International Education Program at College of San Mateo - Steps to become an International Student
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International Education Program
Steps to become an International Student

Step 1: Select a Program of Study to complete at College of San Mateo
Visit our degree page to choose a program of study and complete your first two years of university study at College of San Mateo and transfer to top universities in the San Francisco-Bay Area or beyond.

Step 2: Apply to become an International Student
  • Apply online
  • Email your supporting documents to
    • Bank verification of funds by presenting a statement from you or your sponsor showing the equivalent of $23,900 USD.
    • Proof of English language proficiency.
    • Proof of high school graduation that is equivalent to an American high school education (only required if under 18).
    • Transcripts in the form of academic records from secondary (high) school and any other previous college or university.
    • Copy of a valid passport.
    • Payment of the $50 application fee.
  • Documents in a language other than English should be accompanied by an English translation.

Optional Supporting Document:

  • Personal essay explaining what you want to study, the reason why you want to study in the United States and College of San Mateo, and how your education in the U.S. will benefit you in your native country. A recommended length for the essay is 300 words.

Step 3 (for applicants who have taken the written-based TOEFL): Mail your original test results to:

College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402

Step 4: Receiving your I-20 from College of San Mateo
Once your application and supporting documents are evaluated, your I-20 form (certificate of eligibility for non-immigrants to study in the United States) will be created in SEVIS. The I-20 form will be mailed to you. You must then take the I-20 form with you to your U.S. Consulate appointment to obtain your F-1 visa.

Step 5: Apply for your F-1 Visa