International Student Admission Requirements

How to Apply

Note: All non-immigrant visa holders must complete one of the applications below.

Listed below are four categories of international student admission. Please select the category that applies to you.


1. The I-20 application is for individuals who are applying for the F-1 visa from outside of the U.S.

New Student


2. The I-20 application is also used for students interested in transferring from a U.S. college or university (current F-1 visa holders).

Transfer Student


3. This application is for students who are currently attending another U.S. college or university and would like to take classes at San Antonio College during the regular or summer semester (F-1 visa holders).

Concurrent/Transient Student


4. This application is for individuals who hold a visa other than F-1.

Other Visa


I-20 Application Deadlines

New International Students (students applying from outside of the U.S.)

New international students are accepted for fall and spring only.

  • Fall semester (August): May 15
    • I-20 applications are accepted from March 15 to May 15
  • Spring semester (January): October 15
    • I-20 applications are accepted from August 15 to October 15


Transfer International Students (students currently in the U.S. attending another college/university or U.S. high school)

We do not accept mid-semester or summer transfers.

  • Fall semester (August): July 1
  • Spring semester (January): December 1

Application packets can be sent electronically to or mailed to the address listed on the I-20 application checklist. When all requirements have been met, your international student admission application will be evaluated for admission and if accepted, the Form I-20 and letter of acceptance will be issued by San Antonio College. 

Note: To be eligible for transfer, your SEVIS record must be in active status.


Documents/I-20 Mailing Options

Send it by regular U.S Postal Service mail address in home country

You may ask ISS to mail the document(s) to you by regular mail (domestic or international), but keep in mind that this could take quite a while to reach you. To do so, send an e-mail request to with the correct mailing address.

Send it by express mail at your expense

You may use the eShipGlobal service to have your document(s) express mailed to you through either DHL or FedEx at your own expense. To do so, visit (do not visit DHL or FedEx directly). You will be required to create a user name and password to set up an account. To request shipment, you will need your San Antonio College Banner ID, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and credit card information. If you have questions about how to use this service, review the Help section of the eShipGlobal website or e-mail Once you have requested the shipment, send an email to to notify our office that you have requested an eShipGlobal shipment.


Application Fee

To pay the $100.00 (non-refundable) application fee, go to: Pay International Application Fee 

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated by a U.S. company. The college will only accept evaluations from NACES members.

Transcript Evaluation vs. Translation

Current NACES Member List

Electronic transcript evaluations directly from the NACES member should be sent to: and The college will only accept evaluations sent directly to us by the NACES member. We do not accept evaluations from applicants. 

Note: There is no guarantee transfer credit can or will be given.  All evaluations are subject to review and approval by the college.


English Language Requirements

Students interested in attending San Antonio College are given the Michigan English Test (MET) to determine English proficiency prior to admission. The Michigan exam determines a student’s level of ability in English and the amount of additional English language instruction needed, if any.

To ensure all students have a strong English language foundation before taking academic courses, SAC provides English as a Second Language classes at its Center for English Language Learning. Once students complete their ESL program, they can transition into a degree program.

The Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) provides an opportunity for international students, immigrants, professionals, and other English Language Learners (ELLs) to study in a dynamic learning community and acquire or improve essential English skills. CELL @ SAC offers English language credit (ESLA and ENGA) and noncredit (ESL) classes to help students learn to read, write, speak, and understand American English for social, professional, and academic purposes.