Apply for a New I-20 from Outside the United States

This is the MC I-20 application process for degree-seeking AND noncredit ESL program students.

Complete the following steps and submit all materials to the MC campus you wish to attend prior to the deadline.

Please Note: All documents should be ORIGINALS (unless otherwise approved by the International Coordinator's Office) and must be in English or accompanied by a Certified English Translation.

Step 1: Apply to Montgomery College

Submit your application to the Office of Admissions and Records first. Other documents can be sent after the application form.

Submit your application to the Office of Admissions and Records first. Other documents can be sent after the application form.

Submit a paper Admissions Application (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) and pay a $25 (check or money order) non-refundable application fee*. 

At this time, students requesting an I-20 for F-1 visa/status must complete and personally sign a paper application (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) and cannot use the College on-line application system. The application and fee must be submitted together* directly to the Office of Admissions and Records (in-person submissions go to the "Registrar's Office") for the campus you wish to attend (see address information in Step 7 below).  

*Students may send the application to another person to submit it to the College with payment. Please do NOT send the application to the College without payment as we cannot match payment received separately with an application form.

Note: The Montgomery College Health Information Management program CANNOT ACCEPT F-1 students because the program is offered mostly online so cannot conform to government F-1 regulations.

DOCUMENTATION FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING STEPS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE "OFFICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR" ON THE CAMPUS YOU ARE APPLYING TO.

Step 2: I-20 Request

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request form.

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request form.

Submit a Supplemental Information for I-20 Request (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) form. This includes specific information needed for the I-20. If you wish the College to speak with a 'third party' (someone other than the student, such as a family member, friend, sponsor, or educational agent) about your application, you must complete and sign the section on this form to give us that person's name and contact information.
Step 3: Provide Proof of College Level or High School Graduation

Submit an original or certified copy.

Submit an original or certified copy.

Submit an original or certified copy of ONE of the following (student MAY be asked to submit a Credential Evaluation in addition):

  • High School Diploma or Secondary School Completion Credentials (final completion document or final grades showing completion). Or,
  • US GED Certificate provided by the state and/or county where the test was administered. Or,
  • University Degree or Diploma. Or,
  • University-level transcript of the equivalent of 12 academic credits of university-level coursework completed. For courses taken outside of the United States an Evaluation for Transfer of Credit may be necessary. 

All documents must be in English (Translation Services) (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) . If translated, submit the original or a certified copy of the native language version together with a certified English translation. (Originals received by the International Coordinators will be available in the student's file to be returned to the student.)

The GED is an exam for equivalency for high school completion in the United States. Each State administers the test for its own residents. The GED cannot be completed outside of the US

Maryland GED Test Programs   
Jeff Beeson, GED Administrator 
Maryland State Department of Education 
200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
(410) 767-0538

Maryland GED Information: To take the GED Tests in Maryland, applicants must be at least 16 years old, not be a high school graduate, have been a Maryland resident for at least three months at the time of testing, and have been officially withdrawn from a regular high school program for at least three months. Information on waivers for withdrawal and residency requirements can be obtained by contacting the GED office at the Maryland State Department of Education. For applications and additional information about the test, call 410-767-0538. 

To sit for the test there is a $45 scheduling fee made payable to the GED Office, as well as specific eligibility requirements outlined on the application. The fee must accompany the application.

Find application forms and information at GED Info/Testing.

Step 4: Provide Evidence of English Language Proficiency

One of the following is required for all applicants. 

One of the following is required for all applicants. 

Evidence of English Language Proficiency with ONE of the following is required for all applicants):

  • Transferable credit from a US college or university for a first-year English composition course equivalent to EN101 at Montgomery College. Have an official transcript sent directly to Montgomery College by the US College or University.
Required Testing for Students Outside the US

Applicants from abroad who have not studied at a US college or university must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT. An Official Score Report should be sent by the testing organization to Montgomery College. TOEFL only campus codes are: Germantown 5393, Rockville 5440, Takoma Park/Silver Spring 5414. Please contact our office with any questions about other methods of submitting test scores. 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • The TOEFL is administered in many countries.
  • There are two common versions of this test which require minimum scores:
    • The minimum score for admission to ESL noncredit program ONLY is 385 paper-based exam.
    • The minimum score for admission to College degree is 420 paper-based exam.
    • The minimum score for admission to ESL noncredit program ONLY is 28 internet-based exam.
    • The minimum score for admission to College degree is 36 internet-based exam.
  • If you score over 575 (paper-based exam) and 90 (internet-based exam), you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College.
  • Please see www.toefl.org to arrange testing. 
  • Send test scores to your campus; campus codes are: Germantown 5393, Rockville 5440, Takoma Park/Silver Spring 5414.
 
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • IELTS is administered by the British Council and is often offered more frequently than TOEFL.
  • The minimum score for admission to College degree is an overall 5.0.
  • The minimum score for admission to ESL noncredit program ONLY is an overall 3.5.
  • If you score over 6.5 overall, you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College.
  • Please see www.ielts.org to arrange testing.
  • Send test scores to your campus; see the IELTS website for test score reporting instructions.  
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
 
  • The SAT is administered in some countries. 
  • The minimum score for admission to College degree is 400 on each of the English sections, Verbal and Reading.
  • If you score over 500, you may be placed directly into College English without additional testing upon arrival at Montgomery College.
  • Please see www.collegeboard.com to arrange testing.
  • Send test scores to your campus; campus codes are: Germantown 5393, Rockville 5440, Takoma Park/Silver Spring 5414.

Students who must take additional testing upon arrival should see the College's  Assessment & Placement page for more information.

Step 5: Provide Evidence of Financial Support

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four steps.

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four steps.

Persons sponsoring a student must complete four steps; completing two forms and providing two pieces of supporting documentation. Please visit BOTH of these sites:

  • Evidence of Financial Support: Includes affidavit or promise of support from any sponsor, signed Sponsor Obligations document, and financial documents proving savings for first year of study and ability to continue support during full length of study.
  • Estimated Annual College Costs for International Students: The costs that appear on the I-20 showing the most reasonable estimate the College has for both academic expenses and living expenses for each calendar year of study. Please Note: MC does NOT have dormitories or provide housing.

To translate any document into English, read about Translation Services (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) .

Step 6: Transfer Credits from Outside the US

Submit with application ONLY if needed to prove College level.

Submit with application ONLY if needed to prove College level.

Submit with application ONLY if needed to prove College level.

Complete the Transfer of Credit process. You should anticipate that it will take up to seven weeks.

For more information, read about Transfer of Foreign Credits.

Step 7: Mail All Documentation to Montgomery College

Mail above documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records of the campus you wish to attend.

Mail above documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records of the campus you wish to attend.

Mail above documentation to the Office of Admissions and Records of the campus you wish to attend.

Specify the international coordinator (by name) or "Office of the International Coordinator" and the campus you applied to. Please include your name (and student ID number if you know it).

  • Send documents by Express Mail – MC uses an express mail service that allows you to send documents to us through DHL, FedEx, or UPS in 3-5 days. Sending your documents through express mail is at YOUR expense and your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover cards only) will be charged upon requesting the service. To request express mailing of your documents, follow these steps at study.eshipglobal.com:
  1. Register and activate your account (it's free).
  2. Log in using your registered email and password.
  3. Click the "Send a Package" option.
  4. Select Montgomery College and then the Rockville International Coordinator department (even if you are applying for Germantown or Takoma Park/Silver Spring).
  5. Enter address information and pay the mailing cost online.
  6. Request control number and obtain further instructions..
  7. Print airway bill / authorization letter and drop off your package at the closest FedEx station.
  8. Consider it done.

OR 

  • Send by Regular Overseas Mail - Overseas mail can take 4-6 weeks. If you want to use regular overseas mail, PLEASE USE THE MAILING ADDRESS OF YOUR CAMPUS:
Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876
Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Office of Admissions and Records
Attn: International Student Coordinator
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
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