Southwestern College

International Student Application–F1 [pdf]
International Commuter Student Application [pdf]
Procedure 5012 [pdf]
International Student Resources

Admission Requirements

Applications for Fall 2018 are CLOSED. The deadline for Spring 2019 will be November 1, 2018.

  1. Proof of English Proficiency. To be accepted as an international student at Southwestern College, you must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English at a level that will allow you to successfully complete the college academic work. To verify your level, we require that you pass either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 50 points on the IBT (internet-based TOEFL), or the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 5.5. Students must request that the TOEFL or IELTS office send the scores directly to Southwestern Community College, Code 004726. Please be aware this requirement may be waived if you come from a country in which English is the primary language in its educational system, or if you are a U.S. high-school graduate.
    Test information may be obtained by contacting:
    TOEFL/TSE Services
    Test of English as a Foreign Language
    P.O. Box 6151
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
    International English Language Testing System
  2. All applicants must be either a U.S. high school graduate or have attained the equivalent from a foreign secondary school and have achieved a "B" or 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). You must also meet the placement recommendation for admission as referenced in the Country Index.
    • If you graduated from a U.S. high school, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • If you are transferring from a college or university in the United States you must have completed 12 semester units with a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, you will be required to submit a Transfer Clearance Form included in your application materials. This form is to be completed by the Designated School Official (DSO) at your current institution, certifying that you are in good standing.
  3. Transcripts: You must request that official transcripts be sent directly to Southwestern Community College for the last three years of secondary school (high school). Transcripts must be certified English translations.
    • Transcripts of any college work completed must also be submitted and be a certified English translation. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PHOTOCOPIES.
  4. Immigration Documents: To verify your present status, you must send a copy of your valid passport, valid visa, 1-94 form (front and back), and I-20 (pages 3 and 4).
  5. Financial Resources: You must provide evidence of sufficient financial support to pay for your tuition, books, supplies, and living expenses for one year. The estimated cost to attend Southwestern Community College is $25,685 per academic year (excluding summer).
  6. You will be required to submit a 300-to-500-word personal statement commenting on your background and educational objectives.
  7. You will also need to complete an international student admissions application. Application deadlines are posted at the top of this page. New international students are not admitted during the summer session.

Notification of Acceptance

You will receive notification approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

Enrollment Requirements

International Students with an F-1 Visa are required to:

  • attend a pre-registration orientation. International students are required to attend a mandatory orientation and enrollment session. Orientation is scheduled approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students are required to bring their I-20 form, passport, visa, and I-94 form.
  • take the College Assessment Placement Tests
  • receive educational advisement prior to registration
  • enroll in, maintain, and complete required units each semester
  • maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale.

Other Requirements

  • All International Students must become familiar with the regulations of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and assume responsibility for complying with those regulations.
  • Each International Student is required to obtain an Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy (information available at the College).

General Information


  • Tuition varies per semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current fees.
  • Students must purchase textbooks and other related instructional supplies.
  • Financial aid is not available for International Students.

The amounts listed below are only estimates, based on the minimum costs for a single student, per year (Fall & Spring)

  • Estimated tuition and fees: $7,244
  • Estimated room and board charges: $12,492
  • Estimated cost of books and supplies: $1,791
  • Estimated other expenses: $4,158
  • Total: $25,685

The estimated costs do not include health insurance coverage. We encourage international students to purchase health insurance designed specifically for international students. Minimum cost for one year's coverage by a U.S. health insurance company is $515.


Southwestern College does not have on-campus housing or dormitories. Therefore, students are responsible for arranging their own housing off-campus.

Other housing resources

Below are listed some web sites and phone numbers of companies/organizations that can assist you with planning your arrival to San Diego County.
  • Craigslist: This website has apartment and other rental listings for the South Bay area.
  • This website offers information on apartment rentals, transportation, attractions, entertainment, weather, etc. You can also get information on temporary housing (hotel/motel) options.
  • The San Diego READER magazine website will provide you with information on roommates, rentals, cars, etc.
  • - This website will help you in locating apartments that are available in the San Diego area.
  • - This website will help you in locating apartments that are available in the San Diego area.

For more information

Aida Mora
Admissions and Records Office
Cesar Chavez Student Services Center
Office S101C
Telephone (619) 482-6584
Fax (619) 482-6489

International Student Resources

California Department of Motor Vehicles
(California Driver's License, California Identification Card, and Vehicle Registration Information)

Currency Converter
(Foreign Currency Rate Calculator)

Curricular Practical Training
(Getting work experience during program of study)

I-94 Application & Retrieval
(Get Travel Records for U.S. Visitor)

International Education Research Foundation – IERF
(Credentials Evaluation Service)

Optional Practical Training
(Post-completion work experience information)

SEVIS 1-901 Fee
(How to pay the SEVIS – I-901 Fee)

Social Security Numbers [pdf]
(International Student Social Security Number Information)

Social Security Administration
(Social Security Administration Website)

Study in the States
(Prospective & Current Student Information Page - How to study in the U.S., Maintain F1 Visa Status, and Transfer to New Schools)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS Service and Office Locator)

U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
(Locate and Contact a U.S. Embassy or Consulate)

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