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International Education Program

Apply as an International Student

International Students with an Active I20
who attend another college

and would like to take a class at CSM.
Email permission document to
csmadmission@smccd.edu
and apply at OpenCCCApply.

International Students Transferring
with an Active I20

from another U.S. college,
university or high school.

Students with an international background

Application Checklist

When to Apply

Fall Semester - Classes begin on August 17, 2022. For the best selection of classes, we recommend applying before the deadlines.

  • Application Deadlines: New F-1 (Coming from outside the USA) - July 15, 2022
  • Transfer F-1 (Within the USA) - August 18, 2022
  • Global Online Learning (GOL) - August 18, 2022

Spring Semester - Classes begin on January 17, 2023. For the best selection of classes, we recommend applying before the deadlines.

  • Application Deadlines: New F-1 (Coming from outside the USA) - November 15, 2022
  • Transfer F-1 (Within the USA) - January 18, 2023
  • Global Online Learning (GOL) - January 18, 2023

What we need

  • Bank Letter or Bank Statement showing funds of at least $26,000 dated no earlier than 3 months before the date you apply. The total estimated expenses are:
Expenses Semester Year
Tuition (12 units, $292/unit) $3,504 $7,008
Enrollment Fee (12 units, $46/unit) $552 $1,104
Health Insurance $917.5 $2202
Living Expenses (10 months, shared room) $5,375 $10,750
*Other $2443 $4936
TOTAL $12,791.5 USD $26,000 USD
*Other Semester  Year 
Application Fee N/A $50
Books and Supplies $500 $1,000
Local Public Transportation $500 $1,000
Miscellaneous $1,443 $2,886
TOTAL $2,443 USD $4936 USD

If dependents (spouse or child) will be accompanying you, the bank certification and/or Affidavit of support must include an additional $5,000 for the first dependent and an additional $2,500 for each additional dependent.

  • Transcripts from secondary schools or colleges accompanied by English translations
  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: A minimum score or higher on an approved English proficiency examination:

Still need English Language Proficiency?

Students who have not yet met the English Language Proficiency level may apply for Conditional Admissions to College of San Mateo by first enrolling in one of our Partner English Language Schools. Two applications are required, one to the Partner English Language School and one to College of San Mateo.

For more information about applying to College of San Mateo, please email csminternational@smccd.edu.