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
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).
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
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 $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 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
Note: 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, TECH Central can assist
you in navigating this useful site.