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Welcome!

At AACC, we value inclusion, community and relationships. In keeping with those principles, we welcome students from all countries and embrace the diverse backgrounds, thoughts and beliefs they add to our community.

Currently, the International Student Services (ISS) admission officer and Designated School Officer (DSO) are processing immigration requests, updates, and other student services remotely. Time sensitive immigration requests will be prioritized and processed within our five-day business window. Non-urgent tasks may take longer due to the increased number of requests received. We thank you for your patience.

The Latest Regarding Online Courses

On July 24, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a broadcast message retracting their July 6 modification. ICE will continue the March guidance allowing current nonimmigrant F-1 students to take a full online course load in the fall and still remain in the U.S. 

Current Frequently Asked Questions

This is a confusing time and things change every day. We've tried to address the most common questions below, but if you need additional help, contact Emma Thompson at ebthompson@aacc.edu or by phone 410-777-2152. 

I'm an F1 student. If fall courses are mostly online, how can I continue my studies?

On July 24, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a broadcast message retracting their July 6 modification. ICE will continue the March guidance allowing current nonimmigrant F-1 students to take a full online course load in the fall and still remain in the U.S.

ICE guidance on COVID-19 (including information for nonimmigrant students)

I went home to be with family during this crisis. Can I return to the U.S. to continue with my studies?

Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, you should refer to your local U.S. embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Center(s) for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

In addition, SEVP advises students currently outside of the United States and looking to enter the country to check on any travel restrictions their country might have regarding international travel, including restrictions applicable to countries they may travel through.

Can I participate in curricular practical training while in my home country?

Students may engage in curricular practical training (CPT) during their time abroad, provided they are:

  • Enrolled in a program of study in which CPT is integral to the program of study
  • Their DSO authorized CPT in advance of the CPT start date, and
  • Either the employer has an office outside the United States or the employer can assess student engagement and attainment of learning objectives electronically.

I will complete my program online from my home country. Am I eligible to apply for Post-Optional Practical Training while abroad?

Currently, government guidance says you must be inside the U.S. to apply for Post-Optional Practical Training (OPT). At this time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is evaluating these issues and may issue additional guidance. In the meantime, since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicates OPT employment authorization requests, SEVP recommends reaching out to USCIS for further guidance.

Will I lose my F-1 status if I can't return within five months due to travel restrictions?

F-1 students can't be outside the U.S. for more than five months. Although, if you stay enrolled full time in online coursework for the remainder of spring 2020, you will not be impacted by this rule.  The five-month leave of absence rule applies if you are no longer an AACC student due to the termination of your SEVIS record.

If you are outside the U.S. five months or more after your SEVIS record was terminated, you lose your ability to reenter as an F-1 student unless you have applied and approved for a new F1 visa status. In this case, you must have reapplied to AACC and received a new I-20 form with a new SEVIS number.  AACC DSO will keep your SEVIS record active if you are enrolled as a full-time student online and you intend to return after the COVID-19 crisis.


Applying as an International Student

If you have a visa other than an F-1 or you are an undocumented immigrant, please follow the regular admissions process and submit the acceptable immigration documentation to the Admissions Office. Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for the Maryland Dream Act.

Admissions Process for F-1 Visa Students

If you are interested in obtaining an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status form, you should apply as an international applicant. If you are on a tourist visa, you must obtain a student (F-1) visa before registering for classes. Students who wish to meet with the International Admissions Adviser must schedule an appointment by calling 410-777-2677 or emailing admissions@aacc.edu.

AACC will continue to accept F1 applications from outside the United States, but we cannot guarantee visa approval and entry into the United States. We are waiting for the an announcement from USCIS about Spring 2021. We will contact you once we have the information available. You may study online from your home country while waiting for your visa approval. Please contact our International Admissions Advisor, Emma Thompson, at ebthompson@aacc.edu if you have any questions or concerns. 

Application Deadline for International Applicants

Please adhere to the deadline established below for the international student application.

  Fall Term Spring Term
Obtain F-1 Visa from Outside the U.S. May 1 Dec. 1
Change of Status to F-1 within the U.S. April 1 Dec. 1
Transfer of F-1 Visa or Status July 15 Dec. 15

 

Applying for an F-1 Visa from Outside of the U.S.


Admissions Requirements

To receive an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status from AACC, you must meet the admission requirements for international students.

1.  Submit the AACC Admission Application for F-1 Student Status.

The admission application is FREE.

Use your legal name as it appears on your passport and supporting documents. When completing your application, be sure to provide a complete international permanent address — not a P. O. Box — so we can issue your I-20 form. Don't forget to sign your application. You may apply online or download the International (F-1) Student Admission Application Form.

2.  Submit the Supplementary Form For F-1 Students

3.  Submit your official or certified copies of transcripts or high school diploma/certificate. 

These documents should verify graduation from secondary and post-secondary schools attended. If you attended another college or university in the U.S., official transcripts from that school also must be submitted.

If you wish to transfer credits from a college or university from outside the U.S. to AACC, that transcript must be submitted for review and evaluation by a professional credential evaluating agency. AACC only accepts credential evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) or SPANTRAN. Students in the Financial Accounting certificate leading to the CPA examination may also use the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

These organizations will review your transcript and prepare a report providing course title(s), grade(s) and number of credit(s) in U.S. equivalents. In some cases, students may have to provide the credential agency with the course syllabi and/or course descriptions from the college or university to establish any course equivalencies.

The following checklist will help as you complete the transcript evaluation process:

  • Determine which agency you would like to use from the list provided.
  • Complete the required application (paper or online).
  • Indicate which type of evaluation you need. If you wish to transfer college credits to AACC, request a course-by-course evaluation. If you only need a high school evaluation report, request a general or document-by-document evaluation.
  • Submit required documentation and payments as instructed by the agency.
  • On your application, request that a copy of your evaluation be sent directly to:

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
Records and Registration, Student Services (SSVC) Building 140
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Once the college receives your evaluation report from the credential agency, it will be reviewed by the college transcript evaluator for transfer credits applicable to the program of study or major you are pursuing at AACC. Allow three to four weeks for this to process.

If you have any questions, or if there are any discrepancies regarding the transfer of credits you received from AACC, contact:

Records and Registration
Tel. 410-777-1816
Fax 410-777-2489
E-mail: records@aacc.edu 

4.  English Proficiency (TOEFLSATACT or AACC English Placement Test)

You must provide the college with verification of your proficiency in English.  You may submit copies of your test score reports with your application materials. AACC's TOEFL code is 5019.

Please note: The AACC English Accuplacer Placement Test is only available for students who are in the United States at the time of their application.

5. Financial Certification.

You must certify that you have sufficient funds to support your one academic year of study and living expenses. You may submit the completed Statement of Financial Resources Form and an official bank statement. If a U.S. resident sponsor will support you, you must submit their bank statement and completed affidavit of support form (Form I-134). The form is available at www.uscis.gov.  

Estimated Annual Expenses for Associate Degree Students (fall and spring terms)
Tuition and Fees $13,160
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $31,350

Estimated Expenses for English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Students 
Tuition and Fees $5,307
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $23,497

*Living expenses include costs for housing, food and health insurance.

$5,000 per dependent

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

See additional information about tuition and fees.

6.  A copy of your unexpired passport ID page.

Do not send original passport.

 

Note:  All documents must be submitted in English or with English translation by a certified translator. Only complete applications will be reviewed for I-20 issuance.

Mail your application form and materials to:

Anne Arundel Community College
Admissions and Enrollment Development
Student Services Center
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012-1895

Delivery of I-20 form using special courier such as DHL, UPS, Federal Express, etc.
After you have been accepted to Anne Arundel Community College, you will receive an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) form via regular mail. For faster delivery, you may use DHL, UPS, or FedEx to deliver your I-20 form by submitting your request to the University Express Mail Service (UEMS) eShipGlobal.

To submit your request to UEMS, you must complete the Student/Scholar Registration, enter required shipping information, and pay the shipping cost.  

Once your order of the shipment has been processed, our office will receive notification and will arrange for the pick-up of your package by DHL, UPS, or FedEx. You can track the progress of the shipment through your UEMS eShipGlobal Account. 

If you have any questions about using this service, please email studentsupport@eshipglobal.com.

 

Once you have received your I-20, you must pay the SEVIS fee and print the receipt at least two days before your visa interview. To pay the fee, go to www.fmjfee.com.

Transferring F-1 Status from Another U.S. Institution


Admissions Requirements

To receive an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status from AACC, you must meet the admission requirements for international students:

1.  Submit the AACC Admission Application for F-1 Student Status.

The admission application is FREE.

Use your legal name as it appears on your passport and supporting documents. When completing your application, be sure to provide a complete international permanent address — not a P. O. Box — so we can issue your I-20 form. Don't forget to sign your application. You may apply online or download the International (F-1) Student Admission Application Form.

2.  Submit the Supplementary Form For F-1 Students

3.  Submit your official or certified copies of transcripts or high school diploma/certificate. 

These documents should verify graduation from secondary and post-secondary schools attended. If you attended another college or university in the U.S., official transcripts from that school also must be submitted.

If you wish to transfer credits from a college or university from outside the U.S. to AACC, that transcript must be submitted for review and evaluation by a professional credential evaluating agency. AACC only accepts credential evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) or SPANTRAN. Students in the Financial Accounting certificate leading to the CPA examination may also use the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

These organizations will review your transcript and prepare a report providing course title(s), grade(s) and number of credit(s) in U.S. equivalents. In some cases, students may have to provide the credential agency with the course syllabi and/or course descriptions from the college or university to establish any course equivalencies.

The following checklist will help as you complete the transcript evaluation process:

  • Determine which agency you would like to use from the list provided.
  • Complete the required application (paper or online).
  • Indicate which type of evaluation you need. If you wish to transfer college credits to AACC, request a course-by-course evaluation. If you only need a high school evaluation report, request a general or document-by-document evaluation.
  • Submit required documentation and payments as instructed by the agency.
  • On your application, request that a copy of your evaluation be sent directly to:

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
Records and Registration, Student Services (SSVC) Building 140
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Once the college receives your evaluation report from the credential agency, it will be reviewed by the college transcript evaluator for transfer credits applicable to the program of study or major you are pursuing at AACC. Allow three to four weeks for this to process.

If you have any questions, or if there are any discrepancies regarding the transfer of credits you received from AACC, contact:

Records and Registration
Tel. 410-777-1816
Fax 410-777-2489
E-mail: records@aacc.edu 

4.  English Proficiency (TOEFLSATACT or AACC English Placement Test)

You must provide the college with verification of your proficiency in English.  You may submit copies of your test score reports with your application materials. AACC's TOEFL code is 5019.

Please note: The AACC English Accuplacer Placement Test is only available for students who are in the United States at the time of their application.

5. Financial Certification.

You must certify that you have sufficient funds to support your one academic year of study and living expenses. You may submit the completed Statement of Financial Resources Form and an official bank statement. If a U.S. resident sponsor will support you, you must submit their bank statement and completed affidavit of support form (Form I-134). The form is available at www.uscis.gov.  

Estimated Annual Expenses for Associate Degree Students (fall and spring terms)
Tuition and Fees $13,160
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $31,350

Estimated Expenses for English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Students 
Tuition and Fees $5,307
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $23,497

*Living expenses include costs for housing, food and health insurance.

$5,000 per dependent

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

See additional information about tuition and fees.

6.  A copy of your unexpired passport ID page.

Do not send original passport.

 

Additional requirements for transfer students:

  1. A copy of your passport (biographic page).
  2. A copy of your F-1 visa stamp.
  3. A copy of your I-94 (card or printed from the internet www.cbp.gov).
  4. A copy of all I-20 forms issued to you.
  5. A copy of your Approval Notice for Change of Status to F-1 (if applicable).
  6. Transfer Eligibility Form signed by your current DSO.

Note:  You must have an "ACTIVE" status in SEVIS to apply to transfer your F-1 visa. All documents must be submitted in English or with English translation by a certified translator. Only complete applications will be reviewed for I-20 issuance. 

Mail your application form and materials to:

Anne Arundel Community College
Admissions and Enrollment Development
Student Services Center
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012-1895

 

After your SEVIS record has been released to AACC, you must contact us 15 days before the start date of your classes. A new I-20 form will be issued to you.

Applying for a Change of Status to F-1 Visa


Admissions Requirements

To receive an I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status from AACC, you must meet the admission requirements for international students

1.  Submit the AACC Admission Application for F-1 Student Status.

The admission application is FREE.

Use your legal name as it appears on your passport and supporting documents. When completing your application, be sure to provide a complete international permanent address — not a P. O. Box — so we can issue your I-20 form. Don't forget to sign your application. You may apply online or download the International (F-1) Student Admission Application Form.

2.  Submit the Supplementary Form For F-1 Students

3.  Submit your official or certified copies of transcripts or high school diploma/certificate. 

These documents should verify graduation from secondary and post-secondary schools attended. If you attended another college or university in the U.S., official transcripts from that school also must be submitted.

If you wish to transfer credits from a college or university from outside the U.S. to AACC, that transcript must be submitted for review and evaluation by a professional credential evaluating agency. AACC only accepts credential evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) or SPANTRAN. Students in the Financial Accounting certificate leading to the CPA examination may also use the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

These organizations will review your transcript and prepare a report providing course title(s), grade(s) and number of credit(s) in U.S. equivalents. In some cases, students may have to provide the credential agency with the course syllabi and/or course descriptions from the college or university to establish any course equivalencies.

The following checklist will help as you complete the transcript evaluation process:

  • Determine which agency you would like to use from the list provided.
  • Complete the required application (paper or online).
  • Indicate which type of evaluation you need. If you wish to transfer college credits to AACC, request a course-by-course evaluation. If you only need a high school evaluation report, request a general or document-by-document evaluation.
  • Submit required documentation and payments as instructed by the agency.
  • On your application, request that a copy of your evaluation be sent directly to:

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
Records and Registration, Student Services (SSVC) Building 140
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

Once the college receives your evaluation report from the credential agency, it will be reviewed by the college transcript evaluator for transfer credits applicable to the program of study or major you are pursuing at AACC. Allow three to four weeks for this to process.

If you have any questions, or if there are any discrepancies regarding the transfer of credits you received from AACC, contact:

Records and Registration
Tel. 410-777-1816
Fax 410-777-2489
E-mail: records@aacc.edu 

4.  English Proficiency (TOEFLSATACT or AACC English Placement Test)

You must provide the college with verification of your proficiency in English.  You may submit copies of your test score reports with your application materials. AACC's TOEFL code is 5019.

Please note: The AACC English Accuplacer Placement Test is only available for students who are in the United States at the time of their application.

5. Financial Certification.

You must certify that you have sufficient funds to support your one academic year of study and living expenses. You may submit the completed Statement of Financial Resources Form and an official bank statement. If a U.S. resident sponsor will support you, you must submit their bank statement and completed affidavit of support form (Form I-134). The form is available at www.uscis.gov.  

Estimated Annual Expenses for Associate Degree Students (fall and spring terms)
Tuition and Fees $13,160
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $31,350

Estimated Expenses for English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Students 
Tuition and Fees $5,307
Books and Supplies $1,602
Living Expenses* $16,588
Total $23,497

*Living expenses include costs for housing, food and health insurance.

$5,000 per dependent

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

See additional information about tuition and fees.

6.  A copy of your unexpired passport ID page.

Do not send original passport.

Additional requirements for students who are changing their status:

  1. A copy of your passport.
  2. A copy of your visa.
  3. Form I-94 (print from www.cbp.gov).
  4. Form I-539 (download from www.uscis.gov).
  5. G-1145 (download from www.uscis.gov).
  6. Letter explaining why you want to change your status to student.

Note:  All documents must be submitted in English or with English translation by a certified translator. Only complete applications will be reviewed for I-20 issuance.

 

How to apply: Prepare your documents listed in the Admission Requirements, then schedule an appointment with the International Student Admission Adviser for I-20 issuance. When the I-20 form is issued, you must pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee at www.fmjfee.com, print the receipt, then mail your entire application packet with appropriate filing fees to USCIS (follow filing instructions and from the USCIS website). AACC does not provide assistance with filing the I-539. If you require assistance with USCIS filings, please consult an immigration attorney.

Contact our international admissions advisor below for assistance with non-U.S. citizen admissions:

Emma Thompson
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
ebthompson@aacc.edu