How to Apply as an International Student

We are excited you are considering Fresno Community College for your future studies and hope you decide to join us!

Note: if deadlines have passed, you may contact our Program office for assistance.

Application Deadlines

Term Out of Country Application Deadline In Country Application Deadline
Fall 2021 May 1, 2021 June 30, 2021
Spring 2022 November 1, 2021 November 15, 2021

Application Process

Important Information regarding Financial Requirements

You must validate appropriate funding to support your school and living expenses while studying in the U.S. and complete the appropriate forms. Money must be available for immediate access in the United States with no delay to meet all payment deadlines and needs.

The Department of Homeland Security | Study in the States website offers excellent resources for and guides for International Students.

Below you will find the documentation required to complete your application for admission to Fresno City College. Please submit all documentation at one time by the deadline. If you missed the deadline please contact the international office.

The application process has two parts: (1) applying to Fresno City College; (2) submitting additional documents to our International Students Office via email

1. Apply to Fresno City College

Apply to Fresno City College
(Note: To join our International Program, you must be 18 years old before the start of the semester for which you are applying.   Additional Info on applying to FCC.)

  1. Begin your application by creating an Open CCC account.  This is a statewide system.
  2. While logged into your Open CCC account, click Start a New Application to apply to Fresno City College. (Note: In the section where it asks for SS#, click the "no Documents" box.)


After your application is submitted:

  • You will receive a welcome email
  • Within 3 business days, your application will be processed
  • You will then receive a second email containing your 7-digit College Student ID number for the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) as well as login information for your student portal.  

2. Additional Documents

Prepare and submit additional documents to our International Program Office.

Write the 7-digit College Student ID number on the Admissions Requirements Checklist and include it with your additional documents.

See list of additional documents below.

Please submit together in one packet these additional documents:

Category Details Documents
Application Checklist Required Admissions Requirements Checklist
Financial Required Bank Letter or Bank Statement
Financial Required Affidavit of Support
Financial Required Cost of Attendance Acknowledgement
English Language Required (See Admissions Requirements Checklist for details. If you graduated from a U.S. high school, attended a U.S. college, or English is the official language of your home country, you are exempt from this requirement) TOEFL or IELTS Exam Results or an Evaluation by our office of an English Proficiency examination
High School Graduation Required Proof of Graduation from your Secondary School or Equivalent
Passport Required A copy of your passport information
Transcript Required if you attended any U.S. school. All transcripts from U.S. schools

Additional Requirements for In-Country Students

Category Details Documents
Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status Required from the school you are currently attending Form I-20
Transfer Eligibility Form Required if you are transferring from a U.S. language institute, high school, college, or university. Completed by your current DSO. Transfer Eligibility Form
Current Visa Required Copy of current F-1 visa

Final Steps

Submitting Additional Documents Packet

Email scanned copies of the documents to: or 

Deliver via USPS to:

International Student Program
Fresno City College
1101 E University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741 USA

 Or Deliver in Person to:

International Student Program Office
Fresno City College
Student Services Building, Room 108


Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions.  We are here to support you with the process.

Phone: 559.442.8256

Email: FCC International Admissions


Admission Decisions

You will receive our initial decision via email. If denied, you will receive an explanation for that decision. 

New Admitted Students

New Students from out of the country will receive:

  • an acceptance letter and
  • Form I-20

which will be used to apply for your F1 Visa.

These two official documents will be mailed using EShip Global services at your expense through DHL, FedEx Express or UPS Express unless other arrangements are made. You may also request for someone to pick up documents on their behalf to mail. This will require a signed permission letter from you to authorize.

Transfer-In Admitted Students

An acceptance letter will be delivered via email. That letter must be presented to the your current DSO to arrange and authorize the transfer of their SEVIS file to FCC.