International F-1 Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Wake Technical Community College. The admission requirements for both new, transfer, and change of status students are listed below.  Please read all the admissions requirements carefully and fill out all the forms completely.  Please submit and complete the international F-1 admissions requirements by the application deadlines listed in the chart below. Once the International Student Office receives all the required documentation, a decision will be made concerning your enrollment at the College.

Our processing time may take up to two weeks.  After your application is processed, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to check the status of your application using Self Service.  If your application is incomplete, Self Service will indicate the required documents needed to complete your application. The College will hold your application and supporting documentation on file for one year.  After that time, the contents of your application and supporting documentation will be destroyed.  You will be required to resubmit the application and all supporting documentation if you are still interested in attending the College.

After approval of your application and all supporting documentation, you will be issued an I-20 for an Associate's degree or the English as a Foreign Language program.  Once received, you must take the I-20 to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate office in your country and complete a non-immigrant visa application to apply for a student F-1 visa.  Again, thank you for your interest in Wake Technical Community.  We look forward to receiving your application.

Applying Outside U.S.:  This is a student who resides outside the United States.  The student wants to apply to receive an I-20.  With this I-20, the student will apply for an F-1 student visa to come to Wake Tech and study as a full-time student.

Transfer Active I-20:  This is a student who is currently in the United States studying at an institution with a current I-20.  The student wants to apply to Wake Tech to transfer his or her active I-20 to study as a full-time student.

Change of Status:  This is a student who is currently in the United States with an immigration status.  However, the student wants to apply to receive an I-20.  With this I-20, the student will apply with Immigration for a change of status from his or her current status to F-1 student status.  If the change of status is approved, the student plans to study at Wake Tech as a full-time student.  We do not have an application deadline for an applicant to receive an I-20 to apply for a change of status with Immigration.

F-1 Application Deadlines

Applicant Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Applying Outside U.S. April 15th September 15th February 15th
Transfer Active I-20 July 15th December 1st April 15th
Check-In Time - Applying Outside U.S. Middle of July Middle of November Middle of April

International F-1 Admissions Requirements

1. Submit the online Wake Tech International (F-1) Admissions Application.  Please provide complete information and attach the documents below to your online application.

You will save the following documents to your device to upload to your online application.

a. Passport photo page with the expiration date– Please provide a copy of your passport to ensure your name (your dependents’ names -if applicable) is listed correctly on the I-20. If you do not have a passport, please submit a copy of your birth certificate with a certified translation.

b. Immigration documents - Change of status students (additional required documents): Please provide a copy of your entry visa, entry stamp in your passport, I-94, and I-797 approval notice (if applicable). Transfer students (additional required documents): Please provide a copy of your previous I-20s, I-94, and F-1 entry stamp in your passport, F-1 visa, I-797 F-1 approval notice (if applicable), and Employment Authorization Card (if applicable).

c. Financial documents - an Affidavit of Support Form and a letter from your sponsor’s bank giving specific current account balance information or a letter from your bank. The bank letter must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

d. Educational Documentation - Completion of secondary education (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) or a degree received - Provide complete official academic records from secondary and post-secondary schools with certified translations. The academic records should include your transcripts with courses taken, grades received, grading scales, and completion certificates for secondary education, examination results from the Examination Council, and/or degrees awarded.

e. International (F-1) Student Medical Form - signed by a practicing physician is required. A TB test is required within the last 12 months. If the TB test is positive, the chest x-ray result within the last 12 months is required. (Please note: The TB test and chest x-ray results must include a date.).

2.  I-20 Delivery Options Form - You must complete this form to indicate how you would like to receive your I-20. The I-20 packet must be addressed to or picked up by the student per immigration regulation. Upon submission of this application, you will receive a link to complete this form.

3.  Status Clearance Form  – Transfer students only
You must complete this form to transfer your active I-20 to Wake Tech. Upon submission of this application, you will receive a link in the email notification to complete this form.

4.  $40.00 non-refundable application fee – To pay the application fee, you have two options.  

Option 1:  By Mail

You can mail a U.S. money order, cashier’s check drawn on a U.S. bank, or personal check associated with a U.S. bank payable to Wake Technical Community College for $40.  Please write your full name and date of birth or student ID # on a note and enclose the note with the application fee in an envelope addressed to:

Wake Technical Community College
International Student Office
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
United States

Option 2:  By Wire Transfer (non -U.S currency)

You can pay via wire transfer using Flywire at waketech.flywire.com. Please note your student ID# is required for this option.  You will receive your student ID# via email after your application has been processed.  Please wait to submit the application fee via wire transfer until you have received your student ID#.

Benefits/How to Pay Flyer - Part I
Benefits/How to Pay Flyer - Part II
(Please note:  Part I & II PDF include a total of 17 languages.

The TOEFL is not required; instruction in English as a Foreign Language is given at the college. If applicants have taken the TOEFL, ACT, or SAT and attach the scores to the online application, it will be considered as part of his or her placement information to determine if placement test and EFL Level I-VI courses can be waived.