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International Student Program

Newly Admitted Students

F-1 New Arrival Handbook

Congratulations on your admission to Los Angeles City College as a full-time F-1 visa international student! We are excited to have you start your U.S. higher education journey at our campus as part of the LACC family! Please review important information found in the F-1 New Arrival Handbook.

Requirement Checklist

Before registering for your classes, there are mandatory steps for you to complete to ensure that you are on the right path. Please read the requirement checklist below and follow the steps!

STEP 1:  LACC’s Online OrientationAll new students must complete the LACC Online Orientation to receive early registration. We recommend that you complete the online orientation before your arrival in the U.S.

  • Please login to your Student Portal at
  • Click on the “Orientation” tab on your right
  • Follow the instructions, watch all the videos, and take the quizzes to receive full credit

STEP 2:  F-1 Student Check-in & Academic SeminarYou are required to attend F-1 Student Check-in and Academic Seminar.

  • The F1 visa regulations and requirements to maintain your visa status. We will also inform about medical insurance policies and other important information.
  • Your academic requirements. You will also create a one-semester education plan with counselor to help you register for classes for Fall 2018 semester.

‚Äč***Please coordinate your arrival date so that you are able to attend the mandatory F-1 Student Orientation. Failure to attend any one of these sessions WILL result in cancellation of your admission to LACC.

STEP 3:  ESL Guided Self-PlacementIf English is your second language, our college's English/ESL and Counseling departments highly recommend that you take the ESL guided self-placement test at LACC to determine your starting level before your registration for classes. You may contact to schedule your guided self-placement. 

Please visit the Assessment Center's Website HERE for more information. 

STEP 4:  Enroll in Counseling 40A Class (1 unit) during Your First Semester at LACC

You are required to enroll in the Counseling 40A/College Success Seminar class (1 unit) designed for F-1 visa international students during your first semester at LACC if this is your first time attending a U.S. college/university. Students who have previously attended a U.S. college or university and completed at least one semester at the institution are exempt from this requirement. If you have previously attended a language school (e.g. Kaplan) but not a U.S. college or university, you are NOT exempt from this requirement

Counseling 40A/College Succes Seminar Class Information:

Please enroll in one of the following Counseling 40A sections in your first semester at LACC, unless you are waived from the requirement by the counselor.

  • Class Information: TBA

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