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International Students

GCCC StudentsThank you for choosing Gulf Coast State College (GCSC). You will find very important information regarding our admissions policies.  The information below shows the steps needed and the necessary documents that must be submitted before your I-20 can be issued.

Term Deadlines
International applicants should begin their admissions process at the earliest possible date in advance of the intended term of enrollment. Three to six months lead time is recommended to assure enrollment as requested.

Admission Deadlines

Term
Start Date

 

End Date
Application Deadline Date

FALL

August

-

December

May 26

SPRING

January

-

May

October 2

SUMMER

May

-

August

February 15

Tuition & Fees
* Fees are subject to change.

Per Credit Hour Per Semester (12 credit hours)
$359.71 $4316.52

Admission Information
(This information is for International Students only.  If you are a Permanent Resident Alien, please complete standard application by clicking here.)

Required Documents
You must submit the following items to the International Student Services Office at least ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the term for which you are applying:

Note: Please keep in mind the following when completing your application:
      
         • Review our Academic programs
         • An incomplete application and/or missing required documents will delay the admission process.


Please submit a completed Admissions application and all required documents to:

Gulf Coast State College
International Admissions
5230 W. US Hwy 98
Panama City, FL  32401

  1. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION FORM

    An admissions application and all required documents must be received before an I-20 can be issued. Your permanent foreign address is required. Students must have completed secondary school (high school).
    * There is a $40 non-refundable application fee.

    Apply Online

  2. TOEFL: TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    Minimum total scores of 79 on the Internet-based, 213 on the Computer-based and 550 on the paper-based test or 6 hours of college English is required if the native language is not English.

    International students should plan to take the TOEFL at least three (3) months prior to the intended term of enrollment in order to assure the official test score report is received at least thirty (30) days before the beginning of the term.

    TOEFL web site

  3. FINANCIAL STATEMENT

    Students must be able to bear the cost of study and living expenses. A Statement of Financial Responsibility must be completed and notarized. An official bank statement with funds available to you in excess of $15,000 (US currency) must be attached to the statement of financial responsibility. Students should know that $15,000 is needed each year to cover living expenses, tuition and fees.

    Statement of Financial Responsibility of financial resources

    Documentary evidence of means of financial support must be provided to the College for admission purposes and issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20).

    The Statement of Financial Responsibility indicates that you have or your sponsor has an account of at least $15,000 (USD) and that this money is to be used to support you while you study at
    Gulf Coast State College. The Statement of Financial Responsibility must be certified authentic (notarized) and an official bank statement must be attached. The statement must be dated no more than 6 months from the term deadline date.

  4. Federal financial aid is not available to international students. Tuition and fees must be paid by the beginning of each term.

  5. FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS

    Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Josef Silney & Associates, or any current NACES member (www.naces.org/members.htm). It is the responsibility of the student to bear all associated costs and fees. Gulf Coast will determine transferable credits. If the academic institution you attended does not issue documents in English, you must submit precise word for word translations of all your credentials. To have your documents translated, you may contact University Language Services (ULS) by using the link below.

    • High school graduates only, please submit your original high school transcript to WES for document-by-document evaluation.

    • University students, please submit university original transcripts to WES for a course-by-course evaluation, in addition to the high school transcripts. Additional high school documents may be required. Acceptance of transfer courses is subject to approval by Gulf Coast State College.

      WES Web site
      ULS Web site

  6. Proof of Medical Insurance

    Each semester before registration, all international students must provide proof of Medical coverage while attending Gulf Coast State College. The coverage must be for a full year, and it must be renewed each year in order for a student to register for courses.

TRANSFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

All students transferring in or out of Gulf Coast State College must complete the International Transfer Request form before a students SEVIS record can be transferred.  If you TRANSFERRING IN to Gulf Coast, a letter from your transferring school is required. This letter must state you are in compliance with your F-1 status and you are eligible for transfer.

WHEN DO I PAY THE SEVIS I-901 APPLICATION FEE?

The SEVIS fee should be paid after you receive your I-20.  Receipt of fee payment must be presented with your I-20 before your Embassy will issue an F-1 Visa.

CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY (FORM I-20)
The Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be provided to each admitted student following completion of all admissions requirements. This document is taken to a United States Embassy or Consulate to obtain an F-1 visa to enter the United States as a student. Your statement of financial responsibility, SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt, valid passport, and proof of ties to home country must also be presented at your appointment at the US Embassy/Consulate.
ARRIVAL INFORMATION

International students, after receiving confirmation of acceptance to the College, can arrive in the United States approximately 30 days before the beginning of the intended term of enrollment. This is necessary in order to be tested, advised and registered into courses. In addition, this arrival time allows the foreign student the time needed to locate suitable housing in the community and be ready for the first day of classes.

International students must report to the International Student Representative located in the Admissions Office no later than 30 days after arriving in the United States.  Please bring the following documents with you when you visit the International Student Representative: your stamped I-20, I-94, and passport.

HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION

GCSC does not provide student housing facilities for local or international students. However, each college campus will try to assist students to locate housing in the community. Students should arrive in Panama City about 30 days prior to the beginning of the term in order to arrange accommodations. International students must bring sufficient funds to pay at least three months of rent in advance at the time housing is located. Click here for additional information on Local Housing and Transportation.

Each student must provide their local address and telephone number to the International Student Services office immediately upon arrival. Changes of address must also be immediately provided to the College.

PROOF OF INSURANCE

Each semester before registration, all international students must provide proof of Medical coverage while attending Gulf Coast State College. The coverage must be for a full year, and it must be renewed each year in order for a student to register for courses.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REGULATIONS [DHS]

International students are required to attend college full time and earn 12 or more credit hours each term and make satisfactory progress each term toward the degree objectives as stipulated in the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). International students may not work without proper authorization according to immigration regulations. When visa students do not enroll, are not attending full time, maintain poor classroom attendance, make unsatisfactory academic progress, or become employed without proper authorization, they will be reported to DHS as being out of status.

In addition, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] requires that International students fulfill the following conditions as well as pursue a full course of study at the educational institution they are authorized to attend.

  • Do not transfer schools or work off campus without United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' permission
  • Keep a current passport that is valid for at least six month into the future;
  • Keep a valid I-20
  • Notify USCIS within 10 days of an address change.

EMPLOYMENT

See the International Students representative in the Admissions Office before you begin on campus employment.  Off campus employment is not permitted unless first approved by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). 


Please submit a completed Admissions application and all required documents to:

Gulf Coast State College
International Admissions
5230 W. US Hwy 98
Panama City, FL  32401

Phone: 850-769-1551 ext. 4862
Fax: 850-913-3308
Contact person: Miranda Dubois
Email: mdubois@gulfcoast.edu

This information is for International Students only.  If you are a Permanent Resident Alien, please complete standard application by clicking here

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