International Student Enrollment Steps

For international students seeking to obtain F1 visa status to become a full-time student, follow these easy step-by-step instructions to successfully enroll in a degree program at Sheridan College or Gillette College.

Important International Student Information

Submit all documents and apply by July 15 for Fall Semester.
Submit all documents and apply by December 1 for Spring Semester.

The Sheridan College and Gillette College TOEFL code is 4393.

Step 1. Apply

Click here to create your online admissions account and submit your degree seeking admission application.  Please note that international student applicants must pay a non-refundable fee of $100 in order for their application to be submitted.

Step 2. Submit Required Documents

While specific requirements may vary, most of our incoming international students are required to submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:

  • Official TOEFL score, minimum 61 (iBT) or 500 (paper-based). If you are from a country where English is not the native language, you must submit a TOEFL score. The Sheridan College and Gillette College code is 4393. You can register and practice online for the TOEFL.
  • Official secondary (high school) transcripts must be sent through World Education Service (WES/www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE/www.ece.org). Transcripts also need to be translated into English on a “document by document” basis. Follow the document requirements for your country of education so that your credentials are assessed correctly.
  • Official postsecondary (university) transcripts must be sent through World Education Service (WES/www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE/www.ece.org). They also need to be translated into English on a “document by document” basis. Follow the document requirements for your country of education so that your credentials are assessed correctly.
  • Completed NWCCD (Sheridan College and Gillette College) Confidential Financial Statement. This must be signed and stamped by a bank official. You will receive this form when you submit your online application.
  • Medical Insurance: All international students must have medical insurance. Proof of international medical coverage in the United States or the College’s insurance is required. College insurance is included in the international students cost.
  • Submit Passport: Valid copy of passport is required. Visitors traveling to the U.S. are required to be in possession of a passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the U.S.

If you have questions, contact our Admissions Offices:

Step 3. Activate your MyNWCCD Account

After you submit your online application for admission, you will be emailed instructions for setting up your MyNWCCD account. Your MyNWCCD account is used for all college communications, class discussions, and more. In addition, it is where you can register for future classes.

Step 4. Receive I-20

Upon acceptance to the college you will be emailed a “draft” I-20 for your review.  Upon your confirmation of the “draft” I-20, your official I-20 will be sent to you via Fed-EX to the address listed on your application for admission.

Before coming to the United States, all of your paperwork must be in order. This will help you avoid any violations that might prevent you from beginning classes. If you have questions about how to apply for a student visa or any other documentation, contact:

Step 5. Pay SEVIS Fee

  • Online completion of the SEVIS Form I-901 provides a brief explanation of the fee requirement and procedure to pay online. For more detailed information on the fee payment process, go to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and review the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Transferring International Students (with a current I-20 from another school in the U.S.) will not be charged another fee, if transfer is approved from both the current and new school.

Before coming to the United States, all of your paperwork must be in order. This will help you avoid any violations that might prevent you from beginning classes. If you have questions about how to apply for a student visa or any other documentation, contact:

Step 6. Complete Embassy Interview to Obtain F1 Visa

Embassy appointments for F1 student visas may require a six month waiting period. Please plan accordingly. Please contact your closest U.S. Embassy to schedule an appointment.

Before coming to the United States, all of your paperwork must be in order. This will help you avoid any violations that might prevent you from beginning classes. If you have questions about how to apply for a student visa or any other documentation, contact:

Step 7. Check in with PDSO Upon Arrival & Enroll

International students are required to arrive on campus seven days prior to the start of classes.  Your arrival date will be communicated in your acceptance letter.  Before beginning classes, international students will meet with their Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) to check in. This process is designed to help international students acclimate to the community college experience. International students will also meet with an academic advisor to walk them through the enrollment process. This appointment will be set up through their meeting with their PDSO.

Step 8. Attend/Complete Orientation

Prior to starting classes, new students are required to attend an orientation. The date and type of your orientation will be determined at your meeting with your advisor.  New Student Orientation is mandatory. Some of the topics to be covered for you are:

  • NWCCD Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Campus Life
  • Academic Advising Information
  • Review of International Student Handbook
  • International Student Club

New students completing one or more online courses are expected to complete an online learning orientation as well.

Step 9. Purchase Books and Attend Class!

Books may be purchased from bookstores located on each campus or online. Shop for books and supplies using course name and section number.

Once you have your books, you are all set to begin your classes.