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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Question
How do I apply to LACC as an F-1 visa student?

International students must submit the online application and also submit all the original, supplemental documents to the International Student Program (ISP) office by mail before the application deadline. Your application will be processed once the College receives ALL documents. Please check the step-by-step instructions on our "How to Apply" page for more inforamtion.

Do I have to pay tuition during the admission process?

No. Student is responsible for payment of tuition once the student registers for classes after completing the admission process.  Students can check their payment deadline and pay fees using the on-line Student Information System. If tuition is covered by a scholarship program or third party agency and that entity is unable to cover expenses at anytime, the student is responsible for payment of all outstanding fees due.

I attended a language school. Do I still need to take an English proficiency exam to be admitted to LACC (e.g. TOEFL)?

Yes. You are still required to take one of the approved English proficiency exams and meet the minimum score to enroll at LACC.

Do I have to submit a high school transcript if I already have a college/university degree?

Yes. Verification of high school graduation is part of the admission requirement. If you have already graduated with a college/university degree, you must also state why you wish to study at LACC that offers courses below the academic level that you have already completed. For more information about required docuemnts, please visit our "How to Apply" page.

Can I tranfser to LACC if I am "out of status"?

No. Transfer students who are out of status (e.g. terminated or expired I-20 form) will not be considered for admission to LACC. Applicants must be maintaining status in order to be eligible for admission.

When do I need to arrive at and report to LACC?

Please arrive at and report to LACC's ISP office no later than the "Program Start Date" listed on the first page of your I-20. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your admission to LACC.

F-1 Visa and I-20 Questions
How do I obtain an F-1 visa?

All U.S. visas are issued by the United States State Department at an Embassy or Consulate of the United States.  These facilities are located outside of the United States in all countries with which this government has diplomatic relations.  The college does not issue any visas.  However, the college does issue the I-20 which is one of the documents required to apply for an F-1 Visa.  For the locations of US Embassies or Consulates, visit the US Embassy website. For more information about F-1 Student Visas, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

What is an I-20?

The I-20 Form is called the “Certificate of Eligibility.”  This form is issued from the college to the United States government to state that your qualifications meet all standards for admission.  The student must have an I-20 to apply for a student (F-1) visa.

What is the difference between F-1 visa and I-20?

The I-20 gives you permission to attend a specific school.  The F-1 visa gives you permission to enter the United States to attend that school. Please be aware of the expiration dates of your I-20 and F-1 visa.

How do I obtain an I-20?

You must apply and receive acceptance to the college.  If you meet all admissions requirements, the college will issue an I-20.

May I work as an F-1 visa student on LACC campus?

Yes, however, you must have completed at least 12 units and must be currently enrolled in 12 units or more with good academic standing. You also need a prior permission from an immigration advisor at ISP to work on campus.

May I work off-campus as an F-1 visa student?

Off-campus employment for F-1 students is restricted by the U.S. govenment. Thus, F-1 visa students who are interested in working off-campus must first meet with an immigration advisor to discuss their eligibility. Please do not accept any off-campus employment without a prior authorization. Not following this procedure could result in termination of your I-20 and possibly deportation.

May I apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Yes you may - however, you must have completed at least two consecutive full-time semesters, and you must be completing an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement at LACC. Post-completion OPT allows eligible students to work at a job that is related to their major field of study for up to a total of 12 months after graduation. The job can be located anywhere within the United States.

Is there any website that lists the guidelines and rules regarding F-1 visa students' employment?

You can check out the following website as an external resource: here.

Academic Questions
May I transfer credits from my previous college to earn an Associate Degree from LACC?

Yes, if the U.S. college/university that you previously attended was a regionally accredited institution. For more information, please see our international counselor.

May I transfer college units from outside of the U.S. to earn an Associate Degree from LACC?

Yes, but you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the LACCD-recognized agencies that are authorized to evaluate foreign/international transcripts. You can check the list of approved agencies. Then, you must submit the evaluation results to a counselor or the Admissions Office and petition to request credit. After your petition and transcripts have been evaluated, you will be notified of the outcome.

General Questions
What are the benefits of applying to LACC?

LACC is a regionally-accredited community college that offers various Associate Degree programs, including Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT), as well as vocational certificates. Many of LACC students successfully complete Associate Degrees/Certificates and/or transfer to four-year universities, such as UC's (UCLA, Berkley, Irvine, etc.), CSU's (Cal Poly, Northridge, Long Beach, etc.), and private universities (USC, Loyola Marymount, and Pepperdine). Students can transfer to private universities in as little as one year, and to UCs and CSUs in as little as two years. Students can complete the equivalent of the 1st and 2nd year at LACC and complete the 3rd and 4th year at the university to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. LACC is a highly diverse community reflecting the greater Los Angeles area and located near many famous landmarks including Hollywood.

What are my student responsibilities if admitted to LACC?

In short, you are required to complete a minimum of 12 units per semester with a passing grade (summer/winter intersessions are not required), to pay your tuition and fees immediately, to notify the International Student Program of any changes to your status (e.g. change of phone number, address, email, academic progress, enrollment, etc.), to meet with a counselor every semester to ensure academic progress, and maintain all F-1 Visa requirements. Enrollment below 12 units at LACC is permitted in limited circumstances with prior written approval by the International Student Program.

Am I required to purchase LACCD's medical insurance plan?

F-1 Visa students with any of the nine (9) Los Angeles Community College District campuses, including LACC, are required to purchase the district mandated medical insurance policy. There are no waivers for the LACCD insurance policy (LACCD Board Rule 2309.30). Students are automatically billed for health insurance. If used correctly, it can cover 100% of medical expenses in case of accident and illness (certain exceptions may apply)

Does LACC have student housing?

No, we do not provide housing accommodations. However, we refer our international students to Student Assistance Center (AD-105) for housing information.

 

 Contact Us

Student Service Building, 2nd Floor

International Student Program
855 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Tel: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2470
Fax: (323) 953-4013

iss@lacitycollege.edu 

 

Keika Stevenson
Counselor/Coordinator
SSB 203
(323) 953-4000 ext.  2470
iss@lacitycollege.edu

 Office Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
(Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm)
 

Summer Sessions:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
(Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm)

 

Winter Session:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 3pm
(Closed for lunch 12pm - 1pm)
 

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