Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester (August-December) = May 1st
  • Spring Semester (January-May) = November 1st

Return Application Packet to:
Sacramento City College
International Student Center
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA  95822-1386

Thank you for your interest in the International Student Center (ISC) at Sacramento City College (SCC). International students may attend SCC to:

  1. Obtain an Associate’s Degree,
  2. Obtain General Education to Transfer to a University, or
  3. Obtain an Associate’s Degree, General Education, and Transfer to a University.

    Note:  If you are seeking information regarding an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program of study only, please go to our website tab with local ESL Program information.

The International Application Packet is divided into two parts. Both Part I and II are required.

I.   Los Rios Application for Admission

Complete an SCC Online Application by visiting Choose Sacramento City College and click “Apply” then click “Create an Account”. A social security number is not required to complete the application. Print the confirmation page and submit with the application packet.

II.    SCC International Student Application Packet

Packet requirements listed below (Download a PDF version: international admission requirements.)

  1. F-1 Student Data Form    Complete, sign, and submit form. (download at
  2. Evidence of English proficiency (must meet ONE of the following)
    • Official TOEFL (Score: 45 (internet based), or 133 (computer based), or 450 (written)) from ETS. (No Photocopies);
      visit for test centers, dates, and fees. Use SCC institutional code #4670 to order.
    • PTE-Pearson Test of English (Score: 39)
    • IELTS (Score: 6.0)
    • STEP Eiken (Score: 2A) Japan
    • SCC English Assessment Test
    • Official U.S. college transcript showing successful completion of college level English (determined by SCC)
  1. Financial support
    Official bank letter verifying $24,590 USD for one year of study. $3,000 is required for each additional dependent. If you have a U.S. sponsor, submit USCIS Affidavit of Support Form I-134 (download at and supporting documents. ONLY original bank letter within 6 months of instructional start date is accepted. (NO photocopy).
  2. a) Official high school diploma and transcripts No scanned or photocopied transcripts will be accepted. (If you are currently in your final year of high school, request a letter signed by your Principal certifying the expected graduation month, date and year.) Be sure to request a final document to verify completion.
    b)Official college transcripts (if applicable). Overseas college transcripts must be evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
  3. $50.00 non-refundable application fee payable to “Sacramento City College” in a form of a check, money order or cashier’s check (do not send cash) payable by a United States bank.  Print the student’s name on the face of the check including the SCC ID#, if available.  Applications will not be processed without a receipt of payment.
  4. One small photograph (passport size) with your name printed on the back.
TRANSFER-IN F-1 STUDENTS who have been attending school in the U.S. are required to submit the additional items #7-9 below.
7. SCC Transfer_In Form completed by your current school (current school can email or
student can submit the original)
8. Copy of I-94, U.S. VISA, and Passport (bring the original passport & visa to the office to be verified)
9. Copies of all previous I-20 forms 

Return Application Packet to

Sacramento City College
International Student Center
3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA  95822-1386

Pre-enrollment Requirements:
Health Insurance – submit to SCC Health Services with coverage date. For the SCC insurance, visit
Tuberculosis Test – can be taken at SCC Health Services. Pay $5 at the SCC Business Office and bring receipt to SCC Health Services.

Application Review Process

Once all required documents have been received and reviewed, ISC will contact you with a final decision. If admitted you will receive:

  • Acceptance Letter
    *  You can now pay your I-901 Fee  and make an appointment at your US Embassy for your F-1 Visa application interview
  • SEVIS I-20

Important Information for Applicants

  • We highly recommend utilizing a local US contact to assist you with expediting your acceptance package  (includes your SEVIS I-20) mailing since we only have access to standard USPO mailing.
  • You must give us written permission to allow others to be included in your application process and communications. This included the expedited mail option above.
  • Look up our degree majors so that you have the correct information to include on your ISC application. Note: All students must declare a major; you cannot use “Undecided”.
  • If you are under age 18 when school officially starts, you will need to submit a legal document called a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney (POA) for minor can be used by parents or guardians to allow a temporary caretaker to make certain decisions for their minor child over a period of time. We must receive the original POA, but it will be returned.
  • The ISC accepts US transferring F-1 VISA students that are in Good Status only under their current school’s SEVIS I-20,
  • B-1/B-2 Visa: Visitors arriving in the U.S. after April 12, 2002 have some restrictions to become a valid F-1 status within the U.S. Please check the following USCIS website or before traveling to the US, contact American Consulate “with the intent to study as a prospective student” before entering the U.S. We highly recommend  contacting a U.S. Immigration Lawyer. Please contact the ISC and schedule an appointment to discuss possible options.
  • SCC – ISC does not provide legal advice on obtaining or changing your F-1 VISA status, please check with appropriate legal/government agencies.
  • To review SCC majors, courses, and transfer information go to our on-line college catalog.
  • SCC does not evaluate foreign transcripts for course waivers or transfer credits. If you need evaluation services we recommend that you contact the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) , which is a membership organization for credential evaluation services. Their website provides a listing of member evaluation services. We cannot recommend an individual company for this service. Translated and/or evaluated transcripts must come in a sealed envelope from the company you used.
  • International students cannot apply for Financial Aid in the U.S. and we currently do not have other resource to assist new or new transfer students with their financial requirements.
  • F-1 VISA students have strict employment guidelines. Working in the US under a F-1 VISA is prohibited except under certain conditions. The ISC Counselor can discuss these options with you when requested.
  • The Los Rios Community College District does not have dorms or housing services. Please check local Sacramento rental or housing agencies for assistance.