RCC has been approved by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice to enroll international students. International students entering the U.S. on a visa less than permanent will not be admitted on a temporary or part-time basis. International students in the U.S. for full- time study must hold an F-1 student visa. F-1 students will pay tuition at the out-of-state rate.
The deadline for submission of international student applications with all required documentation is June 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester.
International student applicants must:
Complete the VPT in English and math upon arrival at the college.
An I-20 will be issued to those international students accepted for admission who have provided all required documentation by the semester deadline. Students admitted on an I-20 must be in an associate degree program and maintain full-time student status. Normally, a period of three years shall be considered the maximum time for which an individual will be certified under an F-1 status.
In order to maintain valid F-1 status, international students who enroll at the college agree to comply with all immigration requirements as explained on their Form I-20, including full-time enrollment each semester. The College Registrar will provide complete information upon the student’s arrival at the college.
F-1 students transferring from other U.S. colleges must have completed one semester at the institution at which they were originally accepted, and must submit a Foreign Student Report with a SEVIS transfer date from that institution. A student not eligible to return to the original institution for academic or other reasons will not be considered for admission to RCC.
International students may take classes at RCC while maintaining F-1 status at another college or university. Many students choose to take a few classes during the summer session while continuing to study full time at the school that issued their I-20. These students are often called transient students. If you would like to study at RCC as a transient student, please complete an RCC online application, submit a copy of your I-20 from your current college or university and a letter from your college or university’s registrar or international advisor stating that you are in good standing and eligible to return.
Contact the College Registrar for additional information or to request an International Student packet for admission.
It is the policy of the College to admit qualified immigrants already residing in the service area. RCC admits immigrant applicants residing in Virginia who have graduated from a Virginia high school with a high school diploma or equivalent, even if they are not able to document their legal presence. Applicants who are undocumented will pay tuition at the out-of-state rate.