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AACC welcomes students from all countries. We value the contributions of our international students to our diverse campus and believe their presence offers an opportunity for other students to gain a broader awareness of the world we share.


If you are interested in obtaining an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status form, you should apply as an international applicant. If you are on a tourist visa you must obtain a student (F-1) visa before registering for classes. Schedule an appointment with the International Admissions Advisor before applying. All other students with other type of visa should follow the regular application instructions for admissions.

Application Deadline for International Applicants

  Fall Term Spring Term
Obtain F-1 Visa from Outside the U.S. June 1 Nov. 1
Change of Status to F-1 within the U.S. May 1 Oct. 1
Transfer of F-1 Visa or Status July 15 Dec. 15

Admissions Process for Students from Outside the U.S.

To receive an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status from Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), applicants must meet the admission requirements for international students.

Admission Requirements

1.  Submit the AACC Admissions Application for F-1 Student Status.

Admission application is FREE.

Please use your legal name as it appears on your passport and supporting documents.  When completing your application, please be sure to provide a complete foreign permanent address – not a P. O. Box – so that we can issue your I-20 form.  Do not forget to sign your application. The Admissions application is available online or download the paper application.

Download the AACC Admissions Application for F-1 Student Status.

2.  Submit your official or certified copies of transcripts or
     high school diploma/certificate. 

These documents should verify graduation from secondary and postsecondary schools attended. If you attended another college or university in the U.S., official transcripts from that school must also be submitted.

If you wish to transfer credits from a college or university from outside the U.S. to AACC, that transcript must first be submitted for review and evaluation by a professional credential evaluating agency. AACC only accepts credential evaluations by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Students in the Financial Accounting certificate leading to the CPA examination may also use the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

These organizations will review your transcript and prepare a report that will provide course title(s), grade(s) and number of credit(s) in U.S. equivalents. In some cases, students may have to provide the credential agency the course syllabi and/or course descriptions from the college or university to establish any course equivalencies.

The following checklist will help you as you complete the transcript evaluation process:

_ Determine which agency you would like to use from the list provided.

_ Complete the required application (paper or online).

_ Indicate which type of evaluation you need.

If you wish to transfer college credits to AACC, request a course-by-course evaluation.

If you are requesting a high school evaluation report only, request a general or document-by-document evaluation.

_ Submit required documentations and payments as instructed by the agency.

_ On your application, request that a copy of your evaluation be sent directly to:

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
Records and Registration
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Once the college received your evaluation report from the credential agency, it will be reviewed by the college transcript evaluator for transfer credits applicable to the program of study or major you are pursuing at AACC.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for this to process.

If you have any questions or if there are any discrepancy regarding the transfer of credits you received from AACC, please contact:

Records and Registration
Tel. 410-777-2680
Fax 410-777-2489
E-mail:  records@aacc.edu 

3.  English Proficiency (TOEFL, SAT, ACT or AACC English Placement Test). 

You must provide the college with verification of your proficiency in English.  You may submit copies of your test score reports with your application materials. The AACC institution TOEFL code is 5019.

4. Financial Certification.

You must certify that you have sufficient funds to support your one academic year’s of study and living expenses.  You submit completed Statement of Financial Resources Form and official bank statement.  If a U.S. resident sponsor will support you, you must submit their bank statement and completed affidavit of support form (Form I-134).  Form is available at www.uscis.gov.  

Estimated Annual Expenses for Associate Degree Students (Fall and Spring terms)
Tuition and Fees $12,020
Books and Supplies $1,517
Living Expenses* $13,300
Total $26,837

 

Estimated Expenses for English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Students 
Tuition and Fees $4,896
Books and Supplies $1,517
Living Expenses* $13,300
Total $19,713

*Living expenses include costs for housing, food and health insurance.

$5,000 per dependent

***Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

See additional information about tuition and fees.

5.  A copy of your unexpired passport ID page.

DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL PASSPORT.

You must pay SEVIS fee $200 and print the receipt at least two days before your visa interview.  To pay, go to www.fmjfee.com.

Please Note:  All documents must be submitted in English or with English translation by a certified translator.  Only complete application will be reviewed for I-20 issuance.

Mail your application form and materials to:

Anne Arundel Community College
Admissions and Enrollment Development
Student Services Center
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012-1895

Delivery of I-20 form using special courier such as DHL, UPS, Federal Express, etc.

To ensure your faster delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to:

  • Include a valid prepaid air bill or shipping label when you submit your application or documentations.  Providing a prepaid shipping label directly from the delivery service is the best way to avoid delivery errors. You will not need to write in an account number if you use a shipping label.
  • Enter your name in both the “to” and “from” fields on the air bill or shipping label.
  • Never list AACC as the sender and do not mark “bill to sender.”
  • Pay all delivery costs in advance, and include the prepaid air bill or shipping label with your submission.
  • If the delivery costs are not paid in full, or if you do not choose to send us a prepaid air bill or shipping label, we will send the documents to you by regular U.S. mail to the address indicated in your application form.

Admissions Process for Students In the U.S.

Transfer of F-1 Status from another U.S. Institution

If you have an “ACTIVE” status in SEVIS, you may apply to transfer by submitting all materials listed in the Admission Requirements.

Important Note for new F-1 student:  If you have an initial I-20 form, you must be enrolled at AACC within 30 days of arrival to the U.S. to maintain status.  Otherwise, you must go home or enroll at the current school then transfer at the end of the semester.

Additional requirements for transfer students:

  1. A copy of your passport (biographic page).
  2. A copy of your F-1 visa stamp.
  3. A copy of your I-94 (card or printed from the internet www.cbp.gov ).
  4. A copy of all I-20’s issued to you.
  5. A copy of your Approval Notice for Change of Status to F-1 (if applicable).
  6. Transfer Eligibility Form signed by your current DSO.

After your SEVIS record has been released to AACC, you must contact us 15 days before the start date of your classes. A new I-20 form will be issued to you.

Change of Status to F-1

If you have a valid nonimmigrant status and you are eligible to change status in the United States, you may apply at AACC.  Applicants in J-1 status who are subject to the two-year home residence requirement (Section 212e) are not eligible to change status unless a waiver is granted by the USCIS. 

How to apply - Prepare your documents listed in the Admission Requirements, then schedule an appointment with the International Student Admission Advisor.

What to bring on your appointment with the international student advisor:

  1. A copy of your passport.
  2. A copy of your visa.
  3. Form I-94 (print from www.cbp.gov).
  4. Form I-539 (downloadable from www.uscis.gov) .
  5. G-1145 (downloadable from www.uscis.gov) .
  6. Letter explaining why you want to change your status to student.

When the I-20 form is issued, you must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee $200 www.fmjfee.com , print the receipt, then mail your entire application packet with appropriate filing fees to USCIS (follow filing instructions and from the USCIS website).