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International Admissions - How to Apply

If you’re an international student (holding or seeking an F-1 Visa) interested in applying to Community College of Philadelphia, follow the steps below to get started.  We encourage you to apply by July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester to ensure you have enough time to complete all of the steps before the start of that semester.  Just follow the steps below, and you'll be on your way to becoming an international student at the College.

Step 1

Complete and Admissions Application: Apply Online

You will receive an acknowledgement email within three to five business days with your student identification number and confirmation that your application has been received.  The first step is to complete the online application for international students.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: Nov. 1

Application Documents

International applications that need an I-20 to apply for or maintain F-1 status should submit all of the following documents in order to be considered for admission to the College. An application is not considered complete until all of the items listed below are submitted.

High School Record: OFFICIAL academic records or transcripts translated into English, preferably high school (secondary school) completion/graduation certificate or diploma. For certain educational systems, qualifying exam scores will be accepted in place of a diploma (ex. WAEC and GCSE).

Financial Support Document: The Financial Support Document should be signed by you and your sponsor. Please note that the name on the bank statement and the name on the Financial Support Document must match. If the bank statement is in your name, then a Financial Support Document is not necessary.

Please review the information that will help you understand your responsibilities if you are considering sponsoring an international student.

 3.  Bank Statements: A recent and OFFICIAL bank statement or letter on bank letterhead (translated into English) and demonstrating a minimum amount of $26,300 USD. The bank statement must be less than six months old. Bank statements are accepted in all currencies but must be written or translated into English.

 4.   A signed Acknowledgement of F-1 Rules and Responsibilities form.

 5.   A copy of the student’s passport photo page.

 6.   If you are already in the United States, please include:

  • Copy of current visa, I-94 card/record and any other immigration documents
  • Copy of current I-20 (if you have studied as an F-1 student at another school)


  • TOEFL/SAT/IELTS scores
  • OFFICIAL transcripts from a previously attended college or university
    Foreign transcripts must first be evaluated by a NACES approved credential evaluation service (WES, ECE)
 Make sure you have completed all materials with the help of the International Student application checklist.

How to Submit Your Application

All documents should be labeled INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS. Then mail or deliver in person to:

Community College of Philadelphia
International Student Services (Bonnell Building, Room BG-42)
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Processing Time
Applications are typically processed in 2 to 3 weeks. All applicants will be notified by email about the status of their application. All documents submitted become the property of the College. Please submit official copies instead of originals.

If you have any questions, please contact the ISS Office via email at ISSAssistant@ccp.edu or call 1.215.751.8863.

Additional Notes

What makes a document OFFICIAL? Documents must be issued directly from the authorizing institution such as a bank, school or testing agency or a photocopy of the original that is stamped by an official such as a notary or magistrate. All official documents must have a stamp, seal or be printed on official letterhead paper from the authorizing institution.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Students

2013 – 2014 Academic Year (U.S. DOLLARS)


Tuition for 24 Credits (12 per semester) $459 per credit


Fees ($116 per credit)


Total for Tuition and Fees


Housing and Meals

Books and Supplies $1,000
Medical Insurance $1,300
Transportation $675
Miscellaneous $750
Total for Additional Expenses $12,500
Grand Total (one year) $26,300