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International Students

Solano Community College admits a limited number of international students each year. The College offers a wide variety of two-year degree programs in both academic and vocational fields. There are also a number of certificate programs where students can obtain specialized training in specific fields in a year or less.

How to Apply

Submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions and Records with the other required documents by the filing deadline. Application deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semester – June 1st
Spring Semester – November 1st

Eligible applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and an I-20. The I-20 can be taken to the American Consulate to obtain a student visa. The I-20 will be sent directly to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services if the applicant is already a student attending a school in the United States. Note: Students who are only planning to take online courses are not required to follow this process. An Application for Admission is all that is required.

Admission Requirements

International students must meet the following minimum admission requirements to be accepted to Solano Community College.

  1. A minimum score of 500 is required for admission on the paper-based TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and a score of 173 on the computer-based test is required for admission. The TOEFL is administered in the United States and various countries around the world. Test score reports must be sent directly to Solano College from the test center. Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Applicants whose education was received from an English-speaking school in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland are not required to take the TOEFL. Students who graduate from high school in the United States may have the TOEFL requirement waived if their final high school transcript shows satisfactory completion of required English courses.
  2. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Certificates and official transcripts from high schools, secondary schools and colleges attended are required. All certificates and transcripts must be in English or have certified English translations attached.
  4. A financial statement with verification from your bank must reflect adequate funds available to cover all necessary educational expenses without having to seek outside employment. International students are precluded from working in the Unites States. International students can obtain an on-campus job as long as they do not displace a qualified U.S. citizen. On-campus positions for International Students are limited to 20 hours per week.
  5. A current medical examination, signed by a physician, is required, and must include a tuberculin test. Students admitted to the College are strongly advised to obtain medical and accident insurance.


Information about student fees may be obtained from the Student Fee web page. International students are required to pay non-resident tuition as well as enrollment fees. Registration fees are payable at the time of registration. The non-resident tuition is subject to change by the Governing Board.

International students applying for admission must guarantee that they have funds available to cover one year of necessary educational and living expenses. Scholarships, financial aid and loans are NOT available to International Students.

Minimum Progress Requirements

International students are required to complete a minimum of 12 units each semester. The International Student Advisor must approve class schedules prior to enrollment. Students who do not fulfill these requirements are out of status and subject to deportation by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Solano Community College is located in a rural area, five miles from the nearest community. Public transportation is provided from both Fairfield and Vallejo. Solano Community College does not have campus dormitories or housing available. Students must make arrangements for their housing and transportation to the College. The Student Development Office provides information on rental housing throughout the county.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, California, 94534-3197, (707)864-7273, (707)646-2053 fax, or contact us via e-mail at