Prospective Non-US/International Students

Admissions Requirements for Those Who Are Not Currently in the US

Durham Tech does not currently issue an I-20 for an F-1 student visa until after a prospective student has come to the U.S., has completed the checklist for change of status or checklist for traveling back home to apply for a visa to re-enter the US, and has met with a designated school official. Admissions steps, which include taking the placement tests at Durham Tech, can be found in the admissions section of the website.

Durham Technical Community College is an open-door institution, and persons who meet the admissions requirements are usually accepted, although some programs, such as nursing, have additional requirements, competitive admissions, and limited enrollment. After acceptance into the college, students will be advised how to apply to the Department of Homeland Security for a change of status to F-1 visa status or how to travel abroad to apply for an F-1 visa.  Either process can take several months and there is no guarantee of approval.

How Much Do Credit Courses Cost per Semester?

View a Tuition and Fee calculation chart to see costs by credit for both in-state and out-of- state tuition and fees.

Students in some immigration categories may qualify for tuition sponsorship by a NC Non-Profit Organization or by an NC Employer.   Visit the links below to get more information.

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students

Do my transcripts, diplomas, or other educational documents need to be in English?

Yes, and the English translation must be completed by a certified translator.

Will my previous university credits transfer ?

Transfer credit is determined on a course-by-course basis depending on the program of study. All transcripts from non-US institutions must first be professionally evaluated. View the suggested list of evaluation services. Durham Tech does not accept course credit for English language or literature courses taken at educational institutions outside the United States.

Can I take the placement tests somewhere else?

No, the placement tests must be taken at one of the three Durham Tech campuses in North Carolina.

Are the reading, writing, and math placement tests the only ones I need to take?

Generally the reading, writing, and math placement tests (or equivalent) are the only required placement tests.  For more information on placement testing, acceptable alternate tests or waivers from the test requirements, visit the placement test web pages.

Students who are applying for a Health Technologies program will need to meet additional English language requirements. Please see the Health Technologies English Language requirement for additional information.

Can I get an I-20 for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

No, Durham Tech does not issue an I-20 for any noncredit programs.

Do you have scholarships and financial aid?

Durham Tech has no financial aid available for entering non-resident international students that do not qualify for federal financial aid or Durham Connect Funds. Non-resident international students pay North Carolina out-of-state tuition fees.

Will you provide housing?

Durham Tech has no dormitories or other living facilities. Students must make their own living and transportation arrangements. There are some suggestions for local housing and transportation on the resources page.

Do I need health insurance?

Enrollment in a U.S. health insurance policy for international students is highly recommended. There are some suggestions for local housing and transportation on the Resources page.

How do I apply for admission to a curriculum program?

View one of the documents below that most applies to you:

If you have further questions, please call to make an appointment the Director of International Student Services, at 919-536-7200, ext. 3228, or email

For Those in the US with Another Visa

For those who are in the U.S. with another valid visa, it may be possible to change visa status to F-1 student visa. The checklist for change of status lists everything that must be completed before we can issue the I-20. The I-20 is then used to apply for the F-1 student visa (either by returning to the home country or by submitting an application for change of status to USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security). Please note that you must be "in status" with your current visa in order to be admitted into a Durham Tech curriculum program of study and to receive an I-20.

After reviewing the checklist, if you need more information about admissions and possibly changing your current visa to F-1 student visa status, please contact Heidi White at or 919-536-7200, ext. 3228. General admissions information is also available under the general admissions area of our website.

For F-1 Visa Transfer Students

To be eligible to transfer to our college, your current school must verify that you hold the F-1 visa in good standing. If this is not the case and you have fallen "out-of-status" with your F-1 visa, Durham Tech will not admit you into a curriculum program of study at or assist you in the reinstatement process. Please view the checklist for transfer for the process of transferring your visa status to Durham Tech.