Future Students


Are you interested to study in the United States?  Our college has the most international students in San Diego county. We offer various academic programs and resources to help you succeed and achieve your goals. 


To learn more about the college, visit About Us


A Quick Glance at Grossmont College


How to Apply


International Admissions Checklist



1.     Submit the International Application Online

It's FREE to apply to Grossmont College. 


Complete the Online Application for International Students

  • Create an account as a new user and remember your “username” and “password.”
  • If you do not have a Social Security Number, click on “no number.”
  • If you are living in your home country, be sure to click “Foreign address” before inputting your address.

You must complete the area labeled "Major Code" with the area of study you would most like to study. The major needs to be one of the listed Grossmont College majorsLater, if you wish, you may change your major. If you leave this space blank, we will automatically enter a "General Studies" major.


2.     Submit All Documents

The online application AND all documents are required by the deadline. Documents may be sent by email to grossmont.international@gcccd.edu as attachments. If you are applying from your home country, you should submit the six documents below for admission.

Transfer students should submit all eight documents. After all documents are received, a SEVIS I-20 will be issued. 


NOTE: All students must attend an international student orientation. Failure to attend the FULL orientation program will result in a cancellation of your admission.

Remember These Dates
August 19, 2024

Fall Semester Begins


Newly accepted students may enter the U.S.A. after July 2, 2024. Contact International Admissions for any concerns.

May 28, 2024

Fall 2024 Orientation I (For transfer students only) - In Person Only

August 1, 2024

Fall 2024 Orientation II (For transfer students and new international students coming from their home country) - Online AND In-Person


NOTE: In person orientations are subject to change and may be limited due to the impacts of COVID-19. Grossmont College will be following the guidelines set by the CDC, California Public Health and County of San Diego health regulations.


Visit International Student Orientation for more details.

December 20, 2024 Fall Semester Ends
February 3, 2025

Spring 2025 Starts


Required Documents 

Financial Statement and Sponsor Form

I. Sponsor Certification Form

Submit Sponsor Certification form, signed by your sponsor. This form indicates that the person who signs the form is willing and financially able to support you as an International Student for the duration of your studies at Grossmont College.


II. Financial Support Document

Submit proof of financial support demonstrating that you or your sponsor can meet the minimum estimated tuition and living expenses. 

It is estimated that you will need a minimum of $32,417 per year.


Acceptable documents include but are not limited to:

  • Personal, family or relative bank statements

  • Documentation from a sponsor including official bank statement or bank letter from a financial institution

  • Financial aid letters

  • Scholarship letters

NOTEPlease keep a copy of the sponsor form and financial proof for your record. You must bring these documents when applying for your F-1 visa and upon entering the United States. 

Estimated Annual Expenses for S.Y. 2024 - 2025 (subject to change):
Tuition and fees: $9,692
Living Expenses: $22,725
Total Expenses: $32,417

High School / College Transcript

Submit official diploma or certificate from High School/secondary school and/or transcripts from any college/universities you have attended.


The documents do not need to be translated.

Proof of English Proficiency *See below for more information.
Copy of Passport ID 

Submit a copy of the photo ID and expiration date page(s) of your valid passport. 


Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival to the United States.

Copy of F-1 Visa, I-94, and current I-20

For Transfer Students Only: Submit a copy of your F-1 visa and I-94 print-out.


You may retrieve your number from I-94 Official Website and the I-20 from your current or most recent school.

Transfer Form


FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY: Submit International Student Transfer Form if you are attending another U.S. institution. This form needs to be filled out by your CURRENT school's International Student DSO, Advisor, or Specialist and must show your last date of attendance. 


We will not be able to issue an I-20 without this form.


Students must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following:


  • Official TOEFL score – ETS must send an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score directly to Grossmont College. Our ETS college code is 4334. The minimum score is iBT 45 (internet-based).
  • There is an on-campus intensive English program available through American Collegiate English (ACE) for those who do not have a score of iBT 45. No TOEFL is required for students transferring from ACE to Grossmont College.
  • Grossmont College offers an Institutional English Proficiency Assessment. The score is admitted or not admitted. The proficiency score is good for 1 year and the assessment can be taken once per application period.


For more information, test dates, and to register, please click button below:

Institutional English Proficiency Assessment Registration



Please register early to save your space. Results will available within 5 business days. THIS IS A FREE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT, there are no fees associated with this assessment.

Times available are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am or 1pm. If you cannot make these times, please call 619-644-7200 or email grossmont.assessment@gcccd.edu to schedule.

  • Official IELTS score - Submit official IELTS (The International English Language Testing System) to Grossmont College. The minimum score is 4.5 on the academic module
  • Official Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 39
  • Students whose native language is Japanese ONLY may submit EIKEN test results with a minimum score grade of "(2A - 75% or higher in 2級)”. 
  • Duolingo English Test (online) minimum score of 75
  • Students whose primary language is English do not need to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic reports.

Students who are attending the following language schools and have completed the coursework below may submit certificates from the schools:


Language School


American Collegiate English (ACE) at Grossmont

Recommendation from the program

American Language Institute (ALI) at SDSU

Level EAP 105

California Language Academy (CLA)

Level 4 or higher

Connect English San Diego

College Eligibility Test (CET) minimum score of 62

Converse International School of Languages

Level 6 (High Intermediate)

College of English Language (CEL)

Level 4 (Upper Intermediate)

ELS Language Centers

Level 109

Embassy English

Level 5 (Upper Intermediate)

English Language Institute (ELI) at UCSD Extension

Level 107

INX Academy (Internexus)

Intensive Intermediate

Intensive High / Intermediate Advanced

Practical High / Intermediate Advanced

Language Studies International (LSI)

Level 4

Q International School

Mid-Advance or High Advanced level with 3.0 GPA and above

When You Arrive in the U.S.

Once a student has been accepted and has obtained an F-1 visa, the student may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date on the I-20. 

It is advised that the student arrive four weeks before the first day of semester classes in order to attend the orientation program and to locate housing. It is your responsibility to make flight arrangements which will enable you to attend the mandatory orientation.


International Orientation

All students are required to attend an international student orientation program. Students should attend the earliest possible orientation for better class selection.


Details of F1 Visa Mandatory Orientation  


NOTEDue to COVID-19 pandemic, we are having the international student orientation program online and in-person as a hybrid program. It will contain all of the aspects of the in-person session described in a canvas class that is self paced, with access to live zoom meetings, so that you will have experience with the software needed to succeed at Grossmont College. There will be an in-person component and you will find out more information by email once successfully registered at Grossmont College.


Failure to attend orientation will result in cancellation of your admission to Grossmont College. An Orientation Reservation Form will be emailed upon acceptance to Grossmont College. 




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