International Students

International Students

Thank you for your interest in GateWay Community College! We greatly enjoy having international students on our campus, and we look forward to welcoming you in person. The International Student Office within the Global Education Center determines F-1 international student admissions and assists admitted students with registration, academic advising, on-campus student employment, health enrollment and other college services.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

All F-1 international students are encouraged to stop by and visit, exchange and share multicultural and life experiences with our diverse student community.

Concurrent Enrollment for F-1 International Students

The International Student Office at GateWay Community College provides International F-1 students the opportunity to take courses at two approved institutions at the same time. Get started by filling out the Student Admissions Application, and submitting the Concurrent Enrollment Form.

GateWay Community College is a SEVP-Approved School, which means it is certified by the US Department of Homeland Security to issue the SEVIS I-20 document to eligible students, so that they may apply for the F-1 Student Visa at a United States Consulate.

To apply for admission to GateWay Community College you will need to provide the following documentation. Please download the international admissions application and follow the instructions on pages 1 and 2 carefully.

Please follow the instructions below carefully:

1. A Completed Gateway Community College International Application

Please print clearly. Be sure that your name on your application is spelled
the same as your name in your passport. Write your date of birth in the USA
format: Month/Day/Year.

2. Proof of Graduation From Secondary School

Original or certified copies of official diploma or certificate from EVERY
secondary school (high school), college, or university, and/or technical
school you have attended (accompanied by an official, professional English
translation). Unofficial photocopies, faxes, and email scans cannot be
accepted. Your transcript must state your graduation date.

Note: If your official documents were issued in a language other than
English, you must submit the official documents in the original language AND
an official translation of the documents. An official translation is a
precise, word-for-word English translation of the documents that has been
prepared by the issuing institution or a professional translator.

3. Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Applicants who wish to enroll in an academic degree program at the college
must present evidence of their level of English language proficiency. One of
the following different methods can be used to satisfy this requirement:

-Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®): The applicant must attain a
score of at least 500 on the paper-based test, or 70 on the Internet-based
test (iBT). The TOEFL Code for GateWay Community College is 0455 .
-International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The applicant must
attain an overall IELTS Band Score of 5.5 or better. A minimum IELTS
individual Band Score of 5.0 in EACH module is recommended.
-STEP Eiken test (for Japanese students): Grade Pre-1 or better is required.

4. Evidence of Financial Support

You or your sponsor(s) must complete the Statement of Financial Support (last
page of application form), which states that they have sufficient funds to
cover your educational and living expenses, estimated at $20,350 per year,
and are willing to use this money to pay for your academic and living
expenses while you are attending GateWay Community College. Please see the
Proposed Budget information for details.

Important: You or your sponsor must also include original bank statements or
an original letter from the bank showing that the sponsor has sufficient
funds on deposit. We cannot accept bank letters that do not state that a
balance in excess of $20,350 is available. Faxes, photocopies, and internet
printouts of financial documents will not be accepted. Evidence of financial
support will be required prior to issuance of the I-20 form. Please note that
the US Consulate will require another set of original financial documents
when you apply for the F-1 visa. Several months of original bank statements,
showing stable account history, is recommended.

The college has no scholarship or financial aid provisions for international
students; therefore, students must be fully prepared to meet the necessary
financial obligations for the entire time they will be in the United States.

5. A Colored Photocopy of your Passport

The colored copy needs to show the pages with identification information and
expiration date. The passport must be valid for at least six months. If your
spouse and/or children will accompany you, please provide colored photocopies
of their passports as well.

6. Additional Requirements if you are applying from within the United States

-A photocopy of the I-94 card in your passport
-A photocopy of your current visa in your passport
-An official transcript from EVERY previous educational institution, sent
directly to GateWay Community College
-Photocopies of all prior SEVIS I-20 documents
-SEVIS Transfer form, completed and signed by both the student and the
current international student advisor/DSO.
Approval Notice of Change of Status, if applicable

7. Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (Aug. 17, 2019 - Dec. 13, 2019): July 1, 2019
Spring Semester (Jan. 11, 2020 - May 8, 2020): Nov. 1, 2019
Note: complete transfer student applications may be accepted after the
deadline. Please contact us for transfer student application deadlines.

IMPORTANT: Please verify that your application package is complete before you
send it and that you have followed all the instructions as described above.
Failure to submit the documents as required will result in delay of the
processing of your application. Please e-mail or call if you need
clarification of the application instructions. Please allow at least 2 - 3
weeks for review and processing of your application package.

Please send the completed application form and all required documents to:
Attn: International Admissions
Global Education Center
GateWay Community College
108 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85034 USA


When you have received your acceptance letter and SEVIS I-20 Form, please
make an appointment to apply for the F-1 Student Visa at the US Consulate in
your home country. To locate the US Consulate closest to you, please visit
the US Embassy site at

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Services & Programs

  • Local housing resources
  • Orientation
  • Campus tours

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must complete the Admission Packet.
  • You must be a graduate of what is equivalent to the 12th grade in the U.S.
  • You must have English Proficiency.
  • You must provide sufficient financial support.

All required documents must be submitted in their original official form, no scanned or copies will be accepted. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to GateWay Community College, Attention: International Education.

Transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by an International Transcript Evaluation Service.

Proof of English language proficiency.

  • Test results must be mailed directly from the Educational Testing Services
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5/5
  • Contact the U.S. Information Service at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate or Education USA Advising Center & for information on dates and locations of the TOEFL or IELTS examination in your country
  • TOEFL testing centers and preparation information is available here at

Students must complete all sections of the International Student Application, sign and submit in full to the GateWay ISO Coordinator of Student Services

GateWay has no provision for financial aid for international students. Students must come fully prepared to meet all financial obligations, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Medical insurance
  • Housing and living expenses

It is strongly recommended that all required paperwork be submitted at least 6 months in advance from the time you wish to begin attending GateWay. Suggested deadlines for classes beginning in January (spring semester) is the November 1. Suggested deadline for classes beginning in August (fall semester) is July 1.

International students applying to study here must be able to prove that they have $20,170 U.S. dollars equivalent available for their first year of study. This is referred to as the evidence of financial support.

Your tuition and books cost for 1 year will be approximately $9,000 U.S. for 1 year.

Tuition is $327 U.S. dollars per credit hour. You must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits in the fall & spring semesters. We estimate your living expenses to be a minimum of $10,140 US dollars for one year.

No, we do not have an ESL program study for international student on F1 visa.

Please see major areas of study listed on page four of the International Student Application Form.

No. Applying to GateWay is free of charge.

No. We do not accept deposits. You will pay your tuition/fees after you arrive and enroll for your classes.

  • Make travel arrangements to come to Phoenix, Arizona.
  • You are allowed to arrive in the US up to 30 days prior to your begin date (listed on I-20).
  • It is highly recommended to arrive at least one week prior to your begin date.

International students are required to purchase the health insurance plan through our Maricopa County Community College District, as stated on your I-20.

Students with financial sponsorship provided by their government, which includes USA health insurance, maybe waived. For example students sponsored by Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, or equivalent from other government agencies.

No. GateWay is a commuter campus and we do not provide student housing. There are many apartment complexes within walking distance of the college as well as we are a main station for the light rail. Contact the International Student Office for further information on local housing resources.