International Students

Saddleback College is one of the premier community colleges in California and the United States. We are located in beautiful Southern California and only a few miles away from the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean.  Saddleback College is a two-year, postsecondary institution of higher education fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The College is known for its well equipped, high-tech learning centers and laboratories, challenging academic curricula, strong student support services and high transfer rates to prestigious universities, like UC Irvine Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego, University of Southern California, and other premier institutions of higher education.

The International Student Program is here to assist you during your application process and while you are a student at Saddleback College. The office provides a variety of services that include F-1 student visa immigration advising, health insurance registration, academic workshops, seminars, and social events.


The weather is heating up here in Orange County and we hope you are enjoying your summer wherever you may be!

If you will continue at Saddleback this fall, please purchase your international student health insurance through Ascension (formerly Renaissance).   Ascension Health Insurance 2015 – 2016 information and details on the plans will be available starting on June 23rdThis information and links to Ascension will also be available on the ISO website.

You may purchase the plan online by visiting the health insurance website at and select the “2015-2016 Program”.  You will need to have your I.D. # and credit card ready when purchasing your plan.  Once you have paid, a receipt will automatically be sent to you via email.  Please forward this email to our office to confirm your insurance payment.  A hold has been put on all accounts until we have received proof of 2015 – 2016 health insurance coverage. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes.

- If you are registering for summer term courses between now and June 23rd, please contact our office on the day that you plan to register so that we can take a temporary hold off your account.  A hold will be put back on the following day.

- If you are sponsored through a Financial Guarantee through your government and it includes health insurance, please scan and send a copy of your health insurance card to our office to verify your insurance and the hold will be removed.