Gateway Technical College welcomes students from all around the world to our three campuses located across three counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Gateway Technical College prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 65 educational programs in business, manufacturing, engineering, and service programs. Students can enroll in an associate degree, technical diploma program, as well as expand their skills with an advanced technical certificate. Transfers to four year colleges are also available for international students to pursue educational advancements in to Bachelor’s programs.
International Student Admissions Checklist
- Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL).
- Dates, locations, and information on how to sign up can be found at (www.ets.org/toefl).
- Gateway’s number is 1255.
- Gateway requires a score of at least 180 (CBT), or 64 (IBT) for admission. TOEFL scores must be no older than two years.
- The TOEFL test score requirement will be waived for applicants from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Gambia, Grand Turks Island, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pohnpei, Scotland, Seychelles, Shetland Islands, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Newfoundland, and Wales.
- Complete the Gateway Technical College Application for Admission Packet for International Students, choosing from the list of eligible programs. The Admission Packet for International Students includes:
- Application for admission.
- Certification of Finances form. (This is to be accompanied by supporting financial documentation. You must be able to verify that you have the funds available to cover the total cost of a full academic year of education and other expenses while studying in the U.S. You may use the Cost Estimate for International Students with worksheet to help you identify how you will pay for your education at Gateway).
- International Student Emergency Contact form.
- You must provide proof of comprehensive Health/Accident Insurance.
- If you have any University/college coursework/transcript completed outside the United States, it must be submitted to an educational credentialing agency for an official evaluation of earned foreign credentials.
- Please do not send transcripts directly to Gateway.
- Typically, a general evaluation confirming level of education is needed for admission. A more detailed evaluation would be needed for transfer of college-level credit.
- The official evaluation should be sent directly from the educational evaluation service to:
Gateway Technical College
District Admissions Office
400 County Road H
Elkhorn, WI 53121.
- Make copies of all the materials for your personal reference, and send all completed forms and supporting documents to:
Gateway Technical College
District Admissions Office
400 County Road H
Elkhorn, WI 53121.
- Once all documents are received, Gateway Technical College will issue you the I-20 form, and you will be notified.
- Make required payments to Gateway Technical College.
- Make an appointment with your embassy.
- If you are granted a visa to enter the United States and to study at Gateway Technical College, make travel arrangements to report to Gateway Technical College no later than a week before and no earlier than 30 days before the beginning date of classes to ensure you attend mandatory orientations.
F-1 and M-1 Visa Application Process
- Schedule an appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a visa interview. This may only be done after being admitted and receiving the form I-20 from Gateway Technical College.
- Prepare and gather supporting documentation to present to the visa officer at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for a student visa. Supporting documentation generally includes, but may not be limited to:
- Student visa application Form DS-160, completed and signed. Blank forms are available with charge at all U.S. consular offices and may be available online.
- A passport valid for at least six months after your proposed date of entry in the U.S.
- One photograph 1.5 inches square (37x37mm) showing full face, without head covering, against a light background.
- A receipt or payment for the visa processing fee.
- All three pages of the form I-20, provided by Gateway Technical College after being admitted. The I-20 must be signed and dated (preferably in blue ink) by the applicant at the bottom of page one in section 11.
- Financial evidence demonstrating that either the applicant or the financial sponsors have sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for one full year with renewable funding available each subsequent year of study. The financial documentation should match what was provided to Gateway Technical College, as listed on the form I-20 in section 8. Financial documentation may include bank statements (with affidavit of support letters as needed), scholarship letters, sponsor employment letters, or other documents showing liquid assets available for educational support.
- Transcripts of diplomas from previous education institutions attended.
- Scores from standardized English tests required by the educational institution, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, ACT Compass, etc.
- Proof of your binding ties to a residence in your home country which you have no intention of abandoning.
- Receipt indicating payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee: Complete the form online and supply the necessary Visa, MasterCard or American Express information. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 form. Print a copy of the online receipt. Be sure to make copies of your receipt to keep with your other important immigration documents, as it may be needed for future visa applications.
- For applicants with dependents only: Proof of the student's relationship to his/her spouse and/or children (i.e. marriage and birth certificates). It is preferred that families apply for F-1 and F-2 visas at the same time, but if the spouse and children must apply separately at a later time, they should bring a copy of the student visa holder's passport and visa, along with all other required documents.
For more information on obtaining a student visa and the student visa process, visit U.S.A. Visas.
If you have been studying at another U.S. educational institution and now plan to attend Gateway Technical College, you must do the following to meet SEVIS requirements:
- If you plan to transfer from another institution to Gateway Technical College, you must complete a Gateway Transfer-In Form, and submit the form to the international office at your current educational institution to be signed.
- A Designated School Official (DSO) at your current school must complete the Gateway Transfer-In Form. Once it is completed, have the form sent to Gateway with a Gateway International Student Application for Admission Packet, and all available transcripts to initiate the transfer process.
- Include a copy of your TOEFL score with your packet and have your completed packet sent to:
Gateway Technical College
400 County Road H
Elkhorn, WI 53121.
- The Gateway International Student Admissions Office will produce a new SEVIS I-20 for you to attend Gateway Technical College. Your Gateway SEVIS I-20 will be produced after the release date noted by your current school. You must attend a Gateway International Student orientation before the start of classes.
For any additional transfer questions, please contact the Office of International Student Services at OISS@GTC.EDU, or call 262-619-6546
Traveling to the U.S/Traveling to Gateway Technical College
Gateway's Racine and Kenosha campuses are located about 30 minutes South of Milwaukee, and an hour and 20 minutes North of Chicago.
The three closest International Airports to Gateway are: O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL, Midway International Airport in Chicago, IL, and Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI.
A Bus (Coach USA) can be taken directly from either Airport into Kenosha or Racine.
Tickets can be bought at each airport or on the Coach USA bus.
Transportation from downtown Chicago, IL can be taken into Kenosha, WI though the METRA railway system at the Ogilvie Transportation Center. For schedules and related information click on the link.
For additional information about the direct shuttle to Gateway Technical College, please contact the Office of International Student Services at OISS@GTC.EDU, or call 262-619-6546.
Important Dates/ Mandatory Orientation
- Application Deadline: June 1, 2014 for the Fall 2014 Semester
- Mandatory Orientation: August 8, 2014 for the Fall 2014 Semester
First Day of the Spring 2014 Semester: January 13, 2014
First Day of the Fall 2014 Semester September 3, 2014
Optional housing is available for international students. For additional information about housing, please contact the Office of International Student Services at OISS@GTC.EDU, or call 262-619-6546.
Maintaining Legal Status
To successfully maintain status in the United States, you are required by the United States Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS) to:
- Maintain good academic standing at your host institution.
- Maintain, renew, and update any and all immigration documents pertaining to you (Form I-20, Passport, etc.).
- Enroll full-time each semester at your host institution
- Attend courses at the host institution (the institution that issued you the I-20).
- If permitted to work (on campus ONLY), do not exceed 20 hours per week during the academic semesters (Spring/Fall).
- Complete necessary program extension if your degree completion date comes prior to your assigned duration of stay.
- If transferring to another institution of study, complete the transfer procedure before beginning classes at your new educational institution
- Complete change of level procedures if changing from one degree level type to another. For example, Associate’s to Bachelor’s.
- Not working off campus. Working off campus is only allowed in very specific situations with the authorization of the International Student Services (ISS) of your host institution, and the USCIS.
NON COMPLIANCE WITH THE ABOVE MAY RESULT IN YOU BECOMING OUT OF STATUS AND THE TERMINATION OF YOUR ENROLLMENT.
Full-Time Requirements/Reduced Course Load
While attending classes in the United States, as an F-1/M-1 visa holder, you are required to maintain a full-time course load (12 credit hours or more) for each semester (Spring and Fall) during your Duration of Stay (d/s) at the academic institution you are attending.
You are not required to be full-time in the summer if you choose to take courses during the summer.
Failure to maintain full-time requirements may result in you becoming out of status and subsequently the termination of your enrollment and I-20.
Reduced Course Load
The possibility to reduce your course load and attend less than full-time (12 or more credits) exists if:
- You have a medical problem. A written note from your doctor requesting a reduced course load due to your medical issue is required. This must be taken to an advisor in the school’s International Student Services department.
- You are having problems with the English language, resulting in your inability to engage in classes at the required level.
- There is difficulty in courses because of improper placement.
- You are approaching your graduating semester having completed all of your required course work.
For the steps mentioned above, you must have your ACADEMIC ADVISER as well as Gateway’s International Education Coordinator sign the REDUCED COURSE LOAD FORM.
DO NOT DROP COURSES TILL YOU ARE GIVEN THE APPROVAL TO DO SO BY AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES ADVISER.
When transferring from one school to another school within the United States, you must carefully follow certain procedures to maintain lawful F-1 status.
To transfer from the Gateway to another school in the U.S., you must first apply and be accepted to the new school. After your acceptance:
- Submit a completed Transfer Out Request Form along with a copy of the admission offer letter or email from your new school. The "transfer out" date is the date that Gateway loses access to your SEVIS record and your new school gains access to your SEVIS record. This date should be at the end of your final enrolled semester at Gateway. If you are unsure about your graduation, your enrollment plan or your travel plan between the transfer, please consult Gateway’s International Education Coordinator before submitting the Transfer Request.
- Allow one week for processing. Please note that after transfer out date, Gateway will no longer have access to your SEVIS record, so request a transfer only after your plans are certain.
- You will receive an email confirmation of your SEVIS release from your ISS adviser. If you are registered for a future Semester at Gateway, don't forget to withdraw and fulfill any financial obligations with the college before you transfer to your new school or leave the U.S.
- Contact the new school's International Admissions office to arrange when and how to receive your new I-20. You can submit Transfer Verification form from a new school for your ISS adviser to verify your legal status to your new International Adviser.
NOTE: (Eligibility for Transfer)
- The start date at your new school must be within 5 months of your "transfer out" date in SEVIS or your program completion, whichever is earlier. If the period of time between programs is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record does not need to be transferred.
- You must currently be maintaining F-1 status.
If you have already graduated, you must be within your 60-day grace period.
Change of Status
There is the possibility to change your immigration status and/or your visa type. To get more information about this and the processes involved visit the USCIS page.
As with any important change, be sure to notify you International Student Service Adviser about your intention to begin this process.
Change of Address
ANY and ALL address changes must be reported.
Notify you International Student Services Advisor as soon as there is a change in your address.
This will then be updated in the SEVIS system of the USCIS.
Failure to report a change in Address will result in you being non-compliant with USCIS policy and regulations.
Any/all documents supporting your current status in the United States have to be submitted to the college’s International Office to be scanned and documented.
Note: Your Passport, I-20/D.S. 2019, and I-94 will be scanned during orientation prior to the start of the semester.
Any other documentation sent to you directly concerning your current status has to be reported to an International Student Adviser and documented.
EVERY time you plan to travel internationally (outside the United States), please inform an International Student Adviser of your plans.
Sometimes, travel stamps and signatures are required on your I-20/D.S. 2019, and these have to be obtained from an International Student Adviser.
Some countries might require you to obtain a visa before entry. Please research any country you plan to visit, as well as the requirements for your country of origin.
Test of English as a Foreign Language : This recognized test is given throughout the world and is the international standard used to evaluate English level of competency. Visit the TOEFL website for test dates and how to register to take TOEFL.
To have test results sent to Gateway Technical College, please indicate our number, #1255. Gateway requires a score of at least 180 (CBT), or 64 (IBT) for admission. TOEFL scores must be no older than two years.
The TOEFL test score requirement will be waived for applicants from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caicos Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Gambia, Grand Turks Island, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pohnpei, Scotland, Seychelles, Shetland Islands, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Trinidad/Tobago, Newfoundland, and Wales.
International Students are required to send a $30 application fee with their application packet.
All first semester students are required to pay an initial down payment of $1500 before/at the date of orientation. This $1500 goes towards your overall semester charge for tuition and fees.
For any questions concerning payments to Gateway Technical College, please contact the Office of International Student Services at OISS@GTC.EDU, or call 262-619-6546.