International Application Instructions

If you are an eligible international applicant and you complete the following application procedures by the appropriate deadline, you will be admitted to a degree program at Bristol Community College. For certain selective programs such as health-related programs, culinary arts, and hospitality management, additional procedures apply. Please refer to the college’s website for additional requirements.

1. Submit the completed Bristol Admissions Application form and $35.00 fee:

International applicants currently outside of the U.S. or those inside the U.S. on a visa category other than F-1 or J-1 must submit a completed admissions application, including $35.00 application fee, by May 15 for the next fall semester (September-December), or by October 15 for the next spring semester (January-May). All supporting documents must be received by these dates in order to be considered complete. 

International applicants currently within the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must submit completed admission applications by August 1 for the next fall semester, or by January 1 for the next spring semester.  All supporting documents must be received by these dates in order to be considered complete. 

NOTE: International applicants must complete the paper application at this time. Online applications cannot be processed.

 2. Submit the completed F-1 Permanent & U.S. Address Form:

Submit the completed address verification form necessary to process an F-1 visa. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires that the College be able to report an International Student’s full permanent address including province, country and postal code. 

In addition, Bristol does not use DHL or FedEx to mail documentation to students, we only mail via regular post. We request that you provide a mailing address in the U.S. to mail these documents so we can ensure you receive your admissions and visa documentation in a timely manner.

 3. Submit official academic records: 

a. An official (original) secondary school transcript or diploma and national examination results, if applicable, must accompany your application. Photocopies and faxed copies are not acceptable unless copied in our office from originals by Admissions Staff. Emailed copies may be acceptable on a case by case basis.

b. Transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. Photocopies and faxed copies are not acceptable unless copied in our office from originals by Admissions Staff. Emailed copies may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis.

c. Certified English translations (validated by an official certified public translator) must accompany all credentials in languages other than English. All transcripts (secondary school and college/university) must also be evaluated for equivalency to studies in the United States. Academic credentials from certain countries may be able to be translated and evaluated at Bristol by trained staff members at the discretion of the Associate Director of Admissions. Please refer to this list for suggestions of agencies that can be contacted.

d. International university or college course work must be evaluated to determine comparative course levels, course equivalents and grades to the American higher education system. If you are seeking transfer credit for coursework completed outside of the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation must be completed. This evaluation must be conducted by an approved center and forwarded to the Admissions Office. If accepted to the College, a transfer credit evaluation will be conducted by the Admissions Office to determine transferability/equivalency of international course work.

4. Submit the F-1 Student Certification of Finance form:

The Certification of Finances form must be filled out accurately and completely. If anyone is helping you pay for your education, such as a parent, relative, friend, government sponsor, etc., then that sponsor must also sign the completed Certification of Finances form. Return the completed form with the application to the Admissions Office. If multiple sponsors will be providing funding, each sponsor must complete a form.

5. Submit proof of financial support:

In addition to the Certification of Finances form, international applicants seeking an I-20 form for an F-1 visa must submit verification of finances. An official letter from the bank verifying that you have the required $22,188.00 USD to finance your annual estimated expenses at Bristol Community College must be forwarded to the Admissions Office. This letter must be on official bank stationary and signed by a bank official. The letter must be dated and include a U.S. dollar amount. This letter will expire after six months from the date it is issued. Photocopies or faxed copies are not acceptable. Emailed copies may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis.

6. Submit proof of English Language Proficiency:

All international students applying to Bristol requiring an F-1 Student Visa whose primary language is not English will be required to show proof of English Language Proficiency by submitting one of the following:

    • English Composition I (ENG 101) or equivalent from another regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a C- or higher
    • TOEFL Score (61 or higher on iBT version)
    • IELTS Score (6.0 or higher on IELTS Academic version)

 7. Additional Criteria:

If you are currently in the United States, you must produce a valid passport, visa and I-94 card. Please note that you may obtain your I-94 electronically via United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (  

Transfer students applying to Bristol from another college or university in the U.S., need to submit a copy of the I-20 form from the school previously attended along with a verification of enrollment and last date attended. Also, the institution you are currently attending or last attended in the United States must complete the two-part F-1 Student Transfer Verification Form.

Applicants seeking to bring a spouse and/or children with them to the United States during their duration of study, should complete and submit the F-1 Dependent Request Form.

When an eligible international applicant completes all of the application procedures by the appropriate deadline, the Admissions Committee will review the application for admission. An admission decision will be mailed to the student at the mailing address listed on the application. If accepted, the student is required to submit a non-refundable $50.00 registration deposit. Once that deposit is received, the College will issue the student the Certificate of Eligibility form (I-20 form). Admission is granted for a specific semester of entrance and the I-20 form is only valid for that particular semester. The student must present the I-20 to his/her country’s embassy/consulate to obtain an F-1 visa. Please note that I-20 forms cannot be emailed.