International Students

International Students

The steps below are for those students seeking enrollment as an international student.

Apply for admission to the college

Your first step is to complete an admissions application. You can access the application by visiting the Online Admissions Application portal. Should you require accommodations for completing the application, please contact Disability Support Services at 859-246-6728 or toll free at 866-774-4872, extension 6728.

Step 2

Setup your student account

Once you submit your admissions application, visit User Account Center to create your user profile, obtain your student ID and username, and to set your password. This account will give you access to your student self-service (registration, payments, financial aid, grades, etc.), e-mail, and any online courses you enroll in. Please note that you will not have access to your student email account until after you have registered for classes.

Step 3

Provide required documentation for admission

Once you submit your admissions application, the Office of Admissions will contact you via the email address provided on your application about the documents required for admission to the college. The following documents may be required for the admission process:

English Proficiency Scores. If your native language is not English, you must submit proof of English proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. For additional information on score requirements, please visit Proof of English Proficiency.

Official Evaluated Transcripts. If you have ever attended an accredited college or university outside of the United States, we require an evaluated transcript of your coursework by a third-party evaluation agency. To ensure that you receive credit for your transferrable coursework, we recommend that you purchase a detailed credential evaluation that includes course syllabi. For a list of approved evaluation agencies, please visit

Official High School Transcript. If you have never attended a college or university, you will be required to submit an official high school transcript in English.

Financial Verification Form. International students are required to provide proof of financial support in the amount of $18,810.00. In order to demonstrate financial support, students are required to complete the Financial Verification Form and submit an original bank statement in English showing a balance greater than $18,810.00 in US dollars.

All documents can be mailed to the following address:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
International Student Services
470 Cooper Drive, Oswald 202A
Lexington, KY 40506

If for some reason you are unable to obtain the necessary college or high school transcripts, please complete the Transcript Waiver Request Form and submit along with supporting documentation.

Please note that submitted documents cannot be returned to students.

Faxed, photocopies, and scanned images of documents will not be accepted. Original documents must be provided to the Office of Admissions.

If you will be hand-delivering documents after hours, you may submit using the drop box located on the door to the Admissions Office located in room 119 of the Oswald building at the Cooper campus. The drop box is secure and checked daily for submissions.


Complete immigration documents process

After the student has turned in all requested documents, the International Student Services (ISS) Office will begin the immigration document process. Depending on the visa you are applying for, you may need to provide further information to complete the paperwork requirements.

If you currently hold an I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to notify ISS that you are requesting a transfer, not an initial document. You will then need to complete the SEVIS Transfer Form and submit to ISS along with a copy of your I-20 and visa.

Once you have completed the immigration documents process, you will receive a Welcome Packet that includes your immigration documents and other important information. At this point, you will need to visit to pay your SEVIS fee. If you are requesting a new visa, you will need to schedule an appointment with the US Consulate nearest to you. Please keep in mind that you cannot travel with your I-20 or DS-2019 if you do not have the appropriate visa.

For additional information concerning international student requirements such as arrival, health insurance, housing, and SEVIS fees, applicants should visit International Student Services.


Make travel arrangements

You will be eligible to arrive in the United States 30 days prior to the start date listed on your immigration paperwork. Please make arrangements to arrive in Lexington early enough to attend your mandatory International Student Orientation. The date, time, and location of your orientation is listed in your Welcome Packet. Please notify ISS upon your arrival to the United States.


Attend the International Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for International students. If for any reason you cannot attend, you must notify ISS immediately. At orientation, you will learn about Bluegrass Community and Technical College, meet other international students, take your placement test, schedule your classes, and more!


Pay tuition

Once you are registered for classes, you will be responsible for paying your tuition. This is done through your Student Self Service Account. If you have any questions about your bill, or how to make a payment, please visit the Business Office located in the Oswald building, room 215.

If you are a government sponsored student, it is your responsibility to ensure the Business Office has received your financial guarantee.