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How to Apply for Admission from Overseas
  1. Complete the RCBC International Student Application which can be found under forms and resources.
  2. Provide Required Supporting Documents
  3. Provide proof of completion of secondary (high school) education. We need the document used in your country to enter college or university.

After you have submitted the application with all required supporting documents to the Office of International Student Services, your application will be reviewed. Upon approval, a RCBC acceptance letter, Form I-20, and information about the I-901 SEVIS fee will be mailed. For fastest delivery, please include a pre-paid DHL or FedEx envelope with your mailing address. You will need these documents to apply for your F-1 Visa. The U.S. Embassy, not RCBC, makes the final decision on granting the F-1 student visa.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are students currently attending another U.S. college and intend to come to RCBC, obtain a RCBC Form I-20, and work toward a program of study. In addition to the documents listed above, a transfer student must also submit:

  1. A copy of your current I-20.
  2. A photocopy of the current visa page from your passport.
  3. A photocopy of your I94 arrival record.
  4. A completed RCBC transfer eligibility form. (Obtained from the Office of International Student Services after application is processed).
High School Documents

Rowan College at Burlington County requires proof of successful completion of studies equivalent to U.S. high (secondary) school for F-1 admission. This requirement relates to the USDHS regulations that  F-1 students maintain full-time study and make progress toward completion of a program.

As proof of successful completion of U.S. high school equivalency, you should submit a certified copy or original of the primary document in your country that shows completion of studies. Test scores are not proof of High School completion. This may be a transcript that shows all courses taken, grades received and graduation date, or it may be a certificate of national examination results, or some other document. A certified copy is an original document or attested (signed with official stamp or seal) photocopy that has been issued by the educational institution or government agency responsible for issuing the document. An official English translation must accompany the document.

If you have not yet completed the last year of high school, you may still apply, Submit an official transcript showing the courses you have completed and a letter in English from your school stating that you are currently enrolled and your expected date of completion. You will be required to provide proof of completion when you arrive at RCBC.

Personal Representative

Sometimes applicants have a friend or relative in the United States who has agreed to assist them in getting admitted to a U.S. school. Or, they would like this person to receive the applicant's I-20 and acceptance materials for special mailing. If you wish RCBC to provide information about your application status or your I-20 to someone other than yourself, you must give RCBC written permission to do this. Authorization for a Personal Representative needs to come directly from the student. An email or fax will not be accepted.

On a separate piece of paper, type or write one of the following statements providing the name, address, and telephone number of your personal representative. You must type or print your name at the bottom of the statement as it appears on your application and sign and date the statement. Choosing a personal representative is optional. If you name a personal representative, you should make sure that the individual has agreed to assist you.

Sample 1
(Insert name, address, telephone number and email address of personal representative) is authorized to act as my personal representative regarding my application to Rowan College at Burlington County. He/She is to receive all correspondence regarding my application, including the I-20 form, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy.

Sample 2
(Insert name, address, telephone number and email address of personal representative) is authorized to act as my personal representative regarding my application to Rowan College at Burlington County. He/She is to receive copies of all correspondence regarding my application. However, the Form I-20, which I will need to obtain my student visa from the U.S. Embassy, is to be mailed directly to me.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Very few financial aid opportunities exist for international students to study in the United States at the undergraduate level. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources are restricted to U.S. citizens, including U.S. government loans. Some countries provide financial assistance to their citizens for study in the United States. Funds may be available from private organizations in your country that provide support for study in the United States. Most private scholarships for international students require that you apply from your home country so you should search for these opportunities before you arrive in the United States.

Immunizations

State of New Jersey Requires Immunizations The State of New Jersey requires all full-time (12 or more credits), degree seeking students provide proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella, and hepatitis b. Proof of immunizations should be certified by your health care provider, utilizing the “Certificate of Immunization” form.

Students who are exempt from the immunization requirements on grounds of medical contraindication, religious reasons, or age (students born before 1957 are exempt from MMR requirements only), should submit the “Certificate of Immunization”, indicating the type of exemption, along with supporting documentation as required. Students may be admitted and enrolled on a provisional basis for their first term if required immunization documentation is not available at the time of registration.

For the Certificate of Immunization Form, please click here.

If you have any questions about the regulations, please contact the Office of International Student Services at (856) 222-9311, ext. 2232.

Admission Deadlines and Requirements for Non-Immigrants 

Starting Term F-1 Applicants Applying from Overseas F-1 Applicants Transferring from a US Institution
Fall June 30 August 1
Spring October 30 December 15

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is an international student?

International students are applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

What is an F-1 visa?

An F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issue by a US Consulate to an alien student who is seeking entry into the US to pursue full-time studies in a US academic institution.

What is an F-1 status?

An F-1 status is a non-immigrant status issued by the USCIS to the non-immigrant student who is pursuing full-time studies in the US.

I/my parents/husband/wife have applied for a green card. Am I still an international student?

Yes. You are still considered an international student until you have the green card, and can provide us with a copy.

How do I apply for admission?

As an international student, you must satisfy specific requirements to be considered for admission to Rowan College at Burlington County. The application packet contains detailed instructions for completing the application.

What are your admission deadlines?

International students are accepted for the fall and spring terms ONLY. We do not accept international students for the summer term.
Applications for the fall term must be received by June 30.
Applications for the spring term must be received by October 30.

How and when will I be notified of my acceptance to Rowan College at Burlington County?

Applications are typically processed in 2 to 3 weeks. International applicants who fulfill all of the admission requirements will be notified by email about the status of their application. A valid email address is very important, as this will be our method of communicating with you about the next steps in the process.

Can I begin my studies at Rowan College at Burlington County during the summer term?

International students are only admitted for the fall and spring terms. As a continuing student at Rowan College at Burlington County, you will have the option to take classes during the summer or winter term, even though this is not required.

Do I need to take an English proficiency test?

Although the TOEFL is not required for admission, it is required for determination of the type of I-20 you will be issued, i.e. English Language Training or your chosen program of study.

Do my application materials need to be translated?

If your application materials include any documents that are not in English and/or US currency, you must provide us with an official translation in addition to the original documents.

What makes a document OFFICIAL?

Documents must be issued directly from the authorizing institution such as a bank, school or testing agency or a photocopy of the original that is stamped by an official such as a notary or magistrate. All official documents must have a stamp, seal or be printed on official letterhead paper from the authorizing institution. All documents submitted to Rowan College at Burlington County become the property of the college and cannot be returned.

How much does it cost to study at Rowan College at Burlington County?

As an international student, you will be paying out-of-state tuition rates. Tuition and fees are estimated at $7,052.00 per year, plus living expenses, transportation, and personal. International students are required to show sponsorship of at least $23,936.00 at the time of application.     

Can I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is not available to F-1 visa status holders.

What is an I-20 and why do I need one?

A Form I-20 is a US government document that certifies that you are eligible for F-1 student status. That means that (1) you are or expect to be a “bona fide” student; (2) you meet our admissions requirements; (3) you will pursue a full course of study; (4) you proved to us that you have enough money to study and live in the US without working illegally or suffering from poverty.

You need a Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa or status, or to keep lawful F-1 status when transferring or changing schools in the US.

Can I work while I am studying at Rowan College at Burlington County?

Do not expect that you will be able to work in the US to help meet your annual costs. On-campus employment is limited and competitive; off-campus employment is strictly controlled by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Additionally, as part of the application process, you must prove to us that you can support the costs of living and studying in the US for every year of your program of study. This is required by the US Government in order for us to issue the Form I-20.

Is there housing on campus?

Rowan College at Burlington County does not have on-campus housing. Most F-1 students reside with family members or arrange their own apartment housing. Rowan College at Burlington County has partnered with Places4Students.com. This company specializes in off-campus housing solutions for students. This service is free for all students to find a place to live off-campus or in finding a roommate. Students do not need to register to search for listings. Feel free to contact admin@places4students.com or 1-866-766-0767, should you require more information.

Can I take classes online?

You must take at least 9 credit hours face-to-face, and then you may take 3 or more credit hours online.

Can I study part-time at Rowan College at Burlington County?

You must be enrolled in a full course of study (at least 12 credit hours) in order to maintain F-1 status.

What is a Social Security Number and how do I get one?

A social security number (SSN) is a nine digit number issued to US citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents for employment purposes.

How long will it take me to complete my program of study at Rowan College at Burlington County?

Rowan College at Burlington County provides you with 2.5 years to complete your program requirements. The amount of time you actually need to complete your studies can be affected by many factors such as transferring foreign credits, the need for ESL or additional preparatory courses, etc.