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International Students

Please contact the GRCC Admissions Office at (616)234-3569 and ask to speak with the International Admissions Advisor if you have further questions or need additional information.

International Student Application Deadlines

Applicants wishing to begin in  the Fall semester (August) must submit a completed application by June 1. Students wishing to begin in the Winter semester (January) must submit a completed application by October 1.

Thank you for your interest in Grand Rapids Community College. We're proud of our commitment to diversity and our international student population is a vital part of the College community.

Application Requirements for International Students

Please submit the following documentation to:

International Student Admissions Officer, Admissions Office - Room 123 Main Building

Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503-3201 USA


Completed International Application signed and dated by applicant International Student Admissions Application
Official Bank Statement (see Financial Requirements page for details) Students must provide a bank statement and customer profile from a bank certifying the availability of $24,740 US Dollars. Tuition is calculated by contact hours. See the college catalog for individual course information.
Copy of High School diploma/transcript or College transcript  
English proficiency -- (see English requirements page) Students must prove (with sufficient TOEFL scores) adequate English proficiency in the English language unless English is his or her native language. See complete list of exempt countries on the English requirements page
Financial Resources form (found in application)
Summary of INS regulations for F-1 students form (found in application)
International Student transfer form (found in application) Required only if applicant is transferring to GRCC from another US institution

An I-20 will be issued by Grand Rapids Community College after the following documents are received and processed by the Admissions Office.

Students entering the following curricula will accumulate higher than average contact hours during their program of study: Applied Technology, Drafting, Health Sciences, Hospitality, and Manufacturing.

If you have questions or would like assistance, please email

For more information about studying in the United States, please visit

F-1 visa Regulations

In compliance with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, international students are required to carry no fewer than 12 credit hours each semester (excluding the Summer semester). Students must have the approval of the International Student Advisor before dropping classes. Failure to maintain the required credit hour minimum will effect your F-1 status.

F-1 students are permitted to work on campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students can inquire about positions on campus at GRCC's Student Employment Services Office.

Students changing their address are required to submit their new address to Admissions Office within 10 days of moving.

All F-1 visa holders are required to pay the Out-of-State/International student tuiton rate throughout the duration of their status at GRCC.

Any student wishing to leave the country for either travel or vacation must have the back of their I-20 endorsed by the International Student Advisor (or a Designated School Official). Please allow a minimum of 5 days for this signature.

Detailed regulations are available at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Web Site