When Are You Considered An International Student?
The International Student Office (ISO) is dedicated to supporting students on F-1 visas. For application purposes, international students at Foothill College are students who hold or will apply for an F-1 student visa.
The Foothill College Outreach Office organizes new student information sessions for overseas U.S. Citizens, permanent residents and non-F-1 visa holders. The sessions cover useful topics, such as class registration, academic counseling, placement testing, academic credit for courses taken abroad or at another institution, tuition, residency and financial aid, university transfer preparation and campus resources. These information sessions are offered on a limited basis. For information, call or e-mail Outreach Assistant Antoinette Chavez at (650) 949-7813 or ChavezAntoinette@fhda.edu, or visit the Outreach Events page.
Please note that most of the admissions requirements listed in the Admissions section of this site, such as TOEFL scores and bank letters, do not apply to you if you will not be studying on an F-1 visa.
Unless you will be an F-1 visa student, you do not need to complete a paper-based International Student Application. Instead, you should fill out a domestic student application form online.
You must submit your application by the quarterly deadline listed on the Registration and Other Key Dates webpage. Please note that the June 30, October 31 and January 31 deadlines are for F-1 student applicants only and do not apply to you.
To find out the appropriate registration date, go to Dates & Deadlines to find registration dates for new or returning students. (Just click on the quarter for which you want to register.)
Your registration date will also be included on the information page at the end of the application process. We recommend registering as close to the registration date as possible, since certain classes fill up quickly. You are not required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units per quarter unless you are an F-1 student.
Before registering for classes, you should make an appointment to see an academic counselor. Foothill College has an outstanding team of knowledgeable and caring academic counselors who help you create your individual academic plan of studies at Foothill and guide you in your transfer process.
If you completed a 13th year, AP courses or an IB program in an overseas high school, the determination of advanced credit will be done on a case-by-case basis during your private appointment with an academic counselor. You should bring with you additional documentation such as official transcripts, exam results, course catalog if available, etc.
Since Foothill College is a California public institution, there are three types of fee structures: resident, out-of-state and international tuition. All F-1 students are required to pay international tuition.
If you are a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (hold a green card) or a qualifying visa holder who has lived abroad, and you have not established California residency, you will be considered an out-of-state student for tuition purposes for at least one year. You will have to pay out-of-state tuition.
Financial aid is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Specific criteria determine a student's eligibility for financial aid, and there are many types of aid, including grants, loans, work-study, fee waivers and scholarships. When applying for financial aid, you will need to report your parents' income on the FAFSA form. If your parents live in another country, convert their income to U.S. dollars. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents (other than non-immigrant aliens, such as students in F or B status) may qualify for AB540 which grants an exemption from paying nonresident tuition at Foothill College if they:
Like most community colleges, Foothill does not have dormitories on campus. There are plenty of apartments and shared housing options near the college.
The International Student Insurance Plan is available only to international students on F-1 visas. Please contact the Health Services Office for information on other insurance plans.
International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success
Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012
Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).
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