We are open for business but in an effort to protect students, visitors, and staff from Coronavirus (COVID-19), the International Student Center will be assisting students and guests by phone (626) 585-7808, email iso@pasadena.edu, or appointments online or on the phone.

If you are current student and need to submit documents, please visit the Current Student Forms to download and complete all your forms. Email completed forms to iso@pasadena.edu and make sure these are legible when submitting. You can use online scanning apps such as Adobe Scan and Microsoft Office Lens, which are free to scan from your cellphone.

If you are an international applicant and need to submit documents, you can scan and email your documents to iso@pasadena.edu, or also mail all application materials to:

Pasadena City College
International Student Center
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
D-204
Pasadena, CA 91106-2003

If you are an applicant or a current student, and would like to make an appointment to speak to an international advisor or academic counselor, please email us at iso@pasadena.edu or call us at 626-585-7808. We will be happy to answer your questions.  

Notice Regarding the July 14, 2020 SEVP Guidance for Fall 2020

Subject to change without notice based on new U.S. government guidance

Updated July 22, 2020

On Monday, July 13, PCC announced that the majority of its classes will be moving to online instruction in an effort to protect the health of our PCC students due to rising COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, July 14, the U.S. government also announced that it will not enforce new regulations and as such, all universities and colleges need to follow old guidelines regarding online instruction.

Click here to watch the July 22, 2020 Town Hall regardging the new guidelines

Continuing International Students - Online Classes in the Fall 2020 

 Category  Stay in the U.S. or Return to the U.S. for Fall 2020

Stay in your Home Country for Fall 2020

Benefits

Continue to make educational progress while staying in the United States.

Keep your F-1 student benefits such as employment training (CPT, OPT, working on campus)

Continue to make educational progress while staying in your home country.

You have two options to choose from:
OPTION 1: I-20 is “terminated”. You do not need to maintain 12 units if you choose this option.

However, you cannot keep your F-1 student benefits such as employment training (CPT, OPT, working on campus). You will also need to re-establish the minimum amount of time required for certain kinds of employment benefits (CPT/OPT) when you return physically to the U.S. You will also need a new I-20 to return to the U.S. in the future.

OPTION 2: I-20 is “active”. You will enroll and maintain 12 units if you choose this option.

You keep your F-1 students benefits. such as employment training (CPT, OPT, working on campus). You do not need a new I-20 to return physically to the U.S. in the future.

See “What happens to my I-20” below.

What happens to my I-20? I-20 is active. See “Frequently Asked Questions” below

OPTION 1: I-20 is “terminated”. If you do not plan to enroll and maintain 12 units while studying in your home country during Fall 2020, your PCC I-20 will be terminated. See “Frequently Asked Questions” for more information.

OPTION 2: I-20 is “active”. If you plan to enroll and maintain 12 units while studying in your home country during Fall 2020, your PCC I-20 will remain active. See “Frequently Asked Questions” for more information.

Minimum # of units to complete in the Fall 2020 Minimum 12 units. There are no restrictions regarding the number of online classes that you can take. Hybrid/in-person classes are not required.

OPTION 1: Terminated I-20. 0 units +. You choose to take as many online classes as you want. Online classes only; you cannot take hybrid classes.

OPTION 2: Active I-20. Enroll and maintain 12 units while studying in your home country during Fall 2020. All online classes are OK for Fall 2020; you cannot take hybrid classes.

I am in the U.S. now. What do I need to do? Enroll BY AUGUST 24 in 12 units and maintain these units through Fall 2020 semester. You can enroll in all ONLINE classes during Fall 2020 instruction. Hybrid/in-person classes are not required.

You need to depart the U.S. before August 24, 2020, which is the first day of Fall 2020 semester if you plan to take your online classes from your home country.  


OPTION 1: Terminated I-20. Complete the Departure Notification Form and email it to iso@pasadena.edu. Select “Early Withdrawal” and add “Returning home for Fall 2020 due to COVID19” in the comments.

SUBMIT BY: SEPTEMBER 4

OPTION 2: Active I-20. Request a travel signature for your return in the future. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu

I am outside of the U.S. What do I need to do?

Enroll BY AUGUST 24 in 12 units and maintain these units through Fall 2020 semester. You can enroll in all ONLINE classes. Hybrid/in-person classes are not required.

Request a travel signature for your return in the future. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu. An advisor will provide you with additional instructions on how to receive your travel I-20.
Carry a copy of your registered courses/Student Schedule Receipt showing enrollment in classes.

OPTION 1: Terminated I-20. Complete the Departure Notification Form and email it to iso@pasadena.edu. Select “Early Withdrawal” and add “Returning home for Fall 2020 due to COVID19” in the comments

SUBMIT BY: SEPTEMBER 4

OPTION 2: Active I-20. Request a travel signature for your return in the future. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu.  

I am outside of the U.S. When can I enter/return to the U.S.?

Before or by Monday, August 24, the first day of Fall classes at PCC.

Request a travel signature for your return in the future. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu. An advisor will provide you additional instructions on how to receive your travel I-20.

Carry a copy of your registered courses/Student Schedule Receipt showing enrollment in classes

Please check the travel advisory list to avoid problems or delays during travel. If you have been to countries in the travel advisory list in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.

OPTION 1: Terminated I-20. You can return as early as Winter 2021 or later. You will need a New I-20 to return to the U.S. Submit a New I-20 Request and email it to iso@pasadena.edu. An Advisor will provide you additional instructions on how to receive your new I-20.

Please check the travel advisory list to avoid problems or delays during travel. If you have been to countries in the travel advisory list in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.

OPTION 2: Active I-20. You can return as early as Winter 2021 or later. Make sure your I-20 is signed for travel. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu. An advisor will provide you additional instructions on how to receive your travel I-20.

Please check the travel advisory list to avoid problems or delays during travel. If you have been to countries in the travel advisory list in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.

Access to Student Services

Yes. You have access to counselors, advisors, coaches, tutors and all other student services, remotely.

Yes. You have access to counselors, advisors, coaches, tutors and all other student services, remotely, if you register for at least 1 unit.

International Health Insurance

Yes, required.

Not required. You can submit a Health Insurance Refund to iso@pasadena.edu to receive your refund check or direct deposit to a U.S. checking account. See “Frequently Asked Questions” below

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (admitted Fall 2020) – Online Classes in the Fall 2020

Please see updated changes below regarding your options as a new Fall 2020 student.

Category Stay or Entering the U.S. for Fall 2020 Stay in your Home Country for Fall 2020
Benefits

New Students currently Overseas:
Under U.S. regulations, new students currently overseas cannot enter the U.S. physically to start online classes at PCC for Fall 2020.

You can continue to make educational progress and take online classes from your home country until you can physically enter the U.S.

New Students already in the U.S.:
Under U.S. regulations, new students already in the U.S. can stay and make educational progress while physically present in the U.S.

Start your F-1 student benefits which includes employment training options (CPT, OPT, working on campus)

Make educational progress while staying in your home country

Freedom to take as many online classes at PCC as you want

What happens to my I-20?

New Students currently Overseas:
I-20 will be deferred
for Spring 2021. See “Frequently Asked Questions”

New Students currently In the U.S.:
I-20 is active. See “Frequently Asked Questions” 

I-20 is deferred or terminated. See “Frequently Asked Questions” below

Minimum # of units to complete in the Fall 2020

New Students Currently Overseas:
0 units or more. You choose to take as many online classes as you want.

New Students Currently in the U.S.:
Minimum 12 units through the Fall 2020 semester. All online classes are acceptable; classes do not need to meet in-person.

0 units +. You choose to take as many online classes as you want

All classes need to be online

When can I enter the U.S.?

New Students Currently Overseas:
You will be able to enter the U.S. as soon as Spring 2021. You can legally enter the U.S. 30 days before the Program Start Date listed in your I-20.

Please check the travel advisory list to avoid problems or delays during travel. If you have been to countries in the travel advisory list in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.

New Students Currently in the U.S.:
Not applicable

You can enter the U.S. for Spring 2021 semester

You can enter as early as 1 month before the first day of the Spring 2021 term but will need a deferred or new I-20

Please check the travel advisory list to avoid problems or delays during travel. If you have been to countries in the travel advisory list in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed to enter the U.S.

What do I need to do if I enter or stay in the U.S.?

New Students Currently Overseas:
Need a deferred I-20 or new I-20 to enter the U.S. for Spring 2021. All deferred and new I-20s will be issued in October and we may contact you for updated financial documents.

New Students Currently in the U.S.:
Make sure that you currently have a Transfer-Pending I-20 from PCC in order to study legally in the U.S.

Your previous U.S. school should have transferred your I-20 to PCC. If you have not started this process, request your previous school to transfer your I-20 record to PCC, school code LOS214F00788000, by August 21, 2020 or before your 60-day grace period (whichever comes first)

Need a deferred I-20 or new I-20.

You can enter as early as 1 month before the first day of the Spring 2021 term but will need a deferred or new I-20 to enter the U.S.

ISC will email you (email that you used to apply to PCC) starting September 15 with instructions on how to receive your deferred I-20 or new I-20.  

What classes do I need to take?

New Students Currently Overseas:
Students should have developed an Educational Plan with their counselors during Group Counseling/Registration in June

View our International Student Registration page on how to register or what classes to take, or schedule an appointment to meet an international counselor virtually at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling if you still need help

New Students Currently in the U.S.:
Enroll BY AUGUST 24 in a minimum of 12 units and maintain these units through the Fall 2020 semester. All online classes are acceptable; classes do not need to meet in-person.

Students should have developed an Educational Plan with their counselors during Group Counseling/Registration in June.

View our International Student Registration page on how to register or what classes to take, or schedule an appointment to meet an international counselor virtually at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling if you still need help

0 units +. You choose to take as many online classes as you want

All classes need to be online; you cannot take hybrid classes

If you plan to take classes, students should have developed an Educational Plan with their counselors during Group Counseling/Registration in June.

View our International Student Registration page on how to register or what classes to take, or schedule an appointment to see an international counselor at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling if you still need help

Access to Student Services Yes. You have access to counselors, advisors, coaches, tutors and all other student services, remotely or in-person (when the college opens up to the public) Yes. You have access to counselors, advisors, coaches, tutors and all other student services, remotely, if you register for at least 1 unit
International Health Insurance Yes, required. Not required. You can submit a Health Insurance Refund form to receive your refund check or deposit to a U.S. checking account. See “Frequently Asked Questions” below


Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs Regarding the July 14, 2020 SEVP Guidance

All Students

An “active I-20” means that your I-20 is currently valid, you have not broken any U.S. laws or regulations related to your F-1 student visa, and you can legally travel and stay in the U.S. for the duration of your studies at PCC.

Active I-20s also enjoy employment training benefits – students can legally work on campus and can also start their eligibility for off-campus work/training/internships such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). You are eligible for CPT or OPT after one year of consecutive academic studies under an active I-20.

A “terminated I-20” means that your I-20 is currently not valid. You cannot legally enter or stay in the U.S. for your studies, even if you have a valid F-1 student visa.

Terminated I-20s cannot use employment training benefits – students cannot work on campus and will end their eligibility for off-campus work/training/internships such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT). You can re-start your eligibility for employment training benefits when you are issued a new I-20.


An I-20 can be terminated for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for an I-20 to be terminated is if you will not be physically present in the U.S, need to take a temporary leave of absence from school, or have graduated and plan to return to your home country. These are neutral reasons to have your I-20 terminated.

If your I-20 is terminated, you are eligible to return to PCC to resume your studies in-person as long as you have not violated any U.S. laws or any PCC academic conduct or disciplinary issues that prevent class registration.

A “deferred I-20” means that PCC has deferred the start date of your classes to the next available term. If PCC has deferred your I-20, you will be receiving a new I-20 with new start and end dates.

The International Student Center will be emailing you for a few updated documents and provide you with instructions on how to receive your I-20 when it is ready to be mailed to you.
Yes, as long as the classes have units listed and you see “Transfer Credit: UC;CSU, or CSU” on the Schedule of Classes, the class is eligible for units and transfer.
Each school is providing their unique instructions to their international students and it depends on the type of instruction that is available (online, in-person or hybrid) to students. We cannot speak about other schools or about your friend, but can only provide guidance that is unique to PCC and its PCC students. PCC international students should follow guidance that is provided by PCC’s International Student Center.
Yes. Please schedule an appointment to speak with one of our international advisors by visiting www.calendly.com/pccinternational.

Continuing International Students Staying in their Home Country During Fall 2020 Instruction

You have TWO OPTIONS and will need to choose one.

OPTION 1: I-20 is “terminated”. You do not need to maintain 12 units if you choose this option. However, you cannot keep your F-1 student benefits such as employment training (CPT, OPT, working on campus). You will also need to re-establish the minimum amount of time required for certain kinds of employment benefits (CPT/OPT) when you return physically to the U.S. You will also need a new I-20 to return to the U.S. in the future. For more information about the effects of a terminated I-20 is, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.

OPTION 2: I-20 is “active”. You will enroll and maintain 12 units for Fall 2020 if you choose this option. Enrollment in all online classes is OK.

You keep your F-1 students benefits, such as employment training (CPT, OPT, working on campus). You do not need a new I-20 to return physically to the U.S. in the future but you are required to maintain your 12 units. For more information about the effects of an active I-20, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.
One option you can consider is an Academic Reduced Course Load (RCL) or a Medical Reduced Course Load (RCL) so you can keep your I-20 active. Under certain circumstances (academic or medical), you may be able to reduce your units for the semester. However, you need to meet the eligibility requirements, need a counselor’s recommendation and finally, the approval of ISC before you can reduce or drop your courses. Schedule a virtual appointment to see an international counselor by visiting www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling. For more information about the effects of an active I-20, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.

Another option is terminating your I-20 for “Early Withdrawal”. Once your PCC I-20 is terminated, you will not need to maintain 12 units of online classes but you will eventually need a new I-20 to return to PCC. To terminate your I-20, email the Departure Notification Form to iso@pasadena.edu or schedule an appointment to talk to an international advisor at www.calendly.com/pccinternational. For more information about the effects of a terminated I-20, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.

Yes! As long as you have not violated any U.S. laws that prevent your entry or violated any PCC academic conduct rules that prevent class registration. You will need a new I-20 to return to the U.S.

Request a New I-20 from PCC at least 1 month before the start of classes (if your visa is not expired) or at least 4 months before the start of classes (if your visa is expired).


Choose “Regain Legal Status” in your New I-20 Request. Remember to email the complete form and supporting documents to iso@pasadena.edu. You will receive a follow-up email from an advisor with instructions on how to receive your new I-20.

You can return as soon as Winter 2021 semester or later. If you plan to return in the Winter 2021, you must enroll in at least 3 units during the Winter semester to maintain your F-1 student visa status.

Request a New I-20 from PCC at least 1 month before the start of classes (if your visa is not expired) or at least 4 months before the start of classes (if your visa is expired).

Choose “Regain Legal Status” in your New I-20 Request. Remember to email the complete form and supporting documents to iso@pasadena.edu. You will receive a follow-up email from an advisor with instructions on how to receive your new I-20.

If you have not registered or enrolled in any classes for two (2) consecutive semesters at PCC, you will need to re-apply. Please submit an International Student Application and supporting documents by visiting www.pasadena.edu/international/apply. All documents can be submitted via email to iso@pasadena.edu

For example: If you did not register for classes in the Summer 2020 AND Fall 2020 semester, you will need to reapply to PCC if you wish to return in the Winter 2021.

Yes. If you paid for the health insurance, please submit a Health Insurance Refund request by email at iso@pasadena.edu and attach a copy of your Travel History record. You can download your Travel History record at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/

Please make sure that you set-up a BankMobile account to have your refund delivered to your U.S. checking or savings account for a faster refund. For instructions on how to set-up your BankMobile account, view How to Receive a Refund through BankMobile.

Maybe. Your visa is your ticket to enter the United States. Check your F-1 visa stamp on your passport and see if the date is still valid by the time you plan to resume your studies at PCC.

If your F-1 is expired or will expire BEFORE you travel to the U.S., you will need to apply for a new F-1 visa. Please make sure you request a New I-20 from PCC before you start your visa application process. You will need your I-20/SEVIS number to start the visa application. Also, for steps to apply for the F-1 visa, visit Applying for an F-1 Visa.

If your F-1 visa is NOT expired or will not expire by the time you travel to the U.S., you do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa, even if you have been outside of the country for more than 5 months. Your visa is still valid.

It is your choice. Fall 2020 classes at PCC have been converted to online instruction, which means you can take your classes from your home country. For your health and safety, you can choose to stay in your home country and take online classes at PCC to continue your educational goals. You will still have the support of your counselors, faculty, advisors and coaches at PCC. The only difference is your choice of keeping your I-20 active or terminating your I-20.

If you choose to return to the U.S., continuing students should re-enter the U.S. before or by August 24, 2020 (first day of classes).

Continuing Students Staying in the U.S. or Entering the U.S. 

If you choose to return to the U.S. physically for Fall 2020, continuing students should re-enter the U.S. before or by August 24, 2020 (first day of classes).

If you cannot enter by August 24, 2020, you will not be allowed entry as your classes have already started. Please visit the “CONTINUING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STAYING IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY DURING FALL 2020 INSTRUCTION” for more information regarding your options.

Enroll BY AUGUST 24 in 12 units and maintain these units through Fall 2020 semester. You can enroll in all ONLINE classes. Hybrid/in-person classes are not required.

If you are planning to re-enter the U.S. for Fall 2020, continuing students should re-enter the U.S. before or by August 24, 2020 (first day of classes).

Request a travel signature for your return. Check your PCC I-20, 2nd page; your travel signature is valid one year after it is issued. If you need a travel signature, submit the Travel Signature Request and email to iso@pasadena.edu. An advisor will provide you additional instructions on how to receive your travel I-20.

One option you can consider is an Academic Reduced Course Load (RCL) or a Medical Reduced Course Load (RCL) so you can keep your I-20 active. Under certain circumstances (academic or medical), you may be able to reduce your units for the semester. However, you need to meet the eligibility requirements, need a counselor’s recommendation and finally, the approval of ISC before you can reduce or drop your courses. Schedule a virtual appointment to see an international counselor by visiting www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling. For more information about the effects of an active I-20, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.

Another option is terminating your I-20 for “Early Withdrawal”. Once your PCC I-20 is terminated, you will not need to maintain 12 units of online classes but you are required to leave the U.S. immediately. To terminate your I-20, email the Departure Notification Form to iso@pasadena.edu or schedule an appointment to talk to an international advisor at www.calendly.com/pccinternational. For more information about the effects of a terminated I-20, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section above for “All International Students”.

New Students Staying in their Home Country During Fall 2020 Instruction 

If you have not informed us already, please let us know of your plan to stay home for online classes in the Fall 2020 by emailing us at iso@pasadena.edu

In October, PCC will issue you either a deferred I-20 or new I-20 so you can enter the U.S. for Spring 2021 classes (Spring starts in mid-February). An International Advisor may contact you to request updated financial documents and provide you with instructions to receive your deferred I-20.

If you have a visa appointment before October, please email us at iso@pasadena.edu

All international students should have joined a Group Counseling/Registration session in June. If you missed it or were admitted later, you can visit International Student Registration to view instructional videos on how to register for classes and what classes are recommended. If you still need additional help, schedule a virtual appointment to see an International Counselor at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling.

You can return as soon as Spring 2021 semester. You will need either a deferred I-20 or new I-20 to enter the U.S. You can enter at least 1 month before the program start date listed on your deferred I-20 or new I-20.

In October, PCC will issue you either a deferred I-20 or new I-20 so you can enter the U.S. for Spring 2021 classes. Spring 2021 starts in mid-February. An International Advisor may contact you to request updated financial documents and provide you with instructions to receive your deferred I-20 or new I-20.

If you have a visa appointment before October, please email us at iso@pasadena.edu

You will need either a deferred I-20 or new I-20 so you can enter the U.S. for Spring 2021 classes. Spring 2021 starts in mid-February. In October, an International Advisor may contact you to request updated financial documents and provide you with instructions to receive your deferred I-20 or new I-20.

Yes. If you paid for the health insurance, please submit a Health Insurance Refund request by email at iso@pasadena.edu and attach a copy of your Travel History record, if you were just in the U.S. and departed recently. You can download your Travel History record at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/

Please make sure that you set-up with a BankMobile account to have your refund delivered to your U.S. checking or savings account for a faster refund. For instructions on how to set-up your BankMobile account, view How to Receive a Refund through BankMobile.

New Students Entering or Staying in the U.S. During Fall 2020 Instruction 

No, you cannot enter the U.S. for Fall 2020 if you are a newly admitted student. Because PCC has converted its method of teaching to online instruction in an effort to protect students’ health and well-being during COVID-19, all new students who are currently OUTSIDE of the United States may not enter the U.S. to take online classes.

Even if you are not allowed to enter the U.S. during Fall 2020, you still have the option of taking online classes at PCC during the Fall 2020 semester. We understand that many of our new students want to continue making progress in their educational goals.

All international students should have joined a Group Counseling/Registration session in June. If you missed it or were admitted later, you can visit International Student Registration to view instructional videos on how to register for classes and what classes are recommended. If you still need additional help, schedule a virtual appointment to see an International Counselor at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling.

We understand that these changes impact you immediately. You can choose to take only ONLINE classes at PCC to continue your educational goals while you are in your home country. You will still have the support of your counselors, faculty, advisors and coaches at PCC. The only difference is you will need a deferred I-20 or a new I-20 to return to the U.S.
You can also choose not to enroll in any online classes until you are ready to start classes at PCC in person.

In October, you will receive a deferred I-20 or a new I-20 that you can use for your visa appointment. If you have a visa appointment before October, please email us at iso@pasadena.edu

The soonest you may be able to enter the U.S. is Spring 2021.

In October, PCC will issue you either a deferred I-20 or new I-20 so you can enter the U.S. for Spring 2021 classes. Spring 2021 starts in mid-February. An International Advisor may contact you to request updated financial documents and provide you with instructions to receive your deferred I-20 or new I-20. If you have a visa appointment before October, please email us at iso@pasadena.edu.  

Yes. Under U.S. regulations related to online instruction during COVID-19, for Fall 2020 you are allowed to legally stay and study if you are already inside the U.S.

You are required to enroll BY AUGUST 24 in 12 units and must maintain these units for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester. All of those classes can be online during the Fall 2020 because of COVID-19.

You are required to enroll BY AUGUST 24 in 12 units and must maintain these units for the rest of the Fall 2020 semester. All of those classes can be online during the Fall 2020 because of COVID-19.

All international students should have joined a Group Counseling/Registration session in June. If you missed it or were admitted later, you can visit International Student Registration to view instructional videos on how to register for classes and what classes are recommended. If you still need additional help, schedule a virtual appointment to see an International Counselor at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling.

General Coronavirus FAQs

New Students and Admissions

Yes, we are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please look over our application checklist for details on how to apply. Also, please make sure to keep our application deadlines in mind! We hope to see your applications soon! 
Fall 2020 classes at PCC are hybrid. That means that while many classes meet online, many will also require physical presence meetings between the instructor and the student.

We currently only accept money order, cashier's check, or personal check. We currently do not accept cash, credit cards, or wire transfer. Payments should be made out to "Pasadena City College". Please also write the applicant's full legal name on the memo section of the check. Please send the fee via mail to the following address:

International Student Center, D-204
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

We are currently working on getting an online payment option available. We thank you for your patience with us as we work to get that solution up and running for our future Lancers!

First, please look over our English Proficiency Requirements page to look over all of the options that we have available for you to prove your English proficiency. There are a variety of online testing options available to you to be able to fulfill our requirement. We accept the Duolingo English Test, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP (China Only), and the IELTS Indicator

Going Home

If you are a continuing student and plan to complete your classes in the Fall 2020 from your home country, please submit a Departure Notification Form to iso@pasadena.edu no later than September 4. Select “Early Withdrawal” as the reason and under comments, add “Returning home for Fall 2020 due to COVID19”.

Summer classes will be online instruction. Please check your PCC email regularly or on the official https://pasadena.edu/about/president/coronavirus-updates/index.php website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and classes.

Fall 2020 classes will be online instruction. Please check your PCC email regularly or on the official https://pasadena.edu/about/president/coronavirus-updates/index.php website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and classes.

If you choose to return home to complete Fall 2020 classes, please make sure to register ONLY for ONLINE classes.

You need to contact our Student Health Services office: medicalSHS@pasadena.edu.

You must provide in their email your full name and student ID, and an English translation of what your home country is asking you to do, if it is available. The health center staff will provide international students with instructions on how they can get tested at a nearby urgent care clinic.

IMPORTANT: The PCC International Health Insurance covers testing for COVID-19 when it is medically necessary and it does not currently cover the fee if it is a travel necessity. The cost of the COVID-19 test can be up to $250 - 270 out of pocket for students, and will include a certification letter that the student is in good health to travel.  

Taking Online Classes, Dropping/Withdrawing from Classes, and Cancelled Classes

If you plan to return home during Fall 2020: You can take as many or as little units as you want (online classes only). Your PCC I-20 will be terminated (please submit a Departure Notification Form by September 4 and indicate “Early Withdrawal”) or see “CONTINUING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STAYING IN THEIR HOME COUNTRY DURING FALL 2020 INSTRUCTION”

If you plan to stay or enter the U.S. during Fall 2020: You are required to enroll in 12 units and one of those classes need to be a “hybrid” class. Please see “CONTINUING STUDENTS STAYING IN THE U.S. OR ENTERING THE U.S.” for more information.

If you are taking online classes from your home country during Fall 2020: This will not affect your status because your I-20 will be terminated for early withdrawal. You can drop or add as many or as little units as you want.

If you are in the U.S. during Fall 2020: Dropping or withdrawing any class, whether it is hybrid or online and falling under 12 units, will affect your I-20. Your I-20 will be terminated if you do not maintain 12 units and your hybrid classes. Please schedule an appointment with an International Advisor at www.calendly.com/pccinternational to discuss your options immediately.

If you withdraw or drop from your class BEFORE the “Add/Drop” deadline for your class, you will receive a refund for your class and it will not affect your grade point average or be indicated as a “W” grade or withdraw grade on your academic records.

If you withdraw or drop from your class AFTER the “Add/Drop” deadline for your class, you will NOT receive a refund for your class and it may affect your grade point average or be indicated as a “W” grade or withdraw grade on your academic records.

We encourage you to continue to do your best and continue completing your online classes. PCC has compiled a list of resources for students that can help you be more successful, including things like free remote tutoring and study habits and skills guides to support your studies online.

If you still want to drop from all your classes, please schedule an appointment to talk to an International Advisor by emailing iso@pasadena.edu and how this will affect your visa. You will need to make plans to exit the country since your F-1 status will be affected.

Please contact an International Advisor at iso@pasadena.edu so we can provide you additional guidance.

Before you drop, please talk to an International Counselor by scheduling an appointment at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling and discuss the possibility of a Reduced Course Load. Do not drop any classes until you have an recommendation for a Reduced Course Load.

Week 1 - 2: You may drop a full 16-week long class by the end of the 2nd week without any entry on your transcript, and you will receive a refund or reversal of class fees and tuition.  Note that some fees are nonrefundable and may not be reversed; refer to the PCC Refund Policy for more information.

Week 3 to Week 11: You will receive a “W” entry on your transcript for 16-week classes dropped between the 3rd and 11th weeks.

Week 12 - 16: You cannot drop a course after the 11th week of a semester. If you have quit attending a class but did not drop early enough, you may receive an F in the course. 

Most classes have waitlists in order to provide students a chance to get a seat in a class that is currently full. If a student registered in the course drops it, the next student on the waitlist is notified they have 48 hours to add it. This process ends on the first day of class. If you are on the waitlist and have not been offered an opportunity to or have not added the course by the first day of class, you may reach out to the instructor for an add code. You have until the last day to add to use the add code before it expires.

The only way a student can add a class after the first day of the semester begins is through obtaining an add code from the instructor of the course. Students can email the instructor and wait for a reply with an add code. If your add code does not work and you are sure you are entering it correctly, please contact the instructor again. They may have given you a code they already gave to another student. If the issue persists and you are still not able to add the course, please feel free to reach out to the Virtual Support Center

The only way a student can add a class after the first day of the semester begins is through obtaining an add code from the instructor of the course. Students can email the instructor and wait for a reply with an add code. If your add code does not work and you are sure you are entering it correctly, please contact the instructor again. They may have given you a code they already gave to another student. If the issue persists and you are still not able to add the course, please feel free to reach out to the Virtual Support Center.

Refunds and Tuition and Fees

Yes. All international students will be refunded certain fees. Please remember to withdraw formally from your class through your LancerPoint account in order to qualify for a refund. View how to withdraw from your classes through Admissions and Records. Also, make sure you set-up for BankMobile, which will manage your refund. View the How to Receive your Refund document here.

No, if you are dropped by your professor, you may not be eligible for a refund.

Normally, the deadline is the Friday before classes begin. For Fall 2020, however, all non-resident students must settle their tuition and fees by Friday, August 28 or they will be dropped from their Fall 2020 classes. To make a payment, please log-in to your LancerPoint account and click on “Tuition and Financial Aid”.

Payment can be made via credit card through LancerPoint.

If paying by check:

  • Make check payable to “Pasadena City College”.
  • Include your Student ID on the check
  • Mail to: 

Pasadena Area Community College District
Student Business Services, B203
1580 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA. 91106-2003

Graduation and Transferring Out

Graduation/Commencement for this year has been rescheduled for Spring 2021. 

You do not have to attend commencement ceremonies to earn your PCC degree. If you are eligible for a degree (or multiple degrees), schedule an appointment with an International Counselor at www.bit.ly/PCCInternationalCounseling to discuss the steps of petitioning for your degree.

You can also petition for your degree online by yourself by visiting Apply for your Degree

The University of California recently published special exceptions for students who may not be able to complete all their requirements by Spring 2020. See the University of California announcement here.

Also, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with the PCC Transfer Center and let them know of your challenges. They are there to support your transfer success and can advocate for you.

Optional Practical Training (OPT), Work and Filing Taxes

Yes. You can still qualify for OPT if you complete all necessary courses and will be earning a degree from PCC.
First, view an OPT workshop online to learn if you qualify and how to prepare. Access our on-demand videos through our YouTube account. After you attend and view the OPT workshop, schedule an appointment with International Advisor, Rosa Villegas. Email her at rmvillegas@pasadena.edu.
We don’t recommend traveling while your OPT application is pending. This could affect your return in the future.

Unemployment insurance is generally reserved for immigrants and immigrant visa types (for example, H-1B or O-1 working visas). The California unemployment insurance site’s language doesn't immediately disqualify nonimmigrants (like F-1 students). However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes the determination on work eligibility, such as Optional Practical Training, employment under economic hardship, etc., and filing for unemployment may have other consequences for you as an F-1 student. 

F-1 students with valid issued EAD cards (those on CPT/OPT) would be considered work-eligible by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and thus may qualify by the state of California for unemployment. However, any use of funds could make you what is known as a public charge. The public charge rules states that if you are determined to have used U.S.-government sponsored funds and programs for up to 12 months in any 3-year period, this could result in you being denied future immigration benefits (such as a new visa or adjustment of status to permanent residency). Recently, USCIS has updated their public charge language with respect to COVID-19.

If you wish to apply for unemployment benefits, we highly advise that you first speak with an immigration attorney to go over all the pros and cons of using (or even applying for) these types of benefits – it is important to know that even applying, whether or not the benefit is granted, can affect you in the future.

The deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.

We highly recommend that you view the online Tax Workshop on YouTube for more information on what you will need to prepare to file for taxes. PCC does not help students file for taxes but we provide resources and tips to help you prepare. 

I-20 Expiring and I-20 Extensions

If your I-20 expired in June 30, 2020, you have 60 days (according to U.S. government rules) after the expiration to do one of the following:

  1. Transfer to another school
  2. Depart the U.S.

We understand that finding flights is difficult at this time. We urge you to please follow the U.S. government rules and depart as soon as you can and within your 60 days grace period to protect your ability to return to the U.S. in the future.

ISC has been communicating via PCC/LancerPoint help regarding the deadline to extend your PCC I-20. Unfortunately, the U.S. government deadline for an extension has passed and you will need to do one of the following:

  1. Transfer to another school
  2. Depart the U.S.

If you have other questions, you can schedule an appointment with an International Advisor at www.calendly.com/pccinternational

Health Insurance and COVID-19

Yes. If you need to get tested for COVID-19 and it is recommended by your doctor, your COVID-19 tests will be covered. There is no co-pay or deductible that you will owe.
Yes, your International Student Health Insurance is a sickness plan and will cover you just like any illness/sickness. You can view details about what you will owe through a co-pay at PCC International Student Health Insurance.

If you are a current PCC student, you can email the PCC Student Health Center at medicalshs@pasadena.edu and they will follow-up with you within 24 hours (during their regular business hours). 

You can also see doctors using your International Student Health Insurance. View the resources below to help you:

TeleHealth Resources
TeleCounseling (mental health) Resources
Activate your PCC Health Insurance
How to search for Doctor with your PCC Health Insurance

You need to contact our Student Health Services office: medicalSHS@pasadena.edu.

You must provide in their email your full name and student ID, and an English translation of what your home country is asking you to do, if it is available. The health center staff will provide international students with instructions on how they can get tested at a nearby urgent care clinic.

IMPORTANT: The PCC International Health Insurance covers testing for COVID-19 when it is medically necessary and it does not currently cover the fee if it is a travel necessity. The cost of the COVID-19 test can be up to $250 - 270 out of pocket students, and will include a certification letter that the student is in good health to travel.  

Reporting a Hate Crime

You may have been a victim of a hate crime. Hate crimes in the U.S. are criminal offenses and punishable by law. If you feel comfortable, we encourage you to report this incidence at your local police department. To locate your nearest police department, visit the Los Angeles Police Department

You can also view resources from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on how to report your incidence. 

We also encourage you to report your incidence to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice website so they can keep track of hate crime incidents that are affecting all of us.

Contact ISC and Resources

We are still open for business. Although we are not physically on the PCC campus, you can call us at 626-585-7808. Please leave a message with your name, call back number, and reason for calling us. Our awesome staff member, Sandra Parra, will call you back as soon as possible (and of course, within office hours). 

Our call-back number may be hidden so if you receive a call from an unknown number, please pick-up. It may be us at ISC. 

Also, you can continue emailing us at iso@pasadena.edu. We are doing what we can to respond to your messages as quickly as possible. 

Our office is very small (it’s just 5 staff members right now!) so we appreciate your patience as we try to help all 800+ PCC international students. 

If you are a student in need, please visit the PCC Student Resources during COVID-19 for ideas on how we can help. From the Lancer Pantry to Social Support Services, please use this resources during your time in need.

Also, PCC has a variety of scholarships that are open to all PCC students (including you as an international student). Don’t forget to apply for them by visiting Scholarships at PCC.

You can always our Current Student Forms Page to download all forms.