It's Easy to Apply to ACE, 
Grossmont College's intensive English program
in San Diego, California, since 1992

ACE will give you confidence with all your English skills. ACE is primarily for F1 visa international students.
If you have another visa status or are a permanent resident and would like to improve your English, please contact ACE for more information. 

Apply to ACE from Your Own Country

  1. Applying early is recommended. Attending the orientation is required. 
    Complete the online ACE application form. Then email the following to the ACE Program:   
    • Copy of passport
    • Evidence of financial support* (bank statement)
    • Copy of high school diploma or university transcripts (translation not required)
    • Nonrefundable $125 application fee  

  2. After we receive all of the above, Grossmont College will send you an I-20.**

  3. Contact the USA Embassy / Consulate to apply for an F-1 student visa. For more information, click Steps to Get Your F-1 Visa.

  4. Arrange arrival transportation and home stay or other housing.

  5. Pack. Keep your passport, I-20, I-901 receipt, ACE admission letter, and bank documents in your carry-on luggage.

  6. When you arrive in San Diego, email ACE to let us know you're here. See you at orientation!

Transfer to ACE from Another U.S. School  

  1. Complete the online ACE application form.  Then email or bring the following to the ACE Program:

    • Copy of current I-20
    • Evidence of financial support* (bank statement)
    • Copy of passport
    • Copy of I-94 paper
    • Copy of F1 visa
    • Copy of high school diploma or university transcripts (translation not required)
    • Nonrefundable $125 application fee  
    • ACE transfer form (our form filled out by your current English school)

  2. After we receive all of the above, you will receive your new I-20.

  3. Mark your calendar to attend orientation.  See you soon!

*The U.S. Government requires us to have on file a financial statement verifying availability of sufficient funds (minimum $14,950 for Summer 2024 or $13,450 starting Fall 2024) for a student's tuition and living expenses. This evidence may be in the form of a bank statement or a bank letter. The account must be a cash-type account (savings, checking, or certificate of deposit). The document should be current within six months of the ACE application. 

** An I-20 is U.S. government document which allows a foreign national to apply for a student visa (F-1) to enter the United States and begin a course of study.


Email or Fax Application and Documents to

Sandy Kuntz, International Student Specialist

Fax:  +1.619.644.7934


American Collegiate English (ACE)

Grossmont College

Building 38E-101A

8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799 USA

Telephone:  +1.619.644.7293 (office/voice mail)

Text:  +1.619.663.8567 (may answer next business day)


Do you have English proficiency and are ready for college now? Apply directly to Grossmont College.



American Collegiate English and Grossmont College have relationships with international student recruitment agencies that are authorized to help students consider ACE as one of their intensive English training options. A few of these agencies are compensated by ACE for an appropriate student referral who enrolls in ACE. A student’s application is not granted preferential treatment if the student is assisted by an agency. Students are neither required to apply with the assistance of an agency, nor will they be disadvantaged if they do not. Admissions decisions are at the sole discretion of the institution.


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If you prefer, you may use a paper form. Download ACE Paper Application Form.