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Guide to International Admissions

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International students in F-1 status must be enrolled as full-time students (minimum 12 credits) each semester due to U.S. immigration regulations. Some programs of study at BHCC are designed for enrollment in less than 12 credits per semester. International students enrolled in one of these programs will need to be prepared to enroll in, complete and pay for additional coursework in order to meet the full-time requirement.

Welcome to The International Center

Every year, Bunker Hill Community College welcomes hundreds of international students from more than 100 countries to our campuses. If you want to study at a college that offers excellent programs, outstanding faculty, individualized attention, opportunities to make life-long friends, and a great city, consider BHCC.

To Apply to BHCC

To become an international F-1 student and receive an I-20 from BHCC please submit your application here:

For Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Apply Now

Students in all other visa categories who do not require an F-1 visa must apply using the General Application on the Apply Now page.

 International F-1 Students Information Sessions

Our International Center team hosts information sessions for international applicants interested in BHCC. Join us to learn more about application requirements, an overview of the student visa process, international student community and more.  All sessions are in local Boston, Massachusetts time. After you register an email with a link to join the Webex session will be sent to you 24 hours before the session.

Questions? Please contact internationaladv@bhcc.edu

 Admission Requirements

Educational Credentials - You need to submit proof that you have completed high school or its foreign equivalent. Please submit one of the following:

  • A copy of your high school diploma or high school transcripts showing your graduation date. If documents are not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted together with the document in the original language.
    If you are in your senior year of high school at the time of the application, submit your transcripts of all years of high school and a letter from your high school official indicating your graduation date. A copy of the diploma must be submitted by the start of your first semester of study at BHCC. If documents are not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted as well.
  • A copy of a bachelor's degree or master's degree diploma. If the document is not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted as well.
  • Cambridge O level or Cambridge IGCSE or UK GCSE (or its equivalents) can be submitted as proof of high school completion – You must have completed at least five subjects with a grade C (or 3) or better to be considered for admission.

If English is not your first language, you are required to submit proof of at least an intermediate level of English proficiency.

We accept minimum scores as follows:

  • 38 on the TOEFL iBT
  • 5 on the IELTS
  • Level 3 on iTEP
  • 38 on the PTE
  • 2A on EIKEN
  • B1 on Cambridge English Assessment
  • 75 on the Duolingo English Test
  • 40 on the Michigan English Test

Test scores are valid for two years.

Other ways to satisfy language proficiency:

If you have previously attended another college/university with English as a primary language of instruction, and you have completed the course(s) in developmental reading or writing or college-level English composition/writing with a grade of C or better, you can submit an unofficial transcript from your prior institution.

OR

If you have completed four years of high school in which English is the primary language of instruction submit a transcript and a letter from your high school principal attesting to your language proficiency and confirming that English was the language of instruction.

OR

If you have completed at least three (3) A level courses in the British educational system with a grade C or better; submit a transcript for A and O levels.

OR

If you have any other official test scores, please submit the copy for review and consideration.

OR

You can take the Accuplacer English Proficiency Test offered virtually at BHCC. You will be invited, by email, to sign up for the test after your application has been reviewed.

OR

Successful completion of level 4 at the Intensive English Program at BHCC. Upload your certificate to the application

OR

We offer conditional admission to qualified applicants whose level of English proficiency is lower than the admission requirements. English test scores are required. Conditionally admitted students will attend the BHCC Language Institute Intensive English program before enrolling in their academic program.

Waiver: The proof of language proficiency is waived for English speaking applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Grenada, (British) Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, United Kingdom, St. Kitts & Nevis, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zimbabwe.

Note: All accepted students are required to take a placement test prior to class registration unless they qualify for an exemption.

Proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your first year of study:

International applicants must show a proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the first year of study at BHCC. 

We have estimated the cost of attendance at $21,100. For each dependent accompanying the student, additional $7,000 must be available. Applications for Spring semester 2022 submitted on or after July 15, 2021 will require a proof of $27,000 for the applicant and $7,000 for a dependent.

When you submit financial documents, they cannot be older than six (6) months from the day of your application. 

Applicants can upload copies of their own bank statement, letter of financial guarantees from a government, foundation, or home university. If you have a sponsor you must submit the sponsor’s bank statement/letter and the completed 

Students sponsored by a company must submit proof that the employee signing the affidavit has the legal authorization to do so along with the bank statement or letter showing the minimum required balance.

IMPORTANT: Bunker Hill Community College does not accept sponsorship letters issued for admissions purposes only. We will process your application and issue an I-20 only after you submit your full scholarship award letter; or a personal bank statement (or bank statement and affidavit of support from a sponsor).

Note: You will be required to submit a copy of the completed Affidavit of Support Form and bank letter or statement to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with your visa application.

If you are in United States in another visa status and would like to change your status to become an F-1 student please review this information.

Copy of Passport Id page

Please submit a copy of your passport page that contains your biographical information.

To be eligible for admission international F-1 applicants must be 17 years old at the time of arrival in the United States to start the classes at BHCC. 

Applying from Abroad

Admission deadlines for international applicants who are applying from outside the United States

Spring Semester November 15
Summer Term I March 30
Fall Semester July 15

For Applicants who are in the United States

Current F-1 International Students - Completed applications are accepted up to last day of registration posted on Academic Calendar online. For the Fall 2021 semester the last day to apply is September 12, 2021.

Applicants who wish to request change of visa status to F-1 within the US should consult with an immigration attorney regarding eligibility and deadlines.