Students Outside the United States
Apply for Admission / F-1 Visa
FRCC does not issue an I-20 for the study of English. See options for English as a Second Language.
Application deadlines if you are out of the country:
Steps to Apply as an International Student:
- Apply for admission. There is no application fee. You can apply online or complete a paper application (PDF).
- Submit the International Student Supplemental form.
- Submit the International Student Affidavit of Financial Support. Note that international students must have minimum funds of $20,000 U.S. ($10,000 for tuition and $10,000 for living expenses) for the academic year. Dependents require additional financial support. If someone other than the student is providing financial support, that person must have this amount available, and their bank must provide a letter of proof on the financial institution’s letterhead or a bank statement. That person must also sign the Affidavit of Financial Support. If you are sponsored by your country and they are paying for your courses, you will need to provide a Financial Guarantee letter. *For all future semesters, if you are sponsored by your country and they are paying for your courses, you will need to have a letter sent to your Designated School Official at your campus and the Cashier’s Office prior to the payment deadline. If a letter is not received by the payment deadline you will be dropped from your courses.
- Submit documentation of English proficiency as indicated by a TOEFL score of at least 153 computer-based, 53 Internet-based, or IELTS score of at least 6.0.
- Supply certified English translations of high school transcripts indicating graduation and unofficial copies of all college transcripts (if applicable).
- International students are required to carry medical insurance while studying at FRCC. When you arrive in the U.S. you will need to bring a copy of your current medical insurance card and policy details, or purchase insurance prior to each semester through FRCC. See required insurance coverage.
- Upon receipt of all the above required documentation, FRCC will issue the United States Immigration Form I-20. You then will apply for an F-1 visa through the U.S. Consulate in your home country.
- If you have not taken college level math and English at an Accredited University in the United States, you will take a placement test to ensure you are placed at the correct level in math and English. You may be able to have this test proctored in your country; however, you may also take the test once you arrive. Please see our Testing Centers for more information.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor. You can e-mail Advising or meet with an advisor once you arrive.
- Immigration regulations allow you to travel to the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the start of the semester. You are required to schedule an appointment with the Designated School Official at the campus you are planning to attend upon your arrival in Colorado. Please bring your I-20, I-94, visa, and passport with you. Be prepared to provide proof of medical insurance or purchase insurance through FRCC.
This video from the Department of Homeland Security helps explain the rules and regulations while you’re a student in the United States.