- Why CGCC?
- Pre-arrival Info
- Immigration Regs
||Why Choose to Study at Chandler Gilbert Community College?|
- Chandler and Gilbert are two of the fastest growing communities in the United States
- Personal campus environment and family life atmosphere
- Affordable tuition
- Small classes, personal attention
- Excellent transfer record to 4-year universities, such as nearby Arizona State University - Polytechnic Campus
- Housing available at the Williams Campus; home stay assistance
- One-to-one attention from staff in International Student Services
- Free tutoring services
- Conversational Partnership Program to help improve language skills
- Clubs and student organizations
- Orientation on adjustment to American life, academic success and transfer
- Wireless computing environment
- State of The Art professional/technical training programs
- Close to Phoenix
- Conveniently located to year-round outdoor recreation (hiking, snow skiing, camping, swimming, boating, tennis and golf)
||International Student Admission Requirements |
- Click here for a printable version of International Student Admission Requirements
- Please review the information below and allow plenty of time to submit the required documents. Please print out and use the following International Student Admission Requirements Checklist to keep track of the requirements. Please use this checklist to help you keep track of these requirements.
- There is NO application fee.
- All documents must be originals. No facsimile copy or photocopy is acceptable unless otherwise stated.
- Complete the International Student Information Form.
- Your most recent TOEFL Score Report must be mailed from the TOEFL office directly to "CGCC International Education Programs" (student copies are not acceptable). Use our institutional code 8562. Admission to academic studies requires a TOEFL score of 70 Internet-based (iBT). If you are applying for ESL courses (English as a Second Language), you must provide evidence of a least intermediate command of English by way of one a minimum TOEFL score of 56 iBT. We also accept an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Band Score of 6 or better for academic studies and minimum of 5.0 for ESL (CGCC’s case/file number is 9046), or STEP Pre-First Grade level to satisfy the minimum requirement for admission to an academic program and STEP Second Grade level for admission with ESL coursework. For information concerning dates and locations of the TOEFL examination in your country, contact the States Information Service at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate; or you may contact TOEFL by calling 1-877-863-3546 or faxing to 1-609-771-7500. http://www.toefl.org/. IETS www.ielts.org.
- Submit official copies of secondary school records (transcripts) AND certificate or diploma, along with a certified English translation attached to the originals if they are not in English. Graduation from secondary school comparable to an American high school diploma is required. This is schooling required before admission to a university. School records (or transcripts) include courses completed, completion dates and value earned for each course. Official copies from the school include the official school seal or stamp. Frequently U.S. Embassies or Consulates refer applicants to certified translators. All documents must be originals (not photocopies), preferably mailed to CGCC by the school, educational institution or Ministry of Education.
- Submit Evidence of Financial Support form showing that you have a minimum of $20,230 per year to cover tuition and living expenses. A letter from the bank must be included showing that the sponsor or the student (if self-sufficient) has sufficient funds on deposit. A monthly bank statement CAN NOT be used. The bank letter must be on official letterhead paper. The letter needs to include confirmation the sponsor has an account with the financial institution and there is at least $20,230 available in US dollars. While all efforts are made to present accurate information, changes in tuition and fees may be made without notice. Please note the American Embassy or Consulate will require another set of original financial documents.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities (if applicable) must be mailed directly from the college/university attended directly to CGCC International Education Programs.
- A photocopy of your identification page in your passport.
Additional Requirements if applying for a school transfer within the United States:
- A photocopy of the I-94 card in your passport.
- A photocopy of the visa page in your passport.
- A photocopy of ALL prior I-20s.
- A completed Transfer Eligibility Form by the student and the current Designated School Official (DSO) at the current school.
It is strongly recommended that all required paperwork be submitted at least six (6) months in advance from the time you plan to enroll. To be guaranteed consideration for admission, ALL application materials must be received by:
- Fall Semester (August - December) by July 1
- Spring Semester (January - May) by November 1
||Where to send required documents|
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
International Education Programs
2626 East Pecos Road
Chandler, Arizona 85225-2499 U.S.A.
||If you have any questions, please contact|
International Education Program
Phone: (011).1.480.732.7391 or Fax: 1.480.866.8242
or firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you are accepted to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, a letter of acceptance will be mailed to you, along with your SEVIS I-20 form and other important information.
||Students Under 18 Years Old|
CGCC recommends that students who are under the age of 18 (minors) have a guardian in the United States. In the event of a personal emergency, accident, illness, incarceration, etc., the State of Arizona will require the signature of a guardian before assistance such as hospitalization, legal counsel, etc., can be offered. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is not permitted to act in the place of the parent or guardian.
||Information in Different Languages||
||Obtaining a Student F-1 Visa|
The primary student will need to apply for an F-1 visa at the nearest United States Consulate Office of Embassy in the home country. Any dependents will need to apply for an F-2 visa. Procedures to apply for a visa change from time to time, so you are advised to check with tour nearest consular office either by phone or website to find out what are the procedures and requirements in your country. Students will need to take the I-20 the school sends you, along with your financial guarantee documents, and any documentation supporting your permanent residency in your home country with your to apply for a visa. You will need to call well in advance to schedule an interview with an officer. The fee for processing the I-20 is $200.00, in addition to the visa cost, which varies from country to country. The SEVIS fee must be paid before your visa appointment date. Follow the link for information on how to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee
||Airline Travel Arrangements|
- Arriving at Sky Harbor Airport - Purchase your airline ticket for final arrival to Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. During your flight into the United States, you will be given a custom's declaration card (form 6059-B). Please read it carefully and full it out completely. Make sure that you have your I-94 card and passport. After passing through customs, you can then exit the terminal and locate the Super Shuttle, a taxi, or a bus that will take you to your destination.
- Ground Transportation - The Super Shuttle is the most popular form of transportation from the Sky Harbor Airport to your destination. The Super Shuttle vans (between $14 - $24 depending on distance), are located right outside the exit doors of the airport or local taxis. Super Shuttles are recommended as taxi fare can be expensive.
- Taxi service available just outside the terminal exits. Costs can range anywhere from $25.00 - $55.00 from the airport to the cities in the Greater Phoenix area. If you are temporarily staying at a hotel, you might be able to receive complimentary (free) transportation. Please call your hotel in advance to make arrangements for hotel shuttle services if it's available at your hotel.
Passport and Visa
- Make copies of all your documents and make a list of all your valuable items just in case they get lost or stolen. Obtaining replacement documents and articles can be time consuming and costly if you do not have records.
Other important items not to forget to bring with you include:
- I-94 card (arrival and departure record attaching inside your passport)
- SEVIS I-20
Packing Your Luggage
- Airline tickets
- Credit cards
- Emergency contact information
- Medicines and prescriptions
- Copy of original birth certificate
- Transcripts and educational documents (extra copies)
- Electrical adapter (voltage in U. S. is 110)
- Clothing for Arizona weather
Remember that U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the port of entry are authorized to search your and all your luggage when you seek admission to the U.S. Items to bring with you in your carry-on might include:
- Arizona is hot during the summer months (June - September), so light cotton clothing is recommended. In the winter time months (December - February), Central Arizona weather is chilly; jeans, long sleeve tops and light jackets are recommended. If you plan to visit, snow ski or tour in the higher elevations in Northern, Eastern and parts of Southern Arizona, it snows and therefore you will need much warmer clothing such as wool socks, thick jackets, hats, gloves, etc. The rest of the year (Oct - Nov, March - May) in the metro-Phoenix area, the weather is absolutely beautiful.
- You should take certain documents with you in your carry on luggage, in case your checked luggage is lost. Don't forget to add labels with you name and contact information on your luggage.
- Airline ticket
- I-20 form
- Evidence of Financial Support form
- Documentation of your permanent residence in your country
- Extra passport size photos
- Official Transcripts for all Secondary and Post secondary studies
- Medical & Dental Records
- Information about any medical conditions or treatments
- Eyeglasses and lens prescriptions
- Traveler's checks, cash, credit cards
- Copy of birth or marriage certificate
- International driver's license
- Important telephone numbers
- Emails and addresses (family, friends, businesses, doctors, etc.)
- Change of clothing if it takes you 2 days to get to the U.S.
||Financial & Health Preparations|
Making Financial Arrangements
- Your tuition cost per semester will be approximately $3500 for 12 credits (minimum credits required per semester). This does not include textbook or health insurance expenses. Cost for living (rent, utilities & personal expenses) will depend on where you want to live. Students can rent an apartment anywhere from $500 - $1000 a month depending on the quality and location of the home or apartment. Most students have the following type of expenses when they arrive: Tuition and Fees, Rent, Food (often called "board," as in "room and board"), Health insurance & Medical Costs, Books and Course supplies, Transportation, Communications (mainly cell telephone and e-mail hookups), Clothing, Personal expenses, Recreation, Furniture, Travel, Expenses for Dependents (that is, spouse and/or children who accompany you and are dependent on your financial support), including living costs, childcare costs, health insurance and tuition for dependents who are in school.
- Before you leave your home country you should have a complete physical and dental examination. You should tell your doctor that you are going to study in the United States, possibly for several years. Ask your doctor what medical care or monitoring you might need while you are away from home for that long. Find out how you can get medication that you might need. Your home doctor or clinic might be able to help by referring you to a source for prescription drugs in the USA. Get copies of your medical records translated into English if your doctor recommends it. Have your teeth checked thoroughly by your family dentist. Get all of your dental work completed before you come to Arizona. There are excellent dental care facilities in Arizona, but dental work can be very expensive and it is not covered by most health insurance plans. If you need dental care or orthodontic care while you are in Arizona, talk to the International Education office for help locating a suitable facility.
If you need temporary housing, there are nearby hotels or weekly suites you can rent until you find permanent housing. CGCC at the Williams Campus
has housing available. If you choose CGCC campus housing, you might also need transportation, such a car, especially if you decided you will take classes at the bigger campus - CGCC-Pecos Campus.
Another housing option is a
home stay with a family. OvECS, Ltd
) OR American Homestay Network
home stay organizations which
offers a wonderful experience that can help you improve your English while learning American Culture. Students who chose this program will live with an American family close to CGCC campuses. Options might include:
- Your own private bedroom in a home near your school
- 2 meals (breakfast & dinner 7 days a week)
- Free airport pick up by your host family
- You can stay a minimum of 4 weeks or continue for as long as you like
- There is a fee for placement & processing fees (1 time charge only)
- Average rent for each 4 week stay (includes meals, lodging & utilities) can range from $660 - $900.
There are also nearby leasing communities which a student can rent for a monthly fee ranging from $600 - $1200 a month depending on the quality of living preferred and location.
For apartment leasing in Chandler or Gilbert, Arizona search:
Make sure you use either of these search words within each website: 85225 (zip code where CGCC is located), East Valley, Chandler, Gilbert.
Arizona has some of the best weather in the nation between the months of September through May. The temperature will average 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 - 24 Celsius degrees) during the day and 35-45 °F (2 - 7 °C) at night. Our summer months, June through August, can reach temperatures of over 100 °F (43 °C). Light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the year if you are living in the greater Phoenix area. Most people dress very
casual in the summer months. Many students wear shorts and light cotton blouses or t-shirts
to campus. Many stores sell very light cotton long sleeve blouses or t-shirts to avoid getting sunburns. They are made from a special "wicking" material that allows perspiration to evaporate quickly and leave you feeling cooler, yet protected.
Our winter temperatures can be chilly, reaching temperatures of 50 - 60 °F (11 - 15 °C). During winter months, you will need jeans, sweaters and a light jacket. If you leave the greater Phoenix area to visit cities located in higher elevations, you will need heavier and warmer clothing during the winter months. It snows in many places such as Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low
and Payson. All these cities and towns are only about 1 -
2 hour car drive.
In addition to recommended clothing items, we strongly recommend you always wear sunglasses and a hat in the summer months, in addition to drinking plenty of water, even if you don't feel
thirty. Dehydration is a serious problem if you don't drink plenty of water during the summer.Living in Arizona
The State of Arizona
is known for its beautiful scenery. Arizona is the home to the Grand Canyon
, Painted Desert
, Monument Valley
, Canyon de Chelly National Monument
, Kartchner Caverns
as well as many other incredible natural wonders. Arizona is famous for its warm, sunny weather. With 330 days of sunshine a year, Arizona is ideal for outdoor adventures. Temperatures vary depending on elevation. Winter temperatures of 60°F (16°C) are common in Arizona. In the desert, summer temperatures often exceed 100°F (38°C). The cities of Chandler and Gilbert are just 35 minutes away from Phoenix, which is the fifth largest city in the United States. CGCC is located about 20 miles from the Superstition Mountains, which boasts four lakes, plenty of hiking trails and scenic
camp grounds. Arizona State University, the largest university in Arizona, is only 30 minutes away.
The desert climate of Phoenix makes it a healthy place to live, but it is wise to remember a few important things. Because the air here is dry, it is very important to drink plenty of water every day. You may also find it necessary to use a moisturizing cream on your face and hands. If you are going to be in the sun participating in outdoor activities, use a sunscreen product on your face, arms, legs, etc.
You can usually find bus routes close to where you live, though the times may not always be convenient. There are local and express bus routes to most parts of the greater Phoenix area. Local bus transportation in the metro-Phoenix area is not as good as in cities such as New York or Los Angeles, so we recommend you make transportation arrangements soon after you arrive. Although the cities of Gilbert and Chandler are the fastest growing the U.S. right now,
reliable and consistent source of transportation is challenging but improving. There is a cities-wide bus system which includes several stops a day at CGCC. If you know your residing street address, you can determine if there is a bus route from your location to CGCC by visiting the Valley Metro Bus
on line.Automobiles and Driving
Many students purchase inexpensive ($3000 or less) vehicles to get to school. Students who purchase a car will need to get a Driver's License
. Though cars are in many ways the easiest form of transportation in this large valley, you should think long and hard before you take steps to buy a car. First, figure out how much you can afford to spend on a car, title
and license, insurance, maintenance, and fuel. Owning a car could double your expenses as a student at CGCC. Discuss the matter with your financial sponsor as well. If your sponsor doesn't know that you are planning to get a car, he or she may be very surprised when your expenses suddenly are doubled. Even if you buy a relatively inexpensive car, you could easily spend another $3,000 per year on fuel, license plates, upkeep, tires, repairs, parking, and insurance.Driver Licenses
Everyone who drives in Arizona must have a valid driver license or instruction permit from the Motor Vehicle Department
). As an out-of-state foreign
student you can drive with an International Driver License and your home country driver license. Or if you have a valid driver license issued in another state, you don't have to get an Arizona driver license. However, if you plan to stay in Arizona for a few years, it is advisable for you to obtain an Arizona license. In fact, you may not be able to get car insurance without an Arizona license.Bicycles
Bicycles are a very popular mode of transportation for many students. Bicycling is a popular sport in the US so prices can range considerably. Inexpensive second-hand bikes can be purchased in several places from second-hand bike shops to swap meets, campus "for sale" bulletins, personal advertising in newspapers, and garage sales. It is important to lock your bicycle securely whenever you leave it. We recommend you purchase a strong and secure U lock. You might want to ask a bicycle
sales person to recommend an effective lock. You should always lock your bike to a rack and not a post or tree. Bicycle riders should always wear a helmet.
||Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance|
Medical Health Insurance
Health, dental and vision care is very expensive in the United States. Chandler-Gilbert Community College has a mandatory health insurance policy for international students. This means that you are required to purchase the CGCC-MCCD health insurance policy while you are enrolled here as a student.
Coverage begins on August 11th and extends through January 11th for the Fall semester. Coverage for the Spring and Summer semester begins on January 11th and extends through August 11th. It is suggested that you purchase temporary international health insurance in your home country if you will arrive before August 11th or January 11th. Students will be given more details about health care and medical insurance during the orientation session.
Dental and Vision Examinations & Insurance
CGCC had mandatory HEALTH insurance for all international students which cost about $1000 annually. CGCC insurance does NOT cover dental and vision care, only health. You can save money if you receive health, dental and vision examinations and treatment before you leave your home country. Also, do not forget to bring with you any prescription medications. You might also want to consult with you doctor for recommendations and extra medications. There is dental and vision insurance policies students may purchase separately. For more information supplemental dental and vision insurance, visit the International Education Program office.
The information and instructions contained in this section are very important to you. During your stay in the United States, you must comply with immigration regulations that are based upon laws of the U.S. and are enforced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A violation of the regulations (for example, failure to maintain a fulltime credit load or unauthorized employment) could jeopardize your student status. The U.S. government does not accept ignorance of its regulations as a justifiable reason for breaking those regulations. Violation of immigration requirements can result in serious consequences up to and including removal or deportation from the U.S. Please read the following information carefully
- Your Legal Status in the United States
- Maintaining F-1 & M-1 Legal Status
- Employment Options
- Transfer to Another School
- Reporting Change of Address
||Your Legal Status in the United States|
The Office of International Education Programs (IEP) has been established to assist you in complying with all federal regulations. Keep in mind, however, that it is your personal responsibility to see that you comply with all regulations. Please call the IEP office if you have any questions: 480-732-7391 or send email
Each international student is advised to make a photocopy of the following documents. These copies should be kept in a separate place from the original documents. IEP office will also keep a copy of these documents.
- SEVIS I-20 ID
- Copy of your entire passport (except blank pages) - it must be valid at all times.
- I-94 card (Arrival/Departure card -small white form attached to your passport
- U.S. Visa (stamped inside your passport, or official letter from USCIS)
SEVIS I-20: Certificate of Eligibility
SEVIS is an electronic reporting system that provides the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information on international students and scholars in the United States who hold F, J, and M visas. The system also tracks entries into the U.S. and departures from the U.S. Every school, college, and university that admits students or scholars on F, J, or M visas is mandated to use SEVIS.
This document gives the foreign student permission to study in the U.S. for the time it takes to complete their educational program. The I-20 is used to obtain the F-1 visa at the US Consulate or Embassy. Students must finish on or before the completion date. You will have 60 days after completion to leave the U.S., apply for another visa, apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or transfer to another school. Please bring the stamped I-20 and passport to the Office of International Education Program (IEP) as soon as you enter the country so that a photocopy remains in your file.
SEVIS requires daily reporting on full course enrollment and changes you may make in your academic program (examples: change of major or degree program). The following information is reported as well and
includes: academic status, employment, and residential address. You need to make sure that all
information printed on your I-20 remains accurate. If there has been any change in the information printed on your I-20 form (example: your name has changed, the source and/or amount of your financial support is different, etc.).
- Reporting requirements include:
- Whether the student has enrolled at the school, or failed to enroll.
- A change of the student or dependent's legal name or address.
- Any student who graduates prior to the end date listed on the I-20.
- Academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction.
- If the student drops below a full course of study without prior authorization from IEP
- Termination date and reason for termination.
- Any student who fails to maintain status or complete his or her program.
- Other data generated by standard procedures such as program extensions, school transfers, changes in level of study, employment authorizations, and reinstatement.
The U.S. government requires that international students keep their passports valid for at least six months into the future. If you are working on campus, you will learn that the college payroll office is unable to issue your paycheck if your passport is expired. Only your government can renew or extend your passport. Contact your country's embassy or consulate in the United States for information. Addresses and telephone numbers for foreign embassies in the United States are available on the web at http://www.embassy.orgI-94 - Arrival/Departure Record
All foreign students entering the United
states are issued a small white card called an I-94 (also called an "Arrival & Departure Card"). The I-94 card is an official document used by the immigration service to confirm that you entered the U.S. lawfully. It is also used to record changes of nonimmigrant status. When you enter the U.S. the immigration inspector will grant you an immigration status and determine how long you may remain present in the U.S. in that status. This document is usually stapled to the passport at the port of entry. The I-94 and valid I-20 permit an F-1 student to stay temporarily in the U.S. For F-1 students, the officer will indicate Duration of Status or D/S on the I-94. This refers to the length of time an F-1 student has permission to remain temporarily in the U.S. to pursue a full course of study. When you travel overseas, your I-94 will be collected by the airline during check-in or by immigration services during a pre-departure interview (NSEERS registrants only). You will receive a new I-94 card upon reentry. Admission Number: The 11-digit number that is on your I-94 card. It is used by DHS to record your arrival and departure from the United States. If you have an expiration date on your I-94 card, then you need to contact the IEP Office immediately. It is your most important document. Don't lose it! It's expensive to replace. Please keep this document with your passport at all times.Visa
A visa is a sticker placed in your passport and visa gives permission to enter the U.S. F and M visas can be obtained only outside the U.S. at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Student should have an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. If your visa expires while you are studying in the U.S., you do not need to renew it unless you plan to travel outside of the United States. You are encouraged to renew your visa in your home country. Your visa stamp also includes information on the number of entries allowed. If your visa allows one entry only, you will need to obtain a new one if you travel overseas. Updated information about applying for a visa at many U.S. embassies and consulates around the world is available on the web at http://www.travel.state.gov
. Look for information about nonimmigrant visas.
||Maintaining F-1 & M-1 Legal Status|
Students who come to the U.S. are granted nonimmigrant classifications known as "F-1" or "M-1." This is commonly referred to as your "status." A spouse or child under the age of 21 who comes to the United States to be with an F-1 or M-1 student is a "dependent" and is given F-2 or M-2 status. This status is valid as long as the F-1 or M-1 student maintains valid status.
In order to remain legally present in the United States, you must "maintain" your status; that is you must follow the rules that apply to your status. It is your legal responsibility to understand and follow these rules. The most important rules for F-1s and M-1s are:Requirements for Maintaining Legal Status
The most important things to remember to keep you in status with USCIS regulations are as follows:
- Your passport must be valid at all times. Do not let your passport expire!
- You must attend the school that issued your SEVIS I-20
- You must carry and complete a full course of study (minimum of 12 credits) every Fall and Spring semester. Summer sessions are optional.
- Do not enroll for more than ONE online/internet course (or 3 credits) per semester
- SEVIS I-20 must not be expired
- Engage ONLY in authorized employment and do not work for more than 20 hours a week while school is in session
- Apply for a program extension BEFORE your I-20 expires
- Inform IEP of your current U.S. address within 10 days of any relocation move
- Notify IEP by letter if you intend to discontinue enrollment at CGCC
- Notify the IEP Office if you intend to cancel your enrollment or will graduate and return home prior to completion of your program listed on the I-20
- Depart the U.S. within the 60-day period following completion of your program, or depart the U.S. within 15 days if you terminate your program in the middle of a semester or regular session or fallout of status.
- 12.Disclose fully and truthfully all information requested by USCIS
- Obey all federal and state laws that prohibit the commission of crimes of violence
Keep your Immigration Documents Safe do not Let your Immigration Papers Expire!
It is extremely important to keep the following original documents in a safe place. You will need them in the future in order to identify yourself, apply for employment authorization, prove your status, and maintain a record of your status throughout your stay in the United States.
F-1 students are responsible for maintaining their legal status while studying in the U.S. Consequences for an F-1 student who fails to maintain legal status can be serious. Students who are out of legal status are ineligible for school transfer, travel endorsement, employment, OPT, program extension, change to another status, as well as ineligibility of other benefits. Out-of-status students must either apply for reinstatement or leave the U.S. and reenter with an initial SEVIS I-20. (see Out-of Status on page 10).
Full Course of Study Requirement
Immigration regulations require that all international students with F-1 and M-1 visas register for a minimum number of credits each semester to maintain their student status in the United States. They also require that CGCC verify that its international students are registered for a full course of study.Credit Requirements
Minimum credit levels for Undergraduate students: (including transfer undergraduate students and non-degree undergraduate students) is 12 credits.Taking Less than a Full Course of Study
In some circumstances, students may request permission to take less than a full course of study during an academic term. However, you must have prior approval from IEP before registering for less than a full course of study or dropping below a full course of study. Immigration regulations allow only a few reasons for a reduced course load. If you fall below full-time status during a term for any reason that is not recognized in the regulations, you will lose your legal status in the United States. This is the most common way students lose their legal status! Meet with a staff person at IEP to receive prior approval before you finalize your plans to register for less than a full course or to withdraw from a class.Reduced Course Load (RCL)
If you plan to register for less than a full course of study, or cancel a course and drop below the full course load during the term, you must submit a Reduced Course Load (RCL) Form to IEP. The Reduced Course Load Form lists acceptable reasons for a reduced course load.
Reasons that are NOT Acceptable for a Reduced Course Load:
- I don't have enough money
- I'm too busy finishing incomplete classes from last semester
- I'm too busy with employment
- I'm too busy with extracurricular (or non-academic) activities
- I'm pregnant
- I'm suspended from my college, and cannot register. (Always consult your academic adviser and an IEP staff person in such cases.)
Where to Get the Reduced Course Load Form
You can pick up a RCL form from the SC building. The forms are located in the magazine/document rack to the right-hand side as you enter into SC 164. You can also email a request to email@example.com and we will send it to you electronically.
Where to Get Forms Signed
Get a RCL form and take it with you to meet with your academic adviser before dropping below a full course of study. Your academic advisor must sign the RCL form, and may require a letter of explanation from the academic adviser. You must then submit the signed form to an international student adviser at the International Education Program (IEP) office for the final signature.
Why You Need to Save a Copy of Your Reduced Course Load Approval Form
It is important to keep copies of your signed Reduced Course Load Forms. You may be required to present them to a U.S. consular or immigration official in the future if you request a new visa stamp, file for a change of visa status, apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or request an adjustment of status to permanent residence.
F-2s are no longer allowed to study fulltime. F-2s can only enroll for recreational or vocational courses. Limited to 6 credits per semester.
Online / Internet Courses
F-1 Visa students can enroll in ONE online or internet course or 3 credits per semester as part of the 12 credit hour requirement.
Health Insurance Requirement
Chandler-Gilbert Community College requires all international students enroll in the Maricopa Community College International Student Health Insurance Plan with Renaissance Agencies, Inc. The health insurance is made in 2 annual payments divided by Fall (5 months) and Spring/Summer (7 months). To be considered in legal status, you need to have your insurance cost paid or enrolled in the eCashier payment plan.
Out of Status - Losing your Legal Status out of Status
If you fail to follow the above guidelines you and your dependents will lose legal status and all related benefits. This is very serious and you want to avoid this situation at all possible. It means that you will not be eligible to enroll for classes for the following semester, apply for any employment, even on-campus jobs and you will not be able to receive a reentry signature on your I-20 for travel. Further, your SEVIS record (and those of your dependents) will be terminated and SEVIS will automatically notify the immigration services of your loss of legal status. You may be asked to appear at an immigration office and become subject to deportation from the U.S.
If you lose your legal status, you must meet with some in the International Education Program office immediately to discuss your options.
Regaining your legal Status
Failure to maintain status can happen by either dropping under 12 credit hours, working off campus illegally or not beginning classes by the date indicated on the I-20. You cannot regain your legal status without new documents. There are two options to regain your legal status: filing an application for reinstatement with USCIS or (under certain circumstances) reentering the U.S. on an initial attendance document. Both methods carry risks and success cannot be guaranteed.
Option I - Reinstatement by Re-Entry Into the US
This is done by departing the U.S. and re-entering with a new "Initial Attendance" I-20. You may also need to apply for a new entry visa before your return. You are at an increased risk for denial of your visa and re-entry if embassy or immigration officials find you have violated your legal status. In addition, your eligibility for practical training work authorization is affected when you regain your status through re-entry. You will need to complete submit a new "Evidence of Financial Support" form along with new bank letter.
Option II - Reinstatement with the U.S.C.I.S Inside the United States
This is done from within the United States by mailing an application with supporting documents to the immigration service. Remember, while your reinstatement request is being processed (in pending status), you cannot:
- Legally work on-campus or off-campus while in the U.S.
- Cannot relocate to a new residency - mail from USCIS is not forwarded
Also, any reinstatement may result in a greater risk that future visa applications may be denied. Also, if you leave the United States while your application is pending, your application will be canceled. If you have been out-of-status for longer than 5 months, you are ineligible for reinstatement. CGCC is required to report to USCIS within 21 days when a student drops below 12 credits. Make an appointment with an IEP staff to determine eligibility for reinstatement. If you qualify, please complete the Reinstatement Process for Option II.
Reinstatement Process: Procedures to Apply For Reinstatement to F-1 Student Status
Submit the following documents to the International Education Program Office:
- Write a letter to USCIS explaining the reason(s) you have fallen out-of-status. Include in the letter the follow: (a) Specify the violation, (b) the reasons for the status violation; (c) the effect on failure to receive reinstatement; (d) a statement that you are currently pursuing or are intending to pursue a full course of study; and (e) specifically request that USCIS reinstate you to F-1 status
- Submit (1) a new Evidence of Financial Support form and (2) a new financial guarantee letter
- Unofficial transcripts from the college
- Original I-94 Arrival/Departure card (small white card in your passport)
- Copy of the identification page in your passport
- Copy of the most current F-1 visa in your passport
- Copies of all prior I-20s
- A copy of your SEVIS fee payment receipt
- Complete an I-539 form. Pick up it up from the SC 164 office lobby rack or print from USCIS website. Write in Part 2, item 1c "reinstatement to F-1 status"
- A check payable to "Department of Homeland Security" for $300.00
- Bring all the documents to be copied and reviewed by IEP office staff
- Send the following documents to U.S.C.I.S. for reinstatement:
- form I-539 completed
- new SEVIS I-20 ID form for reinstatement
- copy of financial documentation
- your reinstatement letter
- your original I-94
- photocopies of all previous I-20s
- photocopies of visa page and passport (picture, number, expiration date)
- cashier check or money order for $300 payable to "Department of Homeland Security"
- your SEVIS fee payment receipt
- Mail by certified mail and request a return receipt to:
USCIS California Service Center
P.O. Box 10539
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1053
NOTE: Write in different color pen somewhere on the front along with address: "Attention: Student/Schools Officer"
Attach a copy of your schedule/invoice showing tuition has been paid.
Make a cover letter on bright color paper and type in big letters "I-539 Reinstatement Application"
Program Extension on SEVIS I-20
Eligibility requirements - An F-1 student, students who has maintained lawful status (including completing a minimum of 12 credits every semester and not worked off campus illegally) and who is unable to complete his/her program of study prior to the completion date listed on the I-20, must apply for an I-20 PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION DATE listed in item #5 of the I-20. The International Education Program office can grant a program extension to a student under two conditions:
- The student has continually maintained status; and
- The delays are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major, original length of time to complete the program was not reasonable for the program, beginning in remedial courses such as ESL courses, loss of credits upon transfer to another school, or documented illnesses.
Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons. An F-1 student, who is unable to complete the educational program within the time period written on
theI-20 and who is ineligible for program extension or fails to apply for a program extension prior to the completion date, is considered to be out of status.
If you qualify for an I-20 program extension, you will need the following:
- A Program of Study and Degree Check sheet. Make an appointment with your academic adviser to get these forms.
- A new "Evidence of Financial Support" and bank letter (no more than 6 months old)
||Traveling Outside of the United States|
To reenter the United States after a temporary departure, students will need to present:
- valid passport
- valid I-94 card
- valid visa
- valid SEVIS I-20 signed for travel by a DSO on Page 3 (each signature is valid for up to one year)
- current proof of financial guarantee
- Request for an Enrollment Verification of current semester, available at the Admissions/Records & Registration Office.
- Registration for the next semester and take your class schedule with you
- Absences longer than 5 months will require a new "initial attendance" I-20 and constitute beginning a new program with 9 month full-time attendance prior to authorization of any off-campus employment.
Traveling to Mexico or Canada for 30 Days or Less - Automatic Revalidation
To facilitate entry into Canada or Mexico as a visitor, an F-1 student should have:
- valid I-94 card
- valid passport
- valid I-20 - signed for travel by a DSO
These documents are also needed to request permission to re-enter the United States as an F-1 student. F-1 visa does not need to be valid to re-enter the United States from a visit NOT exceeding 30 days EXCEPT for citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, North Korea, and Cuba.
Automatic Revalidation does not apply when a student is denied an F-1 visa in Mexico or Canada.
F-1 students planning a trip to Mexico should contact the nearest Mexican Consulate Maintaining F-1 & M-1 Legal Status
or call or (602) 249-2363 well in advance. That office will determine whether or not a Mexican visa is needed for entry into Mexico. Canada requires a Canadian visa for citizens of a number of countries. Individuals needing a Canadian visa should check Citizenship and Immigration Canada
on-line for instructions and forms at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english
The I-20 must be signed by a DSO, located in IEP office, room
SC165, before you leave the United States. The signature is valid for up to
one-year from the date of signature, but you are advised to have it renewed every 9 months if you are traveling outside the United States.
On-Campus Work Permission
F-1 status must be maintained - (see Requirements for Maintaining Legal Status on page 7)
- Must have a current and valid I-20 issued by Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Limited to work on-campus for 20 hours (or less) a week ONLY during the semester (full time during semester breaks or summer vacation periods)
- Do not need USCIS authorization to work on-campus
- Cannot work off-campus without approved authorization (see Optional Practical Training)
- Must be registered full-time or been approved for Reduced Course Load
- Students must have a social security number (see Applying for a Social Security Number)
- Apply for "TAX BUDGET" jobs ONLY - DO NOT apply for "federal work study" CGCC's Career Center & Job Placement office has most employment opportunities advertised online.
Please review the instructions on the Career Center/Job Placement Services webpage: http://www.cgc.edu/careers
to search for a job on campus. You must apply for positions just
as any other student by completing an application and interviewing with the department. If you have concerns regarding your interviewing skills, please make an appointment with an advisor in the Career Center for assistance 480-732-5211.
Applying For A Social Security Number
Students need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) to begin working on campus. In order to qualify for a SSN number, students must have a valid F-1 student visa, current passport, enrolled fulltime, tuition paid and an official letter of employment offer. The department manager who wants to hire the student will need to write a letter to the International Education Program (IEP) office confirming the intent to hire the student, including job title, employment dates (beginning and ending). Bring the letter to the IEP office. You will also need to complete an SSN application and get a letter from the IEP Office written to the Social Security Administration Office, verifying full time enrollment at CGCC. Please contact IEP to pick up a SSN application and/or more information on how to obtain a SSN.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) - Off Campus Work Permission
What is Optional Practical Training? Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that gives F-1 students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. Authorization for optional practical training is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) - formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS - and can take at least 90 days and frequently up to 120 days to obtain. It is important that you apply for the authorization at the earliest possible date. The maximum amount of time granted to work in F-1 OPT status is 12 months per degree level.
Who Can Apply For Opt?
All F-1 students are eligible for 12 months of OPT if you have maintained lawful status. This is an opportunity granted to eligible applicants by USCIS for work experience in the U.S., in the area you are studying. You must apply for OPT before completion of course of study and/or before your SEVIS I-20 expires. You are encouraged to apply at least 90 days before program completion. You CANNOT travel outside the U.S. until you have been approved for employment authorization by USCIS. We suggest you do not change residence until you receive your authorization - federal mail is not forwarded to new addresses - it is returned to the government. If your EAD card is returned, most likely you will not be able to track it and will lose the opportunity for OPT. The new rule also maintains that all OPT must be completed within 14 months following completion of program of study. Example: if you graduate May 13-16, the last day you can indicate on your application for OPT is July 15th if you want 12 months of employment. You can request to begin sooner (right after graduation) if you apply 90 days or more before your last semester.
Dates Of Optional Practical Training Authorization
The OPT card is approved for a specific beginning and end date. You must identify those dates on the OPT application form. For OPT after completion of studies or graduation, the beginning date can be no later than 60 days after the date you complete your studies. If you have questions about your OPT dates, please discuss this with someone in the International Education Programs (IEP) office.
OPT Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in valid F-1 status. The employment must be directly related to your major area of study, and must be equivalent with your educational level. The maximum amount of time granted to work in F-1 practical training status will be 12 months per degree level (not cumulative). You may change jobs during the 12 months. You can work anywhere in the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska). You are not limited to the state of Arizona. OPT requirements include:
- Directly related to field of study
- Must be in good academic standing
- Do not begin working until your authorization has been issued
How To Apply For Optional Practical TrainingStep One:
Download the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) and read through the entire application. Include the code "(c)(3)(i)" on item #16. The form can be found
Submit the following required documents to the International Education Program office for review and approval before mailing out to USCIS. A new I-20 will be issued for OPT to mail with your documents. This may take approximately one week.
Completed Form I-765, (website: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-765.pdf
- A completed "graduation check-out" by your academic advisor, confirming you are eligible for graduation, including degree program check sheets
- A copy of your graduation application
- An unofficial copy of your transcripts
- A completed Optional Practical Training I-20 Request Form
- A legible copy of your current SEVIS I-20
- A legible photocopy of both sides of I-94 Card (Arrival/Departure card usually stapled inside your passport)
- Two passport type photographs - can get them from Walgreen Pharmacy (Print your name and admission number lightly in pencil on the back of each photo, and put the photos in an envelope and attach it to the I-765 form)
- A legible copy of the photo page (identification page) of your passport, (a color copy is preferably). Also include pages that records extensions of the validity of your passport.
- Legible copies of ALL previous I-20s that have been issued to you, if applicable.
- $380 application fee, payable to U. S. Department of Homeland Security. You may send a money order or check, NO CASH. Attach the check to the front of the I-765 form.
- A legible photocopy of pages 1 & 3 of your new SEVIS I-20, endorsement for OPT by the IEP Director (this will be given to your once all the documents from 1 through 11 have been submitted to the IEP office)
Step Two: After your application has been reviewed and approved by IEP, mail the following documents (we suggest you use certified mail and insurance) to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
P.O. Box 10765
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1076
Staple all above documents together and send by certified mail with a return receipt. After mailing in the documents, you will receive a notice (Form I-797) stating you need to wait for 60 to 90 days to receive your EAD card (Employment Authorization Document). With the receipt notice, you can check your case status
on line at http://www.uscis.gov
. In general, it takes about 3 months to get your card. If approved, your EAD card will be mailed to you. If you have not received a decision within 90 days of receipt, you may obtain interim work authorization by appearing in person at the local USCIS district office. You must bring proof of identity and any Notices that you have received in connection with your application.
Step Three: DON'T FORGET TO MAKE COPIES OF ALL DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR RECORDS QUESTIONS?
Please visit with staff in International Education Programs, room SC-165 or call 480-857-5188 to make an appointment.
To Check Your Opt Application Case Status:
If you would like to find out about the status of your application, you can call USCIS at 1 (800) 375-5283 between 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri. or check online by visiting
USCIS website and chose an option from the
right hand side. If you have your case number on the receipt Notice of Action - I-797 form, you can visit: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
Local area U.S.C.I.S. Office location:
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
2035 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
driving directions get an online map: MapQuest at www.mapquest.com/Employment Regulations for F-2 Dependents
USCIS does not permit individuals with F-2 status to be employed under any conditions. Employment is defined as the rendering of services, part- or full-time, for financial or other compensation, including
||Transfer to Another School|
Who is Considered a Transfer Student for Immigration Purposes?
A student is considered to be a transfer student when he or she leaves one U.S. institution (before or after earning a degree) to begin attendance at another U.S. institution. Please note that this does not refer to the transfer of academic credits.
Who is Eligible to Transfer?
- Student is admitted and has submitted all necessary documents to Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
- Student is currently maintaining his or her F-1status.
- The new program begins within five months of the end of the course of study at the current school or the end of the authorized optional practical training period.
Transfer must be requested no later than the end of the student's grace period; otherwise the student is considered to be "out of status" and may have to apply for reinstatement.
F-1 students: The SEVIS record has to be transferred within the 60 day grace period following the student's completion of study or practical training
Eligibility Requirements - student must have maintained lawful status by:
- Maintaining full-time status every semester.
- Making normal progress towards completing program of study.
- Has not engaged in unauthorized employment.
- Has not received notification of deportation.
- Submit a completed Transfer SEVIS Release from.
- Submit a SEVIS Transfer Request form from the transfer school.
You will need to decide which university you want to transfer to before your last semester ends at CGCC. We need to submit a transfer date and school name into SEVIS before the other school can issue you an I-20. Please make sure you begin transfer procedures at least one semester before your desired transfer semester, if not sooner. Most professional programs have application deadlines, so be sure you begin the process on time. Please check with the university of interest for more information.
What are the Transfer Procedures?
All students planning to transfer to another college or university must submit a completed Transfer Out SEVIS Release from. Forms are available in the office of International Education Program office.
Student applies through the appropriate Admissions Office at the new institution. Students are given a Transfer In or Transfer Eligibility form from the new school and student must take the International student transfer form to CGCC's International Education Program (IEP) office. The IEP staff person at the student's current school enters the transfer request in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and sets the SEVIS release date. SEVIS release date is the date on which the student's nonimmigrant record will be entered into SEVIS. The SEVIS release date should be determined according to the student's circumstances and needs. Students will not be eligible to transfer unless the student is released on SEVIS. Student will be released on SEVIS once all the requirements have been submitted.
||Reporting Change of Address|
All F-1 students who have moved to a different location must report their new address to International Education Program office within 10 days. The new address must be entered into SEVIS immediately. Students must also complete an AR-11 form and send it immediately to the address on the form. The form can be downloaded from www.uscis.gov/files/form/ar-11.pdf or pick up a copy from International Education Programs (IEP).
Student from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, North Korea, and Cuba are required to complete the AR-11SR which can be downloaded from www.uscis.gov/files/form/ar-11sr.pdf.
||Why choose to study at CGCC?|
There are many good reasons
why students benefit from the excellent quality of education offered at CGCC. Amongst the many degrees and certificates
, we have for international students if they begin their educational goals at CGCC.
||What do I need to do to come to school on a student visa (F-1 status)? |
You must first apply for a document called a SEVIS I-20 which is the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status. This is done by applying to the college through International Admissions
||What is the difference between CGCC & a university?|
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is an accredited two-year academic institution that offers a variety of certificates and Associate degree programs. CGCC awards degrees to students who transfer to universities and degrees to students seeking vocational/technical education that plan to enter the workforce upon completion of their program. An accredited university is an academic institution that awards 4-year Bachelor's degrees. Many universities also award Master's and Doctorate degrees.
||What are the benefits to earning an AAS from CGCC before transferring to a university? |
You may find a significant cost savings by obtaining your Associate degree at CGCC instead of attending a four-year college or university during your first two years of college in the U.S. Many students will satisfy their general education requirements after completing an Associate degree at CGCC and transfer to a university in junior standing (3rd year student). We have articulation agreement with all three state universities so that don't lose any or minimal credit when you transfer. CGCC offers small class sizes and free assistance with writing, math, and computers. Because the class sizes are small at CGCC, students are encouraged to ask questions in class and can meet individually with instructors.
The following represents estimated costs for a 10 month period:
- Out of state tuition and fees: $7,890
- Living Expenses (off campus): $10,140
- Textbook & School Supplies Expenses: $1,200
- Mandatory Health Insurance: $1,000
- Total: $20,230
||What are the tuition fees for CGCC?|
Tuition at CGCC is subject to change every year. All non-immigrant students applying for full-time status (12 credits or more) must pay the out-of-state surcharge. For the current Out-of-State tuition which applies to all international students with student visas, please visit our Tuition and Fees
||Is there a tuition payment plan available for international students?|
Yes. For a very small fee per semester, all CGCC students can apply for the student payment plan by signing up online. For more information on the online payment plan, please visit the Fiscal Services
webpage and click on the "Payment Plan eCashier" on the
left hand side column.
||Where can I get more information on the F-1 visa student status?|
You can visit the United States Immigration and Custom's Enforcement - Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) FAQ webpage: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/faq.htm
||Do I need to pay the $20,320 directly to CGCC?|
No. You will pay Chandler-Gilbert Community College for tuition, fees, and the student health insurance. You will also purchase your books and supplies at the college. Therefore, you will need to have sufficient funds to pay for these costs when you arrive. If you will be living in an apartment, you will also need enough money to move into your apartment (rent, electric bill, telephone, etc.). CGCC has housing available at the Williams Campus. You can get more information by calling 480-727-1700.
||Will my college classes from another country count toward my CGCC degree?|
Most classes from another academic institution may apply toward a CGCC degree; it depends upon accreditation of the institution, the class, the grade you received, and the program of study at CGCC. Students working toward transferring to a university first need to have their official transcript evaluated from an outside agency (outside CGCC), then submit the information from the evaluations agency to CGCC International Education Programs (IEP). We recommend Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) for information: www.ece.org
||Where can I get information on courses?|
All courses for each semester can be found through the My Maricopa link
on the Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s homepage (https://www.cgc.edu
) . At the top of the page in the light blue bar is a link titled “Find A Class
”. You can search and filter by class, semester and college (Maricopa Community Colleges only) on the
left hand side.
You can also go to CGCC's online Class Schedule
. You can access the link by going to CGCC's homepage (https://www.cgc.edu
) and selecting the "Class Schedule" at the Quick Links option located at the top of the homepage. Select the summer session or semester (Fall or Spring) and "All Classes" option. On the next
page you have two options: (1) On "Select All Course Prefixes", check the box and click continue. This will list all courses available in alphabetical order. If you click on the Subject Code Prefix in the gray/sage-green bar for each course (example AAA115) your new window will open with
course description, competencies, and course outline. Or (2) click on a discipline in the box (example, ACC - Accounting, BIO - Biology, MAT - Mathematics, etc.) and this will list all Accounting or Biology, or
Mathematic courses available with more detailed information for each
courses. If you click on the Subject Code Prefix in the gray/sage-green bar for each course (
example , ACC111) a new window will open with
course description, competencies, and course outline.
||Are scholarships available for International Students?|
CGCC has limited scholarships available to international students.
Student will need to apply and compete for scholarships along with any other CGCC student who applies.
Student can apply for scholarships after establishing a good GPA following completion of their first semester. For more information on scholarships and requirements, visit the Scholarship Information
||How do I register (sign up) for classes?|
Students will receive a letter indicating they need to meet with a staff person in International Education Programs (IEP). After you have reported your arrival to IEP, you will be directed to meet with an academic advisor. The advisor can inform the student about the many different areas of study available at the college. The student will select a desired program of study, and the advisor will help him/her select appropriate classes. It is okay if the student is not sure exactly which course of study to pursue, and he/she can change majors after studies commence.
||What is an assessment test?|
All students who want to enroll in classes are required to take the ASSET English, Reading and Math assessment test prior to registering for the class. The test does not appear on a student's transcripts; it is simply a placement tool to help register the student into the appropriate level of study. Most international students also take the CELSA placement tool to help the advisor place you in the appropriate academic level.
||Can I use my native language for college credit?|
No credits will be added to students' transcripts for knowledge of their native language, however, students who are fluent in a language other than English will not be required to complete a foreign language requirement at universities who require it. The student will be required to test for level of competency in order not to take the foreign language requirement courses.
||Do I have to take the TOEFL test?|
Yes, all students applying for admission for the first time to an institution in the U.S.A., must submit an English language assessment score. We accept either TOEFL or IELTS. These scores are only used for admission purposes, not placement of classes.
Once you arrive on campus, all students are required to have their English, Reading and Math skills accessed by a tool called CELSA & ACCUPLACER for appropriate level of course placement. If students are transferring from another US college or university, the transcripts will be evaluated to determine whether or not a placement test is required.
||What score is needed on the TOEFL?|
In order to get an ACADEMIC degree program I-20 issued, you must meet or exceed the following score:
- TOEFL - 70 iBT
- IELTS – 6.0
If your English language assessments are below these scores, you will be issued an I-20 for LANGUAGE TRAINING and you can only enroll into ESL courses.
||Must I purchase the health insurance?|
Yes, the Maricopa Community Colleges' International Student Health insurance for the Maricopa Community Colleges is a mandatory requirement. CGCC has mandatory insurance through Renaissance Insurance.
||What are the deadline dates for applying?|
- July 15 - Fall semester enrollment
- November 15 - Spring semester enrollment
||Can I be employed while I am on F-1 status?|
Although employment is not recommended in your first semester of study, you are eligible for employment on-campus. Students on an F-1 visa who are in-status may work on campus 20 hours per week or less. Employment is limited on CGCC campuses (Pecos or Williams) and the pay is minimal; therefore, students should not rely on any monies from on-campus employment for living expenses or tuition. Students are responsible to visit the Career and Job Placement Office or visit various departments on campus to see if there are any jobs available for them. You may not engage in off-campus employment without proper authorization from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
||Does CGCC have dormitories or other student housing?|
Yes. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a two-year college with housing available at the Williams Campus only.
HomeStay is a wonderful experience that can help you improve your English while learning American Culture. Students who chose this program will live with an American family close to CGCC campuses. Options might include:
- Your own private bedroom in a home near your school
- 2 meals (breakfast & dinner 7 days a week)
- Free airport pick up by your host family
- You can stay a minimum of 4 weeks or continue for as long as you like.
- There is a fee for placement & processing fees (1 time charge only)
- Rent for each 4 week stay (includes meals, lodging & utilities) and can range from $660 - $900.
- Please check the following link for more information:
- There are leasing options (apartment rentals) available as well. Follow this link Apartment List ( http://www.apartmentlist.com) to find apartments for rent in the cities of Chandler and Gilbert. Use the zip code 85225 to find apartments near CGCC.
If you are considering leasing an apartment or renting a private home, you might need to make arrangement for cable & internet services. InMyArea
can help you find the best choices available in your new location.
||Will I be able to pay tuition and fees as an Arizona resident?|
During your entire enrollment period on F-1 status you will be considered a nonresident for tuition purposes. F-1 status indicates a temporary status in the United States which makes you ineligible to establish Arizona residency.
||How long is the I-20 valid?|
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a two year college. USCIS allows the SEVIS I-20 to be issued for the length of study for the programs which are usually 2 years. If you begin with English as a Second Language courses, you will receive an I-20 for three years.
||How many credits must I take?|
Federal immigration regulations require that all F-1 visa students enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours each fall and spring semester. Summer is an optional enrollment period at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Students can enroll between 12 and 18 credits per semester.
Each fall and spring semester is a 16-week enrollment period.
||Can I transfer to a 4-year university after I complete my studies at CGCC? |
Yes. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a fully accredited college that offers the first two years of university instruction. Most college-level classes will transfer to a university, however, students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to map out an appropriate combination of classes that suit the student's academic goals and apply toward a transfer degree. The classes taken at CGCC are the same caliber of classes taken during the first two years at a university. Selection of classes is very important, taking into consideration the student's major and the requirements of the transferring academic institution.
||What types of support services are available for students? |
Once at CGCC, all students have access to a wide range of resources and services:
addition there are many clubs and organization run by our Student Life & Leadership
The average class size is 25 students, but some classes size can be up to 40. ESL classes are usually smaller with about 15-20 students.
Director: Annie Jimenez
DSO, IEP Support Staff: Vacant
International Student Services Specialist Sr/DSO: Kathleen Lueppker
Receptionist: Missy Ascencion
*Dial "001" first if calling from outside the United States