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International Student Admission Steps

International students are those who are attending college in the US on an F-1 visa. International students are a very important part of the growing college community.

In-Person Unit Disclaimer

Students must complete a majority of their units in-person during the Fall and Spring semesters. Only three units of online classes are allowed per semester. This can be a challenge for international students because Folsom Lake College has a higher percentage of classes offered remotely/online.

Not an International Student?

If you are not an international student, then you may need to follow different steps. Find out what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!

What Type of Student Are You?

Apply to Folsom Lake College

Create an OpenCCC account using a personal email (or log in if you already have an account) and fill out the online application for Folsom Lake College.

  • You do not need a social security number (SSN) to complete the application.
  • After you submit the online application, contact the International Student Office at

After you submit this application, save or print your confirmation page. You will need a copy of the confirmation page to submit with your international student application packet.

High School Seniors

If you are graduating high school before June and applying for the fall semester, then enter the information on your application as if you have already graduated.

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Submit Additional Required Documents

Folsom Lake College has SEVP certification, which allows it to issue Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status Form I-20. International students can use Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa to enter the US.

Application Documents

All non-English documents must be translated into English.

The following documents are required for Folsom Lake College to issue Form I-20. Email your completed packet to Call (916) 608-6573 if you have questions.

  1. Copy of the confirmation page from your CCCApply Application to Folsom Lake College (see step 1).
  2. International Student Application Packet, with required documentation attached.
  3. If English is not the only official language and official language of instruction in your country, you must show proof of English proficiency (no more than 2 years old). One of the following:  
    1. Official TOEFL IBT or IBT home only test result (61 minimum score) or TOEFL Essentials (6.5 minimum score) FLC Institution Code: 8685
    2. IELTS test result of 6.0 minimum
    3. STEP Eiken (Score: 2A) Japan
    4. PTE – Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 51
    5. For Transfer Students Only: US college official transcripts showing proof of successful completion (grade of C or better) of a college-level English writing course.
  4. Proof of financial support:
    1. Complete Folsom Lake College Financial Requirements and Sponsor form (page 4 of the application packet)
    2. Include an official bank letter in the exchange rate of $42,448 US dollars (plus an additional $6,000 USD for each additional dependent) no older than three months from the date you submit your application materials.
  5. Proof of educational history:
    1. Copy of high school diploma or a high school transcript showing graduation
    2. Copy of college transcript(s)
  6. $50.00 USD non-refundable application fee payable to Folsom Lake College
  7. Certification of Negative Tuberculosis Skin Test (translated to English)
  8. Copy of passport photo page
  9. Students under age 18 must provide an official power of attorney from their home country stating guardianship
  10. Evidence of health insurance (can be submitted after your arrival to the US)
  11. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine that is on the World Health Organization's approved COVID vaccine list.

Additional Application Documents for Students Already in the US Attending School on F-1 Visa

If you are currently in the US attending another school as an F-1 student, then submit these additional forms:

  1. FLC Transfer Form. This will be completed by your current school's international student adviser.
  2. Copy of your most recent I-94, visa, and passport. Original visa and passport are verified in the office upon your arrival.
  3. Copy of your current school's I-20 and all other SEVIS I-20s.

Application Deadlines

Submit all required documents together by the following deadlines. We will not review incomplete applications.

Applicants Outside of the US (Applicants Who Will Need to Apply for F-1 Visa)

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: November 1

Transfer Applicants in the US (Applicants in the US With a Valid F-1 Status)

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: November 15

International Student Application Packet (PDF)

Set Up eServices and Los Rios Gmail

eServices is FLC's online student portal where students manage their information, records, classes, and more.

After your initial application is processed, you will receive an official international student admission letter from the International Student Center that contains your Los Rios student ID number (also known as a "W" number or "wID"). This is a seven-digit number with a preceding "W"; for example, W0000001.

You will use your Los Rios ID and password to log in to multiple services, including Canvas, eServices, Los Rios Gmail, and instructional lab computers.

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Apply for an F-1 Visa

After you receive your Form I-20 from Folsom Lake College, apply for an F-1 visa.

  1. Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee.
  2. Schedule an interview appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate. Visit the US Embassy website to find a US Embassy or Consulate near you.
  3. Bring your Form I-20, Letter of Acceptance from Folsom Lake College, and I-901 receipt to your interview with the US Embassy or Consulate, along with any other documents they request.

You can enter the United States with your I-20 and F-1 Visa 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20. The exact date is listed on your I-20.

Proceed to Enrollment Steps

As soon as you have completed these steps and received official admission confirmation, you may proceed to the International Student Enrollment Steps to learn how to enroll in your classes.

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