Foreign Student Application Fee
A non-refundable $100.00 check, cashier's check, or money order must be included with the application. All transactions should be made payable to Palo Alto College. When completing the application, be sure to include the address in your home country, as well as a local address and telephone number. All students must indicate their intended program or course of study.
- April 15 for admission to Summer I Semester
- June 15 for admission to Fall Semester
- October 15 for admission to Spring Semester
All admission materials must be in the Office of International Students by the appropriate dates. Late application packages will not be considered for admission. Incomplete applications could result in delay or denial of admission. To avoid delays, make sure that the information submitted is complete and accurate.
Students must have a completed I-20AB in order to be granted a student (F-1) VISA. The first point of contact in obtaining an I-20AB is the Office of International Students at the college you wish to attend. The International Student Officer (ISO) at the college will outline specific requirements before issuing the document. In most cases, students will need to produce official documents indicating completion of secondary school (high school). Transcripts of college and/or university work attempted or completed must also be presented prior to enrollment. In addition, students must meet financial requirements, and other conditions for admission set by the college. Only after all admission and financial requirements are met will the ISO issue the I-20 AB.
The student will then take the I-20AB to the embassy/consulate office in their home country. Immigration officials will review all documents and if approved, allow the student entry into the country under an F-1 (student) VISA. Students need to report immediately to the ISO upon arrival in the United States.
The application process from start to finish varies from country to country and from individual to individual. Due to the nature and complexity of documents, perspective students should expect the application process to take between one (1) and three (3) months from start to finish.
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