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Enrollment Center :: International Students

Virginia Western does not have a dedicated International Student department. You should be familiar with the U.S. Federal government guidelines for international students before you apply. Please follow the steps below to apply for admission, and make contact with the school official as soon as possible:

Rick Robers

Dates and Deadlines

It is important to pay close attention to deadlines as all required information must be received by each semester's deadline. We do not make exceptions.

Once all required documents are received, allow at least two weeks for processing the I-20 form.

Semester to Start Out of Country Applicants Transfer Students
Fall April 1 May 1
Spring October 1 November 1
Summer Contact School Official (above)

How to Apply

1. Apply to Virginia Western.

Begin here!

2. Complete the I-20 Student Information Form.

Click here to complete the form.

All I-20 forms are filed with INS on the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) electronic database. The form must be completed very accurately. Some Consular Offices are very particular.

3. Send a copy of your current passport.

Send a copy of your current passport to the school official listed above.

4. Obtain a copy of your I-94 (in-country applicants only).

If you are an in-country applicant, you must obtain a copy of your I-94, Passport, or Visa to provide to the school official listed above.

5. Demonstrate English proficiency.

If you are out of the country, you must complete the TOEFL and earn a score of at least:

  • 500 on a paper-based test
  • 173 on a computer-based test
  • 61 on an Internet-based test

Our code for reporting scores is 5868. This is the only test we use to verify English proficiency.

Students already in the United States should either provide documentation of college level English at an American college or university or take the Virginia Western placement test.

6. Obtain transcripts.

You must obtain transcripts and English translations of all your high school and/or college records.

7. Obtain an affidavit of support.

The student's proof of financial responsibility must be received, reviewed, and evaluated at Virginia Western Community College. Please see the cost estimate breakdown below for an estimate of the funds needed for 2 years of attendance, based on 12 credits per semester. Funds should be converted to U.S. dollars by the financial institution. We do not accept fund verification in other country's currency.

If you are already in the country, you may also use the Virginia Western Funds Verification form (PDF) and the Virginia Western Statement of Financial Support (PDF) to verify this "Total Need".

Click here for more information and to download the Affidavit of Support (I-134) Form.

Cost Estimate
Tuition and Fees Cost per Year # of Years Total
Tuition and fees (current rates) $8,800 2 $17,600
Books and supplies $1,500 2 $3,000
Room and board (not provided by VWCC) $8,000 2 $16,000
Personal expenses and health insurance $2,500 2 $5,000
TOTAL     $41,000
8. Submit your I-901 fee.

After you receive your I-20, submit your I-901 fee to the Federal Government.

9. If transferring, submit the Transfer Eligibility Form (in-country applicants only).

If you are transferring from another U.S. college, please complete the Transfer Eligibility Form (PDF) and submit a copy of your current I-20.

10. Provide documentation of health insurance.

Once you enroll in classes, you must provide documentation of health insurance. Examples:

  • letter of verification from the insurance company
  • copy of insurance card
  • copy of insurance policy

Note: You are allowed to arrive in the U.S. 30 days before classes start. Once you are here, contact the school official to schedule an appointment. You must do this before you register for classes.


Rick Robers

Location: Chapman Hall C108
Phone: 540-857-6511