International Student Admissions

The admission requirements for new, transfer and change-of-status international students attending Wake Tech are listed below. Read them carefully to ensure a complete International Admissions Application is submitted by the appropriate deadline. Once the International Student Office receives all required documentation, a decision will be made concerning your enrollment at the college.

Processing may take up to 10 business days. After your application is processed, you will receive an email with the status of your application. You can return to your application portal to check the status as well. If your application is incomplete, you will use the International Admissions-Documentation Needed form provided in the email to submit the remaining required documents. Wake Tech will hold your application and supporting documentation on file for one year. After that, the contents of your application and supporting documentation will be destroyed, and you will have to resubmit everything if you are still interested in attending the college.

After your application is complete, you will be issued an I-20 for an eligible associate degree or the English as a Foreign Language program during the issuance period for the semester. Once you receive the I-20, you need to make a visa appointment for a non-immigrant F-1 visa with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country or submit a change-of-status application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you want to defer your I-20 to another semester, updated financial documentation and the application fee will be required by the application deadline. Email [email protected] to request to defer your I-20 to another semester to receive further instructions.

F-1 application deadlines

Fall semester
Spring semester
Summer term
Applying outside U.S.
An applicant residing outside the United States applying for an F-1 student visa to become a full-time Wake Tech student.
April 15

Check-in time:
September 15

Check-in time:
February 15

Check-in time:
Transfer active I-20
An applicant studying at a U.S. institution who wants to transfer his or her active I-20 to become a full-time Wake Tech student.
July 15
December 1
April 15


NOTE: Wake Tech does not have a deadline for change-of-status applicants, who are individuals currently in the United States who want to change their immigration status to full-time student only. With an I-20, the applicant must apply with USCIS for a change from his or her current status to F-1 student status.

Admissions requirements

Save the following items to your device to upload and submit with your Wake Tech application:

  • Passport document – Provide a copy of your passport photo page with the expiration date. If you do not have a passport, submit a copy of your birth certificate with a certified translation.
  • Immigration documents – A change-of-status applicant must provide a copy of his or her entry visa, passport entry stamp, I-94 and I-797 approval notice, if applicable. A transfer applicant must provide a copy of all previous I-20s, latest I-94, latest passport entry stamp, entry visa, I-797 approval notice, if applicable, and employment authorization card, if applicable.
  • Financial documents – An Affidavit of Support form and a letter from your sponsor's bank giving specific current account balance information or a letter from your bank. Please limit your bank documentation to no more than 10 pages. The minimum current balance is $29,350 for an individual student. For dependents, add $5,000 for the spouse and $2,000 per child. The bank letter must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Educational documents – Provide complete official academic records from secondary (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) or/and post-secondary schools with certified translations. The academic records should include your transcripts with courses taken, grades received, grading scales, completion certificates for secondary education, examination results from the Examination Council and/or degrees awarded.
  • International (F-1) Student Medical form – This form must be signed by a practicing physician. A TB test within the last 12 months is required. If the TB test is positive, a chest X-ray result within the last 12 months also is required. The TB test and chest X-ray results must include dates.
  • Dependent documents – If you have a dependent included in your international admissions application to receive a dependent I-20, we need a copy of your marriage certificate and spouse's passport for a spouse dependent. For a child or children dependent(s), we need a copy of their birth certificate(s) and passport(s). Any documentation not in English has to be accompanied by a certified translation. The complete name, birth date, country of birth and country of citizenship of each dependent must be recorded on the International Admissions Application and Affidavit of Support form.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee – At the end of the application, you will be required to pay the application fee via credit card to submit your application.