International Student Program (ISP) Application

International Student Program Application

Prospective students may request an application packet by writing to the International Student Program, El Camino College, 3400 West Manhattan Beach Blvd., CA, 90504, USA, or by visiting the International Student Program (ISP) office in Room 101 of the Student Services Center at El Camino College. The application packet includes an official application, instructions for completing and submitting the application, and other useful information.

Before prospective international students can be considered for admission, they must:

  • Complete the application form including a recent photo;
  • Provide a letter of financial support from a sponsor's bank for a $20,500 minimum;
  • Enclose a $50 processing fee;
  • Provide transcripts of college and secondary grades translated into English, bearing the school seal, and signed by the registrar or other appropriate official;
  • Provide a copy of an English proficiency test.

Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester

  • June 15   (For overseas or out-of-state applicants)
  • June 15   (For applicants within the United States)

For Spring Semester 

  • December 1st    (For overseas or out-of-state applicants)
  • December 1st    (For applicants within United States) 

Students are advised to apply at least 3 months prior to the semester they wish to attend. Visa application periods vary at different US Embassies and Consulates so ample time should be allowed to obtain the F-1 visa and to make travel arrangements.

If you are an applicant from China (PRC), please read next sentence. As a part of our service to you we are mailing our I-20 via Federal Express (FedEx) mailing service. Because China (PRC) does not permit FedEx delivery to a private address, please include a business address on a separate piece of paper. This address should contain the name of the person, the name of the business and full business address with a phone number. If you are unable to provide this information, we would not be able to mail the I-20 form via FedEx express service. The I-20 form would be mailed to you via regular air mail.

The application is available for download in Adobe Acrobat format. In order to view and print the application you need to have the Acrobat Reader which is available free from Adobe Systems Inc..

Application for prospective F-1 Visa students outside of the US           
Application for F-1 Visa students currently studying in the US

Information about the TOEFL or TOEIC may be obtained at, IELTS at, EIKEN (STEP) at and PTE (Pearson Test of English) at American embassies and consulates, offices of the U.S. Information Service (USIS), US educational commissions and foundations, and U.S. sponsored learning institutions.  The El Camino College Institutional Code for the TOEFL and other tests is 4302.

When all application materials are on file, they are reviewed to assure that the applicant qualifies for admission to El Camino College. When accepted, applicants are mailed the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) along with further information about orientation and priority registration, and helpful visa, travel, and housing information.

All prospective students are required to pay a USD$200 fee for the form I-901. This form may be completed electronically by going to the web site and must be paid for by credit card prior to making an appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate. Those wishing to pay the fee by mail may do so in local currency through the Western Union Quick Pay Service. It is important to read the instructions for this payment option on the SEVP (Student Exchange Visitor Program) web site at and bring a printed copy of the instructions and the sample of the completed Western Union form (also on the web site) to the Western Union Agent in order to correctly process the payment.

Prospective students are required to present their receipt for the I-90 fee, the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), proof of financial support, two photographs, and a visa application form to a US Embassy or Consulate to apply for the F-1 Student Visa.

The interview for the visa is very important. It is imperative that applicants understand that it is very easy to be denied the visa if he or she fails to indicate strong family ties and the intention to return to the home country with the education obtained in the United States.