International Student Applicants

international students Welcome to Santa Fe! Located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico, Santa Fe is surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest and wilderness, yet maintains a cosmopolitan identity as an art, film and governmental center. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the climate promotes outdoor activities and a matchless quality of life.

Established in 1983, Santa Fe Community College has become a valued asset to the city. Over the past two decades we've grown rapidly, both in enrollment and campus expansion. Today, the college serves more than 15,000 students in its credit, noncredit and adult basic education programs.

International students with non-immigrant visas seeking F-1 visas must apply for admission on a full-time, degree-seeking basis and must provide the following documents:

  1. An international application for admission. (download printable form)
    To avoid delays, please complete all sections of the application form. If you plan to bring your spouse and/or children with you, spelling of names and birth date information must be the same as shown on their passports. Submit the application to: International Student Adviser, SFCC Welcome and Advising Center (formerly Enrollment and Student Services), 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508.
  2. Official school records.
    First-time university students must arrange to have an official high school transcript. Applicants who have attended a university must have foreign and U.S. academic records/transcripts sent directly from the schools. (Documents submitted in any other form will not be considered "official" and may delay your application processing.) Acceptable official translations include those certified by your country's Ministry of Education, the educational section of a U.S. Embassy, or a professional translator. To learn more about international transcripts visit the World Education Services Website.
  3. Official TOEFL Scores (ETS Code: 4816)
    International applicants must submit scores from the Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. These scores must be sent directly from the testing services to the Enrollment and Student Services office. The minimum acceptable computer-based TOEFLiBT score is 66. This test is not required of students from countries where English is the native language; however, you will be required to submit ACT or SAT scores demonstrating college readiness as indicated: 19 (ACT) on both English and Reading sections, or 450 (SAT) on the Critical Reading section. You will need to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to the International Student Adviser. Transfer students who have completed College English Composition at a U.S. school and ESL center students who have successfully completed a test of English as a Foreign Language are exempt from having to provide a TOEFL score. Information to register for the TOEFL exam can be found at
  4. Proof of Financial Ability.
    A recent (six months or less) financial statement (download printable form) regarding the resources provided for the student while the student is in the U.S. must be submitted. Because there are no institutional funds available to support and international student, each student must be able to meet all financial obligations while attending SFCC. (There is no housing available on campus.) You are required to present proof of available funds in the amount of at least $21,000 in U.S. dollars. This is an estimated amount based on expected tuition and living expenses for the academic year. Listed costs will increase with each dependent added to your I-20. (Tuition and fee charges for international students on F-1 visas are the same as for non-resident students.) Applicants who are sponsored by a government agency or private company must submit verifying documentation.
  5. A letter of intent.
    A letter is required that is written in English in the student's own handwriting, in which the student states his or her intended program of study, educational goal and how the program selected will fulfill that goal.
  6. Transfer students.
    If you are transferring from a U.S. university and you wish to have credits transferred, an official transcript must be sent directly from the university to the SFCC Welcome and Advising Center. A letter or SFCC Transfer Form from your designated student adviser (PDSO/DSO) indicating permission to transfer, and a copy of your I-20 issued from the attending university, are needed. (download printable form)
  7. SEVIS fee
    All international students and exchange visitors entering the U.S. must pay a $200 fee mandated by Congress in September 2004 with a Form I-20. All applicants must pay the SEVIS fee before going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for their visa interview. You can pay this fee at with a credit card and a completed Form I-901, or through the mail.
  8. Student Health Insurance
    All international students attending SFCC are required to have health insurance. Hospital care and all medical care in general are expensive; without insurance you will be held responsible for all costs. Proof of insurance will need to be provided at the time of your arrival.

In order to provide sufficient time to process the paperwork and issue an I-20 form, please submit all of the above documents by the following deadlines:




Fall 2013

June 7, 2013

Spring 2014

November 8, 2013

Summer 2014

April 4, 2014

Fall 2014

June 6, 2014

Spring 2015

November 7, 2014

For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270,

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