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International Students

                          INTERNATIONAl CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:                   Thank you for your interest in the San Diego City College International Student Program. If you have any questions about the international admissions application process, requirements or deadlines, you may email us or call us. Please scroll down to the end of this page to see our contact information. For more descriptive information about the international admissions application requirements, you can click on admissions requirement on the left hand side of the internatioanl students page.

We encourage prospective & continuing F-1 students interested in the latest visa information, to visit the Department of State website: 

San Diego City College is certified to accept nonimmigrant F-1 visa students. Acceptance into the F-1 visa program at the college is necessary before a Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20 is issued by the college admissions office. The decision to grant admissions into San Diego City College, will be based on all evidence received and once admissions application documents are reviewed. 

We are now accepting Fall 2024 applications for transfer-in or new students to F1 program. Only complete applications submitted by the published deadlines below will be considered.  

Applicants who applied by the deadline will be notified within 4 weeks of their admissions status.

Application Deadline

Your completed application must arrive in our office by:


*Late or Incomplete International Admisisons Applications will not be accepted.                                                                                                     

  • FALL 2024 Applications will be accepted between April 1- May 15, 2024.                                                                     Deadline to submit all required admissions application documents for Fall 2024 is May 15, 2024.                                                                                                            
  • SPRING 2025 Applications will be accepted between September 1-October 15, 2024.                                                Deadline to submit all required admissions application documents for Spring 2025 is October 15, 2024.                                      

Mailing Address

Please mail all completed application forms and all required official documents including to the address below:

San Diego City College
International Student Admissions, A-241
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

General Information

  1. In order to be considered for admissions as an F-1 student, you must demonstrate that you have completed the equivalency of the US high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0. (C ). 
  2. An international student is required to maintain a full-time course load (minimum of 12 units) each semester at San Diego City College and make satisfactory progress each semester while at  San Diego City College. Part-time F-1 status will not be approved. The registration status and academic performance of all international students will be monitored through out the semester by the college and reported via SEVIS.
  3. A recent photograph must be submitted with an application (passport size is acceptable).
  4. Prospective international students are advised that they must comply with all requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and of San Diego City College to be admitted as international student.
  5. To be considered for admissions, as an F-1 international student you must meet the English proficiency requirement. City acceptes the International Test of English for Foreign Language (TOEFL), score a minimum 500 on paper base test or 173 on the computerized version, or 61 on the internet base. Transfer students who have completed the equivalency of English Composition, with a grade of C or better, at an accredited institution may waive this requirement. 
  6. A transfer student from another accredited United States college or university must:
    1. Complete the application for international student;
    2. Submit all required international admissions application documents by the set deadlines;
    3. Have pursued a full-time course of study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) at the college the student was last authorized to attend. An official transcript must be filed, and;
    4. Follow set transfer procedures of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  7. Restriction on Aviation Program. The Federal government prohibits all F-visa (F-1, F-2 and F-3) students from enrolling in any Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVIM) and/or Aviation Operations (AVIA) classes and programs. No exceptions will be made. Student enrollment is monitored and students will be administratively dropped.


Enrollment Services, Admissions

All inquiries regarding F-1 status, admissions, I-20 reprint, travel request, F-1 employment should be sent to:

Lilia Davis

Student Services Technician/DSO



All Academic questions, ed plans, program extensions, concurrent enrollment should be directed to:

Academic Counseling

Nora Hinsley
Assistant Professor/Counselor
(619) 388-3961