International Students

Bluefield College welcomes applications for admission from International Students. International students with less than 12 college credits will be classified as International Freshman Applicants. International Students with 12 or more college credits will be classified as International Transfer Applicants. All International Applicants will be required to submit an application and all required academic records no later than:

August 1st – Fall Term Applicants

December 15th – Spring Term Applicants

Admission Requirements

International Freshman Applicants International Students who wish to be candidates for acceptance as a freshman must submit:

  • 1. A properly completed Bluefield College application
  • 2. An officially certified English translation of the student’s secondary transcript
  • 3. Proof of English Proficiency
  • International Transfer Applicants International students who wish to be candidates for transfer acceptance must submit:

  • 1. Official copies of any and all university transcripts (any transcripts from International Universities must be submitted through Incred Evaluations for credit to be granted)
  • 2. Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of English Proficiency: Bluefield College requires international students to either meet the requirements of English Proficiency or exempt the requirements through the methods outlined below. Bluefield College has this policy to ensure admitted students will be successful in their pursuit of higher education. Proof of English Proficiency can be met by:

  • 1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Score of 61
  • 2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Score Band 6
  • 3. Cambridge English Assessment – Score of 169
  • 4. Duolingo English Test – Score of 52
  • Proof of English Proficiency can be exempted by:

  • 1. ACT English – Score of 18 and ACT Reading – Score of 21
  • 2. SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) – Score of 500
  • 3. Being a native of, or studying full-time for two or more years (in the last 5 years) of*: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (excluding Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana (Must attend 4 years of English high school and provide documentation.), Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria (Must attend 4 years of English high school and provide documentation.), Seychelles, Sierra Leone (Must attend 4 years of English high school and provide documentation.), Singapore, South Africa (Must attend 4 years of English high school and provide documentation.), St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Tanzania, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Must attend 4 years of English high school and provide documentation.)
  • * NOTE: Students that exempt the Proof of English Proficiency Requirement are subject to a video interview prior to being granted full acceptance.

    Requirements of Accepted Students

    International accepted students will be required to submit the following items to Bluefield College:

    1. Following acceptance, a student will receive through email a Financial Obligation Form. This form must be returned before an I-20 can be issued. To complete this form, students will be required to provide bank records and other financial documents to verify their ability to fulfill the required cost of attendance.
    2. Before a student will be registered for classes, they must submit a $150 confirmation fee. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee.
    3. As an international student, it is mandatory for you to enroll in the College-sponsored insurance plan. It is the only way Bluefield College can guarantee that our international students will have healthcare coverage in the event a hospital visit is needed. Many hospitals now reserve the right to refuse overseas insurance coverage because of the changes that have taken place with the healthcare system in the United States. Learn more regarding student health insurance.

    Requirements for Obtaining Form I-20

    The I-20 form will be issued by the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) or Designated School Official (DS) once a student has been granted Full Acceptance and the student has submitted:

    • Submit final, official transcripts.
    • Submit the confirmation form and deposit, housing contract; this is issued in the student’s acceptance packet.
    • Submit the International Student Financial Obligation Form with supporting documents; this is issued in the student’s acceptance packet.
    • The College requires verification that the student has the resources to cover all costs associated with the first full year of study.
    • If needed, submit the International Student Financial Affairs Form with supporting documents; this is issued in the student’s acceptance packet.
    • Submit completed Bluefield College Medical Forms.
    • Make payment for their first semester at Bluefield College. Payment may be
    • submitted online through MyBC or by completing a wire transfer ($50 fee applies).
    • A copy of the first page of the student’s passport including the passport photo.
    • Transfer International Students MUST complete an F-1 Non-Immigration Form.

    Non-immigrant students seeking to transfer from another college or university in the United States to Bluefield College complete this form and request the Designated School Official of their current institution to provide the necessary information. Bluefield College has the right to request additional documentation before issuing the I-20, and has the right to refuse to issue an I-20 regardless of meeting acceptance and I-20 standards.

    Transportation Assistance

    Bluefield College will provide free airport transportation for travel to and from Charlotte International Airport at the beginning and end of each fall and spring semester. Only students whose flights are arranged for dates listed in the Travel Assistance Request Form below may request assistance.

    You are expected to:

    1. Complete the Travel Assistance Request Form below or contact Eric Mason at his information below with your complete itinerary at least 14 days before your scheduled flight.
    2. Check in with Eric Mason in the Office of Enrollment with the travel form so we can plan accordingly with travel. Contact him at the information below.
    3. Student should schedule flights on the designated dates:
      1. Arrivals until 9:00 p.m.
      2. Departures after 1:00 p.m.

    In the event of a delayed flight resulting in an arrival time outside of the scheduled hours,

    Be prepared to:

    1. Contact Bluefield College as soon as possible with updated flight information.
    2. Stay locally overnight.

    Travel Assistance Request Form

    Contact Information

    Eric Mason
    Associate Director of Online Enrollment


    Travel Assistance Form

    Enter your number (#) only, i.e., if you are Flight DL1401, enter only "1401."

    What time is your flight arriving/departing the airport? Enter as HH:MM AM/PM, i.e., 09:00 AM.

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