Becoming an International Student at NHTI Is Easy

At NHTI, we welcome students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our student body includes over 600 students speaking 60+ native languages. Our small class size and active campus life allows International students to engage closely with faculty, staff, and fellow students and become a vital part of our community.

We offer courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), which are designed to help students develop the language skills necessary for academic success at NHTI. ESOL tutoring and support services and International Student Advising are available to aid you with your studies and as you learn more about life in New Hampshire.

NHTI is authorized by the U.S Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue I-20 (Application for Student Visa) forms for students accepted into Associate degree programs only. Not sure what program to choose? Review the programs of study or email an admissions counselor at NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.

1. Apply for Admission

Great news: There is no application fee! If you fill out the online application, you will need to create a new account; click “First time user account creation” and follow the instructions. It’s strongly recommended that you apply at least 90 days prior to the start of the term.

2. Submit Required Documentation

As an international student, there are several documents you will need to provide to NHTI prior to matriculating. Here is a round up of these documents:

You will need to submit official transcripts of all secondary school and university academic records. Official transcripts are the original document issued by the school; scanned, photocopied or faxed transcripts are not official. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by an official, notarized translation.

Students seeking transfer credit from college coursework completed outside the US must also provide a course-by-course degree credential evaluation. A list of credential evaluation services may be found at the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services website. 

English language proficiency is required. If your native language is not English*, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and earn a score of:

  • 500 or better on the paper-based test;
  • 173 or better on the computer-based test; or
  • 61 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL.

Please visit the TOEFL website for more information on the exam and where the TOEFL exam is given in your country. Official TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the testing site to the Admissions office.

If you are currently in New Hampshire, you may complete an English proficiency exam with our Cross Cultural Education Department instead. They can be reached at 603 230-4055 to make an appointment.

Students earning a TOEFL score lower than those listed above may be evaluated for language study. Applicants who score between 380-499 on the paper-based exam, 83-172 computer-based, or 26/27-61 internet-based may apply for the General Studies program and would need to take a minimum of 9 credits of preparatory ESOL coursework for their first two semesters. Students scoring below a 380 on the TOEFL will not be admitted to the college or a program at NHTI.

You will need a letter of support from the person(s) who will be financially responsible for your education and living expenses while studying at NHTI. This letter must be in English and must include:

  • include your name
  • your intent to attend NHTI, Concord’s Community College
  • your sponsor’s relation to you
  • the amount of money your sponsor has available for your expenses
  • your sponsor’s name and contact information, and
  • be signed and dated by your sponsor.


Like your official transcripts, you will need to submit the original Financial Sponsor Letter and Financial Institution Statement (see below); no scans or photocopies of these documents will be accepted. You will need to also bring original copies of these materials for your visa interview, so we recommend that you request additional copies for your records.

You will need a letter or bank statement from the financial institution which holds funds of the person(s) financially responsible for the student. This statement must be on the institution’s official letterhead, indicate the sponsor’s and student’s names, the funds currently available stated in US dollars, and be in English.

Dollar amounts promised by the sponsor and available in the sponsor’s bank account need to be sufficient to cover a minimum of one year of education and living expenses (out-of-state tuition, fees, room, board, books and miscellaneous expenses). Students may download an Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Students (PDF).

Any International Student planning to request an F-2 visa for dependents must also submit copies of the dependent’s current passport and immigration documents, and plan to include the cost for the dependent’s expenses in their financial support documents (an additional $9,900 for the first dependent, $3,500 for each additional dependent). You would need to submit a letter the dependent’s documents, specifying the dependent’s name, date of birth, country of birth, country of citizenship, and relationship to the International Student.

Copies of current passport and any additional immigration documents such as your current visa, I-20, etc.

International Students must submit a one-time International Student Admissions fee of $100. You can pay this either with a check or money order sent with your application documents or you may contact our Bursar’s Office at 603 230-4012 to pay with a credit card. Please note a 2.75% convenience fee will be charged for credit card payments.

If you are an International Students currently in the US with an F-1 visa at another college, you will need to meet with the Designated School Official (DSO) at your current college and complete the International Student Transfer form. The form is available from the Admissions Office or you can download the International Student Transfer Form 2020.

Health care in the United States is expensive; all International Students are required to submit proof of health insurance to the Health Services Department prior to registration. This information is not required at the time you apply to NHTI.

You can download a Listing of US based insurance companies PDF. This list is a brief list and is just a sample of companies that provide insurance services. 

3. Complete Assessment and Testing

All students are required to take ACCUPLACER® placement tests. If you have subject-specific transfer credits or meet the SAT requirements, you can be waived from taking some placement tests. 

Have you earned experiential credits? You may be able to apply them!

Contact Dawn Higgins, international student advisor, at 603-271-6484 x 4208 or dhiggins@ccsnh.edu to make an appointment for testing and course registration.

4. Register for Courses

Once you have been accepted into a program and completed the placement test, you can begin the advising and registration process. The first time you register for classes, you will need to meet with an academic advisor.

5. Pay for Classes and/or Housing

Tuition, fees, and housing costs for the upcoming semester are due two weeks before the first class day of the semester. NHTI provides a variety of payment options. The Bursar’s office can help you decide how to cover your tuition costs.

6. Attend Orientation 

At NHTI, we aim to make your transition here easy. Sign up for an orientation, which typically runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

7. … Almost there! Just a few more things.

  • Submit a Health History Form to nhtihealthservices@ccsnh.edu.
  • Say ‘Hi!’ to your Lynx connection. Every new NHTI student is connected to an NHTI employee – they’re your LynC, your champion of success and navigator for NHTI departments, services, and opportunities beyond your classes and your academic program.