International Students

Welcome! The International Student Affairs department assists international students meet their academic, social and cultural needs while attending Manchester Community College. The department 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 should consult with MCC’s Director of International Student Affairs/Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) or the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs/Designated School Official 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:

General Fund Classes (Out-of-State Tuition and Fees)

Semester Hours College Tuition College Services Fee ‡ Student Activity Fee ‡‡ Transportation Fee ‡ Total
1 $477 $237 $10 $20 $744
2 $954 $258 $10 $20 $1,242
3 $1,431 $276 $10 $20 $1,737
4 $1,908 $291 $10 $20 $2,229
5 $2,385 $345 $10 $20 $2,760
6 $2,862 $393 $10 $20 $3,285
7 $3,339 $444 $10 $20 $3,813
8 $3,816 $489 $10 $20 $4,335
9 $4,293 $540 $10 $20 $4,863
10 $4,770 $585 $10 $20 $5,385
11 $5,247 $639 $10 $20 $5,916
12 or more** $5,724 $690 $20 $20 $6,454

Application materials for international students are available in the International Student Affairs office, Student Services Center, SSC L156 or SSC L287.


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 with a $20 non-refundable fee.
  • 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 International Student Affairs/PDSO or the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs/Designated School Official to complete an I-20 SEVIS application for United States Government international visa processing.

All I-20 documents must be submitted to the International Affairs department by August 11, 2017, for the Fall 2017 semester. I-20 students must maintain full-time status (12 or more credits per semester). International F-1 students pay non-resident and full-time tuition and fees for a total of $6,454 per semester or $12,908 per year. Please note: tuition and fees are subject to change.

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

Maintaining Your F-1 Student Status

F-1 students are responsible for knowing and follow all immigration regulations.  Failure to maintain your status, or comply with these regulations, may have very severe consequences for your ability to study, seek employment, or even remain in the United States.  Please carefully review the list below of requirements and contact the International Student Advisor if you have any questions about these regulations.  We suggest that you review this page each semester to refresh your memory, as these regulations are very important to follow.  Students that do not fulfill these requirements may have their I-20 terminated. 

  1. Keep your immigration documents valid.
    As an international student, you should have the following forms of identification:

    • Form 1-20 
      • Always keep information on your I-20 valid and up to date. 
      • Make sure the school name on your current I-20 is the same as the school you are currently attending. 
      • Make sure your I-20 program end date does not expire.  You may apply for a Program Extension if you need more time to complete your degree.
      • Notify the International Student Advisor of any changes in financial information, name, address and major. 
      • Meet with the International Student Advisor to get your I-20 signed at least 2 weeks prior to traveling outside the U.S. 
    • Passport 
      • Always keep your passport valid at least 6 months into the future (passports can be extended while you are in the U.S. by contacting your home country’s embassy consulate).
    • I-94 Card
      • Your I-94 card is the white card that was stamped “F-1 D/S” and stapled in your passport when you entered the county.  This is a very important document, as it is proof that you are in F-1 status.  This card will be removed from your passport when you travel home, and you will receive a new one when you re-enter the U.S.  (If you are traveling to Canada for less than 30 days, the I-94 should not be removed).
    • F-1 Visa
      • If you do have an F-1 visa, before you plan to travel outside the U.S. and re-enter, you need to make sure that your visa is not expired.  If it is expired, you need to renew your visa before re-entering the U.S.  You do not need a valid visa in order to stay in the United States. 
  2. Register for and complete a full-time course load (at least 12 credits) every Fall and Spring semester.
    • All students are required to make normal, full-time progress toward degree completion.  DO NOT drop or withdraw from any classes if you will fall below 12 credits until talking with your Advisor about the consequences.
    • Only 3 credits of these 12 may be taken as online courses.  If you have at least 9 credits on campus you may take more than 3 credits online.  Be careful!  Online classes may be harder.
    • Attendance in all classes is mandatory. 
  3. Pay for Classes
    Students on F-1 visas must register for classes before the beginning of each semester. Tuition and Fees are due in full each semester by the payment deadline for the College. However, if you are unable to make the payment by the deadline, due to extenuating circumstances, you should meet with the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs and make arrangements to pay all tuition and fees by the end of business, the day before start of classes each semester. Failure to register and pay the tuition and fees in full before the start of classes will result in all of your classes being dropped for non-payment and you will be reported as being out-of-status to the USCIS and consequently it will result in the termination of your I-20 with Manchester Community College.  
  4. Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to achieve satisfactory progress for students on F-1 visas.
  5. Not have conduct violations that rise to the level of suspension or expulsion.

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

SEVIS is the acronym for Student & Exchange Visitor Information System.  It is an online tracking system for iternational 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.

Housing

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

Information Sessions

International I-20 information session dates and times are scheduled on a weekly basis. Please call 860-512-3210 for further information and confirmation.

Contact Information, Location and Office Hours

Location:
Student Services Center

Contact:
For more information regarding international student services and programs, or I-20, F-1, OPT and CPT advising, please contact either:

Joseph Mesquita, Director of International Student Affairs/PDSO
Student Affairs Division- Student Services Center, SSC L156
Email: jmesquita@manchestercc.edu
Phone: 860-512-3215

K. Umesh Vig, Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs/DSO
Office of Student Affairs- Student Services Center, SSC L287
Email: uvig@manchestercc.edu
Phone: 860-512-3204

Elijah A. Oliver, Enrollment Services Coordinator
Student Affairs Division- Location: Student Services Center, SSC L156
Email: eoliver@manchestercc.edu
Phone: 860-512-3218

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

Hours:

Monday and Thursday      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday      8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday     10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday      8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.