If you are a foreign student seeking to attend GTCC, please see our Foreign Student Admissions page.

The International Student Office at GTCC offers a variety of services and activities for international students on an F-1 Visa. The office is located on the Jamestown Campus, but serves all campus locations. The major function of the office is to provide assistance to all F-1 Visa status seekers or current F-1 Visa status students attending GTCC through counseling, advising, and assistance.

The International Student Office provides programs and activities designed to promote a free exchange of information and international understanding. This environment of support and encouragement serves both natives and foreign nationals. This office supplies the college community and local surrounding area with diversity and a sense of unity.

Services Provided by The International Student Office

  • Admissions
  • Facilitate fulfillment of immigration requirements
  • Assist and support international student activities
  • Consult and advise with college faculty and staff
  • Serve as a support in academic guidance
  • Provide personal services
  • Coordinate efforts to resolve emergency problems
  • Refer for community outreach
  • Provide medical insurance information
  • Provide enrollment verification letters
  • Offer income tax forms and workshops

Information For Foreign Students

Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is a multi-campus college with locations in Jamestown, Greensboro, High Point, and at the T.H. Davis Aviation Center at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. GTCC offers more than 90 programs of study at these locations and community sites. The college enrolls students from more than 86 countries. GTCC recognizes the richness of cultural diversity in its service area and strives to reflect that diversity in student enrollment and staffing. The college strives to be an integral part of the surrounding community. Several international festivals are held annually and our international students are asked to participate.

GTCC has no dormitories or residence halls. All students must arrange for housing away from the college. The International Student Office and the Student Life Office provides the most current listings of housing and apartments available for students in the Greensboro / High Point areas.

F-1 Visa International Students have various governmental restrictions that may prevent them from attending classes in an online environment (either part-time or full-time). Please speak with our international student advisor to find out what courses you should take for your program of study.

  • Office Location: Medlin Campus Center, Room 3106
  • General Questions: internationalstudents@gtcc.edu
  • Office Phone: 336-334-4822, ext. 50076
  • TTY: 336-841-2158

Primary International Student Advisor and Primary Designated School OfficialCarmem Cavalcanti De Melo, clmendonca@gtcc.edu

Prior to Acceptance at GTCC, you will work with Carmem Cavalcanti De Melo as the Primary Designated School Official. After Acceptance to GTCC, you will work with her as the International Student Advisor. This chart shows the different duties of the two titles.

Primary Designated School Official

International Student Advisor

Application to Acceptance for F1 Visa Students Only:

(Packet collection, review and acceptance)

Acceptance to Completion for F1 Visa Students Only:

(Begin steps for registration/advising)

International diploma review and approval – Con Ed

International Student Association Club Advisor

Informational Workshops

Informational Workshops

F1 Visa – Employment Approval (Campus/OPT/CPT)

Host Mandatory International Student Meeting – F1 Visa

F1 Visa – Signature to leave country

F1 Visa – Monitoring of Status Monthly of current students

F1 Visa – Notification of Termination of Status

F1 Visa – Advising Assistance/Registration Assistance

F1 Visa – Reinstatement Process

F1 Visa – Monitor and Maintain SEVIS

F1 Visa – Change of Status to F1

F1 Visa – Maintain records and files (new, current. Interested students)

SEVIS Monitoring

International Student Page

Reporting – HR/Finance/Department of Homeland Security

International Student Email

Community Contact for International Students

Community Contact for International Students

All duties under DSO as needed

All duties under PDSO as needed

The International Student Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. During the summer, our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and we are closed on Friday.

You are welcome to stop by the office to speak with the advisor if you have any questions or concerns. However, in order to give you full attention, you are encouraged to call ahead to schedule an appointment between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

GTCC does not issue an I-20 (Student Visa) for students just wanting to attend ESL/ESOL classes only. For more information regarding English proficiency, please see item #4 for the English requirements for Foreign Students Admissions.

ESL classes are available through the Continuing Education Program. Classes are designed to help with basic survival skills and academic preparation. The classes are offered during the day and evening hours on the Greensboro and High Point campuses. The ESOL classes are free of charge.

Students on F-1 visas are not permitted to work off-campus except under extraordinary circumstances. Permission to work on-campus, part-time is granted by the International Student Advisor to students in good academic standing, and only if positions are available. International students should not depend on part-time employment as a significant means of financial support.

F-1 Student Visa students are required to pay Out of State Tuition Fees.

The International Student Association (ISA) was organized in 1983.

Our Purpose: To provide an opportunity for international students to increase their knowledge and awareness of the different cultures and customs that are present on campus and in the community.

Who We Are: You do not need to be an international student to be a member, but rather someone who wants to become culturally competent and/or educate others about the various cultures in our community, and this great, diverse nation.

What to Expect: Exposure to various cultures, customs, and traditions through special events, activities and field trips. The aim of the organization is to provide support and inclusion for all students.

Our Commitment: The ISA is committed to helping students enhance their opportunities for achieving personal and academic success through educational programs and events. For international students, we also strive to make the transition into college life and the United States easier.

Why Get Involved: As our world transforms into a more global society, it is imperative for our nation to embrace the diverse nature of our future being.   Learning is a lifelong process, and occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that will enhance their experience at the college and the community. GTCC offers a variety of organizations, cultural and educational events, of which provide opportunities for international and domestic student interaction.

Events: International Coffee Hour, International Student Week, International Luncheon Cuisine, Speakers Bureau and Cultural Fling Day. The ISA members also coordinate other programs and events such as field trips to the International Civil Rights Museum and an International Talent Showcase.