International Students: Step by Step Admissions Guide

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023:

November 1, 2022

Fall 2023:

June 1, 2023

Our Fall 2023 application is now open.

Before You Start

In order to complete your application, you will be asked to select your desired major at Cuyamaca College. Before you get started, please review the list of available majors in the College Catalog. You can also explore degrees and programs at Cuyamaca through Academic and Career Pathways.

Steps to Enroll

To enroll at Cuyamaca college as a college student please follow the step by step guide below..

  1. Online Application
    1. You will need to create an account before applying. Make sure to remember your username and password.
    2. If you do not have a Social Security Number, click on “no number.”
    3. If you are living in your home country, be sure to click “Foreign address” before inputting your address.
    4. 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


      Cuyamaca College majors.


      Later, if you wish, you may change your major.
  2. English Proficiency
    Students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:
    • Official TOEFL score – ETS must send an official




      (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score directly to Cuyamaca College. Our ETS college code is


      4252. The minimum score is 450 (paper-based) or 45 (internet-based).
    • Official IELTS score - Submit official




      to Cuyamaca College. The minimum score is 4.5 on the academic module. Go to



      for more information.
    • Students whose native language is Japanese ONLY may submit


      EIKEN test results with a minimum score grade of "2A”. Please contact



      for more information.
    • Official Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 39. 
    • Students whose primary language is English do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE reports.
    • Students who are attending the following language schools and have completed the coursework below may submit certificates from the schools:

    Language School


    American Collegiate English (ACE) at Grossmont

    Recommendation from the program

    American Language Institute (ALI) at SDSU

    Level EAP 105 and letter of recommendation

    Converse International School of Languages

    Level 6 (High Intermediate)

    ELS Language Centers

    Level 109

    Embassy English

    Level 5 (upper intermediate)

    English Language Institute (ELI) at UCSD Extension

    Level 107

    Stafford House International

    Level 9 and letter of recommendation

    Language Studies International (LSI)

    Level 4

  3. 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 need to be in English.
  4. Sponsor Form


    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 Cuyamaca College.
  5. 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 $30,116 per year. This proof must be your sponsor's bank statement or letter (original document) from their financial institution with the required amount $35,216 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)
  6. Copy of Passport ID page
    Submit a copy of the photo ID and expiration date page(s) of your valid passport. For transfer students, we will also need a copy of your F1 visa, copy of your I-94 card, and current SEVIS I-20.
  7. Attend Orientation
    All students accepted must attend a two-day in person orientation. Failure to attend IN FULL a two-day orientation program will result in a cancellation of your admission and I-20.

Additional Steps for Transfer Students

In addition to the steps above transfer students must submit the following additional forms.

  1. Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and I-20 (Transfer Students Only)
    Submit a copy of your F-1 visa and I-94 number print-out and the I-20 from your current or most recent school.
  2. Transfer Form (Transfer Students Only)


    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.

Submitting Your Paperwork

All international student paperwork can be submitted electronically via email to the email address below, however due to technology constraints paperwork may not be processed immediately. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible to email inquiries.

Vanessa Saenz


After Your Acceptance to Cuyamaca College

Mandatory Orientation

All students are required to attend a two-day orientation program. Failure to attend orientation will result in cancellation of your admission to Cuyamaca College. An Orientation Reservation Form will be mailed upon acceptance to Cuyamaca 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 4-5 weeks before the first day of fall semester classes and 7-10 weeks before the first day of spring semester classes in order to attend the earliest possible orientation program and locate housing. It is your responsibility to make flight arrangements which will enable you to attend orientation.