New International Students

International Student Application

 

ESL/Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

ESL AND ALL OTHER FOREIGN BORN APPLICANTS

BCC does not offer an I-20 for Intensive English Language Training! Complete the BCC Application for Admission and contact the International Program Specialist for admission, testing and registration.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required for admission to BCC. TOEFL scores are still required for admission into BCC’s Nursing Program. Please review Nursing Program brochure for program admission scores. 

 
International Students must complete the Accuplacer assessment test to determine English proficiency.

 

Responsibilities of F-1 Students

As an international student at Burlington County College, you must adhere to the following United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) rules regarding maintaining your student visa status. Failure to comply with USCIS rules and regulations may result in becoming out of status and result in possible USCIS actions against you.

BE AWARE OF AND ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING:

F-1 STUDENT VISA PURPOSE: The reason for being in the United States is to be a student, and it may mean that you’ll attend school at times or locations that you don’t find convenient. You may have to come to school five days per week. You must have transportation to school, by auto or bus, and must attend all classes.

FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT/ACADEMIC PROGRESS: You are responsible for successfully completing a full course of study (no less than 12 credits in fall and spring semesters) related to your degree program and must make normal academic progress. It is your responsibility to make sure that your courses have not been dropped for non-payment. If a class has been canceled, you must find another course if that class was needed for full-time status.

PLACEMENT TESTING: You will be tested for English language and mathematics proficiency. Depending upon test results, you may have to take ESL or remedial classes prior to, or concurrent with courses that are required for your major.

ACADEMIC ADVISING: You may seek academic program advising from a faculty advisor, but only the International Program Specialist (or designee) can approve and sign any type of registration form.

DATA CHANGES: You must notify the International Program Specialist of any change of address, telephone number or e-mail address within 10 days of the change. You must also notify the International Program Specialist if you have any change, or intention to change, your visa status.

ILLNESS/EMERGENCY: It is your responsibility to notify the International Program Specialist when you become ill enough to miss classes. You must be able to document this or an emergency as soon as it occurs. The International Program Specialist cannot help any student who does not report medical conditions or other emergencies in a timely manner.

TRAVEL/VACATION: Except for documented emergencies, travel/vacation is not authorized during Fall and Spring semesters. Travel is allowed during holidays, between semesters, and during Spring Break week. For authorized travel outside of the United States, you must notify the International Program Specialist at least two weeks prior to travel to have your I-20 signed prior to leaving the country.

EMPLOYMENT (WORK): The F-1 student visa is not a work visa, and your opportunities to work are very limited. You are not allowed to work without permission from USCIS. You should make an appointment with the International Program Specialist for more specific information concerning employment.

USCIS REQUESTS: If the USCIS requests information and/or documents, you are responsible to submit what is requested in a timely manner. Your passport, visa, and I-20 must be kept current and you must provide the International Office with copies of any changes.

You may not engage in any activity that might endanger your visa status. Examples of these activities include committing, or helping to commit, a crime or illegally working. The International Program Specialist is responsible for monitoring your compliance with USCIS rules and regulations. You are responsible for knowing and adhering to these rules. There are serious consequences if you fail to comply with these rules.

While the International Office at Burlington County College provides international students with superior level of services that pertain to students in F-1 status, we do not provide legal services. For legal issues and services, please refer to a qualified immigration attorney.

All documents submitted to Burlington County College become the property of the College and cannot be returned.

Please submit only the required documents listed on the document check list of the application. All other documents are not considered for the admission process and cannot be returned.

Per USCIS regulations, F-1 students are only allowed to take no more than an equivalent of 3 credits of online studies per semester while enrolled full-time in the program of study.

 

Cost of Attendance and Financial Documentation

**Please Note: BCC does not offer an I-20 for Intensive English Language Training**

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

June 30

Spring Semester

November 30

*Applications are numbered and reviewed in order of receipt. Try to avoid submitting during the last week deadline rush.

TUITION AND EXPENSES
Burlington County College F-1 International Student

Estimated cost per year based on 12 credits per semester
($201.50 per credit / 2010-2011 tuition)
Tuition and Fees: ..........................................................$4,836.00
Living Expenses: ...........................................................$9,990.00
Books and Supplies .......................................................$1,200.00
Transportation and Personal ..........................................$3,510.00

Total .............................................................................$19,536.00 per year/per student 
(Expenses for dependents: $3000.00 extra for each dependent)

Declaration of Financial Support
You must provide financial documentation to support your sponsors affidavit of support. The financial documentation must be a minimum of $39,072.00. You may have more than one sponsor but each sponsor must provide and affidavit of support and the documentation requested:

Personal or Family Sponsorship: (you must provide all of the following)

1. Original bank letter written on bank letterhead that includes the specific current amount available in U.S. Dollars. This letter should be in English or accompanied by an official/certified translation.

2. An original bank statement dated within the past 3 months. This bank statement should be in English or accompanied by an official/certified translation.

3. Letter from employer, on company letterhead, verifying employment and salary. This letter should be in English or accompanied by an official/certified translation.

Self-Sponsorship: (you must provide all of the following)

A student may act as his/her own sponsor if the student can document the immediate availability of sufficient personal funds for two years.

1. Original bank letter written on bank letterhead that includes the specific current amount available in U.S. Dollars. This letter should be in English or accompanied by an official/certified translation.
2. An original bank statement dated within the past 3 months. This bank statement should be in English or accompanied by an official/certified translation.

Government or Agency Sponsorship:
1. An award letter on official letterhead that indicates the amount and duration of support.
These documents must be sent by mail. Faxed or e-mailed documents are not accepted. It is recommended that you make a photocopy of all documents and this checklist for your personal file. Applications will be reviewed after ALL required documents are received. If you are in the U.S. now, you will be contacted for an appointment. If you are out-of-country, your sponsor will be contacted. Further instructions will be given at that time.

 

Transcripts

The Applicant must submit official course-by-course transcript of high school completion or its equivalent in English. If you wish to transfer in college credits, submit official transcript(s) of U.S. college(s) and/or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of foreign educational credentials. (ALL transcripts MUST be official-COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED- Official transcript must be sent directly from the school or in a sealed envelope with school seal/stamp on envelope.

List of International Evaluators for Foreign College Credits

Submit Transcript 

Have each U.S. college or university you attended send an official college transcript directly to BCC's International Office in place of your high school transcript.

International Office
Burlington County College
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068

 

Changing Status

The International Office at Burlington County College provides assistance to the students on F-1 visa. When a potential student comes to the International Office, currently in the United States on a visa other than the F-1, the student is presented with two options: return to the home country and apply for the F-1 visa; or do a change of status while in the United States. Students are encouraged to return to the home country and ask for the F-1 visa due to the multitude of benefits such as travel in and out of the country.

A student may also choose to apply for a change of status, which if approved, will not allow the student to travel and in some circumstances (B-1/2 visa holders) never to receive another visa if they will return to their home country under the F-1 status.

It is the students responsibility to seek external assistance to find out if eligible for a change of status. If a student decides to apply for a change of status to F-1, the International Office provides the paperwork to the student as a courtesy. The International Office does not provide any assistance or advice to students who are interested in applying for change of status.

For any questions or concerns, you may contact the International Office.
(609) 894-9311 - Ext. 1350
CGhiran@bcc.edu