Patrick Henry is a two-year, non-residential, commuter college. We welcome applications from qualified international students who meet our academic, financial, and language requirements.
- The College is served by public transportation around the Martinsville/Henry County area. Students can access the PART Bus schedule online or pick up a copy at the Walker Fine Arts Admissions Office.
- The College does not operate dormitories, nor does it assume responsibility for locating and securing adequate housing for students.
- International students are classified as out-of-state students for tuition payment purposes.
- Financial Aid is not available to international students.
- Tuition payment plans are not available.
- College policies and procedures apply equally to all students regardless of immigration status.
Admission Requirements for International Students
Before we are able to process a request for admission to the college and issue a form I-20 for the F-1 Visa, the following documents must be submitted 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish to enroll:
- Completed PHCC Application Form (either online or paper application).
- The equivalent of an American high school diploma. Official records of all secondary-school studies and all studies beyond secondary-school level must be submitted in the native language with official English translations from a U.S.- based credential evaluation service. The following are examples of services that may be used.
- Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, with a minimum score of 550 paper-based or a minimum score of 213 computer-based or a minimum score of 83 internet-based as requirements. Please request that your official scores be sent directly to Patrick Henry Community College. Our CEEB code is 003751. Testing may not be more than two years old. For more information contact: http://www.ets.org/toefl. If you have completed high school within the United States, you may be able to petition that the test score requirement could be waived.
- Verification of financial support sufficient to enroll as a full-time student without the need to work off campus. We require the minimum amount of $31,150 for a single international student per two academic years. This does not include transportation costs. (Please complete the Declaration/Certification of Finances From and return along with all appropriate verifying documents). This information needs to be in English and $US.
- Health Insurance coverage: Health care is very expensive in the United States. Patrick Henry Community College requires that all international students purchase a health insurance policy.
- A doctor’s statement certifying that you are in good health and giving details of any physical or mental limitations that PHCC will need to consider in meeting your needs.
- An official transcript from your current college or university (if applicable).
- A brief written statement explaining why you want to study at Patrick Henry Community College.
- A photocopy of your passport ID page.
International students who receive a form I-20 must:
- Complete the College’s assessment tests for English and mathematics (COMPASS Test).
- Register for and complete with a satisfactory grade at least 12 credit hours for each semester (with no more than one class being web based).
- Be accepted and enrolled into a transfer program of study at the college.
- File a copy of Passport and I-94 Card with expiration date, (if applicable) with the Admissions and Records Office.
- Must have PHCC’s Designated School Official (DSO) sign your form I-20 two weeks in advance of travelling outside the United States. Student must be in good standing. This must be completed to allow reentry.
International Student Application Packet Information & Forms
PDF forms below require Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/)
- Prospective International Student Letter
- Checklist for F-1 Students
- F-1 Process Flowchart
- Nonimmigrants: Who can study? http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/Nonimmigrant%20Class%20Who%20Can%20Study.pdf
- Application for admission (https://apply.vccs.edu/oa/launch.actionfor online or via paper application at http://www.patrickhenry.edu/documents/newstudent/PHCCApplication.doc)
- Financial Information for International Students Form
- Maintaining F-1 Status Form
- Release of Confidential Documents Form
- Supplemental Form for I-20 Application
- Transfer Clearance Report (Students transferring from another U.S. college or university will need to complete the top portion of the Transfer Clearance Report and give it to the DSO at your current institution for completion and forwarding to PHCC).
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Forms
- I-901 Fee Remittance for Certain F, J and M nonimmigrants (http://www.lru.edu/UserFiles/Documents/ISS/I-901%20Application.pdf)
- Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-134.pdf)
- Instructions for I-134, Affidavit of Support (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-134instr.pdf)
Off-campus employment is available only through direct and specific permission of the USCIS. Students are not eligible to apply for these off-campus employment opportunities until they have been enrolled at least one academic year. F-1 students may be eligible to apply for employment authorization as follows:
- Employment Authorization based on Economic Hardship
- Curricular Practical Training (must receive academic credit for the experience)
- Optional Practical Training (must apply for OPT prior to completion of program)
Mailing Address for Application Documents:
Office of Admissions
Patrick Henry Community College
645 Patriot Ave.
Martinsville, VA 24112
Contact Information for International Students:
Dr. Kathleen Brown, DSO
Assistant Athletic Director/Coordinator for International Students
CEEB Code: 003751
Need insurance? Health or dental? American College Student Association may be the answer you're looking for.
Student Accident and Health Insurance Providers:
(The companies listed below are for informational purposes only. PHCC does not endorse any of the following providers.)
Collegiate Risk Management Inc.
110 Athens Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
E. J. Smith & Associates
899 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062-4042
International Student Insurance
224 First Street
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
The Southern Piedmont Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a non-profit program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve participants in Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania counties, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville.
The purpose of the EOC is to provide assistance to individuals having a desire to enter or re-enter a program of post-secondary education. Education Specialists provide assistance with career decision making, admissions, and applying for financial aid. The goal is to help individuals enroll in GED programs, technical programs, or two or four-year colleges and universities.
The Educational Opportunity Center's Martinsville office is located in the Walker Fine Arts Building on the Patrick Henry Community College Campus.
Regular Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:15am to 2:30pm
Patti Amos, MAEd
EOC Financial Aid Counselor TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
Adjunct Faculty with Patrick Henry Community College
235A Walker Fine Arts Center
645 Patriot Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
What services will the EOC provide?
- Information on Post-Secondary Schools (2-year or 4-year colleges or trade/technical school)
- Career Counseling
- Career Interest Assessment
- Academic and Educational Counseling
- Admissions Information and Application Assistance
- Financial Aid Information and Application Assistance
- College Transfer Assistance
- GED Tutoring
- Community Referrals
- Information on local, regional, and national scholarships
- Campus Tours
The EOC targets services to:
- Adults, 19 years and older
- Low-income & first generation college students
- Individuals who desire to enroll in postsecondary education
- Individuals with disabilities
- Dislocated workers
- The underemployed
- Unemployed individuals
View an EOC brochure.
Earn college credits while still in high school!
Patrick Henry Community College offers Dual Enrollment courses for high school juniors and seniors through its Accelerated Learning Department. This program allows students to fulfill their high school requirements while simultaneously receiving college credit. The Accelerated Learning Department works in partnership with the five high schools located in its service region. Participating schools are: Bassett High School, Magna Vista High School, Martinsville High School, Patrick County High School, Franklin County High School , The Piedmont Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology and Carlisle School.
The manner in which the classes are delivered depends on the courses selected and can vary at different schools. Some classes are completed in the high school classroom, some require additional coursework, and others are offered in lab settings.
Who is eligible for Dual Enrollment?
Enrollment is offered to juniors and seniors at the participating high schools. Students who register for Dual Enrolment classes must meet all admission and course requirements as other PHCC students.
What are the benefits of Dual Enrollment?
Students who participate in Dual Enrollment have the opportunity to get a head start on their college education while in high school which can greatly reduce expenses and the time required to complete college. They become familiar with the rigor of college level courses and have access to all PHCC resources including
- Free tutoring sessions
- Use of college library and electronic resources
- Linked to the SmartThinking on-line tutoring website 24/7.
All college-level courses are taught by faculty who meet PHCC requirements. The types of Dual Enrollment programs offered include transferable classes such as English, History, Government, Biology and Math. These classes are offered at the participating high schools or may be delivered through classes the Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology, the ACE Academy, and the Patrick County D2 program. The curriculum offered at the Governor’s School, the ACE Academy and the Patrick D2 program is designed to include coursework that could result in the student receiving enough college credit classes to be awarded an Associates’ degree upon their high school graduation.
In addition to the classes already mentioned, PHCC has a strong Career and Technical program that includes a variety of classes. These courses include Administration of Justice, Agri-business, Automotive and Autobody, Building Trades, Computer Aided Drafting (CADD), Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electricity, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Horticulture, and Motorsports.
How do I register??
STEP ONE: Complete course requests for your high school courses with your school counselor. Be sure to ask which Dual Enrollment courses are being offered at your particular school when you are deciding on your schedule for the upcoming year.
STEP TWO: Complete a Patrick Henry Community College Application for Admission. These are available in your high school guidance office. You may also download the application. BE SURE ALL INFORMATION HAS BEEN FILLED OUT COMPLETELY. Your application can then be turned in to your high school guidance counselor or the Career Coach. Once your application has been processed you will receive a letter from the college that will include your student ID number. You should then complete the Virginia Placement Test. Check with your counselor to see if the test is being offered at your high school OR you can take one on PHCC’s campus in the IATCC.
STEP THREE: Complete the Virginia Placement Test administered by PHCC. Testing is scheduled and delivered on the high school campus or on the PHCC main campus. Your guidance office will announce test dates when testing is scheduled at your school. Students must have their college-assigned emplID and a state issued photo ID to test. The test is administered on the computer and calculators are not allowed – a computer calculator is available when allowed. Accommodations may be made for students with documented disabilities through the PHCC Student Support Services office. Contact Mr. Scott Guebert at (276) 656-0257 to schedule an appointment.
How much does it cost?
Patrick Henry Community College partners with Henry, Patrick and Franklin County schools and the City of Martinsville to deliver dual enrollment courses at no cost to parents and students.
Where can I get more information?
Talk with your guidance counselor or visit the PHCC Career Coach office in your high school. He/she will have a listing of the Dual Enrollment courses offered at your school.
A “Parent’s Night” informational meeting will be held at each high school this fall. Additional information will be posted on our website and announcements will be made through your students’ high school.
Student "To-Do" Checklist
For more information about the enrolment process or the placement testing requirements contact us at one of the phone numbers or e-mails listed below:
Mrs. Meghan Eggleston, Accelerated Learning Coordinator:
Mr. Colin Ferguson, Accelerated Career Pathways Coordinator:
Mrs. Kathy Price, Accelerated Education Support Specialist:
Great Expectations serves foster care and former foster care youth, ages 17-24, by providing a stable platform from which students may build.
This is done through an all-inclusive program which assists students in career assessment, goal setting, education and training, life skills, preparation for employment, tutoring, mentoring, case management, and job placement or further college enrollment to ensure the success of each student. Great Expectations provides education and employment opportunities that will improve the likelihood of success for foster youth in our community. The program offers individual support for youth as they finish high school, leave their foster homes, and transition to living on their own, focusing on the value of a college education as the best way to gain employment and achieve independence. These services are offered free of charge to those students who qualify and are ready to make a commitment to their future. For more information, contact Christy Spencer, Campus Coach, at (276) 656-0224 or .
View a Great Expectations video
To learn more about Great Expectations, its students, and its results, visit the website.
WHERE IS THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM LOCATED?
Learning Resource Center (LRC), 2nd floor, room 212 at Patrick Henry Community College at 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA.
Great Expectations is part of the Developmental Education and Transitional Programs Department.
WHAT IS THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
A college transition program designed to help young adults (17-24 years old) who are or were recently affiliated with the foster care system. Goals of the program include:
• To help young adults transition into college
• To increase awareness about the value and availability of a college education
• To assist students and service providers with accessing and successfully navigating the community college system
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS PROGRAM?
• Assistance with choosing an academic plan of study and college enrollment
• Instruction and support throughout the financial aid process
• Monitoring of academic progress and assistance with accessing college support services
• Referrals to college and community resources for academic and personal issues
• Career assessment and job placement assistance
• Individual support to assist students in setting goals and providing the necessary support to reach those goals and increase the likelihood of a successful future
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
Individuals between the ages of 17 – 24 who are or were affiliated with the Virginia foster care system who are interested in obtaining a college education and workforce readiness skills.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS PROGRAM?
Contact Christy Spencer, Campus Coach for Great Expectations
PHONE: (276) 656-0224
FAX: (276) 656-0332
Or, visit the Great Expectations website.