Additional Requirements for New International Applicants

English Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants from countries where English is the language of instruction or who already live in the Asheville area are not required to submit Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.
All other applicants must submit scores. Official scores must be sent directly to A-B Tech from the testing agency. Our institution code is 5033.

A-B Tech only accepts iBT TOEFL or IELTS scores. A total score of 60 is required on the internet-based test (iBT). A minimum score of 15 is required on each subsection (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing).


Additional Placement Testing:

International students must take the Ed Ready Placement test prior to admission. In order to take the assessment, you must have a proctor for the exam. The proctor must be a school official and will be responsible for administering the online exam. Our office will contact the proctor directly. You will be contacted regarding the placement test once all other required documentation has been received and approved.


Admission Deadlines:

  • A completed application packet must be received by the following deadlines:
  • For fall semester admission – June 1
  • For spring semester admission – October 1
  • For summer semester admission – March 1

Please allow 2-4 weeks for a completed application to be processed.

Accepted students will be issued I-20 forms authorizing them to request an F-1 or M-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy in their home country or to request a change of status. It is the responsibility of the accepted student to determine the necessary steps to obtain an F-1 or M-1 visa after A-B Tech has issued an I-20.


For additional information please contact:

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Attn: International Student Advisor
340 Victoria Rd.
Asheville, NC, 28801, USA