International Students

Patrick Henry Community College is a two-year, non-residential, commuter college. We welcome applications from qualified international students who meet our academic, financial, and language requirements. Our Admissions & Records Office complies fully with federal laws and regulations regarding admission and course enrollment of all immigrant and non-immigrant students.

General Information

  • International students are classified as out-of-state students for tuition payment purposes.
  • Students with DACA approval (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Federal financial aid is not available to F-1 Visa international students. Funds must be readily available for tuition payment at time of registration.
  • F-1 Visa international students are limited to enrollment in specific programs ( see tier 1 advisor).
  • You may also be required to take the VPT prior to enrolling in courses. 


Admissions Requirements for English Profeciency

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System),  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency). Our institution requires a minimum overall band score of {6.0} on IELTS, {61} on TOEFL, and {3.7} on ITEP.

Patrick Henry Community College only accepts scores submitted electronically by the chosen test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS. For TOEFL, use CEEB school code 5549. Please contact the test center directly where you took your English Proficiency test and request that your official test scores be sent electronically. All IELTS and TOEFL test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.


F-1 Visa Deadlines for Students Application Materials

  • Fall- July 1
  • Spring- Nov 1


Steps for F-1 Visa Student Application Process

1. Complete the online application for admissions to Patrick Henry Community College and from the program list, choose only one of the following: Business Administration, General Studies, or Science.

2. Complete all forms in the International Student Packet and submit to

3. Have official transcripts from US high schools, colleges, or universities sent electronically to the Office of Admissions and Records via a secure third-party vendor (i.e., Parchment, National Student Clearing House, and Scribbles). 
Non-US college transcripts must be evaluated and received from a credentialing agency. Visit to find an agency. Evaluations should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions and Records
Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville VA 24112

4. Have official test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, SAT, ACT,) sent electronically to the Office of Admissions and Records, use CEEB code 5549 where applicable.


Steps for F-1 Visa Student Transfer Process

  • If you currently attend another SEVIS approved school and wish to transfer to PHCC, please complete the Transfer in Form.
  • If you currently attend PHCC and are transferring to another SEVIS approved school, please complete the Transfer out Form.
  • If you currently attend another institution and wish to take courses during a session break at PHCC, please complete the F-1 Enrollment Agreement Form.


F-1 Visa Student Contacts

PDSO- Jessica M. Carter
Coordinator of Admissions & Records, Registrar


DSO- Megan Walker
Outreach Advising Specialist



International Student Support Resources


International Student Insurance Information

Government regulations require that you must demonstrate your ability to pay medical expenses while attending school in the United States. You will be required to purchase international student health insurance. PHCC does not have a preferred insurer. You may obtain insurance from the vendor or company of your choice. Below are a couple of vendors that have reached out to the college.



Jessica Carter | 276-656-0312 |