International Students

Welcome! The International Student Affairs office assists international students meet their academic, social and cultural needs while attending Manchester Community College. The office also provides information, programs, activities and services to increase international awareness for the college community at large. Over the years, international students from over 70 countries and speaking more than 50 languages have attended MCC. Having gained a firm academic foundation, many of these students transfer to four-year institutions to pursue their educational goals.

International students on a visa other than a F-1 visa may enroll for classes at MCC. Prior to enrolling, an international student must consult with MCC’s  Director of International Student Affairs and Student Conduct/Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify eligibility and enrollment status. All international students on non-immigrant visas will be charged out-of-state tuition and fees, which can be found below.

Admissions Process

To be admitted to Manchester Community College and to register for classes, all international students seeking F-1 student visas must:

  • Submit the admissions application to the Admissions office.
  • Submit official proof of high school completion or General Education Development (GED) completion. This documentation must be in English.
  • Submit an affidavit of support with proof of financial responsibility and name of citizen/permanent resident sponsor.
  • Pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 70 on the Internet-based test (IBT) or 173 on the computer-based test (CBT).
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 is also acceptable.
  • Schedule to take the assessment test for English and math placement.
  • Meet with the Director of Student Affairs Operations/DSO to finalize document collection/admissions process.
  • Once all the documentation has been collected, the Associate Director of Admissions/DSO will complete an I-20 SEVIS application for United States Government international visa processing.
  • Students seeking to have an evaluation of your educational studies attained outside of the U.S, need to have an official evaluation completed and sent directly to the Admissions office. Here is a list of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) evaluation services members where students can receive an evaluation.

All I-20 documents must be submitted to the Admissions office by May 31 for the Fall semester and October 30  for the Spring semester. I-20 students must maintain full-time status (12 or more credits per semester). International F-1 students pay non-resident (out-of-state) and full-time tuition and fees for a total of $6,754 per semester or $13,508 per year. Please note: tuition and fees are subject to change and can be viewed in detail by visiting the tuition and fees web page.

International students on a F-1 visa who are interested in attending Manchester Community College should contact the Director of Student Affairs Operations/Designated School Official to ensure that their I-20 application is processed in a timely manner for U.S. State Department approval.

Application materials for international students are available in the International Student Affairs Office, Student Services Center,  SSC L156.

SEVIS: What it is and what it means to you!

SEVIS is the acronym for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.  It is an online tracking system for international students and their dependents.  Through SEVIS colleges and universities enter and update various data regarding the international students who have been issued a Form I-20 by their institution.

This means, that the information about you and your F-1 visa status will be updated regularly in this SEVIS database.  Therefore you must tell the International Student Advisor any time you: have a change of address, change of name, change of major, wish to drop below full-time enrollment, or wish to engage in practical training or employment.  The International Student Advisor must also enter information about illegal employment or any other violation of your F-1 status.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has complete access to your information via SEVIS.  This department works with the college to assist you in properly maintaining your F-1 status.  While Manchester Community College and the USCIS do our parts, you must also make sure that you are maintaining your F-1 status properly.


Manchester Community College does not have housing or dormitory provisions. Visit the Student Activities web page for local housing and rental opportunities.

Contact Information, Location and Office Hours

Information regarding international student services, I-20, F-1, OPT and CPT advising:

New and prospective students:

K. Umesh Vig
Director of Student Affairs Operations/DSO
Student Services Center, SSC L156
Phone: 860-512-3204 

Issuing SEVIS I-20s & First Semester Students:

Samantha Plourd
Associate Director of Admissions/DSO
Student Services Center, SSCL156

Continuing students:

Sara Vincent
Director of Enrollment Management/PDSO
Student Services Center, SSC L156
Phone: 860-512-3212

Mailing Address:
International Student Affairs
Great Path, MS #12
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Office Hours

Day of the week Time open
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m.