International Students

Are you looking for an American college located in a safe environment that offers a real hands-on education at a low cost? Join our close-knit and supportive community at Northern Maine Community College!  NMCC is located in the heart of Aroostook County in Presque Isle, Maine, the County’s largest city.

For more information read our International Student Guidebook:

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, all application requirements listed below must be received by the following dates:
  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1st

Application Requirements

A. Documents

    1. NMCC Application
    2. Provide high school and college transcripts to a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved member for evaluation. For more information, visit the NACES website
    3. International Student Certification of Finances Form and Financial Documentation
    4. Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL scores or DuoLingo English Test scores are accepted – see minimum scores below)
    5. Placement testing

Once all application requirements are received, an interview will be scheduled with an admissions counselor.

B. I-20

To be issued an I-20 from Northern Maine Community College, international applicants must be accepted to the college as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours). If you plan to live on campus, a US $100.00 deposit is required to reserve space in the residential complex.

English Language Proficiency

Northern Maine Community College TOEFL

Designated Institution (DI) Code: 3631

Test Reading Listening Writing Speaking Total
TOEFL Internet-Based Test 20 17 24 23 85


Duolingo English Test
Minimum Score: 115
The Duolingo English Test is an online proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing samples which are shared with Northern Maine Community College when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of test session.

Visa Information
Student visas are issued to persons who wish to enter the United States for a defined period to enroll in a specified program of study at a specific educational institution as a full-time student.

F-1 (Student Visa) is issued to those who study at English language schools, colleges or universities as full-time students. F-1 students may stay in the United States for the full length of their academic program plus 60 days.

M-1 (Vocational Student Visa) is issued to those who study at non-academic vocational schools or vocational programs of 2-year colleges. Recipients of an M-1 visa may not change fields of study. Switching from an M-1 visa to a F-1 visa is not permitted.

A student who will be accompanied by his/her dependents (spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old) can apply for their F-2/M-2 visa at the time she/he submits his or her own visa application.

Students apply for a visa to either the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General depending on their registered residence.

The following documents are required for applying for a visa:

  1. A valid passport
  2. A 1-1/2 inch square photograph (37 mm x 37 mm) showing full face against a light background
  3. Official evidence of admission to an educational institution in the U.S. (i.e., I-20 A-B for F-1 visa or I-20 M-N for M-1 visa)
  4. Evidence of financial support (in English)
  5. A visa application form (OF-156)
  6. The visa processing fee

It is the policy of the college not to discriminate on the basis of sex, creed, color, race, age, national origin, marital status or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment practices.

For additional information, please contact us:

Admissions Office
Northern Maine Community College
33 Edgemont Drive
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Phone: 207-768-2785
Fax: 207-768-2848

7:30am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday or by appointment