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International Student Admissions

Sacramento City College (SCC) has a long history of welcoming international students, and our college is SEVP certified to issue Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. We are committed to international education and to providing quality student support services.

Application Information

When you are ready to apply, please email us to schedule a Zoom appointment, during which we will go over the application process.

Email Only

  • To:
  • Subject line: "[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] - Spring 2022 Application"
    (Change the text in brackets to your actual last name and first name.)

Application Requirements

Application Checklist

  1. Apply online to Sacramento City College. A social security number is not required to complete the application. You will need to include a copy of the confirmation page with your International Admission Packet.
  2. After completing the online application and receiving a student ID number from the International Student Center, immediately upload proof of full COVID vaccination to eServices to continue the international student application.
  3. Complete the  F-1 Student Data Form
  4. Evidence of English proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements
    • Official TOEFL Score: 60 (iBT) 173 (cBT) or 500 (ITP). Visit TOEFL for test centers, dates, and fees. Use SCC institutional code #4670 to order.
    • PTE-Pearson Test of English (Score: 39)
    • IELTS (Score: 6.0)
    • STEP Eiken (Score: 2A) Japan
    • SCC ESL Assessment Test (ESL 315 or higher). This is only available to F-1 students who are currently attending another school in the U.S. and applying to transfer to SCC.
    • Official U.S. college transcript showing successful completion of college-level English (determined by SCC)
  5. Financial support
    Official bank letter verifying $34,000 USD for one year of study. $6,000 USD is required for each dependent. If you have a U.S. sponsor, submit USCIS Affidavit of Support Form I-134 and supporting documents. An original bank letter issued within 3 months of the application deadline is required. No photocopies will be accepted.
  6. Educational History
    1. Copy of high school diploma and official high school transcripts (If you are in your final year of high school, request a signed letter from your Principal certifying your expected graduation month, date, and year.)
    2. Official college transcripts (if applicable). Overseas college transcripts must be evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
  7. $50.00 non-refundable application fee - After all documents are submitted, ISC will contact you for online payment.
  8. Updated photo within 30 days (passport-size).

If you are currently in the U.S. attending another school as an F-1 student, please submit these forms in addition to the above documentation:

  1. Verification of F-1 Status Form completed by your current school
  2. Copy of I-94, U.S. VISA, and Passport (bring your original passport and visa to the International Student Center to be verified)
  3. Copy of your current SEVIS Form I-20 and all previous Form I-20.

Application Deadlines

New Students Outside of the US

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1

Transfer Students (F-1 students in the U.S. with active status)

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 15

Once all required documents have been received and reviewed, International Student Center will contact you with a final decision. The application review process may take up to three weeks.

Academic Planning and Registration

Classes fill up quickly. You should register for classes on your enrollment date in eServices. As an international student, you are required to enroll in and complete 12 units each fall and spring semester at SCC. Only one 3-unit online class is allowed per semester.

Each of the following must be done in order to prepare for class registration:


Please contact our office at +1 (916) 558-2486 to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss classes and create an educational plan.

Health Insurance

F-1 international students are required to have health insurance that covers them while living/studying in the United States. International students can purchase health insurance through Los Rios Community College District’s recommended provider (at JBS Insurance Solutions) or submit a comparable plan that includes coverage details and dates. Coverage must be based in the United States. Travel insurance is not acceptable.

Tuberculosis Skin Test

All students must have a tuberculosis skin test clearance. Submit clearance to the International Student Center.

Mandatory 2-Day International Student Orientation

Orientation is scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday the week before the semester starts. The dates/times will be listed on your admission letter. The orientation will provide information regarding F-1 responsibilities and an opportunity for you to meet with other international students.

Important Documents

Please make sure you make a copy of all these documents in case you lose any of them. 

  • SEVIS Form I-20: After you have received the official admission letter from the International Student Center, the staff will issue you a SEVIS Form I-20. This form allows initial (overseas) students to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate to attend SCC as an international student. For transferring-in students, this will allow you to study at SCC and continue your F-1 status.
  • F-1 Visa: This document is a stamp in your passport. The visa allows you to gain admission in the U.S. Your visa has an expiration date. You can stay in the U.S. on an expired visa, but the next time you leave the U.S. and re-enter the U.S., you will need to get a new visa.
  • Passport: You are required to have a valid passport while you are in the U.S. If your passport has an expiration date within six months, you should contact your embassy to follow the procedures for an extension.

International Students FAQ

What do I need to do to get my F-1 visa?

After receiving the Form I-20 from our office, you will need to apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country or the nearest embassy/consulate to your home country. Because every embassy/consulate has different local procedures, please visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information.

After I receive the visa, when can I enter the U.S.?

Initial international students cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start of the semester. For example, if the fall semester begins on August 15, you can enter the U.S. on July 15 or later.

It is important to report to the SCC International Student Advisor as soon as you arrive.

I am already in the U.S. attending another school, can I transfer to SCC?

As long as you have maintained your F-1 status at your current school, you can apply as an F-1 transfer student. Please follow the international student application procedures above. Once you have received an admission letter from our International Student Center, you will need to request the release of your SEVIS Form I-20 record from your current school to Sacramento City College.

Can I get financial assistance?

International students are not eligible for financial aid. However, scholarships offered by SCC and other outside agencies may be available to qualified F-1 students. Check SCC scholarships for qualifications.

Do I need a Social Security number?

A social security number is not required to complete the application. Social Security numbers (SSN) are issued for the purpose of employment taxation. You do not need a social security number to open a bank account, rent a car, or get your driver's license.


If you are currently overseas, please email our office to better serve you.
Phone: (916) 558-2486


Office Hours
Monday to Thursday:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pre-Admission Information Hours:
Monday to Thursday:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
10:00 am to 3:30 pm
(Call to schedule an appointment)