University of the Potomac offers a vibrant multicultural atmosphere located in the heart of the USA capital, Washington, D.C., headquarters to Government Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, International Organizations, and Embassies from across the globe.
International Student Programs
University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College) was founded in 1991 and offers Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master’s degree programs. Potomac’s educational philosophy is to address the needs and learning styles of a diverse community of learners through the structure of its academic programs that integrate classroom theory and relevant practical experience.
University of the Potomac has multidisciplinary professors whose successful careers span the Washington, D.C. international and local business community, including the World Bank, Peace Corps, D.C. Government, Verizon, Dell, Lockheed Martin, AOL and Oracle, to name few.
means more individual attention
provides employment and internship opportunities.
from your country are located here in DC.
You will be attending school just steps away from Capitol Hill and the White House.
Conduct research at the largest library in the world.
Do a weekend trip by intercity bus to New York City, Baltimore, Atlantic City or Philadelphia with bus tickets starting as low as $20.
International Student Admissions
Here’s what you will need to get started:
- 1. Completed international students application for admissions
- 2. U.S. $150 non-refundable application fee
- 3. Official academic evidence of completion of secondary (high school or equivalent) education, translated in English language (either one of below listed documents):
- Original transcripts or certified copy
- Original diploma or certified copy
- Original verification letter from secondary/high school institution officer or certified copy
- 4. Official proof of English language proficiency (either one of below listed documents):
- TOEFL scores: PBT 500 or higher, IBT 60 or higher
- IELTS score: 5.0 or higher
- Successful completion of minimum one year of secondary education (high school or equivalent) in which the language of instruction was English
- Completion of at least 12 semester credit hours with at least a C average at a U.S. postsecondary institution (college or university) at which English was the language of instruction
- Successful completion of English as a Second Language [ESL] courses
- Other evidence requires approval of the President or designee
- 5. Proof of sufficient financial funds shown in U.S. currency/dollar (one or combination of two or more of below listed documents):
- Personal funds – official bank statement
- Sponsors – affidavit of support accompanied with official bank statement
- Scholarships – official scholarship letter
- 6. A copy of the photo page of passport, and if currently in the U.S., a copy of current visa and most recent I-94 card (front and back). For students outside of the United States who have not yet acquired a passport may submit a copy of their birth certificate.
- 7. For international students transferring from another educational institution:
- Copy of current I-20 form
- SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form completed by previous institution
Tuition and Fees
|Cost per credit hour||$750||$900|
|Cost per credit class (3 credits)||$2,250||$2,700|
|Cost per semester (12 credits)||$9,000||$10,800|
|2 Semesters = 1 Academic Year||$18.000||$21,600|
|Technology Fee (per semester)||$450||$450|
|Application Fee (one-time fee)||$100||$100|
|Registration Fee (one-time fee)||$100||$100|
|Tuition and fess for the first academic year based on above*||$19,100*||$22,700*|
|Estimated living expenses for one year||$11,000||$11.000|
|Estimated textbook expenses||$2,000||$1,250|
|Total estimated school and living expenses for 1 year**||$32,100**||$34,950**|
Washington, D.C. is the Nation’s Capitol and there is so much for students to experience while attending school here.
- Attend free shows and concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; visit the famed Woolly Mammoth Theater, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and others
- Famous landmarks and monuments of American history are close by and free to visit such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Dr. Martin King Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and many more.
- Free Museums and Zoological (ZOO) Parks such as The Smithosonian, the Spy Museum, Holocaust Museum, National Geographic Museum, National Gallery of Art, and National Air and Space Museum.
- Tour the Three Houses of Government – the White House, Capitol and the Supreme Court.
- Enjoy the famous Cherry Blossom Festival in Spring
- Kayak, Bike or Walk along the Potomac River
- Attend a baseball game at the Nationals Park Stadium
- Enjoy the sights and sounds of many outdoors summer festivals, fairs, and jazz concerts
- Visit Alexandria City waterfront – Take a Metro to King Street to see this historic town.
- Visit historic Georgetown – with shops and restaurants representing nationalities around the world.
- Hike at Great Falls Park – a beautiful 800 acre park with great views of the Potomac River.
Housing for International Students
University of the Potomac does not provide on-campus housing or student dormitories, however, we do assists with student housing arrangements.
If you have not yet located an apartment to rent, you should consult an apartment guides (see resources below) from the city where you plan to live. Lots of students arrange temporary housing at youth hostel while they are searching for a more permanent home.
Apartment Guide – free apartment finder tool to search thousands of listings across the country.
Zillow – With a living database of over 110 million U.S. homes.
Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, items for sale, items wanted, services, etc. Many people in the area find housing or roommates through Craigslist. As with any other website, please beware of scams.
Apartments.com helps you find your perfect fit through personalized searches, walk-through videos, live chat, mobile apps, tips for making your apartment a home and more.
Roommates.com is a roommate finder and roommate search service.Roommates.com offers an effective way for you to find roommates and rooms for rent.
Employment and Internships
Employment and internship opportunities are available for international students through Optional Practical Training (OPT), available for 12 months after degree completion, or through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) during your studies.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for at most one year on a student visa towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies. F-1 students are usually permitted a total of 12 months of practical training.
Post-completion OPT can be applied for up to 90 days prior to graduation, or up to 60 days after. On the application, the student can indicate a start date for the OPT. The start date can be any time during the 60 days after graduation (which is the grace period of the student’s F1 status). International Student Advisor will assist you with the application process.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is a type of off-campus work/internship authorization for international (F-1) students. CPT must relate to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study. If enrolled at the undergraduate level, your designated school official (DSO) may authorize CPT after you have completed at least two semesters of coursework. If enrolled at the graduate level, your DSO may authorize CPT during your first semester. You can work on CPT either full-time or part-time. CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement or a letter from your employer. If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT. Ask your DSO for details.
Go to our Career Services page for more information about job placement, interview and resume tips, job boards and other employment resources.
Three airports near our campuses:
SuperShuttle is the easiest and most cost-effective airport shuttle service to and from the airport from your home, office or hotel. SuperShuttle is the nation’s leading shared-ride airport shuttle service, providing door-to-door ground transportation to more than 8 million passengers per year.
Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 700,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area. The system is the second busiest in the United States, serving 86 stations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Metrobus provides more than 400,000 trips each weekday serving 11,500 bus stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Metrobus is the sixth busiest bus agency in the United States, with a fleet of more than 1,500 buses operating on 325 routes.
MARC Train Service is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia. MARC Train Service operates Monday through Friday only.
Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations.
Taxi service offers competitive fares for you to travel around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
This is an alphabetical list of taxicab and limousine companies in the District of Columbia. You may search this using all or part of the company name. Some of the Virginia Taxi companies are Yellow Cab of Fairfax, Red Top Cab of Arlington, Taxi Virginia, etc.