Horry Georgetown Technical College welcomes international students who wish to pursue
collegiate-level study in the United States. HGTC’s International Advising staff will
help international applicants complete the documents that are required to secure an
F-1 Student visa. Assistance is also available for international students who wish
to transfer to Horry Georgetown Technical College from another college in the United
States or who wish to change their current visa status to F-1 Student.
Step 1. Submit the application.
You can choose one of the following methods:
Horry Georgetown Technical College
P.O. Box 261966
Conway, SC 29528-6066
Each application must be submitted along with a non-refundable $30 fee.
- After your application is complete, you will receive your HGTC student ID number,
called an “H-number”. Be sure to make a copy of this number for your home and carry
your H-number card when you’re on campus
- You will also receive a Username and Password for access to WaveNet, the college-information
site. You will have a WaveNet account so that you can check financial aid, account
balance, grades, email, and much more. On each campus, WaveNet Central can assist
you in navigating this useful site.
Step 3. Provide copies of current visa and passport documents, including both sides
of the I-94 card.
Step 4. Provide a certified English-language transcript of high school/secondary school
Request your high school to forward an official transcript of your coursework to World Education Services.
Step 5. Attend an Advisement Session.
Your Enrollment Advisor can help you fulfill the admissions requirements, so be sure
to visit a New Student Enrollment Center early in the process. Advisors see students
on a walk-in basis all year long, so there's no need for an appointment. However,
please try to avoid the busiest time, which is right before the beginning of each
semester. Contact a New Student Advisor.
If you have questions about the advisement process, email the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 6. International student applicants are required to submit a Certification of
This form documents that you have financial resources adequate to cover tuition and
expenses during your program of study. This form is in your International Student
packet and should be completed by your sponsor or by your bank, if you are self-supporting.
It can be mailed or faxed to the college; if faxed, the original should follow by
After being admitted to HGTC, international students are required to pay a two-semester
tuition deposit. This deposit will be used to pay tuition and fees for the first two
semesters of enrollment and is fully refundable if you decide not to study at HGTC.
When the deposit is paid, the SEVIS Form 1-20 will be issued; this is the form you
will use to request an F-1 Student Visa. F-1 visa applicants must pay a $200 fee at
least 3 business days before applying for a visa. Go to www.fmjfee.com to apply.
Step 7. Complete Additional Forms.
Prospective international students currently in the United States with a valid visa
other than F-1 Student must also complete the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant
Status Form I-539 (www.uscis.gov) and submit the $370 fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Step 8. Take College Placement Tests.
All new HGTC students, including international students, are required to take the
college placement tests (ACCUPLACER) in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to choosing courses and registering for
Developmental coursework is available for students who require further skill-building
prior to enrolling in credit-bearing courses.
International students are expected to start in either fall or spring semesters. The
completed application must be received by July 1 for the fall term and November 15
for the spring term. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered
on a space available basis.