident international students pay North Carolina out-of-state tuition fees.
Will you provide housing?
Durham Tech has no dormitories or other living facilities. Students must make their own living and transportation arrangements.
Do I need health insurance?
Enrollment in a U.S. health insurance policy for international students is highly recommended.
How do I apply for admission to a curriculum program?
If you have further questions, please call Heidi White, director of international student services, at 919-536-7200, ext. 4052, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for change of status lists everything that must be completed before we can issue the I-20. The I-20 is then used to apply for the F-1 student visa (either by returning to the home country or by submitting an application for change of status to USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security). Please note that you must be "in status" with your current visa in order to be admitted into a Durham Tech curriculum program of study and to receive an I-20.
After reviewing the checklist, if you need more information about admissions and possibly changing your current visa to F-1 student visa status, please contact Heidi White at email@example.com or 919-536-7200, ext. 4052. General admissions information is also available under the general admissions area of our website.
To be eligible to transfer to our college, your current school must verify that you hold the F-1 visa in good standing. If this is not the case and you have fallen "out-of-status" with your F-1 visa, Durham Tech will not admit you into a curriculum program of study at the present time. Please view the checklist for transfer and the transfer clearance form that your current school must complete.
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