International Student Programs


Welcome to the International Student Programs Office at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Here at SFCC, the International Student Programs Office (ISPO) works to create an inclusive and welcoming environment to all of our prospective, enrolled, and former students.

What we do and who we serve?

The majority population of students served by the SFCC International Student Programs Office are those individuals studying at SFCC on an F-1 student visa. Students on all other visas (J1, etc.) are welcome to apply and attend SFCC, but are not required to be admitted through the ISPO.

The ISPO also supports, and provides information for, study abroad opportunities and scholarships for SFCC students. In addition, international events and programs will be listed here as well.


Santa Fe Community College is located in Santa Fe County in beautiful New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment.” The location gives you access to several lakes, forests, hiking and biking trails, and a strong sense of community in the city.

The dedicated faculty and staff at SFCC provide a learning and student services experience to all students that is welcoming and inclusive. All international students studying on an F-1 Visa are welcome to apply for admission under one of our Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Arts, or Associate of Applied Science degrees.

How to apply as an F-1 student

Whether SFCC is the first educational institution you will be attending in the United States, or you are transferring from another U.S. school you are encouraged to apply here to earn your Associate’s degree through any one of our *F-1 Visa approved academic programs. Guidelines on how to apply can be found here: international-student-applicants

*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 classes are not eligible for F-1 student admission due to federal requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for F-1 study. Contact the International Student Programs Office for information regarding program eligibility.

Contact Information

For questions on applying or studying at SFCC as an international student, please contact Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) Danielle Gonzales at 505-428-1834 or