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Guide to International Admissions

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Dear Students,

Welcome to the Fall 2020! The International Center is working remotely. Please stay in touch with us!
We are providing 100% of our services virtually while keeping everyone safe.

Prospective students should email internationaladv@bhcc.edu or call 617-228-2460 for assistance.

Current BHCC students are encouraged to contact International Student Advisors as follows:

Students with last name A-K:
Sasha Johnson

Students with last name L-M:
Ela Kijowska

Students with last name N-Z:
Heather J. Shapazian

We are here for you!
In solidarity,
Your International Center Team

Every year, Bunker Hill Community College welcomes hundreds of international students from more than 100 countries to our campuses. If you want to study at a college that offers excellent programs, outstanding faculty, individualized attention, opportunities to make life-long friends, and a great city, consider BHCC.

To Apply to BHCC

To become an international F-1 student and receive an I-20 from BHCC please submit your application here:

For Spring 2021 Apply Now
For Summer or Fall 2021 Apply Now

Students in all other visa categories who do not require F-1 visa must apply using the General Application on the Apply Now page.

Required Supporting Documents

  1. Educational Credentials - You need to submit proof that you have completed high school or its foreign equivalent. Please submit one of the following:

    • A copy of high school diploma or high school transcripts showing your graduation date. If documents are not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted together with the document in the original language.

      If you are in your senior year of high school at the time of the application, submit your transcripts of all years of high school and a letter from your high school official indicating your graduation date. A copy of the diploma must be submitted by the start of your first semester of study at BHCC. If documents are not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted as well.

    • A copy of a bachelor's degree or master's degree diploma. If document is not in English, a translation from a translation agency must be submitted as well.
    • Cambridge O level or Cambridge IGCSE or UK GCSE (or its equivalents) can be submitted as proof as high school completion – You must have completed at least five subjects with grade C (or 3) or better to be considered for admission.
  2. Proof that you are proficient in English:

    If English is not your first language, you are required to submit proof of at least intermediate level of English proficiency.

    We accept minimum scores as follows:

    • 38 on the TOEFL iBT
    • 5 on the IELTS
    • Level 3 on iTEP
    • 38 on the PTE
    • 2A on EIKEN
    • B2 on Cambridge English Assessment
    • 75 on the Duolingo English Test

    Test scores are valid for two years.

    Other ways to satisfy language proficiency:

    If you have previously attended another college/university with English as a primary language of instruction, and you have completed course(s) in developmental reading or writing or college-level English composition/writing with a grade of C or better, you can submit an unofficial transcript from your prior institution.


    If you have completed four years of high school in which English is the primary language of instruction submit a transcript and a letter from your high school principal attesting to your language proficiency and confirming that English was the language of instruction.


    If you have completed at least three (3) A level courses in the British educational system with a grade C or better; submit a transcript for A and O levels.


    If you have any other official test scores, please submit the copy for review and consideration.


    If you are in Boston and cannot satisfy the language proficiency using the methods listed above, please contact the International Center at international@bhcc.edu to learn about other test options.

    Waiver: The proof of language proficiency is waived for English speaking applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Grenada, (British) Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, United Kingdom, St. Kitts & Nevis, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Zimbabwe.

    Note: All accepted students are required to take a placement test prior to class registration, unless they qualify for an exemption.

  3. Proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your first year of study:

    International applicants must show a proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the first year of study at BHCC. We have estimated the cost of attendance at $21,100. For each dependent accompanying the student, additional $7,000 must be available. 

    When you submit financial documents, they cannot be older than six (6) months from the day of your application. 

    Applicants can upload copies of their own bank statement, letter of financial guarantees from a government, foundation, or home university. If you have a sponsor you must submit the sponsor’s bank statement/letter and the completed affidavit of support.

    Students sponsored by a company must submit proof that the employee signing the affidavit has the legal authorization to do so along with the bank statement or letter showing the minimum required balance.

    IMPORTANT: Bunker Hill Community College does not accept sponsorship letters issued for admissions purposes only. We will process your application and issue an I-20 only after you submit your full scholarship award letter; or a personal bank statement (or bank statement and affidavit of support from a sponsor).

    Note: You will be required to submit a copy of the Affidavit of Support and bank letter or statement to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with your visa application.

    If you are in United States in another visa status and would like to change your status to become an F-1 student please review this information.

  4. Copy of Passport Id page

    Please submit a copy of your passport page that contains your biographical information.

Minimum Age Requirement - To be eligible for admission international F-1 applicants must be 17 years old at the time of arrival in the United States to start the classes at BHCC. 

Application Deadlines

Applying from Abroad

Admission deadlines for international applicants who are applying from outside the United States

Spring Semester November 15
Summer Term I March 30
Fall Semester July 15

For Applicants who are in the United States

Current F-1 International Students - Completed applications are accepted up to last day of registration posted on Academic Calendar online. For the Spring 2021 semester the last day to apply is January 22, 2021.

Applicants who wish to request change of visa status to F-1 within the US should consult with an immigration attorney regarding eligibility and deadlines.

For the start dates of the semester please see Academic Calendar online.