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International Student

Welcome to Rio Hondo College, future roadrunners! Complete the steps below to begin your educational journey. Let's get started!

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.

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Apply to Rio Hondo College

International students must be 18 years of age by the first day of the semester. International student must complete an online application. Applications can be submitted to Farriaga-carlos@riohondo.edu along with a $40 processing fee and copy of your current passport.


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English Proficiency

English Proficiency: Can be met by one of the following options.

  • 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 courses, 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

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Bank Letter/Affidavit of Support & Health Insurance

All international students must provide a bank letter/bank verification and affidavit of support must be provided stating a minimum of $20,686.00 U.S dollars (approximately 2 college semesters of expenses).

All international students must provide proof of health insurance.


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Transfer Students

International transfer students must submit the following in addition to the above documents.

  • Copy of passport, I-94, Visa and I-20
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities

Once accepted by the International Program students must complete the following steps below.


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Apply To Rio Hondo College

International students must complete an online application.

You will receive your 9-digit student ID number via email within 48 hours. Once you receive your student ID number, please return to this page to complete your next steps.

Tip: During the application process you will be asked to select a major. Visit our Guided Pathways and/or Career Coach websites to explore your major options.


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Complete Your Online Orientation

Online Orientation: As an international student, you are required to complete the Online Orientation. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

Steps to complete your Online Orientation:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Orientation.

For further assistance with completing your Online Orientation, please watch this short video.
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Complete Your Online Placement Tool

Online Placement Tool: As an international student you are required to complete the Online Placement Tool, if you have not completed transfer level English and/or Math. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

If you have completed the Online Placement Tool, you can receive your results by meeting with a Counselor.

Steps to complete your Online Placement Tool:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Placement Tool.

For further assistance with completing your Online Placement Tool, please watch this short video.
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Assessment Testing: We will continue to provide comprehensive testing services for international students and students to whom English is a new language for accurate placement. To schedule an appointment, contact the Assessment Center at (562) 463-7226.


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Create Your Educational Plan

Educational Plan: All international students must meet with a Counselor to create an educational plan. Your educational plan will help guide you in reaching your academic goals. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

Make an appointment with a Counselor: You can make an appointment with a Counselor by contacting the Counseling Center at (562) 908-3410.


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Register for Classes and Pay Fees

Registering and Paying Fees: All students must register for classes through AccessRio. Please view the class schedule for available courses and check our website for Important Registration Dates. Once you register for classes, you are required to pay your fees. You will NOT be billed. You can pay your fees through AccessRio.

How to Register for Classes:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Registration tab.
  3. Select Add or Drop Classes.
  4. Select the term you are registering for.
  5. Add your course CRN numbers and click submit changes.

If classes are full, you may be placed on a waitlist. Check your RioMail for waitlist notifications. You are responsible to register and/or drop courses.

For further assistance on How to Register for Classes, please watch this short video.
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Not an international student?

If you are not an international student, you may have different steps you need to follow. Review our options to determine what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!

Guided Pathways – Explore Programs
click here to visit the guided pathways website

Career Coach – Explore Careers
click here to visit the Career Coach website

Virtual Welcome Center
visit the virtual welcome center

Need Help?

Contact the Student Success and Dream Center.
Zoom Meeting ID: 97013195314
Phone: (562) 463-6650
Email: studentsuccess@riohondo.edu