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.
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.
Step 1. Apply for Admission and submit supporting documents
Complete an Admissions application either online or in person at the Admissions office
and submit the $30 non-refundable application fee.
Provide copies of current visa and passport documents, including the I-94 card.
Download the I-94 form
Step 3. Provide a certified English-language transcript of high school/secondary school
Request your schools to forward an official transcript of your coursework to World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluations, Inc. (ECE).
Once transcripts have been translated through WES or ECE, official copies can be mailed
to HGTC Admissions Office; Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Office of Admissions, PO
Box 261966, Conway, SC 29528-6066 or hand-delivered to the HGTC Admissions Office
in a sealed envelope.
Step 4. 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.
Dependent Certification of Financial Support
Step 5. 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 6. Meet with a New Student Enrollment Advisor
After you have received an acceptance letter, schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to help you create your class schedule.
If you have questions about the advisement process, email the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 7. Attend an Orientation Session
Sign up for a New Student Orientation (NSO) session that you want to attend. If you can’t attend a session in person, you can
Once admitted, you will receive a Username and Password for access to WaveNet, the
college-information site. Your WaveNet account will allow you to check financial aid,
account balance, grades, email, and much more. On each campus, WaveNet Central can
assist you in navigating this useful site.