International Student Admission

Located in Rochester, MN, our community is known as a great place to live, work, and go to school. RCTC welcomes applicants from all over the world. International applicants are defined as persons seeking admission that are not U.S. Citizens and not U.S. Immigrants. Permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees are eligible to complete the general admission process only.

Getting Started

Dates and Deadlines

RCTC strongly encourages International Students to apply as early as possible to allow time for processing.

International Student applications are due to the International Student Office no later than
• Stateside International Application Deadline; 30 days before start of term
• Overseas International Application Deadline; 60 days before start of term

English Proficiency Requirements

International students who wish to attend RCTC with an F-1 Student Visa must prove English language proficiency. There are several ways to provide this.

  1. Attend and graduate from an accredited United States secondary or post secondary institution, such as a US high school, college or university.
  2. Satisfactorily complete college-level English coursework at an accredited US post secondary institution
  3. Satisfactorily complete Level 8 at one of the ELS Language Centers
  4. Take and achieve a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent evaluation.

The minimum score required for admission to RCTC on the written TOEFL is 450. CBT based TOEFL is 133, or IBT score of 48.

RCTC’s school code for TOEFL is 6610. Your TOEFL results must be sent directly from the testing center to RCTC.

Get more information the price of and testing locations for the TOEFL.

Application for Admission

Required International Documents:

It is recommended that persons traveling from overseas apply three full months prior to the start date. See the Academic Calendar for starting dates of semesters.


Next Steps After Admission

Visa and Passport Information

Before you make travel plans, check your admission papers to be sure of the expected arrival date. The arrival date is the date that you will be expected to be on campus for orientation, so be sure to arrange travel plans which enable you to be at RCTC by the date noted on your I-20.

Students may not arrive in the United States more than thirty (30) days before the start date listed on their I-20.

Make certain your passport is valid and that you have obtained your F-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate.

There is a $200 processing fee for the I-20 that all F-1 students must pay prior to making their visa appointment. This fee is paid directly to USCIS and should not be sent to RCTC.

For more information on this $200 processing fee, please see:

Transferring to RCTC

US College/ University
If you are currently an international student at another U.S. institution and would like to transfer to RCTC, you will need to complete the following:

  • International Student Application
  • Financial Information form
  • Official transcripts from all U.S. universities attended
  • Evidence of your English Language proficiency
  • Transfer release form (to be completed by your current university)

If you are approved for transfer, you will need to have the International Admissions Office at your initial school “release” your SEVIS record from that institution. After being released by the initial institution, RCTC can create your new I-20.

RCTC accepts college-level credits completed at accredited colleges. Upon acceptance to RCTC, you will need to meet with a Student Advisor to determine your course of study.

Transfer students may satisfy the English Proficiency requirement by providing evidence of completion of one semester of freshman English at the initial school.

Non-US College/University
We require all students who are hoping to transfer courses from a university outside of the United States to have their foreign coursework evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved professional agency. This evaluation must be a course by course evaluation.

There are several agencies you may choose from to complete this evaluation. Two examples are:

Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services

Credit evaluations must be sent to RCTC as official, unopened copies direct from the agency. Our mailing address is:

RCTC Admissions Department
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999

Health Insurance Costs:

Health insurance is mandatory for all F-1 students. Separate from tuition and fees the insurance costs are listed below must be paid in full at the time of enrollment. A payment plan is not available for health insurance.

The only means of waiving RCTC’s mandatory health insurance requirement is to demonstrate that you have current health insurance coverage though another sponsoring agency or government.

2010-11 examples of the costs of the RCTC health insurance policy are:

Yearly Coverage Example:

Student: $919.00
Spouse: $2752.00
Each Child: $1693.00
(spring and summer option is available for students beginning in the Spring 2011).

RCTC’s insurance plan is underwritten by The Mega Life and Health Insurance Company.

Phone Number: 1-800-767-0700.

Registering with International Student Services Upon Arrival at RCTC

Once international students have arrived at RCTC, they should report to the International Student Office: SS134

The International Student Office will need to electronically inform SEVIS of each student’s arrival. This must be done within 20 days of the student’s arrival or their student status could be affected.


International Student Club

The International Student Club welcomes all International Students!

The International Student Club is an on-campus club that represents all international students and is open to all. The International Student Club performs many functions with the International students at RCTC, such as:

  • Encouraging cultural diversity
  • Providing an arena for International Students to form friendships and support each other
  • Planning International student trips and fund-raisers
  • Informing students about upcoming international events

All International students are encouraged to join the International Student Club and participate in club meetings and activities.

See the Student Life International Student Club page…


Related Resources

Contact Information

The International Student Office is located in the Counseling Center of the RCTC / RCTC campus, Office # SS134.

Mailing Address
International Student Services
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Attention: Glen Saponari, International Student Advisor

Office Hours
The International Student Office is open year-round. Office hours are posted on the door of SS134. Additionally, the Director of Admissions for RCTC is available for assistance when the International Student Office is closed. RCTC is closed during several holidays throughout the year including the last week of each calendar year. The International Admissions Office telephone number is 1-507-280-5511.


Appointments are not necessary to visit the International Student Office.
Call 507-280-5511 or e-mail to schedule and appointment.

Glen Saponari is the International Student Advisor for RCTC.

Phone: 1-507-280-5511 or 1-800-247-1296 ext. 5511