International Students: How to Apply

All international student paperwork can be submitted electronically via email to the email address below, however due to technology constraints paperwork may not be processed immediately. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible to email inquiries.


Application deadlines:

Spring 2024: Closed
Fall 2024: June 1, 2024


Our fall 2024 application is now open.


It's Free to Apply to Cuyamaca College

Complete the Online International Student Application for Admission:

  • Create an account as a new user and remember your “user name” and “password.”
  • If you do not have a Social Security Number, click on “no number.”
  • If you are living in your home country, be sure to click “Foreign address” before inputting your address.

You must complete the area labeled 'Major Code' with the area of study you would most like to study. The major needs to be one of the listed Cuyamaca College majors. Later, if you wish, you may change your major.


Read on for additional requirements. 



Vanessa Saenz



Necessary Documents

The online application AND all documents are required by the deadline. If you are applying from your home country, you should submit the six documents below for admission. Transfer students should submit all eight documents. After all documents are received, a SEVIS I-20 will be issued. There is no fee to apply to Cuyamaca College.


  1. Online Application
  2. English Proficiency
  3. High School / College Transcript
  4. Sponsor Form
  5. Financial Statement
  6. Copy of Passport ID page
  7. Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and I-20 (Transfer Students Only)
  8. Transfer Form (Transfer Students Only)
  9. Note: All students must attend a two-day orientation. Failure to attend IN FULL a two-day orientation program will result in a cancellation of your admission and I-20.


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English Proficiency

Students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:

  1. Official TOEFL score – ETS must send an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score directly to Cuyamaca College. Our ETS college code is 4252. The minimum score is 450 (paper-based) or 45 (internet-based).
  2. Official IELTS score - Submit official IELTS to Cuyamaca College. The minimum score is 4.5 on the academic module. Go to for more information.
  3. Students whose native language is Japanese ONLY may submit EIKEN test results with a minimum score grade of "2A”. Please contact for more information.
  4. Official Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 39. 
  5. Students whose primary language is English do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE reports.
  6. Students who are attending the following language schools and have completed the coursework below may submit certificates from the schools:

Language School


American Collegiate English (ACE) at Grossmont

Recommendation from the program

American Language Institute (ALI) at SDSU

Level EAP 105 and letter of recommendation

Connect English San Diego

College Eligibility Test (CET) minimum score of 62

Converse International School of Languages

Level 6 (High Intermediate)

ELS Language Centers

Level 109

Embassy English

Level 5 (upper intermediate)

English Language Institute (ELI) at UCSD Extension

Level 107

Stafford House International

Level 9 and letter of recommendation

Language Studies International (LSI)

Level 4


High School and College Transcript

Submit official diploma or certificate from High School/secondary school and/or transcripts from any college/universities you have attended. The documents need to be in English.


Sponsor Form

Submit Sponsor Certification form, signed by your sponsor. This form indicates that the person who signs the form is willing and financially able to support you as an International Student for the duration of your studies at Cuyamaca College.


Financial Statement

Submit proof of financial support demonstrating that you or your sponsor can meet the minimum estimated tuition and living expenses. This proof must be your sponsor's bank statement or letter (original document) from their bank with the required amount $35,216 in U.S. dollars. This letter must be written in English and have a U.S. dollar amount on it. (Fees are subject to change)


Copy of Passport ID page

Submit a copy of the photo ID and expiration date page(s) of your valid passport. For transfer students, we will also need a copy of your F1 visa, copy of your I-94 card, and current SEVIS I-20.


Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and current I-20

: Submit a copy of your F-1 visa and I-94 number print-out and the I-20 from your current or most recent school.


Transfer Form

: Submit International Student Transfer Form if you are attending another U.S. institution. This form needs to be filled out by your CURRENT school's International Student DSO, Advisor, or Specialist and must show your last date of attendance. We will not be able to issue an I-20 without this form.


After Your Acceptance to Cuyamaca College

 All students are required to attend a two-day orientation program. Failure to attend orientation will result in cancellation of your admission to Cuyamaca College. An Orientation Reservation Form will be mailed upon acceptance to Cuyamaca College.


ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.: Once a student has been accepted and has obtained an F-1 visa, the student may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date on the I-20. It is advised that the student arrive 4-5 weeks before the first day of fall semester classes and 7-10 weeks before the first day of spring semester classes in order to attend the earliest possible orientation program and locate housing. It is your responsibility to make flight arrangements which will enable you to attend orientation.


Additional Guidelines to Apply

All Students

Undocumented Students

High School Students