FAQ


You will need to complete an International Student Application and submit the application with the supporting documents listed in the checklist. Please refer to the Application Checklist on our website and follow the steps.

After you complete all the admission requirements and submit a complete application, your application will be evaluated and an admission decision will be made. Your application will be processed within 10 business days and you will receive an email of the admission decision or notifying you if any documents are missing.

Note: An admission decision will not be made until your application and all admission requirements are submitted.

 

Once you have completed the application and are accepted to PCC, International Admissions will send you an email to confirm your acceptance. Your admissions documents will be mailed to you using the method that you have chosen. The admission packet will include your acceptance letter, Form I-20, and visa information.

The Application Deadlines are as follows:

Semester

Transfer Students

Overseas Students

Change of Status

Fall

June 1st

May 1st

May 1st

Spring

November 1st

October 1st

October 1st

Yes, all prospective international students are required to submit Proof of English proficiency.

For the TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, and STEP students must submit a score that is no older than two years old. For the TOEFL you must have a minimum score of 45 from the Internet Based Test (IBT) version. PCC accepts other forms of English proficiency, please see the link above.

The International Student Center accepts students as long as they are 16 years old at the start of classes and have graduated high school. All minors must submit proof of high school completion

at the time of applying to the college. Applicants will not receive a PCC I-20 until proof of high school completion has been submitted. If a student is under the age of 16 but has graduated from high school, they will need to wait until they have reached the required age to apply.

Minor students should refer to the Guidelines for Applicants Under 18 years old.

Pasadena does not offer on-campus housing, however the Student Affairs Office (CC105) and bulletin boards around campus post notices for roommates and rooms for rent in the local community. Private apartment living is an option for students who want their own space. Many of our students rent an apartment for six-months to a year at a time often with a roommate or two. It is the responsibility of the student to make their own living arrangements, but the ISC has housing information for students.

You can find the current tuition fees on the website. International students are required to provide proof of financial sponsorship using a bank statement or letter from a checking, savings, or CD account only, at the time of applying, the amount must be a minimum of $20,000 USD and the statement cannot be older than 3 months old.

Pasadena City College does not offer a payment plan. Students who have an account balance will not be able to register for the next term or order official transcripts or official letters.

International Students do not qualify for financial aid. There are a few small scholarships available after you have completed a minimum of one year full-time study with above-average grades. The average scholarship awarded is between $250 to $500 dollars. Many international students have been awarded scholarships.

In general, we encourage newly admitted students to arrive at PCC at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester they have been admitted to. Newly admitted students will need to participate in new student events that may last a few weeks. Students are required to follow the schedule provided at the time of admission.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website outlines the process of obtaining a California Driver’s License as well as the transportation guide for international students.

Yes. All students holding an F‐1 Visa will be automatically enrolled and charged for Health Insurance. View more information about Insurance.

You may be able to use your credits from another country. However, you are required to have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the 3 approved evaluation agencies. Once we receive the official evaluation results and you have completed 15 units at PCC, PCC evaluators will complete a second evaluation for graduation credits. For those students who are planning to transfer to the university, please see a counselor before applying for your transcript to be evaluated. Most universities have their own evaluators who evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcript evaluation is not necessary if you are transferring to a university.

View more about Foreign Credit Evaluation

PCC is an accredited college and part of the California Community College system. We offer the freshman and sophomore levels of college and university work. Our college-level classes transfer to the university, allowing students to enter at the junior level if they complete our program for transfer. We also offer ESL classes which prepare students to enter college-level classes.