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Admissions & Records PhotosInternational Students on Student (F-1) Visas

International Students on Student (F-1) Visas Golden West College values diversity and encourages international students to seek admission. This college is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. (Code of Federal Regulations 8CFR 214.3(k) and Section 101(a)(15)(F).)

Golden West College provides an International Student Program whose team works closely to assist international students throughout their studies. The Program is housed in a new state-of-the-art facility located in the center of campus. This new Center is dedicated to serving and supporting new and continuing international students at GWC. The Program offers specialized academic counseling, expert regulatory guidance, homestay services and special student activities.

Golden West College admits international students for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. All admission material must be submitted by the following deadlines*:

*Applicants outside the U.S. are strongly advised to apply three to four months ahead of the above deadlines to accommodate possible visa processing delays.

Application/Enrollment requirements are specified below. All documentation should be mailed directly to the International Student Program at Golden West College:

1. International applicants to Golden West College must be high school graduates, be pursuing the final semester of high school or equivalent, or be 18 years of age or older. (Applicants under age 18 must submit proof of legal guardianship in the U.S.)

2. A signed, original International Student Application must be submitted along with two (2) passport-size photographs and a $30 application fee.

3. The applicant must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet all expenses during his/her period of attendance at Golden West College.

4. International students must have sufficient knowledge of English to benefit from instruction at the college level. Therefore, all applicants from non Englishspeaking countries are required to produce a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (173 computer-based/61 internet-based); or demonstrate equivalency with prior coursework (original transcripts required); or obtain a passing score on the Golden West College placement test (this option only available to students applying from within the U.S.). The college also accepts the STEP Pre-First Grade level in lieu of the TOEFL and a 5.0 score on the IELTS.

5. Arrangements should be made to have official transcripts of all high school, college and ESL coursework sent directly to the International Student Program.

6. Students transferring from another U.S. College, language program or high school must notify their current School Official of their intent to transfer. The transfer process and SEVIS release must be completed prior to the semester start date. Copies of I-94, I-20, visa and passport pages must be submitted at the time of application.

7. International students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each semester and pay international student (non-resident & capital outlay) fees. All fees are due at the time of registration, which will occur approximately two weeks prior to the semester start date.

8. All international students are required to purchase the college-designated medical insurance plan to be permitted to register. Private insurance is not accepted.

9. All international students are required by law to report a change of address to the school within 10 days of moving.

10. Completion of the International Student Orientation prior to the semester start date is mandatory. Important visa requirements are detailed to ensure awareness of Federal laws governing the F-1 visa.

To obtain an International Student Application and viewbook, or for more information about the International Student Program and its services, contact:

Golden West College,
International Student Program
15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Phone: (714) 895-8146
Fax: (714) 895-8973

Students Holding Visas Other Than Student (F-1) Visas

Aliens holding valid visas that are otherwise eligible for admission may enroll in classes provided that they are proficient in English and their visas do not expire before the end of the term for which they are enrolling. Contact the Enrollment Center for information concerning specific enrollment restrictions.

An alien who is precluded from establishing domicile in the United States shall not be classified as a resident unless and until he or she has been granted a change in status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to a classification which permits establishing domicile and has met all other applicable residency requirements. Aliens considered to be nonresidents are required to pay the nonresident tuition charge, and are not eligible for tuition exemption (Education Code 68130.5)