International Student Applicants


Welcome to Santa Fe Community College (SFCC)!!

International students seeking F-1 visas must apply for admission on a degree-seeking basis (for completion of an A.A., A.A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree). International students will not be admitted to certificate programs.

International students must commit to a full course of study, or at least 12 credit hours per semester. At least 9 of those credit hours must be in-person, on-campus courses.

We welcome our international students to join the following degree programs:

Associate of Arts (A.A.)
American Sign Language
Business Administration
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
English-Creative Writing
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
Human Services
Media Arts
Spanish Language
Teacher Education

Associate of Science (A.S.)
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
General Engineering and Engineering Technology
General Studies
Physical Sciences

Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.)
Arts and Design

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Allied Health
Automotive Technology
Building Science and Construction Technologies
Business Administration
Computer and Information Technologies
Controlled Environment Agriculture
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts
Engineering Technologies
Exercise Science
General Studies
Media Arts
Paralegal Studies
Welding Technologies

**The following programs are not eligible for international student admission:**

Nursing A.A.S.
Medical Assisting A.A.S.
Respiratory Care A.A.S.
Paramedicine A.A.S.
Dental Health A.A.S.

Application Deadlines

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

  • June 1 for Fall semester
  • November 1 for Spring semester

Application deadlines are firm. Please note that all required documentation must be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Documents must be original and mailed directly to SFCC.

Application Instructions (please complete all of the following):

To avoid delays, please print legibly and complete all sections of the application form (download printable 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 Programs Coordinator, 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.

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.

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 Programs Coordinator 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 here.

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 Programs Coordinator 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 $26,090 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.

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.

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 International Student Programs Office. A letter or SFCC Transfer Form from your designated student advisor (PDSO/DSO) indicating permission to transfer, and a copy of your I-20 issued from the attending university, are needed. (download printable form)

All international students and exchange visitors entering the U.S. must pay a 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.

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.

Additional Information

For more information, please view our International Student Programs Office page. You may also contact Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), Nicole Ferreira, at 505-428-1842. We also welcome inquiries at