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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.

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Every year, Bunker Hill Community College welcomes hundreds of international students from more than 100 countries to our campuses. While they’re here, and after they transfer to four-year colleges and universities, they tell us that BHCC was a great choice. 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.

Bunker Hill Community College is the single most important ingredient needed to start your new career in the Melting Pot.
—Hyeryung Jin, South Korea Legal Studies and Public Safety Program

Application Deadlines for F-1 International Students

Spring Semester November 30
Summer Term I April 21
Fall Semester July 15

To Apply to BHCC

To become an international F-1 student and receive an I-20 from BHCC, apply from one of the following applications.
For Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 Apply Now


Students in all other visa categories must apply using the General Application on the Apply Now page

You must submit the online application and upload the supporting documents as follows:

1. Proof that you have completed high school. Submit one of the following:

  • A copy of high school diploma or high school transcripts showing that you are in your senior year at the time of the application. Copy of the high school diploma has to 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 earned abroad. If document is not in English, a translation from a specialized agency must be submitted.
  • A copy of the transcript from an U.S. institution of higher education confirming the conferral of a degree.
2. Proof that you are proficient in English:

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

We accept:

    • A score of at least 38 on the TOEFL internet-based test
    • 5 on the IELTS
    • Level 3 on iTEP
    • 38 on the PTE
    • IKEN: minimum of 2A

Test scores are valid for two years.

Other ways to satisfy language proficiency:

You have previously attended another college/university either in or outside of the U.S. with English as a primary language of instruction; submit a transcript.


You have completed four years of high school in the United States with a GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale; submit a transcript.


You have completed at least three (3) A level courses in the British educational system with a grade C or better; submit a transcript.


If you scored 500 or higher within the last 2 years on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT, you will not take the reading and English portions of the test.


If you are in Boston and cannot satisfy the language proficiency using the methods listed above, please contact the International Center at international@bhcc.mass.edu to learn about other test options.

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, Saint Kitt&Nevis, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zimbabwe.

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

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

International applicants who require an I-20 must show a proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the first year of study at BHCC. The cost to attend BHCC for one academic year is $21,100. For each dependent (spouse, child) accompanying the student, an additional $7,000 must be available.

If an applicant will have a sponsor, an affidavit of support must be submitted along with the sponsor’s bank statement or letter with an original signature of the bank official. An applicant may have multiple sponsors. Each sponsor must complete the Affidavit of Support and sign it. For each sponsor a copy of the bank statement/letter must be submitted. The financial document/bank statement cannot be older than six (6) months. You will be required to submit a copy of the Affidavit of Support and bank letter or statement to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with your visa application.

IMPORTANT:  Bunker Hill Community College does not accept letters issued by foreign embassies noted with “FOR ADMISSION PURPOSES ONLY”. We will process your application and issue an I-20 only after you submit your Financial Guarantee letter or a personal bank statement (or bank statement and affidavit of support from a private sponsor).

If you are already in United States on another visa type and would like to change your status, please review this information.

I-20 Shipping Information

You will need your original I-20 when you attend your visa interview and enter the US, so you will need to have the I-20 shipped to you abroad.  Please note, Bunker Hill Community College does not mail I-20’s internationally through regular mail. All international shipments must go through the eShip Global shipping service.

eShip Global Shipping Service

All International shipping is handled through our shipping partner, eShip Global’s University Express Mail Services, or UEMS.   This service allows you to pay for and receive your documents through DHL, FedEx or UPS.  Documents typically arrive 3-5 days after you place your shipping order.

Create Your eShip Account

Please do NOT create an account until you have received an email from the International Center office confirming that your I-20 is ready.  

Detailed instructions on creating an account with eShipGlobal:
Go to the eShipGlobal website at: https://study.eshipglobal.com/register/ (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers)

  1. Click on "sign up"
  2. Register for an account by completing the online form and clicking the “register” button
  3. After you have successfully logged in, click "Receive a Package from Universities"
  4. Search for Bunker Hill Community College and click "continue" after locating it
  5. Select a carrier under the service column (choice will be FedEx, UPS or DHL) and click "continue"
  6. Select your preferred payment option (credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal) and complete the payment details
  7. After completing the payment details click "confirm payment"

Note to agents/representatives: If you will receive documents on behalf of an applicant, please include the full first and last name of the applicant in the comment section.

Once you have completed your payment, International Center will be notified that labels have been created for you. We will print the labels and will finalize the pick-up. When the pick-up is finalized you will receive an email notification of the shipment including the tracking number which you can follow on the eShipGlobal website. Allow five (5) business days for our staff to process your delivery request.

Shipments to Iran

BHCC has worked with eShip Global and we are approved to mail packages to Iran, though please note these often take longer than the typical 3-5 day delivery time.

Shipping Within the US

Documents that need to be mailed within the US will be mailed via regular mail at BHCC’s expense.  Expedited domestic shipping can also be ordered through eShip.

If you are currently abroad and have a contact in the US that you would like your documents mailed to, please email our office at international@bhcc.mass.edu and we will be happy to mail your documents accordingly.