Gloucester County College (GCC) welcomes international students as valuable participants in the concept of education as diverse and global. The College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant aliens as F-1 students. International F-1 students must attend college on a full-time basis.
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DIVERSITY AND GLOBALIZATION
GCC is a small, two-year, semi-rural community college that awards associate degrees and prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities or to enter directly into employment. When considering to attend Gloucester County College, prospective international students should be aware that:
- GCC is a commuter college. There is no on-campus housing, and the college does not maintain any type of housing referral list. It is the sole responsibility of the student to find housing.
- Private transportation will be necessary. Public transportation is limited. A car is preferable.
- Proficiency in the English language is a condition of acceptance. GCC does not have an intensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program.
- International students are not eligible to apply for financial aid. Proof of full financial support is required by the United States federal government as well as by GCC.
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Estimated Annual Budget 2013/2014 International students are not eligible to apply for Financial Aid or off-campus employment; therefore, they must enter GCC with full financial support.
SEVIS I-90 FEE
Effective September 1, 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented the SEVIS I-901 fee. For a complete list of questions and answers on all aspects of the SEVIS I-901 fee go to the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website.
Gloucester County College is authorized by the United States Citizen and Immigration Service to issue the Form I-20AB to eligible international students who wish to enroll at GCC full time. This document is required to obtain an F-1 (student) visa. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service and GCC require the following documentation before an I-20AB can be issued and before the prospective student is admitted to GCC:
- Complete and sign a Gloucester County College Application for Admission
- Submit a $20.00 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee.
- Send an official transcript of all high school (or secondary school) work completed, including Leaving Certificate or Report of Graduation. All documents must be translated into English and certified as accurate by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers or by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES).
- Individuals who have completed university-level coursework outside of the United States, and wish to apply for transfer of credit, must submit an official detailed evaluation of their transcript. All documents must be translated into English and certified as accurate by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers or by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES).
- If transferring from another US college or university:
1. Have an official transcript sent from your current US college or university.
2. Submit a copy of your most recent I-20AB.
3. Have your International Student Advisor complete the F-1 International Student Transfer Form.
4. Submit a copy of a valid passport, visa, and I-94. (I-94 is usually stapled inside passport.)
- Complete an Affidavit of Sponsor, showing your sponsor is capable of and willing to provide for your financial needs while you attend Gloucester County College. This includes housing, tuition, books, supplies, and all other financial needs. You may use the USCIS Form I-134, Affidavit of Support OR Gloucester County College's Affidavit of Sponsor and the Supplemental Form. If using Gloucester County College forms, there are two options available for the sponsor. Option 1 is to be completed if the sponsor is using employment information. Option 2 is to be completed if the sponsor is using bank information. The amount to fund an international student at Gloucester County College is listed in the Estimated Annual Budget.
- English proficiency is required. International students from countries where English is not the first language of business must prove English proficiency. New students should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. The minimum scores accepted are: 500 on the paper-based test; 173 on the computer-based test; 61 on the Internet-based test. GCC's Institutional Code is 2281. The web address for TOEFL is www.ets.org/toefl. Transfer students may prove proficiency by showing successful completion of an intensive ESL program or college-level English Composition I at an SEVP certified school.
- Complete and return the International Student Data Sheet
- Complete and return the International Student Responsibility form
Student Checklist for F1 Students
Student Checklist for F1 Transfer Students
The GCC application and all supporting documents should be received by the GCC Office of Student Services by July 15 for fall semester applicants, or November 15 for spring semester applicants. Students currently in F-1 status who are transferring from another US college or university may submit documents up to one month prior to the beginning of the semester.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND GLOUCESTER COUNTY COLLEGE?
- A completed and signed Gloucester County College Application
- The required $20 nonrefundable fee
- TOEFL scores or other proof of English proficiency as explained in the Application Process
- Affidavit of Sponsor
- International Student Data Sheet
- International Student Responsibility form
- High School or Secondary School transcripts translated into English and evaluated by an approved accredited agency. A list of approved agencies can be found at www.naaces.org. You may also use the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), www.aacrao.org/international/foreighEdCred.cfm.
- Copy of valid passport
- Transfer form if transferring from another US college or university
NOTE: All international students should read the information provided on the US Department of State website, www.state.gov about obtaining a visa. There may be special instructions or policies that pertain to certain countries.
- WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION?
The cost of tuition and fees at Gloucester County College may change annually. The current price per credit can be found in the College catalog or on our website, www.gccnj.edu under the Admissions tab. All F-1 visa holders must have a full course load of at least 12 credits. In addition to the tuition and fees, the sponsor is responsible for books, housing, meals, transportation, and other costs. Please refer to the Estimated Annual Budget.
- WHEN IT THE MONEY DUE?
Initial students entering the United States to attend Gloucester County College will be required to pay tuition and fees at time of registration. Transfer students should refer to the GCC website for payment due dates.
HOW DO STUDENTS SELECT THEIR COURSES?
- International students with F-1 visas must take at least 12 credits in the fall semester and at least 12 credits in the spring semester. Students follow the required course outline for the degree of their choice. Students may also take other courses of interest while following their degree programs. Some courses must be taken in a specific sequence, while others may be taken out-of-order. Your International Student Advisor will help you select your courses.
- IS THERE HOUSING AVAILABLE?
Gloucester County College does not have housing available. Students must find their own housing.
- IS THERE A MEAL PLAN?
Gloucester County College does not have a meal plan. There are dining facilities on campus.
Gloucester County College is located in the southwestern part of New Jersey, on the eastern coast of the United States of America. Approximate distance (in miles) from major cities and airports is as follows:
- New York City, New York: 100 miles (airports: John F Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark)
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 20 miles (airport: Philadelphia)
- Atlantic City, New Jersey: 45 miles (airport: Atlantic City)
- Washington, DC: 125 miles (airports: Baltimore Washington and Dulles)
Mail all forms to:
International Student Advisor
Gloucester County College
1400 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
Fax: (856) 468-8498
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