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International Students

The faculty and staff at College of The Albemarle (COA) have pledged to help every student succeed, and are here to guide you through the student visa process. COA also provides reasonable accommodations to assist persons with disabilities through the application process.

How to Apply

Apply Online

If you experience login issues or need assistance with your College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) account, please call 866-866-2362.

If you haven’t attended COA for one year prior to the semester you plan to enroll, please re-apply for admission.

During a COA Connect meeting, you’ll receive assistance with your next enrollment step, find out what we have to offer, create your COA login, prepare and sign up for placement testing, and confirm your information. After this session, you’ll be able to access Gmail, WebAdvisor and myCourses (COA’s online education software).

Please complete the “Introduction to myCourses” in myCourses before registering for classes.

Sign up for a COA Connect session

Math and reading/English placement testing is required for all curriculum programs, although all or part of the placement tests may be waived. Visit our placement testing web page to review our waiver policy. You’ll need to attend a COA Connect session before scheduling your placement tests.

If you’re a North Carolina high school graduate, you may be waived from taking the placement test, if you meet the criteria.

After completing the placement test, please meet with a DSO for F-1 visa information and to learn which documents are needed to complete a change of status or I-20 application. Students seeking an F-11 visa from their home country should contact a DSO for an I-20 application.
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary documentation, schedule a meeting to complete a change of status application. You’ll need a valid visa to complete the process. In order to proceed with a change of status request or an I-20 application, we’ll require several documents. We’ll review the list of required documents during your meeting with a DSO.
After you’ve taken the placement test (or had it waived), schedule an advising and registration appointment.

Please schedule an appointment at the campus you’ll be attending.

  • Elizabeth City Campus: 252-335-0821.
  • Dare County Campus: 252-473-2264.
  • Edenton-Chowan Campus: 252-482-7900.
  • Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center: 252-453-3035.

International students: a F-1 status change must be approved by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) prior to enrolling in classes.

Email Addresses

We aren’t usually able to receive email from foreign servers, and strongly recommend that you establish a U.S. email account (Gmail, Yahoo, Earthlink, AOL, Hotmail) in order to communicate with us by email.


  • Boyce, Cherrie

  • Academic Advisor

  • Elizabeth City Campus: AE 133

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2281