Applying from outside the U.S.||
in the U.S.||
Term Start Date|
|Fall 2020||July 12, 2020||August 01, 2020||August 12 & 13||August 24, 2020|
|Spring 2021||December 28, 2020||January 15, 2021||January 27 & 28||February 8, 2021|
Now accepting applications for
Classes begin February 8, 2021
Will be available starting February 01, 2021
Will be available starting December 01, 2020
STEP 1 | Submit the Online International Student Application
Complete a CCCApply International Application. Click HERE to get started. You will receive a confirmation email upon completing the application.
Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Applicants will receive a follow-up email from the International Student Office within 1 business day.
Note: You will need to create an account with OpenCCC. Once this account is created, you can continue with completing the application.
STEP 2 | Submit Required Documents
- Applicants will receive a unique email link to FileInvite. FileInvite will be used to submit the remaining application documents.
- Required documents will be requested depending on your SCC admission status [e.g. initial, transfer, concurrent (part-time)].
- Please allow the International Student Office between 2-3 days to review your documents. Once all is completed and accepted, students will receive their admission offer.
Please read below for details on the different student types and which documents will be requested of you:
Initial | An initial student is a new student applying from outside the United States or an applicant in the U.S. who seeks to change their current status to F-1. An initial student may have already begun studying in the United States, but has taken a break from their studies and will need a new Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility.
Transfer | Transfer students are those who are currently enrolled at a U.S. SEVP-institution and will be requesting their SEVIS record be transferred to Santiago Canyon College.
*Note: If you have been terminated from your previous institution and require a reinstatement application to regain your F-1 status, please contact the International Student Office to learn more information.
Part-Time (Concurrent) | Students wanting to take part-time classes (1-6 units) at Santiago Canyon College while attending another institution that maintains their SEVIS record.
|$50.00 Application Fee|
|Proof of Financial Support & Bank Certification|
*not required if enrolling in the English Language Program
|Copy of Passport Identification Page(s)|
|Copy of F-1 Visa or Form I-797: Notice of Action|
|Most recent I-94||
|Most recent Form I-20||
|DSO Permission Letter|
For a list of document descriptions and details, click
STEP 3 | Receive your Admission Offer
- Notification of acceptance will be sent through email.
- To receive the original Form I-20 and admission packet, purchase shipping through
UEMS E-Ship Global. Shipping is between 3-7 business days depending on the rate purchased.
Create an E-Ship Global account and pay for express shipping. With this service, you will receive your documents within 3-5 business days. This is required for all non-U.S. addresses.
All original admission documents must be mailed directly to the student. Only the student can provide authorization to release documents to a third-party. Click here for the authorization release form.
STEP 4 | Apply for F-1 Visa & Prepare for Arrival
- Pay the $350.00 SEVIS I-901 fee at www.fmjfee.com. You will need your SEVIS ID number (found on your Form I-20) to complete this task.
- Prepare and submit the DS-160 application (applying from outside of the country) or submit your I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status (for students applying from within the United States).
Full details can be found on the Department of State website.
Please remember to allow adequate time to arrive in the U.S. to avoid missing the mandatory orientation and class registration. The closer you get to a deadline, the more difficult it may be to obtain an appointment for a visa at a U.S. embassy/consulate.
*F-2 dependents who wish to enroll at Santiago Canyon College must be below full-time status (below 12 units for Spring and Fall/ below 6 units for Summer and Intersession). Students wanting to pursue a full course of study must visit the International Student Office to apply for admission as an F-1 student and gather information on how to apply for a change of status.
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