Office of Global Education
The Office of Global Education at WCTC recognizes today's global workforce needs and prepares students to enter an increasingly interconnected world. By offering various education abroad programs and educating international students on campus, WCTC is producing competent and competitive graduates.
Many students from around the world attend WCTC for a variety of reasons. Some are involved with international exchange programs, some come to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and others come to complete a full academic program. Additionally, students can hold a variety of visas or statuses. For the sake of this page, and the following pieces of information, an "international student" refers to someone who is studying on an F-1 visa.
While WCTC does offer ESL for students, it is not considered intensive ESL for which WCTC would issue an I-20. Therefore, we are unable to accept students into our programs who require intensive English language training. Please contact the Office of Global Education for recommendations on area schools that offer intensive ESL.
International Student Admission Process for Initial F-1 Visa Entry
Note: If you are an international student on any other visa type, contact the Office of Global Education before beginning the admissions process.
- May 1 for fall semester
- November 1 for spring semester
- Submit International Student Application and F-1 International Student Recognition of Financial Support to WCTC's Office of Global Education.
- Certain associate degree programs are unavailable to out-of-district and international students due to demand for the program and wait lists. Please consult the International Student Program Availability document for more information.
- WCTC mails admission packet (which includes admission letter, I-20 and WCTC-related information) to student.
- Pay SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Set up visa interview appointment at the closest US Embassy or Consular office.
- Bring receipt of payment for I-901 SEVIS fee, acceptance letter, financial information, and all other related documentation to interview
- After visa approval:
- Make travel and living arrangements in the United States.
- Schedule ESL and Math COMPASS placement exams at WCTC.
- Register for classes and mandatory new student orientation.
- Meet with the Office of Global Education no more than one week after arrival in the United States.
- Begin your studies!
The College focuses on offering short-term, credit-based, one- to two- week programs led by faculty. Each program is run by a different instructor with a passion for international travel and global issues. Most programs utilize summer or winter break to conduct the travel component. Students can expect pre-departure orientation and coursework, reflection while on the program, and either a paper or project following their return.
WCTC offers summer and semester education abroad programs though membership in the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP). Visit the ICISP website for locations and program information, and contact the Office of Global Education.
International Service Learning: Guatemala City, Guatemala
8 days, May
Flyer and Application (pdf)
Through this international service program to Guatemala City, students from WCTC will engage in unique volunteer activities tailored to their interest and expertise. Students will spend the mornings participating in community development volunteer activities such as providing basic educational experiences for children, improving the quality of life for the elderly and those with disabilities, caring for infants and children, and other activities as needed. Afternoons are spent participating in cultural activities such as cooking and language lessons, exploring various historic and cultural sites, and even hiking through the beautiful landscape! More country specific details can be found by visiting the Cross Cultural Solutions website, the organization that plans all in-country activities for this program.
Hessen Exchange: Frankfurt, Germany
14 days, May
Students selected for this program will visit one of WCTC's partner schools located in Frankfurt, Germany. During the two-week program, students will participate in classes, visit businesses in the Frankfurt area, travel to historic German cities, and visit cultural landmarks to learn more about German history. Students will be paired with a German host family for the duration of the stay.
European Business, Education and Cultural Immersion: Vienna, Austria
10 days, November
In Austria, visit the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna for one week on this economics-based program. Students stay with a host family, attend courses taught in English, visit businesses and learn about the Austrian culture and people.
Transcultural Healthcare: Guatemala
10 days, January
This program combines students from the Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs in one setting. The program will feature providing community-based health education and dental care in a local Guatemalan dental clinic while also learning about nursing care in Central American hospitals. More information will be available as plans are developed.
Interior Design: Various Locations
10 days, March
Every two years, Interior Design students participate in an education abroad experience. In 2013, Interior Design students traveled to Spain, France, Monaco and Italy to learn about the historical principles of design and architecture.
Hospitality and Culinary Club: Various Locations
10 days, May
Inquire for more information
Tri-Country Consortium: Germany, Northern Ireland, United States
Two weeks, May
This program rotates each year through the countries listed above. Students will stay in hostels and hotels for the duration of the experience and participate in marketing/business related research and projects. Cultural tours and admission to local museums are also included as part of the experience.
Education Abroad Resources
Education Abroad Providers (not affiliated with WCTC)
- Cross Cultural Solutions
- Semester at Sea
- Academic Programs International
- National Registration Center for Study Abroad
- Global Exploration for Educators Organization
- Adventure Ireland
Learn about the TOEFL exam, examination dates and testing locations.
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Find a variety of government forms related to immigration, along with change of status, employment authorization and other forms.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Gain information on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This site provides instructions on filing the I-901 SEVIS fee.
- International Student Insurance
It is mandatory for international students to carry health insurance while in the United States. While they may be covered under a parent or guardian's plan, they may choose to purchase their own. These are examples of international student health insurance providers.
- Educational Credential Evaluators
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is one example of an organization that translates and evaluates transcripts. They are located in Milwaukee.
- Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles
Learn how and where to obtain a driver's license and identification cards.
- Social Security Association
Discover how and where to apply for a Social Security number (SSN). Proof of a current job offer is required to obtain a SSN.
- Waukesha Metro Transit
Get information about Waukesha Metro Transit bus lines and schedules within Waukesha County.
- Volunteer Waukesha
Learn about volunteer opportunities in the local community.
- International Institute of Wisconsin
Discover the many different types of services such as translation, interpretation, refugee resettlement and public programs available in Wisconsin.
- Institute of World Affairs
Learn about the many thoughtful and interesting programs - such as lectures, presentations and conferences with timely world issues - available to the public for low or no cost.
- Cross-Cultural Solutions
International volunteering opportunities
- Volunteering Solutions
International volunteering opportunities