Helpful Information for International Students

Academic Calender

The academic year at Wake Tech is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks each and a summer term of 10 weeks. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific academic dates.

Campus safety resources

The Wake Tech Campus Police Department is a fully-sanctioned law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting the life and property of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all Wake Tech campuses. Wake Tech also employs security guards who enhance campus safety by monitoring fire alarms and intrusion detection, providing escorts, searching for safety hazards and offering motor vehicle assistance and other services as needed. Together, the campus police and security guard work with emergency responders that have local jurisdiction – law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services – to respond to campus emergencies.

English as a Foreign Language

Wake Tech offers an academic preparation English as a Foreign Language program through its EFL Department. This program is for students who come to Wake Tech because they want English skills for future academic studies at Wake Tech or another college or university. The EFL program is on the Southern Wake Campus and offers classroom instruction on four to five levels of proficiency in reading, composition, grammar and listening/speaking. The EFL classes meet five days a week for approximately four hours each day (usually during 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Students may supplement the EFL classes in the EFL language lab, where there are materials for independent study and directed study under a trained EFL instructor. The multi-level materials focus on listening comprehension, reading, vocabulary development, pronunciation, writing and TOEFL preparation.

Financial aid

Wake Tech does not offer financial aid or scholarships to international students. In general, only permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. are eligible for financial aid. But scholarships may be available. Check with International Scholarships and International Student for more information.

Health insurance

All international students who hold F-1 visas are highly recommended to purchase health insurance for the duration of their studies. The estimated cost is $500 per academic year for a single student. Brochures are available at the International Student Office. Wake Tech does not offer any health insurance to students.


Wake Tech has no dormitories, residence halls or on-campus housing. All students must arrange for housing in the Raleigh area. To obtain additional housing information, you may contact the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, 800 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601, USA Telephone: 919-664-7000.


Wake Tech provides multiple transportation options. Wake Tech Green Trek has information on bus routes and other ways to get to and from the college's campuses.

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