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New F-1 Students

Welcome to the International Student Program (ISP) at El Camino College!  

New F-1 Visa Students

Congratulations on being accepted to El Camino College! The information below will guide incoming students on the next steps they need to take after they have received their F-1 visa and are preparing to attend El Camino College. We're excited to welcome you to our campus!

Please note: Due to COVID-19, El Camino College is offering a hybrid on campus/online class schedule.  Many classes can be found on campus and online!  ISP will work with incoming students to maintain status while abiding by all immigration regulations.  

If you have questions about the process, contact us at isp@elcamino.edu


New students entering the U.S. are REQUIRED to take an on-campus class in order to have their I-20 registered.  ISP and ECC have coordinated a specific orientation class for incoming students to participate and meet their immigration requirements.  In addition, there are MANY on campus classes being offered.

You must enroll in an on-campus class as a new international student in the U.S. to maintain your status.  This is extremely important.

El Camino College is a hybrid campus.  This means that some classes are held online and some classes are being held on campus.  Please read class descriptions in order to register for the correct location.  For example:

  • Live Online: Meetings will be held at specific times online as well as on Canvas.
  • Online: Class will be held online via Canvas.
  • Class Location/Room Listed: Class held on campus.

Please check your country's travel requirements and travel websites to know if you need vaccinations and other travel information BEFORE entering the United States.  You will need a VALID visa and an I-20 for El Camino.  It is best to print your schedule showing your on-campus class when you travel.

Curious to see what countries your fellow international students come from? Check out our interactive International Student Population Map!


  1. Receive Next Step Letter
  2. Take ESL placement test and math survey 
  3. Attend mandatory orientation 
  4. Meet with an academic counselor 

Next Step Letter

New ISP students will receive Next Step Letter after they are accepted El Camino College. This is an important letter that includes student ID#, ECC username, ESL testing info, Counseling info, and Orientation info. Please read carefully and follow the instruction in the letter to complete your enrollment here at ECC. The orientation date and time will be listed in the letter.  


The International Student Program is committed to your success here at ECC. For that, we have created a multi-resource orientation that will not only introduce you to the immigration rules and regulations that come with having an F-1 visa, but will also provide you with academic support to assist you with your class registration.

This is a three-part orientation.

  • The first part is a recorded online orientation that is placed on Canvas that will guide you through the various resources at El Camino College.
  • The second part will include a live zoom presentation and registration help from ISP staff.
  • After arrival in the U.S., attend On Campus (in-person) orientation at El Camino College on the date given in your acceptance letter. 

These orientations are required of all new F-1 international students before beginning their first session/semester here at El Camino College.

Upcoming Dates

The orientation date and time will be listed in the Next Step Letter.  


After completing your F-1 visa application and taking ESL placement test/math survey, contact us to make an appointment for your academic counseling.

Please have your student ID and ECC Email ready when you make an appointment. Appointment confirmations and all counseling-related correspondence will be sent to your ECC Email.  

Visit on campus office:

Student Service Building 1st floor, Room 164 

Email: ISPfrontdesk@elcamino.edu

Call: 310-660-3431

Zoom help desk: 

Zoom Front Desk


Be Familiar with ECC Email & MyECC

All active ECC students are provided with a college email account (@elcamino.edu). ECC's official means of communication with students is through their student email accounts. This includes all registration communications, notifications, class schedule or room changes, instructor emails and emergency information from the College. Being familiar with how to use your student portal and email is essential. Please practice accessing your portal & email and use the email when you contact someone who’s in El Camino College.

What’s MyECC?

MyECC is a student portal that you can review your schedule, pay for classes, check your placement test scores, and much more.

Two ways to access your ECC email

Go to the El Camino College website at and click onto “MyECC”. It will take you to the MyECC portal page. Then click on “MyECC Log-in”.

Next you will be prompted to log in. Enter your email/username and password.

My ECC login

Once you have logged on, to the right of your screen there will be your ECC Links. Look in that list and choose “ECC Email”.

My ECC Links

After you have clicked on “ECC Email”, you will be taken to the log in screen again and you will enter your email/username and password again. You can check the box to stay logged in so you won’t have to log in again after the first time.

You can use this link to access your ECC email. Click the link and it will take you to the login page for Outlook and there you will enter your email/username and password.




While El Camino College does not offer dormitories on campus, our office can help you with your search of surrounding apartments and local homestay agencies.

See our housing infomation page for recommendations or contact us for more information.