Rio Hondo College is certified to accept non-immigrant F-1 visa students. Acceptance into the International Student Program is necessary before Immigration and Naturalization Service Form 1-20 (certificate of eligibility) is issued by the college. The decision to grant an acceptance will be based on all required documents received prior to the deadlines.
Rio Hondo College, a two year college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is authorized by the California Community College Board of Governors to offer semester course which parallel the lower division of most four year institutions and qualify the student for junior classification at the university level. College transfer courses are accepted at full value at most colleges and universities throughout the United States.
As a comprehensive community college, Rio Hondo offers many strong career-technical programs, such as nursing; fire and police academies; automotive and alternative fuels; a full transfer curriculum; and basic skills courses and services. The college also offers a rich complement of community service programs on campus and at satellite locations.
|SEMESTER||OUTSIDE THE U.S||INSIDE THE U.S.||SEMESTER BEGINS|
|Summer 2018||March 12, 2018||April 20, 2018||June 4, 2018|
|Fall 2018||May 11, 2018||July 8, 2018||August 18, 2018|
|Spring 2018||November 8, 2017||December 11, 2017||January 27, 2018|
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS – subject to change without notice
__ 2. Copy of passport – Due with the application
__ 3. A non-refundable processing fee of $40.00 U.S. dollars – Due with the application. Please make the money order/bank check payable to Rio Hondo College.
__ 4. English Proficiency – May be met by one of the following methods:
- Approved test: Minimum TOEFL 45 iBT, or IELTS 5.0, or Pearson 39, or GTEC CBT 901, or ITEP 3.0. Official test scores must be less than 2 years old.
- Approved language instruction: 2 years of high school in the U.S., or official U.S. college transcripts with a passed Academic English course, or American English College Main & Branch Campus Level 6, or Kaplan Higher Intermediate Level, or Language Systems International Level 6, or Olympia Education Institution Level 8, or USC International Academy Level 6
- If you come from an English speaking country this requirement may be waived.
__ 5. Bank Letter/Affidavit of Support – A bank letter/bank verification and Affidavit of Support must be provided stating a minimum of $20,000.00 U.S dollars (approximately 2 college semesters
__ 6. Age – International students must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the semester.
TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY
__ 6. Copy of passport, I-94, Visa and I-20
__ 7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities – Must be mailed directly form the institution to Rio Hondo College.
Once accepted by the International Program, students must:
- Take an Assessment/Placement Test
- Meet with a counselor
- Attend an Orientation Session
- Register for classes
- Register for classes (minimum 12 units)
- Complete 12 units
- Maintain overall 2.0 GPA
COST OF ATTENDANCE 2017-2018 (Fees and estimates subject to change without notice)
Minimum 12 units per semester
|COST||SEMESTER(12 units)||YEAR(2 semesters)|
|Out-of-state tuition||$258.00 per unit||$3,096.00||$6,192.00|
|Enrollment||$46.00 per unit||$552.00||$1,104.00|
International students are expected to be financially independent. An Affidavit of Support must be signed by the student AND his/her sponsor and evidence (bank letter/bank verification) that the student has sufficient financial resources to meet all expenses during his/her attendance at Rio Hondo College. Financial Aid is NOT available to International Students.
HEALTH AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE
In the United States medical care is extremely expensive and there are no free medical facilities. Students must be prepared for the possibility of sickness or injury. Health and accident insurance is mandatory. You must provide proof of health insurance to the International Student Specialist once you are accepted into Rio Hondo College.
Rio Hondo College does not provide living accommodations. The Student Life & Leadership Office will assist students with housing information but students must arrange for their own housing. The college is not responsible for arranging housing. For more information call (562) 908-3427.
You can access the current catalog online here.