International Student Applicants

international students Welcome to Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) 
International students with non-immigrant visas seeking F-1 visas must apply for admission on a full-time, degree-seeking basis (pursuing an eligible Associate’s degree which is a two-year program of study).

*Please be advised that all programs are not eligible for international student admission.

(Please note that if you have previously filled out an online admissions form, that does not guarantee you International Student (F-1) admission).
The following documents must be provided:

  1. An international application for admission. (download printable form)
    To avoid delays, please print legibly and complete all sections of the application form. Please ensure that the spelling of your name and birth date information is the same as what is on your passport. 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, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508. The application must be filled out in its entirety; incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  2. Official school records.
    First-time college students must arrange to have an official high school transcript sent directly to SFCC. Applicants who have attended a college/university must have foreign and U.S. academic official records/transcripts sent directly from the schools. (Documents submitted in any other form will not be considered "official" and may delay your application processing.) Transcripts from foreign universities must be translated and/or evaluated. 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 International Student Adviser in the Welcome and Advising Center. 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. Transfer students who have completed College English Composition at a U.S. school are exempt from having to provide a TOEFL score, but must provide proof of successful completion. 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. This form must be signed, dated and stamped with the financial institution’s seal and sent directly to the International Student Adviser at SFCC from the financial institution. Because there are no institutional funds available to support an 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 $21,500 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. If funds are being provided from a sponsor, a letter of sponsorship must be provided.
  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 complete the Form I-901 and pay this fee at with a credit card 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 must be provided at the time of your arrival.
  9. Programs not eligible for study
  10. SFCC offers some selective programs with separate admission and application requirements. These programs are not available for F-1 student admission and include: Nursing, Medical Assisting, Respiratory Care, Medical Assisting, Paramedicine, and Dental Health. Additionally, programs that have a significant number of online core classes are not eligible for F-1 student admission due to federal requirements. Contact the Welcome and Advising Center for information regarding program eligibility.

Additional Information

  • Students admitted on an F-1 visa must be enrolled on a full-time basis (at least 12 credit hours).
  • Online credits cannot exceed three credit hours per semester
  • CPT is not available as part of a program of study at SFCC. Exceptions will not be made.

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: Application deadlines are firm. Please note that all required documentation must be received by the deadline, as incomplete applications will not be considered. Documents must be original and mailed directly to SFCC. Copied, faxed or emailed documents will not be accepted.




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

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

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