North Hennepin Community College is a great choice for international students (F-1 visa) to begin an associate degree, which is the foundation for a bachelor's degree in the United States. NHCC is part of the Minnesota State system and offers more than 30 associate degree options at a low tuition rate! Benefits of attending NHCC include our international student servicesEAP courses (English/ESL/ESOL), and Student Life activities!

Students planning to study on a F-1 visa must complete an international student application packet and bring it to campus OR submit it via postal mail (DHL/FedEx/UPS). E-mailed documents are not accepted as they are considered unofficial copies. All documents submitted must be original or certified/official copies of original documents.

If you are unable to submit original (official) documents at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email Candice Bartelle at candice.bartelle@nhcc.edu for options.

If you are an international student needing information about COVID-19, please visit our International Student Advising website.

Application Deadlines - all required documents must be submitted by this date

Fall Semester (August start date)

  • May 1 for new international students (seeking F-1 visa)
  • July 1 for transfer students (currently studying with active F-1 visa)

Spring Semester (January start date)

  • October 1 for new international students (seeking F-1 visa)
  • December 1 for transfer students (currently studying with active F-1 visa)

NHCC does not offer summer admissions for international degree-seeking students.

Application Requirements

Complete these steps to enroll as an international student. All documents must be original or certified official copies and received by NHCC's application deadline. Original (paper) documents are required for academic records, financial sponsorship, and proof of English proficiency. You may e-mail copies of immigration documents, the F-1 Student Contract, and immunization record form.

If you are unable to submit original (official) documents at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email Candice Bartelle at candice.bartelle@nhcc.edu for options. 

  • 1. Apply for Admission

    Apply for admission online or complete pages 3-4 in the International Application Packet. You must still submit all supporting documentation listed in the application packet and steps below by the application deadline to complete your application.

    Please mail documents to:
    North Hennepin Community College
    International Admissions
    7411 85th Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 USA

  • 2. Submit F-1 Student Contract

    Initial and sign NHCC's F-1 Student Contract to confirm understanding of important international student related items.

  • 3. Submit Immigration Documents (if available)

    Submit copies of your Passport (for all applicants) and US visa, I-94 record, and current I-20 (if in the United States).

  • 4. Submit Proof of English Proficiency

    Proof of English language proficiency is required from ALL applicants, regardless of country of origin or spoken language. Test score reports for language proficiency should be sent by the testing center to NHCC. Photocopies are not accepted.

    Applicants outside of the United States

    Applicants outside of the United States must complete the TOEFL or IELTS exam. TOEFL iBT score requirements are 61 or higher overall, with at least 12 in each section, and our school code to send results is 6498. IELTS score requirements are 5.5 or higher overall, with at least 4.5 in each section.

    Applicants inside of the United States

    Applicants inside the United States may submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, but also have the option to complete NHCC's ACCUPLACER placement test on-campus, submit official college transcripts showing college-level English Composition completion with a grade of C or higher, or submit progress reports from the following language center: Global Language Institute (GLI) - completion of Mastering or Accelerated levels.

    Please mail documents to:
    North Hennepin Community College
    International Admissions
    7411 85th Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 USA

  • 5. Submit Original Academic Records

    Completion of a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required for all applicants. You must provide the original or a certified official copy of your academic records (transcripts or diploma) from all previous secondary (high school) and colleges or universities attended. Original paper copies are required. E-mailed, scanned or photocopied academic records will not be accepted. If testing was completed as proof of high school graduation, official results must be submitted to NHCC. Academic records must be in English or professionally translated (English and original version).

    Please mail documents to:
    North Hennepin Community College
    International Admissions
    7411 85th Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 USA

  • 6. Submit Financial Sponsorship Documentation

    International students are required by federal law to submit proof of sponsorship for the education. Sponsors may include the student or a sponsor inside or outside the US that plans to support the student financially while attending North Hennepin Community College. Sponsors should submit a signed and notarized Financial Certificate with Original Bank Statements (current balance used for determining sponsorship). The total amount of sponsorship required is $21,409 for the current academic year.

    Please mail documents to:
    North Hennepin Community College
    International Admissions
    7411 85th Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 USA

  • 7. Additional documents before registration.

    Additional documents may be needed before registration for classes. They include a completed Immunization Record Form and purchase of required medical insurance (this should be done on campus once admitted to NHCC). If you have a contact in the US that you would like to receive information about your admissions and student records, complete the option Information Release Form.

Guide to International Student Visa Process

Study in the States, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, has an excellent guide to help you understand the international student visa process: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/guide/f-1/f-1-postsecondary

Are you seeking a change of status to an F-1 visa?

The following resources can help you understand a change of status request:

International Transfer Credits

If you completed university courses in another country and would like to request transfer credit, you must order a course-by-course evaluation report from a NACES member credential evaluation service. Members of NACES credential evaluation services include, but are not limited to, ECE, WES, and SpanTran. These services are independent from NHCC and are provided for the convenience of NHCC students. Students are responsible for contacting the appropriate credential evaluation agency for any questions regarding their evaluation request.