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International Student Procedures

Applying to DCCC

  1. Complete DCCC online application including International Student Addendum
    1. Email the International Student Addendum along with a copy of your passport to internationalstudent@davidsonccc.edu.
    2. You will need to decide on your intended degree program. Choose from: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science. See our specific programs available to international students.
  2. Submit financial evidence to internationalstudent@davidsonccc.edu
    1. Evidence should prove student’s ability to cover the cost of attendance for at least one year at DCCC. This includes tuition, fees, and all living expenses.
    2. The documentary evidence must be in the form of either a bank statement signed by a bank official or a letter on official bank letterhead signed by a bank official. This documentation must be in English and converted to U.S. dollars.
    3. If the student is being sponsored, the sponsor(s) should also complete an Affidavit of Support.
  3. Meet English language requirement in one of the following ways.
    1. Appropriate scores on the TOEFL iBT® Test. You can send the original scores or a copy of the scores to DCCC in paper or digital format.
      1. Reading 15
      2. Listening 14
      3. Speaking 16
      4. Writing 16
    2. Minimum score of 500 on the TOEFL® PBT
    3. Meeting benchmarks using college approved placement tests.
    4. Successful completion of a college level English course at a US college or university
    5. Students who have obtained their secondary school diploma and/or a bachelor’s degree from a country on the English Language Requirement Exemptions list are exempt.
    6. Exceptions to the policies above need to be approved by the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
  4. Send college or university transcripts to DCCC (optional)
    1. You only need to send transcripts to DCCC if you think you may receive transfer credit.
    2. All transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. need to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
    3. All U.S. official transcripts can be emailed to the DCCC Admissions office at admissions@davidsonccc.edu or mailed to:

Admissions Office
P.O. Box 1287
Lexington, NC 27293

Transfer-In Students

If you have already been studying at another U.S. college or university, you need to complete all the above steps along with DCCC’s International Student Transfer Clearance Form to receive your I-20.

Complete Before Entry to the United States

I-20 and Visa

In order to enter the United States as an F-1 student, you will need to have a Visa and Form I-20 among other documents. After you have been accepted to study at Davidson County Community College, you will receive your I-20. To apply for the student visa, you will need to go to the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you in your home country. The link below provides additional information about how to successfully apply for a student visa.

Complete Upon Arrival to U.S.

  1. Complete DCCC Placement Tests
    1. Placement assessments are tools that measure your skills in reading, writing and math. DCCC uses scores from assessments to place you in your class.
  2. Attend International Student Orientation
    1. Orientation will give you a general idea of what to expect as a college student in the United States. It will introduce you to our campus through a physical tour and an overview of our online learning tools.
    2. Complete Check-In Form, FERPA Consent Form, Rights and Responsibilities Form
    3. Bring passport, I-94, I-20, and Visa
    4. Information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and working while in the U.S. will be provided.
  3. Complete advising to schedule classes if you have not already done so (required after entry).

Complete at Start of Each Semester

1. Complete International Student Semester Check-In Form and return to Designated School Official (DSO)

Complete at Start of Final Semester

    1. Complete International Student Exit Plan Options Form and return to Designated School Official (DSO)
    2. Complete International Student Exit Survey and return to Designated School Official (DSO)

Programs Available to International Students

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aquarium Science Technology
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting Emphasis
    • Business Administration: Business Emphasis
    • Business Administration: Human Resources
  • Computer Integrated Machining: Emphasis in CNC
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Education: Career Track
    • Early Childhood Education: Licensure Transfer
    • Early Childhood Education: Non-Licensure Transfer
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
    • Electronics Engineering Technology: Autonomous Vehicles
    • Electronics Engineering Technology: Emphasis in Mechatronics
  • Industrial Systems Technology: Maintenance, Install & Repair
  • Information Technology
    • Information Technology: Emphasis in Digital Media Production
    • Information Technology: Emphasis Networking & Cyber Security
  • Paralegal Technology

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2019-20

Tuition & Fees (as set by NC State Legislature)Per SemesterPer Year
Out-of-State (16 Credit Hours)$4,288.00$8,576.00
Fees (as set by DCCC Board)
(Activity Fee: $35, Tech Fee $16, Ins. Fee $1.25, Safety and Access Fee $25)
$78.00$156.00
Book/software costs (average $160 x 5 subjects/semester)$800.00$1,600.00
Supply Costs$100.00$200.00
Room & Board Costs for one year $950/month (Housing & Utilities$5,700.00$11,400.00
Mileage ($2.50/gal, 20MPG, 30 mi/round-trip/5 days/week)$300.00$600.00
Other Transportation Costs (Registration, Insurance,$660.00$1,320.00
Toiletries, health, clothing, loan fees etc ($300/mo.)$1,350.00$2,700.00
Total:$13,276.00$26,552.00

English Language Requirement Exemptions

Students who have obtained their secondary school diploma and/or a bachelor’s degree from any of the following countries are exempt from the English language requirement. The list, taken from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) website, only includes countries where English is spoken by at least 70% of the population or is listed as the only language spoken.

  1. Anquilla
  2. Australia
  3. Bahamas, The
  4. Barbados
  5. Bermuda
  6. British Virgin Islands
  7. Canada
  8. Cayman Islands
  9. Grenada
  10. Ireland
  11. Jamaica
  12. New Zealand
  13. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  14. Saint Lucia
  15. Turks and Caicos Islands
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Virgin Islands
DCCC remains open for business during COVID-19, with employees on staggered work schedules and teleworking to promote social distancing. Most summer classes are online. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am -12:00 pm. DCCC continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For the latest information visit the DCCC Coronavirus Response web page.