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International Student Admissions

COVID-19 Updates for Prospective International Students

04/25/2022: New and Prospective F-1 International Student Update

State Department COVID-19 Updates for Prospective Students:

Completing your application

1) International application form

Choose the tab for the term you would like to apply for, and click on that “online application” button.

All application documents are due by the following dates:

Spring 2023
Student group Application Deadlines Application link
Outside US / Initial January 20, 2023  Online application »
Inside US / Transfer March 6, 2023

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View application instructions in Spanish

PCC International Student Application Instructions F-1

View application instructions in English

Any application received after these deadlines will be automatically deferred to the next term.

These dates could be subject to change.

  • Financial documents cannot be dated before: May 13, 2022
  • Orientation week – mandatory attendance all days: March 20-24, 2023
  • First day of class: April 3, 2023
Summer 2023
Student group Application Deadlines
Outside US / Initial April 12, 2023  Online application »
Inside US / Transfer May 29, 2023

App Instructions - Spanish JPEG

View application instructions in Spanish

PCC International Student Application Instructions F-1

View application instructions in English

Any application received after these deadlines will be automatically deferred to the next term.

These dates could be subject to change.

  • Financial documents cannot be dated before: August 12, 2022
  • Orientation week – mandatory attendance all days: June 12-16, 2023
  • First day of class: June 26, 2023
Fall 2023
Student group Application Deadlines
Outside US / Initial July 11, 2023 Online application »
Inside US / Transfer August 28, 2023

App Instructions - Spanish JPEG

View application instructions in Spanish

PCC International Student Application Instructions F-1

View application instructions in English

Any application received after these deadlines will be automatically deferred to the next term.

These dates could be subject to change.

  • Financial documents cannot be dated before: November 12, 2022
  • Orientation week – mandatory attendance all days: September 11-15, 2023
  • First day of class: September 25, 2023
Winter 2024
Student group Application Deadlines
Outside US / Initial Coming Soon
Inside US / Transfer Coming Soon

App Instructions - Spanish JPEG

View application instructions in Spanish

PCC International Student Application Instructions F-1

View application instructions in English

Any application received after these deadlines will be automatically deferred to the next term.

These dates could be subject to change.

  • Financial documents cannot be dated before: Coming Soon
  • Orientation week – mandatory attendance all days: Coming Soon
  • First day of class: Coming Soon
2) Passport photo page
  • Submit a copy of your passport photo page (with picture, name, and date of birth).
3) Academic transcripts
  • If you have attended high school, an Intensive English Program, college, or university in the United States, you must submit academic transcripts (list of classes and grades) from all attended schools.
  • If you have only attended high school, college, or university outside the United States, you must submit academic transcripts (list of classes and grades) from your current or most recent high school, college, or university.
    • If the transcripts are not in English, you must submit a copy in the original language along with an English translation.
    • The transcript (or the English translation) must include the name and address of the high school, college, or university.
    • For initial admissions purposes, unofficial transcripts may be submitted. However, official transcripts may later be required.
4) Proof of financial resources
5) Health insurance agreement
6) Proof of English proficiency form

English proficiency is not required for admission to PCC, but you may be exempted from the ESOL placement testing and ESOL program if you are able to show proof of English proficiency.

ESOL training

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Additional requirements

Submitting materials

Materials should be submitted within the application portal. Alternatively, you may submit documents directly to international@pcc.edu.

Contact us

Phone: +1-971-722-7150 | international@pcc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can study at PCC?
  • Most students who are in nonimmigrant status study at PCC in the F-1 international student status. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s website for a list of all nonimmigrant visa classes and whether it allows for full-time or part-time study.Notes:
    • Foreign Nationals who are U.S. Permanent Residents, on approved Refugee or Asylum status, can study in the United States without any restrictions.
    • Individuals in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa can apply for a change of status to the F-1 visa through USCIS.

    Questions about study while on a nonimmigrant visa other than the F-1 visa should be discussed with an immigration lawyer and/or the Department of Homeland Security.

Can I work while studying?
  • Students on an F-1 visa are allowed to work part-time, on-campus only. PCC has many student jobs such as working in the international office, cafeteria, bookstore, computer labs, etc. On-campus employment is an option for current students, but it is not guaranteed and it is not a sufficient plan for how you will afford future tuition costs. You can read more about PCC’s on-campus employment for international students policy here.
What is a term? When is each term?
  • For many colleges, the academic year is divided into terms; the most common terms are semesters and quarters.
    • Semesters divide the academic year in two, a fall (or autumn) semester and a spring semester. Semesters are about 15 weeks long. The fall semester usually runs August to December, and the spring semester January to May.
    • Quarters divide the academic year into four pieces, a fall (or autumn) quarter, a winter quarter, a spring quarter, and a summer quarter. Quarters are about 10 weeks long. The fall quarter typically runs September to December, the winter quarter January to March, the spring quarter March to June, and the summer quarter June to August.
      • At PCC, we use the quarter system. As an international student, you are required to be enrolled in 3 terms per year. However, you can study for all 4 terms if you want.

This page is maintained by the International Admissions Coordinator.