NEW STUDENT CHECKLIST
Congratulations on your admission to Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). We look forward to welcoming you to the International Student Program (ISP), where we assist F-1 students from many different countries. You will love the beautiful campus, diverse student population, and excellent academic standards at SRJC. We know that you will have a great experience here, and we look forward to meeting you soon! Please complete the following items below BEFORE classes begin. If you have any questions, please contact us.
To accept your offer of admission, please submit the Student Enrollment Reservation (SER). This step will clear the admissions hold on your account so that you can register for classes. The deadline to submit your SER is two weeks before classes begin.
Already Submitted? If you have already submitted the SER, you can login to your Student Portal and look under "SRJC Electronic Forms" to see if it has been approved.
Student housing is now available on the Santa Rosa campus! Admitted students can apply now for Spring 2024 (limited space available). Email email@example.com with any questions. You must be 18 or older to live on-campus.
If you do not wish to live on-campus, you are responsible for finding off-campus housing. Please review our Housing Guide for some helpful resources. It is highly recommended that students under 18 live with a host family. We work with a local company called International Student Placements to arrange homestays at an affordable price with many benefits. Alternately, students may choose to find roommates and rent an apartment/house together. We recommend that you use the International Club Facebook Group to find roommates.
International students at SRJC must have a valid F-1 Student Visa to be able to study in the U.S. Once you receive admission to SRJC you may begin the process to apply for your visa:
- Pay the $350 I-901 SEVIS Fee using your SRJC Form I-20 (see FAQs). Be sure to save the receipt for your visa interview!
- Submit a Form DS-160 and pay the $185 application fee (see instructions and FAQs). Be sure to print the application confirmation page for your visa interview!
- Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy to schedule your visa interview (see wait times).
- Practice, practice, practice!
- Attend your visa interview at the Embassy.
Already have an F-1 visa? You can provide your admissions email to your current school and request a transfer of your SEVIS record to School Code SFR214F00618000. After the release date, you will receive an updated Form I-20 for your Program of Study at SRJC. Please notify us if you plan to travel internationally between programs.
Changing your status? We recommend working with an immigration lawyer to apply for a Change of Status with USCIS. Using your Form I-20, you must pay the I-901 fee then submit the I-539 application online and pay the $370 Filing Fee. You must upload copies of your Form I-20, your most recent I-94 record, and evidence of financial support.
New and returning F-1 students must complete the ISP Online Orientation course in Canvas before classes start. This course will teach you how to register for classes, where to buy textbooks, how to use your health insurance, the F-1 visa requirements, and everything else you need to be successful at SRJC. It takes approximately 4 hours to review the course material and complete the required assignments and quizzes.
The course is self-paced and you may complete it online from any location. A hold will be placed on your account you do not complete ISP Orientation by the deadline.
SRJC students get to register for classes in order of priority! You will receive Priority 2 status after completing two matriculation steps:
You can login to your Student Portal to check your priority registration status. If you need help, contact your Counselor. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for important dates and review the Visa Rules & Regulations. You must be enrolled full-time or have an approved Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization by First Census Day, or your SEVIS record and F-1 status will be terminated.
Choosing to begin your studies at a community college is one of the best financial decisions you could make as an international student! Among numerous benefits, our tuition fees are fare more affordable than most public and private four-year universities.
When you register for classes your SRJC tuition is posted to your account. Fees will vary depending on how many units you take, but payment must be made before you will be allowed to register for subsequent semesters. The F-1 Health Insurance fee must be paid before classes start, or a hold will be placed on your account. More information about tuition/fees, estimated expenses, payment methods, deadlines and payment plans can be found on our website.
Connect with an ISP Mentor!
If you still have questions, our ISP Mentors are ready to help! These are current students who can help you navigate the social, academic, and cultural life at SRJC and the United States. They know a lot about the college and Santa Rosa. Want to know where to find the best food? What to do for fun? Which apartments are the nicest? You can ask them anything - they are waiting to hear from you!
Major: Business Administration
Class Standing: 3rd semester
Hobbies/Interests: I like to go to the gym. I like studying on the 2nd floor at the Doyle library. I love organizing and making sure everything looks nice. I am friendly and nice (introverted). I like playing tennis but don't have time to play much nowadays. I love food. I love taking pictures and videos because I love editing videos.
Major: Business Administration
Class Standing: 4th semester
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, volunteering, and crossfit.
"We are family and as a family we give support each others. Welcome to the SRJC international student program! We cannot wait to hear from what countries you came from and sharing all your culture experiences with us!"
Class Standing: 2nd semester
Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, music, designing and photography.
Class Standing: 5th semester
Hobbies/Interests: Gaming, Swimming, Oil Painting, Badminton
Check out these useful videos of what do do before you leave your home country and after you arrive in the U.S.
Before You Leave
After You Arrive