General Admission Policy for International Students
Berkshire Community College is pleased to welcome international students to our campus.
Requirements for admission include an official translated transcript from high school (or high school equivalency program), official transcripts from any other colleges attended, payment of an application fee of $35, an affidavit of financial support, and completion of the Berkshire Community College application form.
Upon your arrival, a placement test is also required so that the college can determine the appropriate level at which coursework should begin. Based upon these test results, placement in college preparatory English, reading, and mathematics courses may be required in preparation for a student's success in college-level courses.
BCC has a rolling admissions policy. As completed applications are received, decisions are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may begin their coursework for most programs in the fall or spring. Applications must be received 3 months prior to the intended semester start date.
Some additional admission requirements are in effect for the Nursing and Allied Health programs.
Where English is not the official language of their country, foreign students will need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a score of 500 or above (231 on Computerized Test).
Application. Fill out the application by clicking here. If you are undecided about your choice of program or require more information, call the Admissions office at (413) 499-4660, ext. 1636 or Fax to (413) 496-9511.
Fee. Attach a check or money order for $35 US payable to Berkshire Community College for your application fee. If you previously applied to BCC, you are not required to pay the fee.
Transcripts. Contact your high school to request that an official copy of your high school transcript be sent to the Admissions office at BCC. If you have attended any other college or university, you must have official transcripts sent to the Admissions office at BCC. All records must be translated into English.
Affidavit of Support. In order to receive form I-20 for your student visa, you must submit an affidavit of support (official bank statement or form I-134) covering at least one year (estimated at $19,000, including tuition, fees, and all housing and living expenses).
TOEFL scores (if applicable).
All full-time students (12 credits or more) who are registering for day courses are required to present evidence of at least one dose of mumps and one dose of rubella vaccine, two doses of live measles vaccine given at least one month apart beginning at or after 12 months of age, and a booster dose of Td (tetanus and diphtheria) within the last ten years. International students will be given a tuberculosis test after their arrival.
Students must complete an immunization form and return it to the Health Services office before the first day of classes, or be subject to withdrawal from the college.
Send all materials to:
Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street Pittsfield, MA 01201, US