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13-11-1 Non-Credit Programs, International Students for Non-academic Training

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  1. Introduction
  2. Area Commission
  3. Information Technology
  4. Plans and Analysis
  5. Marketing
  6. Financial Affairs
  7. Facilities Management
  8. Human Resources and Employee Relations
  9. Development
  10. Procurement and Inventory Control
  11. Auxiliary Enterprises and Printing Services
  12. Public Safety
  13. Division of Education

    13-0-2 Course Syllabi and Addenda

    13-0-3 New Curriculum Program Development

    13-0-6 Grade Reports and Transcripts

    13-0-8 Full-time Faculty Workload/Overload

    13-0-9 Curriculum Content Changes

    13-0-10 Closing Academic Programs

    13-1-1 Live Work Projects

    13-2-0 Use of Resources Policy

    13-2-1 Library Material, Overdue

    13-2-2 Digital Resource Acquisition

    13-2-3 Duplication and Use of Copyrighted Material

    13-2-5 Materials Acquisition

    13-2-6 Acquisition of Consumable Books and Periodicals

    13-2-7 Repair, Replacement, Removal and Preservation of Materials

    13-2-8 Archives

    13-3-0 Academic Advisory Committees Policy

    13-3-1 Academic Advisory Committees

    13-4-0 Collection Development Policy

    13-4-1 Articulation

    13-5-1 Audiovisual Production Request

    13-6-1 Student Intellectual Property Rights

    13-7-0 Education Abroad Policy

    13-7-1 Education Abroad

    13-8-0 Institutional Review Board Policy

    13-8-1 Institutional Review Board

    13-9-1 Student Privacy, Distance Learning

    13-10-1 Academic Student Ceremonies

    13-11-1 Non-credit Programs, International Students for Non-academic Training

    13-12-1 Non-credit Programs

    13-13-1 Non-credit Programs, Registration

    13-14-1 Non-credit Programs, Refunds

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  16. Admissions and Registrar
  17. Student Services

NUMBER: 13-11-1 APPROVED DATE: 09-25-2014

BASED ON POLICY NUMBER AND TITLE: SBTCE POLICY 3-2-102 Status Of International Students

PURPOSE: This procedure establishes the process for Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development to accept international applicants who are eligible for M-1 student visas issued by the US Department of State as confirmed through the US Department of Homeland Security.


Before an applicant can apply at a US Embassy or Consulate for an M-1 student visa, the applicant must first apply to and be accepted by the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development at Trident Technical College, which is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved school.

Applicant must complete and submit the M-1 Visa Non-Academic Admission Application for enrollment into one of the Division of Continuing Education’s M-1 approved programs. If the applicant meets all admission requirements and is accepted, the Division of Continuing Education will process the applicant in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The Division of Continuing Education will provide the applicant with Form I-20 to present to the nearest US Embassy/Consulate. The applicant must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee after receiving the I-20 form.

The financial obligations of an international student are specified in the category titled Enrollment Criteria for International Students (see item #4) and as listed on the Division of Continuing Education M-1 Visa Student webpage,


The College does accept other visa types. For more information, please visit the following link:


The Division of Continuing Education Operations Office is responsible for M-1 applicant inquiries and referrals. International applicants must present official paperwork from the Department of Homeland Security that identifies current immigration status (Form I-94) prior to beginning the training program.


The Division of Continuing Education Operations Office provides to an M-1 applicant information on the Division of Continuing Education M-1 Visa Student webpage that contains the admission application and relevant College documents outlining the following admission requirements:

  • Submission of the M-1 Visa Admission Non-Academic Application with the nonrefundable application fee.
  • English translation of secondary and postsecondary records and transcripts completed by a recognized language evaluation service (based upon program enrollment requirements). There are three approved agencies used by the college: ,, or
  • TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) score report with a minimum score of 500 on the paper version, 173 on the computerized version or 61 on the Internet version; or by demonstration of proficiency in English as determined by the Division of Continuing Education.
  • Notarized Affidavit of Financial Support (in U.S. currency) from the international applicant’s sponsor(s). The Department of Homeland Security website provides the most up-to-date Form I-134.
  • Notarized bank statement from sponsor(s) indicating sufficient funds (in U.S. currency) to cover all fees and living expenses at a rate based upon program length as listed on the Division of Continuing Education M-1 Visa Student Web page.
  • Tuition deposit (in U.S. currency) equivalent to the program’s required tuition, supplies, materials, books and fees. Funds will be used to pay required prepayment for program fees prior to enrollment.

Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development determines the acceptance of M-1 Visa international applicants who meet all stipulated admission requirements and can deny admission to any international applicant whenever such action appears to be in the best interest of the College. Upon acceptance of an international applicant, the Division of Continuing Education Operations Office is responsible for initiating an acceptance letter and issuing an I-20 form.


TOEFL information is available at the Educational Testing Service website, Applicants from India, Hong Kong or Taiwan must obtain special editions of the test directly from TOEFL, P. O. Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540. Translation of non-English documents is available through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services membership list at


The Division of Continuing Education Operations Office establishes a file for each M-1 Visa international student applicant, assigns ID numbers as needed, and maintains all files in accordance with South Carolina General Records Retention Schedule requirements.


Renumbered, renamed and moved from Section 15 to Section 13 September 2020.  Formerly number 15-2-4 Continuing Education Programs International Students for Non-academic Training.

Reviewed: 04-12-2019