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International Student Admissions

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.

For additional information, please review the Information for Prospective International Students or contact the International Student Advisor.

Also, don't forget to check out the Guide to Studying in the States.

New Student Deadline

International students are expected to start in either fall or spring semesters. The completed application must be received by July 1st for the fall term and November 1st for the spring term.  

Transfer student Deadline

Two weeks prior to start date of classes.

Nataliia decided to return to the United States and enroll in HGTC after a positive experience during a work and travel program in North Myrtle Beach a few years ago.  She enjoyed her time on the Grand Strand and was very excited to learn she could enroll in school as an International Student here at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.  

  • Step 1. Apply for Admission and submit supporting documents

    Complete an Admissions application either online or in person at the Admissions office.

    Provide copies of current visa and passport documents, including the I-94 card.

    Download the I-94 form

  • Step 2. Submit Test Scores

    Students are required to submit test scores with the Admissions application. Students may submit ACT, SAT or college placement test scores.

    If English is not your primary language, you must submit proof of your English-language proficiency.

    A minimum computer-based score of 173, Internet-based score of 61, or paper-based score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. If you are already in the United States, you may elect to take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test as an alternative to TOEFL.

  • Step 3. Provide a certified English-language transcript of high school/secondary school records

    Request your schools to forward an official transcript of your coursework to World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluations, Inc. (ECE).

    Important note: Once transcripts have been translated through WES or ECE, official copies can be hand-delivered to the HGTC Admissions Office in a sealed envelope or mailed to:

    HGTC Admissions Office
    Horry-Georgetown Technical College
    PO Box 261966
    Conway, SC 29528-6066

    For SpanTran evaluations, you must complete the SpanTran Application Process. If using SpanTran, you do not need to request that they mail us official copies. SpanTran will provide official, electronic copies of your evaluations to HGTC at no cost.

  • Step 4. International student applicants are required to submit a Certification of Financial Support

    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 mail.

    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 $350 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. 

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Service regulations require that F-1 students who wish to transfer to another institution must establish their eligibility to transfer to another college or university.  Please fill out the International Student Transfer Form for the campus you will be attending.

  • Step 6. Meet with a Student Development Coordinator

    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 advisor@hgtc.edu

  • 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 participate online.

    Note: Once admitted, you will receive a Username and Password for access to myHGTC, the college-information site. Your myHGTC account will allow you to check financial aid, account balance, grades, email, and much more. On each campus, TECH Central can assist you in navigating this useful site.