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Students Currently Overseas Seeking F-1 VisaProspective International Students

Students Currently Overseas Seeking an F-1 Visa

How to Apply

The faculty and staff at College of The Albemarle (COA) welcomes international students. International Student Support Services is happy to help you obtain an F-1 student visa while you’re in your home country. A student visa allows you to study at our college for up to three years. Students are required to pay for the cost for an F-1 visa application (varies by country), the I-901 fee ($350) and the COA application processing fee ($50). You’ll need to pay the I-901 fee before your consular appointment. To pay the I-901 fee online, visit FMJFEE.

International Students must pay a $50 application processing fee. The fee can be paid in person (cash, check or credit card), over the phone (credit card) or via mail (money order or check). This fee is due prior to the submission of I-20 documentation. Students currently overseas should pay via the mail and should send a money order for $50 made out to the “College of The Albemarle.”

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Before we can issue the appropriate documentation to present at the U.S. Consular Office in your country, we’ll need to determine that you meet our minimum requirements in reading, writing and math. International students who are overseas will need to take either the TOEFL exam or the ILETS academic exam in order to verify that they have the necessary skills in English and reading to succeed in academic courses.

The minimum TOEFL scores are: Internet Based 40, Paper Based 425 and Computer Based 120.

The minimum ILETS academic score is a “5” or higher. For students interested in taking the ILETS should be sure to take the ILETS academic test.

International students who take a TOEFL or ILETS test overseas will need to take the college placement tests once they enter the U.S.

The form I-20 is required for your F-1 student application. Please gather the necessary documents listed in the application. Download our I-20 application form or contact one of our designated school officials (DSO). Documentation needed for the I-20 includes:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Copies of your official high school and university transcripts (in both your native language and official English translations)
  • A letter from a sponsor indicating their willingness to help you financially while you study at COA. You’re not permitted to work as an F-1 student, so the purpose of the sponsor letter is to show that you’ll have financial support. You may have one or more sponsors, but all should be private individuals. We discourage using U.S. businesses as sponsors, as this gives the appearance that you may be employed by your sponsor. You may use non-U.S. sponsors or self-sponsor if you have the financial resources. If self-sponsoring, you’ll need to provide a letter stating such. If you’re sponsored by someone in your home country, the sponsor letter must be written in English (or officially translated to English). COA needs a copy of this letter as you’ll be required to present the originals at your appointment with the U.S. Consular Office in your country.
  • Financial documentation (original bank statements) from the last three consecutive months proving that you or your sponsor has a balance of at least $23,000 (for each month) in the equivalent of U.S. dollars. If you have more than one sponsor, we’ll need three bank statements from each person. If your sponsor is providing bank documentation from another country, please provide bank statements from the last three consecutive months, along with a letter showing a three-month accounting of your sponsor’s balances. The statements and letter will need to be officially translated into English and the financial information will need to be converted to U.S. dollars. COA needs only a scanned copy of the financial documentation, as you’ll be required to present the originals at your appointment with the U.S. Consular Office in your country.
  • Proof of your TOEFL or IELTS score. If you’ve taken the NCDAP placement test showing placement into Developmental Reading/English (DRE) 097, you can provide that documentation instead.
Your DSO will then create and mail your I-20 within two weeks of receipt. The I-20 acknowledges that COA has accepted you as a student and supports your efforts to obtain an F-1 visa. With the I-20 and the originals of the documentation described above, you’ll be able to apply for an F-1 visa through the U.S. Consular Office in your country. Please note that we mail via First Class postage and are unable to verify how long it will take your I-20 to arrive to your home country. Once approved, please contact the DSO that created your I-20 to begin the class registration process. Please note that you won’t be able to enter the U.S. until 30 days prior to the beginning of registered classes.


Katie Cross:
Brie Barclift:

New international students will have to take the RISE English and math placement test prior to enrolling in classes. Please contact the DSO you’ve previously worked with to schedule the placement test. The placement test will be taken upon your arrival in the U.S. so please make your travel plans accordingly. You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20.

Once you have completed the placement test a DSO will assign you in registering for classes.


  • Cross, Katie

  • Coordinator, International Student Services and Academic Advisor

  • COA – Dare: 104

  • 252-473-2264 ext. 7011

  • Barclift, Brianna

  • Academic Advisor

  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE 133

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2281