International Student

Welcome! Holyoke Community College (HCC) enrolls a diverse group of men and women whose backgrounds and talents enhance the HCC educational experience. With a wealth of support services for first-year college students, returning college students and speakers of other languages, international students thrive at HCC.  Many of our students have gone on to study at baccalaureate colleges and universities throughout the United States. We look forward to making your HCC experience positive and rewarding!

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    Apply for admission

    Students from outside the United States who are interested in studying at HCC must complete the International Student Application. Deadlines for application are May 1 for the fall semester (classes begin in September) and November 1 for the spring semester (classes begin in January).

  2. A $100 (USD) application fee (non-refundable) must accompany the International Student Application.  The fee should be payable to Holyoke Community College in the form of a bank check drawn on a U.S. bank or an international postal money order in U.S. currency.  Do not send cash or personal checks.

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    2. Submit Transcripts

      Submit an official copy of your high school transcript and/or leaving certificate. Transcripts should be in English. If not, we will require a certified translation.  In addition, all international high school records must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency.  A list of approved agencies can be found at

      If you want to enter an advanced level course or seek transfer credit toward your degree at HCC—including college or university coursework, “A” levels, or any other college-level credit—you must request a course-by-course evaluation from an approved credential evaluation agency. An official "course-by-course" evaluation report must be sent directly to HCC from the credential evaluation agency for students seeking college or university transfer credit. Students are strongly encouraged to send course descriptions for any course they are interested in transferring to HCC. A list of approved credential evaluation agencies can be found at

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      English Language Proficiency

      Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. A minimum TOEFL score of 61 (Internet-Based test), 173 (Computer-Based test) or 500 (Paper-Based test) is required for admission to HCC.  To register for the TOEFL and for test locations, please visit HCC's Institution (DI) Code is 3437. The minimum IELTS band score is 5. To register for IELTS and for test locations, please visit Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to the Admissions Office at Holyoke Community College.  TOEFL or IELTS scores must be within two (2) years of the application deadline. English as a Second Language (ESL) students that meet English proficiency requirements will be tested at HCC and placed into appropriate ESL classes, if necessary. 

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      Transfer your F-1 Status

      If you are currently studying in the United States with F-1 non-immigrant status and wish to transfer to HCC, you must complete a Transfer-In Status Verification Form. International transfer students must be in good financial and academic standing with their current institution and that institution must release the student via the USCIS SEVIS database to Holyoke Community College.

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      Prepare a notarized affidavit(s)

      All students seeking an F-1 visa are required to submit a notarized affidavit of parental/sponsor support. Each sponsor is required to fill out a form, have it notarized, and mail it to HCC at the address below.

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      Request a letter of financial support

      Request proof of financial support from the bank of your parent(s) or sponsor, affirming that the student has access to sufficient funds to attend HCC for expected number of years until graduation. The estimated cost of attendance is $21,721 per year (see page 2 of the International Student Application for cost breakdown). If funds are not in a U.S. bank, the bank documentation must specify what currency the balance is in and should indicate the length of time the account has been with the bank. Bank documentation must be originals that are signed and sealed by a bank official, and be on official letterhead. Please note: Faxes and e-mails are not acceptable.

      All documentation must be mailed to: Holyoke Community College, Admissions Office, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

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      Test Assessment & Identification Card

      Once accepted, if you have not previously taken a placement test, you will need to take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT). The CPT assesses your skill level in writing, reading, and math to ensure your success. Also, while you’re at the Assessment Center, we’ll take your photo for your college identification card.

    2. English as a Second Language (ESL) placement testing is available for non-native English speakers. ESL placement testing assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  Students will be placed into the appropriate level of ESL courses, if necessary.

      Placement testing is not needed if you have successfully completed a college level math and English class at another college. If that’s you, make sure your evaluated college transcripts are sent to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. Upon arrival on campus, you may contact the HCC Assessment Center to arrange to have your photo taken for your student ID card.

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      New Student Advising and Registration

      When you’ve completed your CPT or ESL placement testing, you will meet with an advisor. If you were allowed to waive the CPT (because you had taken the test within the last two years or had completed college-level coursework), you’ll need to contact the Advising Center to make an appointment. During the meeting with your advisor, you’ll review your educational plan, choose courses, and register for classes. Keep in mind, F-1 students must maintain a full-time course load (12 credits or more) during every required semester.

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      Submit Proof of Immunization

      Massachusetts law (Chapter 76, Section 15C) requires all students carrying 12 or more credits to submit proof, within 30 days of registering for courses, of the following immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella: 2 shots), Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis: must be within last 10 years), Hepatitis B (3 shots), and chickenpox (2 shots). Documentation of positive antibody titers for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella is acceptable. Immunization records can be obtained from your high school, physician’s office, or other colleges attended, and must be submitted to HCC Health Services Office (Frost 105) for review. If needed, low cost vaccines are available at HCC Health Services.

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      Orientation & Vehicle Registration

      Prior to the start of your first semester at HCC, you’ll receive a packet of information including the date and time of your orientation. Orientation will cover everything from academic policies to registering your car, accessing the college computer network, locating campus resources and services, and securing a student ID and bus pass. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other students, get familiar with the campus, and pick up your books. While you’re on campus, stop by the Office of Public Safety to register and get your parking permit.

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      Pay Tuition and Fees

      You can pay your tuition and fees online at MyHCC, by mail, or in person at the Bursar’s Office. HCC also has a payment plan available. Follow the Paying for College link for more information.  Please note: International students will be charged the non-resident/international tuition and fee rate.  There are no financial aid or loans available for F-1 candidates or candidates on other types of non-immigrant visas.

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    Get Updates & Print Your Class Schedule

    The week before classes begin, log in to MyHCC to check for any changes and print your class schedule.


We are always available to answer your questions and assist with the process of applying to HCC! Please contact in the Admissions Office for further assistance.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000