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International Students


Application Dates

Fall Semester:
February 1 to June 1 for applicants who are living in their home country
February 1 to July 15 for students transferring from institutions in the U.S.A.
*DUE TO COVID-19 - Application deadline for applicants who are in the United States as an F-1 visa AND living in their home country has been extended to AUGUST 3*

Spring Semester:
September 1 to October 15 for applicants who are living in their home country
September 1 to November 15 for students transferring from institutions in the U.S.A.

International Student Online Application

Important Dates

Spring 2020 Semester Start Date: January 27, 2020
Initial students may enter the U.S.A. after December 8, 2019
Spring 2020 Semester End Date: June 1, 2020
Grossmont College Commencement: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Fall 2020 Semester Start Date: August 17, 2020
Initial students may enter the U.S.A. after June 29, 2020
Fall 2020 Semester End Date: December 14, 2020

Please check WebAdvisor for your registration date starting in June 2020


Contact Information

International Admissions Office 
Mika Miller (619) 644-7182
Yumiko Hudson (619) 644-7175
Fax: 619-644-7083

Requirements for Admission
The online application AND all documents are required by the deadline. Documents may be sent by email to as attachments. If you are applying from your home country, you should submit the six documents below for admission. Transfer students should submit all eight documents. After all documents are received, a SEVIS I-20 will be issued. There is no fee to apply to Grossmont College. 

  1. Online Application
  2. English Proficiency
  3. High School / College Transcript
  4. Sponsor Form
  5. Financial Statement
  6. Copy of Passport ID page
  7. Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and I-20 (Transfer Students Only)
  8. Transfer Form (Transfer Students Only)
  9. Note:  All students must attend a two-day orientation.  Failure to attend IN FULL a two-day orientation program will result in a cancellation of your admission and I-20.

For orientation details, click here

Online Application

Complete the Online International Student Application for Admission - 

  • Create an account as a new user and remember your “user name” and “password.”
  • If you do not have a Social Security Number, click on “no number.”
  • If you are living in your home country, be sure to click “Foreign address” before inputting your address. 

You must complete the area labeled 'Major Code' with the area of study you would most like to study. The major needs to be one of the listed Grossmont College majors Later, if you wish, you may change your major.  If you leave this space blank, we will automatically enter a "General Studies" major.

English Proficiency

Students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:

  1. Official TOEFL score – ETS must send an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score directly to Grossmont College.  Our ETS college code is 4334.  The minimum score is iBT 45 (internet-based). 

    *TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (Online iBT test) is accepted while the test centers are closed. The minimum score is 45.

    *TOEFL ITP Plus for China (minimum score of 450)

    There is an on-campus intensive English program available through American Collegiate English (ACE) for those who do not have a score of iBT 45. No TOEFL is required for students transferring from ACE to Grossmont College.
    Grossmont College offers an Institutional ESL Assessment. The minimum placement score is ESL 105 for admission purposes. The ESL placement score is good for 1 year and ESL assessment test can be taken once per application period. For more information, test dates, and to register, please click here: 
    Institutional ESL Assessment Registration Form. Please register early to save your space. Results will available within 5 business days. This is a free ESL assessment, there are no fees associated with this assessment.

  3. Official IELTS score - Submit official IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) to Grossmont College.  The minimum score is 4.5 on the academic module.  

    *IELTS Indicator (Online IELTS test) is accepted while test centers are closed. The minimum score is 4.5.

  4. Official Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 39. 

  5. Students whose native language is Japanese ONLY may submit EIKEN test results with a minimum score grade of "2A”. 
  6. Duolingo English Test (online test) minimum score of 75
  7. Students whose primary language is English do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic reports.
  8. Students who are attending the following language schools and have completed the coursework below may submit certificates from the schools:

Language School Coursework
American Collegiate English (ACE) at Grossmont Recommendation from the program
American Language Institute (ALI) at SDSU Level EAP 105
Connect English San Diego College Eligibility Test (CET) mininum score  of 62
Converse International School of Languages Level 6 (High Intermediate)
College of English Language (CEL) Level 4 (Upper Intermediate)
ELS Language Centers Level 109
Embassy English Level 5 (Upper Intermediate)
English Language Institute (ELI) at UCSD Extension  Level 107
Language Studies International (LSI) Level 4
Q International School Mid-Advance or High Advanced level with 3.0 GPA and above
Stafford House International Upper Intermediate Level 5 of Level B2,
Advanced Level 6 of Level C1,
Proficient Level 7 of Level C2


High School / College Transcript

Submit official diploma or certificate from High School/secondary school and/or transcripts from any college/universities you have attended. The documents do not need to be translated.

Sponsor Form

Submit Sponsor Certification form, signed by your sponsor.  This form indicates that the person who signs the form is willing and financially able to support you as an International Student for the duration of your studies at Grossmont College.

Financial Statement

Submit proof of financial support demonstrating that you or your sponsor can meet the minimum estimated tuition and living expenses. It is estimated that you will need a minimum of $28,400 per year. This proof must be your sponsor's bank statement or letter (original document) from their financial institution with the required amount $28,400 in U.S. dollars.  This letter must be written in English and have a U.S. dollar amount on it. (Fees are subject to change.)

*Estimated annual expenses
  Tuition and fees:   $8,100 
  Living Expenses:  $20,300  
  Total Expenses:   $28,400

*If you have F-2 dependent(s), please add $6,800 per dependent to the financial statement. 

Copy of Passport ID page

Submit a copy of the photo ID and expiration date page(s) of your valid passport. 
*If you have F-2 dependent(s), please include the copy of their passport. 

Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and current I-20

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY: Submit a copy of your F-1 visa and I-94 print-out (You may retrieve your number from I-94 Official Website) and the I-20 from your current or most recent school.

Transfer Form

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY:  Submit International Student Transfer Form if you are attending another U.S. institution.  This form needs to be filled out by your CURRENT school's International Student DSO, Advisor, or Specialist and must show your last date of attendance. 
We will not be able to issue an I-20 without this form.


After Your Acceptance to Grossmont College

MANDATORY ORIENTATION: All students are required to attend a two-day orientation program.  Students should attend the earliest possible orientation for better class selection. Failure to attend orientation will result in cancellation of your admission to Grossmont College. An Orientation Reservation Form will be mailed upon acceptance to Grossmont College.

ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.: Once a student has been accepted and has obtained an F-1 visa, the student may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date on the I-20.  It is advised that the student arrive 4 weeks before the first day of semester classes in order to attend the orientation program and locate housing. It is your responsibility to make flight arrangements which will enable you to attend orientation.

Please click New Student Information to learn more about arriving in the U.S.A., travel tips, housing, health insurance, and other important topics.


Grossmont College has relationships with international student recruitment agencies that are authorized to help students consider Grossmont College as one of their options for postsecondary education. A few of these agencies are compensated by Grossmont College for an appropriate student referral who enrolls in Grossmont College. A student’s application is not granted preferential treatment if the student is assisted by an agency. Students are neither required to apply with the assistance of an agency, nor will they be disadvantaged if they do not. Admissions decisions are at the sole discretion of the institution.

Last Updated: 07/14/2020
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