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As International students, adjusting to a new country can be difficult with unfamiliar customs, classroom culture, and language. We are dedicated to helping you with your transition to college in the U.S, with support services and resources.


Pathways FYE Priority Registration

With a priority registration date, more classes will be available. It’s the best way to get the classes you need and the schedule you want!

We highly recommend getting a priority registration date. To make sure you get a registration date that is a couple weeks earlier than other students, make sure you complete the following:

  • JAM (FYE orientation)
  • Sign up for College 1 during your first semester

Learn How To Become An International Student


International Success Coaches

A big benefit to being an International FYE student at PCC is your access to an International Success Coach. Our Success Coaches are current or recent graduate students and they are dedicated to helping you navigate your way through PCC. 

Their main goal is to help you adjust to the culture, as well as the academic, and social expectations of college through time management skills, study strategies, and other techniques. They are also available to answer questions directly or guide you to a person who can best help you.

Elizabeth Contreras

Elizabeth Contreras

Kevin Liu

Kevin Liu


FAQ's

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the International Student Pathway.

No. Participation in the International Student Pathway (ISP) program is not required. You can choose not to join, but if you are not a Pathway student, you will not receive the many special benefits of the program, like early registration to get the classes you need to transfer to your dream university as quickly as possible, or support from Pathway coaches, tutors, and instructors.

Counseling 10 is required for all new International Student Pathway students placing into ESL levels 2 and 3. College 1 is required for all other ISP students. These classes are part of the Pathway contract. If you choose not to follow the contract, you will lose all the privileges of Pathway students, like earlier registration and extra support from coaches and tutors.
PCC offers many excellent services and resources to all PCC students. One of the goals of the ISP is to help you learn about and use these resources. In addition, the International Student Center staff are available to answer your questions and help you solve your problems. However, after the first year, you will not be able to register early with first-year Pathway students, and you will no longer have access to the coaches and tutors.
 Some international students arrive at PCC having completed courses at another college or university in the US. If that is your situation, speak with an ISP counselor or coach to create the best plan to help you succeed at PCC.