International Applicants

A-B Tech has been approved to issue I-20 forms for qualified international applicants seeking diplomas or associate degrees in F-1 or M-1 status. A-B Tech does not issue I-20 forms for continuing education programs, English as a Second Language classes, or curriculum certificate programs.

International applicants must show proficiency in the English language and graduate from a secondary school that is equivalent to secondary schools in the United States.

International applicants should submit all admission credentials together. A written admissions application, international application supplement, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, official high school transcripts and English translations (if applicable), college transcripts and English translations (if interested in transfer credit), and affidavits of financial support with supporting documentation are all necessary for an admission decision. Applications must be received by the following deadlines for consideration: June 1 for Fall semester; October 1 for Spring semester; March 1 for Summer semester.

To demonstrate English proficiency, international applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The applicant must score at least 133 on the computer-based test, 450 on the paper-based test, or 60 on the internet-based test(with no less than 15 on any section). Applicants already in the Asheville area may substitute the Accuplacer Placement Assessment, which can be taken at A-B Tech. Applicants must score a minimum of 52 on the reading section and 53 on the sentence skills section to demonstrate English proficiency.

International applicants must also certify their ability to pay for out-of-state tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses for at least one full year of study. Medical insurance is not required at this time but is highly recommended for all international applicants.

International applicants should contact the International Student Advisor in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center for further information about admission. Information, including all necessary application materials and estimated cost of attendance, are also available online. Email inquiries should be addressed to: