Students Currently Overseas Seeking an F-1 Visa
How to Apply
The faculty and staff at College of The Albemarle (COA) welcomes international students, and 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. The cost for an F-1 visa application and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS), the I-901 fee, registration from outside the U.S. is $200. COA doesn’t charge any fees for assisting with your change of status request. You’ll need to pay the I-901 fee before your consular appointment. To pay the I-901 fee online, visit FMJFEE.
If you experience login issues or need assistance with your College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) account, please call 866-866-2362.
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.
- 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.
Once you have completed the placement test a DSO will assign you in registering for classes.
COA – Elizabeth City: AE 133
252-335-0821 ext. 2281
Coordinator, International Student Services and Academic Advisor
COA – Dare: 104
252-473-2264 ext. 7011