Admission Requirements for International Students

If you are an international student needing an F-1 visa to attend Saddleback College, please complete all steps of the international admissions process.

1.   Application Information and Deadlines

Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs. A complete list can be found on our Academic Divisions website. If you are unsure what major to select, please choose “General Studies”.


Please note that international students are restricted from studying Nursing, EMT (Emergency Medical Technology), or MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician) majors.

Semester Outside of U.S.A. Applicant In the U.S.A Transfer Applicant
Fall February 1 - August 1 February 1 - August 10
Spring August 1 - January 1 August 1 - January 10
Summer February 1 - May 1 February 1 - May 15

2.   $54 Non-Refundable Application Fee

Application fees are non-refundable and cannot be waived. Payment options are:

  • Submit your payment online by logging in to your student MySite account
  • Submit a check or money order payable to "Saddleback College."
If you have any questions regarding payment of fees or tuition, please contact the Student Payment Office at (949)582-4870.

3.   Evidence of Financial Resources


  • Submit an official bank statement from a checking or savings account showing adequate financial support for at least your first year of study at Saddleback College. All documents must be in English and cannot be older than four months at the time of application. Funds may be either in US dollars or foreign currency.
    Please NOTE: We do not accept Investment Account as proof of funding.
  • Submit a document indicated Sponsorship by an Embassy, Cultural Mission, Government, or Private Company: include a letter or affidavit on the organization's official letter head verifying your sponsorship.


4.   Transcripts

Provide academic records equivalent to graduation from an American high school.
Transcripts or academic records in languages others than English must be translated and attested by a certified translation or credential evaluation service.

5.   English Requirement

International students are required to meet the English proficiency by one of the three possible options.



    Proof of completion of an acceptable ESL level from one of the following intensive English Language Schools:

    The English test requirement may be waived for applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed the equivalent to Saddleback College ENG 200 at an accredited institution of higher education. Students who have completed 3 years of U.S. high school and have graduated with a diploma are not required to take the above listed exams.

6.   Immigration Documents


    • Copy of your passport biographical page
  2. TRANSFER APPLICANT (Students who are currently studying in the U.S.A. on an F-1 Visa)


Receiving Your Documents: To receive your I-20 form and admission documents by express shipping with tracking number (highly recommended), please pre-pay for shipping at Create an account and pre-pay online. Please enter your Saddleback College ID number in the “Student ID field” if you have received it, or enter 99999 if you do not have a Saddleback College ID number. We will print out the shipping label and mail your documents. We can also ship your documents by regular mail at no charge to you.

Applications are accepted year-round. You may email copies of all application documents to Alternatively, you can submit your application materials in-person or mail it to:

Saddleback College
International Student Office
28000 Marguerite Parkway, SSC #107
Mission Viejo, CA. 92692-3635

After submitting the required documents, you will be notified of our decision by e-mail within 10 business days.