Programs of Study

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is a two-year community college that is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The college offers Associate Degrees (AA/AS/-T) and professional training Certificates. International students can also study at SRJC for one or two semesters under the Non-Degree Program which offers more flexibility in course selection. A complete list of classes is available online.

Transfer Pathway

Many international students in the U.S. are seeking a Bachelor's degree. California community colleges provide a 2+2 pathway for students to transfer into the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system. SRJC offers the first two years of lower-division general education, as well as a full list of Associate Degree majors. To earn an Associate Degree at SRJC requires completion of 60 units.

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Choosing a Program

When applying to SRJC, international students must select a program of study to be listed on the Form I-20 and explain this decision during the F-1 visa interview. All international students must agree to follow the F-1 visa rules and regulations including full-time enrollment.

Associate Degrees

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International students may receive an initial Form I-20 for any Associate Degree except the following: Nursing ADN (AS), Dental Hygiene (AS), and Radiologic Technology (AS). These impacted programs have additional admission requirements, including prerequisite courses and a lottery application. F-1 students must choose an alternate major and complete the required prerequisites before applying for admission to the impacted major. We recommend students choose either Pre-Allied Health (AS) or Natural Sciences (AS) and meet with a Counselor for additional guidance.

Second Degrees: Students cannot choose a program if they already have a degree in the same field (see Catalog).

Certificate Programs

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While SRJC offers over a hundred Skills and Achievement certificates, many of them do not offer a full course of study, which is a requirement for F-1 students. ISP can only a Form I-20 for certain certificate programs that have 12+ units listed each semester on their recommended course sequence. If an international student wishes to pursue a part-time certificate, they may do so either in addition to 12 degree-applicable units or on a Non-Degree Form I-20.

CPT/OPT is only an option for full-time certificate programs that take at least one year to complete.

Non-Degree Program

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International students who aren't interested in obtaining an Associate Degree and want more flexibility in their academic programs can attend SRJC for one or two semesters under the "Non-Degree" option. This unique and flexible program requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 units each semester, and classes may be taken in any area of study (including part-time certificate programs).

When applying to SRJC for the Non-Degree Program, applicants should select "Earn a vocational certificate without transfer" under Educational Goal, and "Undeclared/Undecided" under Intended Major or Program of Study.

Non-Degree students are ineligible for CPT/OPT benefits.

Intensive English Program

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SRJC does not currently have a full-time English program for F-1 students. If you wish to improve your English before attending SRJC, you can begin your studies at one of our local partner programs listed below. After completing the required level, you can transfer your I-20 to SRJC and begin your academic program. Please contact the language program directly for admission. They can provide Letter of Conditional Admission to SRJC upon request.

Language Program Location
ELS Language Centers San Rafael
EC San Francisco San Francisco
Kapan International Languages Berkeley
Destination Davis Davis
Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) - ON HIATUS Rohnert Park