If you live outside the U.S. and you’d like to study at San Jacinto College as an international F-1 visa student, you will be considered an Initial applicant.
International Students may be admitted for any semester throughout the year. Students who begin in the Fall or Spring semesters are not required to attend Summer classes. Students who begin in the Summer term must enroll full-time in the Summer term during their first year of studies.
There may be certain Academic programs that F-1 international students are not allowed to be enrolled in.
San Jacinto College does NOT offer housing or medical insurance to international students
All documentation must be received on or before the priority deadline listed below. If your application is completed after the priority deadline, your admission will be deferred to the next available semester.
Classes begin in August
Classes begin in January
Classes begin in June
Learn about the required documentation and application process during our Virtual
No sessions are scheduled at this time.
We will need official transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended either in the U.S. or abroad, including the one you are currently attending.
Proof of U.S. high school equivalency completion is required.
International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. Contact any agency listed here-Accepted Evaluation Company.
Request an evaluation on your international transcript(s).
Since classes at San Jacinto College are taught in English, proficiency is required for students whose native language is not English. Test scores allow us to accurately advise students into classes that will offer the best opportunity for success.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
You may be admitted to an Academic Program with a minimum score of:
525 (Paper-Based test)
|Band 6 range
|110 - Reading
6 - Writer Placer
109 - Sentence Meaning
109 - Language Use
93 - Listening
Native students from the following countries are exempt from proving English proficiency:
Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, English speaking Canadian provinces, The Fiji Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malta, Nauru, Nigeria, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tobago Trinidad, Uganda, United Kingdom, The Virgin Islands, the West Indies, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
We want to make sure your education won’t be interrupted by lack of finances, so we require proof that you have at least $31, 977 U.S. dollars of financial support. This is the estimated educational and living expense for one year at San Jacinto College. If you’re bringing family we will need proof of an additional $6,000 for your spouse and $3,500 for each additional dependent.
Sponsor Financial Information (maximum 2 sponsors per student)
Open the Affidavit of Support Form. Download this form and have your sponsor(s) complete the form.
Based on your sponsor’s status, provide us with one (1) additional piece of documentation.
All financial information must also include equivalencies in U.S. dollars.
Your dependent spouse and children (unmarried and under the age of 21), may apply for an F-2 visa to accompany you in the United States while you are in F-1 student status.
We will need a PDF copy of the first page of your passport showing your name, date of birth, and expiration date. The expiration date must be more than six months away.
Download and complete the form.
Acceptance documents will be sent to the e-mail address placed in this form.
Read carefully the F-1 Memorandum of Understanding. Download and complete the form.
An open-admissions institution, San Jacinto College offers a free online application through GoApplyTexas.org*.
To apply, set up an account and make sure you choose San Jac in your application.
All international admission documents will be uploaded as attachments in PDF format under the Application for I-20 Form.
Expect a response within 7-10 business days.
Once we receive all of your documents, International Student Services will process your file.
Allow our office 7-10 business days to process your application.
You will receive an official International Student Acceptance Letter and the Initial Form I-20. Your SEVIS ID number will appear in the upper right corner of the form, and our school code will be at the bottom of box 2. You’ll need these for the next step.
All first-time F-1 students have to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee of US $350 prior to your interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please visit www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 for further information and payment instructions.
This is different from the visa application fee you pay before attending your visa interview.
Take your official Initial Form I-20, the SEVIS fee receipt, and other required documents to the American Embassy in your home country to apply for your F-1 Student Visa. This allows you to come to the United States and enroll at San Jacinto College.
Notify the International Student Services department of your Visa Decision & Expected Arrival Date.
If your F-1 visa was approved:
If your F-1 visa was denied:
Complete the following enrollment steps with the college. These steps can be completed prior to your arrival to the U.S.
1. Meningitis Vaccination Record (for students under 22 years of age only)
All incoming Texas college students under the age of 22 must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis prior to registration. Meningitis Vaccine Information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
2. Take Placement Test
3. Meet with Advising
As part of our mission in ensuring student success, all students who are new to San Jacinto College will need to meet with an admissions advisor to talk about programs available, choosing their courses, and potential career options. Schedule a virtual meeting.
Please be ready to present a valid photo ID (passport) when meeting with an advisor. If no ID is presented, any information shared will be limited.
The International Student Orientation will be held virtually through Zoom. Dates will be set before the start of the semesters.
It is mandatory for all international students and will address important regulations pertaining to an F-1 visa holder.