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Spring 2021 Admissions Update

SRJC has announced that we will continue to operate online through Spring 2021. Unfortunately, SEVP will not allow schools to bring new students to the U.S. to study in fully online programs. If you would like to begin your SRJC program online from your home country in Spring 2021, and then join us on campus in Fall 2021, please apply by November 1st. Once admitted, you will receive assistance from our Academic Counselors with registering for online courses, as well as complete an Online Orientation Program to further help you prepare for your studies at SRJC. You will receive a Form I-20 with a Program Start Date of August 11, 2021, which you may use to apply for the to apply for the F-1 Student Visa at the U.S. Embassy in your home country as soon as they resume routine visa services.

Applying to Santa Rosa Junior College is easy! 

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online application for international students*

  2. Submit the Guarantee of Financial Support form with evidence of funding

  3. Upload the required supporting documents online

  • Proof of English Proficiency (see requirements below)
  • Academic Records (see requirements below)
  • Copy of your passport

​​Submit your application by the deadline for the term you wish to begin your studies. Once your application and supporting documents are received, you will receive an admissions decision within 1-3 business days. If admitted, SRJC will issue you a SEVIS Form I-20 form and acceptance letter, along with further instructions on how to apply for the F-1 student visa. You must take this form to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for the F-1 Student visa. Visa processing times may vary, so allow enough time to obtain the visa and make travel arrangements. You must arrive at SRJC by the Program Start Date listed on your Form I-20. You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to this date. 

*If you were referred to SRJC by an agency, please identify them by name in the Consent section of the online application.

If you have questions, please contact us.


Admission Requirements:

  • Proof of English Proficiency

    In accordance SRJC policy, prospective F-1 students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language before the Form I-20 can be issued. SRJC will accept any of the following methods as proof of English proficiency: 

    English Proficiency Examination Scores

    Examination Minimum Score
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 61 iBT
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 Band Score
    iTEP Academic 3.5 - 3.9
    Step Eiken 2A
    Pearson (PTE) Academic 44
    Cambridge English B2 169
    Duolingo 85

    Intensive English Language Program

    Santa Rosa Junior College has partnered with several English language schools to prepare students for their studies at SRJC. If your goal is to attend SRJC, but you haven’t met the English language proficiency requirement, don't worry! You can begin your studies in the U.S. at one of our partner language programs, complete the required level, and then transfer directly to SRJC to begin your academic program.

    Language Program Location Minimum Level
    ELS Language Centers San Rafael, CA Level 109
    Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI)  Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA Level 500
    Destination Davis UC Davis, Davis, CA Level 600
    EC San Francisco San Francisco, CA Level -B2

    Prior Education in a Foreign Country

    English proficiency can also be demonstrated by meeting one of the following conditions as indicated on your academic transcripts or on a letter from your school on official letterhead:

    • Earned a high school diploma or studied for a minimum of 3 years in a country where English is the only official language (see list).
    • Earned a high school diploma or studied for a minimum of 3 years at an international school or similar where English is the principal language of instruction.
    • Completed all years of study at a school in Singapore with grades of “C” or higher.
    • Completed all years of study at a school in Scandinavian countries and received grades of "VG" or "MVG" in English A and B.

    Prior Education in the United States

    English proficiency can also be demonstrated by meeting one of the following conditions as indicated on your academic transcripts:

    • Earned a high school diploma, or studied for a minimum of 3 years and attained a grade of "C" or better in all English courses, at a public or private high school.
    • Received a degree, or completed an English composition course and attained a grade of "C" or better, at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of Funding

    In accordance with F-1 visa regulations, prospective F-1 students must provide proof that they have the financial resources to live and study in the U.S. for the first year of their program. Evidence of financial support may include bank statements or scholarship letters.* A complete list of fees can be found on our website. The cost of tuition is based on enrollment in a minimum of 12 units per semester as required by F-1 visa regulations. Many students typically enroll in more than 12 units, so actual tuition expenses may vary.

    *If you have questions or need assistance accessing this document, contact Becky Petrow at rpetrow@santarosa.edu. We will get back to you in 1-3 business days.

  • Academic Records

    SRJC does not have a minimum GPA for admission, nor do we require SAT scores. However, if you will be under 18 years of age when classes begin, you must provide proof of high school graduation. Your parents should also submit the Parent/Guardian Consent Form and it is a good idea to live with a host family who is willing to act as your legal guardian in the U.S. 

  • Transfer Credit

    SRJC does not require official academic transcripts for admissions purposes. However, if you have completed any lower-division undergraduate coursework at an accredited college or university, you may be able to transfer some coursework to apply towards your degree or certificate program at SRJC. Please visit the admissions website for more information about submitting official transcripts to SRJC.