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International Students

First-Year Students

The following are procedures for new international students:

  • All international applicants must file a complete application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as well as a $40 nonrefundable application fee.
  • International applicants must provide a financial statement, which must have an official notarized bank statement attached. Bank statements not on official bank letterhead and notarized will not be accepted and may cause a delay in the admissions process. The bank statement must prove that a student has access to $31,974 to pay tuition for two semesters at NCCU. If the funds are from an account that is not the applicant’s, a notarized letter of sponsorship from the account holder is required.
  • All international applicants will be required to prove their English proficiency by presenting either TOEFL scores of a minimum of 500 for the paper test, 173 for the computer-based test, 61 on the internet-based test; or a minimum SAT I score of 450 on the critical reading. At least one of these tests is required for admissions.
  • Submit transcripts from high schools or secondary schools attended. .

Transfer Students

The following are procedures for international transfer students:

  • All students must file a complete application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as well as a $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts must be provided from all colleges and universities attended. No other documentation will be accepted.
  • International students must provide a financial statement, which must have an official notarized bank statement attached. Bank statements not on official bank letterhead and notarized will not be accepted and may cause a delay in the admissions process. The bank statement must prove that a student has access to $31,974 to pay tuition for two semesters at NCCU. If the funds are from an account that is not the applicant’s, a notarized letter of sponsorship from the account holder is required.
  • All international applicants will be required to prove their English proficiency by presenting either TOEFL scores of a minimum of 500 for the paper test, 173 for the computer-based test, 61 on the internet-based test; or a minimum SAT I score of 450 on the critical reading. At least one of these tests is required for admission.
  • Front and back copies of the student’s I-94, I-20 documents, passport and F-1 visa.

Deadlines

To allow adequate time for processing, application deadlines are earlier for international students than for domestic applicants. The deadlines are as follows:

Admission Term: Deadline:
Fall April 1
Spring September 1

A completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications or applications without all of the supporting documents will not be considered. 

Submit Your Transcript

All new student applicants, first-year and transfer, must submit official transcripts from each high school, college or university attended. Students who have attended a high school, college or university outside the U.S. must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all courses via one of the following services accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services:

Additional Visa Information

International students attending another university and/or college within the United States who wish to transfer to NCCU must submit an F-1 Student Visa Transfer Clearance Form. The form must be signed by your current international student advisor.

If you are presently in F-1 status at another U.S. institution and plan to transfer to NCCU and stay in the U.S., you will need to process your transfer through the Office of International Affairs. If you do not check in to complete the transfer process, you will be considered out of status.

If you are in F-1 status and plan to leave the U.S. and re-enter from abroad before you begin your program at NCCU, please contact the Office of International Affairs at 919-530-7912.

Changing Status in the U.S.

  • Applications to change immigration status in the U.S. are granted or denied by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Nonimmigrants in C, D, K or M status or WT and WB visitors who were admitted to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program cannot change to F-1 status in the U.S.
  • Nonimmigrants in J status that are subject to the two-year home-country physical presence requirement, or J-1 physicians admitted to receive graduate medical education or training, may not change to F-1 status in the U.S.
  • There are two ways to apply for change of status: You may leave the United States and apply for a new F-1 visa at the U.S. embassy in your home county and re-enter the U.S. with the proper documentation; or you may apply for change of non immigrant status with USCIS. Prospective students wishing to apply for change of status in the United States should contact the Office of International Affairs at 919-530-7912.
  • Nonimmigrants with a B1/B2 visitor/tourist status cannot enter the United States to pursue a course of study.
  • Having B1/B2 status may make it difficult for you to change to F-1 visa status unless you have informed your consulate/embassy of your plans to pursue a course of study and “prospective student” is on the B1/B2 visa.

For additional information regarding U.S. student visas visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Immunizations and Health Insurance

Immunizations

  • Immunizations are required for general admission to the United States and are required by law in the state of North Carolina; they cannot be waived.
  • Submit immunization record immediately to the Student Health Services when you arrive. If the required immunizations are not completed within 30 days of enrollment, your registration will be canceled by Student Health Services, an action that may affect your visa status.
  • Immunization appointments can be made in Student Health Services. Call 919-530-6317 to schedule an appointment. A medical history form must be completed.

Health Insurance

The North Carolina Central University Student Medical Insurance Plan is required of all international students. NCCU requires international students to enroll in the university health insurance plan through Student Health Services. Contact Student Health Services at 919-530-6317 for more information.

 
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