Many students from around the world attend WCTC for a variety of reasons. Some are involved with international exchange programs, some come to improve their English skills and others come to complete a full academic program. These students can hold a variety of visas or statuses. For the purpose of this page, and the following pieces of information, an "international student" refers to someone who is studying on an F-1 visa. WCTC is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
While WCTC does offer English language training for students, it is not considered intensive or full time for which WCTC would issue an I-20. Therefore, we are unable to accept students into our programs who require intensive or full-time English language training.
F-1 International Student Admission Process
May 1 for Fall semester start
November 1 for Spring semester start
- Submit International Student Application and International Students Recognition of Financial Support to WCTC's Global Education Center.
- 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 list for more information.
- If admitted, WCTC mails admission packet (admission letter, I-20 and WCTC-related information) to student.
- Pay SEVIS I-901 fee.
- Follow your local US Embassy or Consular office instructions for obtaining F-1 visa.
- An interview will be required. Be sure to bring your WCTC admission information, financial information, receipt of SEVIS I-901 payment and any other required documentation to the interview.
- After your F-1 visa is approved, follow the steps in your admission packet which include:
- Make travel and living arrangements in the USA.
- Schedule the ESL and Math placement exams at WCTC (placement exam scores are required to register for some classes).
- Register for classes, plan to attend International Student Orientation AND New Student Orientation as indicated on your acceptance letter.
- Purchase and submit proof of comprehensive health insurance including coverage for repatriation.
- Purchase your books and supplies.
English Proficiency Exam Websites
US Government Websites
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Study in the States
- Education USA
- Internal Revenue Service: International Students & Scholars
- I-94 Arrival and Departure Record
- SEVIS I-901 Fee
- Social Security Administration