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.

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 $28,892 USD and the statement cannot be older than 3 months old.

Pasadena City College does not offer a payment plan. Students must pay by the Friday before classes begin. 

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

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.

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.