Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for admission?

Is the TOEFL or the IELTS required?

How much will it cost an international student to attend BHCC?

Can I apply on behalf of a friend or family member who is not in the U.S.?

Why do I have to show proof of my immunizations?

How do I obtain an I-20 form?

How do I obtain an F-1 visa?

What if I am denied a visa?

Most students who are denied are denied for one of two reasons:

How do I change my B-2 tourist status or J-1 exchange visitor status to an F-1 student visa?

I have a visa waiver (W/T). How do I change it to an F-1 visa?

I need to leave the country suddenly for a family emergency. What should I do?

I want to travel during the school break. What should I do?

My F-1 visa stamped in my passport has expired. What do I do?

I think I need an immigration lawyer. How do I find a good one?

When is the Diversity Lottery for the 'green card'? Am I eligible?

When do classes start and when should I arrive on campus?

What is included in the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?

What is a credit?

How do I transfer credit from colleges that I attended before - either back home or in the U.S.?

Is attendance an important part of my grade?

How many "distance learning" courses may I take during a semester at BHCC?

Do I have to take 12 credits every semester?

It's already time to register for my next semester. What do I do? Who and where is my academic advisor?

How do I get credit for my knowledge of world languages, previous learning, or life experience?

How do I transfer to another college?

Can international students get financial aid?

Do I need to pay all my tuition and fees at once?

Why do I need to buy health insurance?

Can I work, either on campus or off campus? How can I get a social security number?

How can I get involved with campus life?

Can I get assistance with finding housing?

Are there any other students from my country at BHCC?

Why is Boston so cold? How will I ever survive the winter?

I have some personal problems. How do I get help?

How can I get help with health insurance and in finding a good physician?

Is attendance an important part of my grade?

Can I take evening classes? Can I take classes in the Chelsea campus?

I think I need to drop a class. How do I do this?

I have some academic problems. How do I get help?