San Mateo Colleges

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Checklist of Required Documents
We accept scanned documents for application purposes.
  • Select college of your choice and major (List of Majors)
    • Cañada College
    • College of San Mateo
    • Skyline College
  • Complete and submit the Application for Admission – International Students, located below.
  • Submit proof of English proficiency. A minimum score or higher on any of the following examinations is required for admission:
    TOEFL – 480 (paper based) or 56 iBT (internet based) or IELTS Band 5.5
  • Complete the Financial Data Form included in the application below and submit a Bank Verification of Funds document
  • Submit original or certified English translations of your high school/university transcripts.
  • Submit a non-refundable $50.00 USD application fee. We offer several different methods to pay for your application fee:
    • Peer Transfer: This can be used for credit card payments, international money order or bank drafts. Please visit:
    • Credit Card: Please fill out our credit card authorization form here.
    • Bank Transfer: This can be done upon request. Please contact your college's international office if interested.
      *Cash is not accepted.
  • Submit copy of Passport
  • Submit a completed Release of Information Form only if an agent, family member, or friend assisted you with this application.
  • Submit a completed Authorization for a Minor Student form only if you are student under the age of 18.
  • Send to only one college:
    Cañada College
    Attn: International Student Program
    4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
    Redwood City, CA 94061 USA
    College of San Mateo
    Attn: International Student Program
    1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
    San Mateo, CA 94402 USA
    Skyline College
    Attn: International Student Program
    3300 College Drive
    San Bruno, CA 94066 USA
International Student Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to new international students, click here to find out how to apply.

All fields marked as required (*) must be completed before submitting this application.

Part 1 - Student Information

Note: You may apply and submit an application to only one college.
  1. Select a College: * Skyline College    Cañada College    College of San Mateo   
  2. Select the academic term in which you wish to begin your studies at San Mateo Colleges: *
    Semester Application Deadline Classes Begin
    Fall 2017 July 15, 2017 (extended from July 1). Contact each college for specific instructions if you apply after July 1 or if you apply from within the US. August, 2017
    Note: Spring semester extends from January through May; Fall semester extends from August through December
  3. Residential Status: *
  4. Name of Student: *
    Last (Family) First (Given) Middle
  5. Maiden or Previous Name:
  6. Date of Birth: *
  7. Gender: * Male Female
  8. Country of Birth: *
  9. Country of Citizenship: *
  10. Permanent Home Address (in your country of residence): *
  11. Mailing Address: * Check box if same as permanent home address
  12. Marital Status: * Single Married
  13. Ethnic Background: *
  14. Primary Language (What language is primarily spoken in your home?): *
  15. Dependents: Please list the names of your spouse and any children who will accompany you to come to the U.S. as your dependents.
    Dependent 1:
    Dependent 2:
    Dependent 3:
  16. Your Mother: *
  17. Your Father: *
  18. If you have a guardian, sponsor, or contact person in the United States, please list the following:
  19. San Mateo Colleges does not provide housing on campus, but off campus housing is available. Will you need help in finding a place to live? *
    Yes No Find out more about housing.
  20. What are your educational plans? *
  21. What is your intended major field of study? *
    You must select a major because it will appear on your I-20. Please select from our List of Majors.
  22. Transfer Pathway Program
    San Mateo Colleges has formed partnerships with a number of four-year universities throughout the United States to offer conditional admission to international students through our Transfer Pathway Program. These conditional admission guarantees are based on completing the specific criteria outlined in the letter.

    If you would like to receive a letter of conditional admission to one of our partner universities, please select one of the universities listed below.

    IMPORTANT: By agreeing to participate in the Transfer Pathway Program, your contact information will be forwarded to the university so that they may communicate with you in the future.
    St. Michael's College
    University of Cincinnati
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    Arizona State University
    University of Wisconsin – Stout
    Notre Dame de Namur University
    State University of New York – Albany
    Saint Mary's of California
    San Francisco State University
    Loyola Marymount University
    University of Washington, Tacoma
    Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis
    University of Michigan, Flint
    University of California, Davis
    California State University, Northridge
    University of La Verne
    SUNY – Plattsburgh
    University of Oregon
    Saginaw Valley State University
    University of California, Merced
    University of California, Riverside
    Central Michigan University
    University of California, Irvine
    Portland State University
    San Jose State University
    None Please Note: Selecting a transfer university does not obligate you to attend.
  23. Academic History: *
    List the names of schools and institutes you have attended. Begin with your secondary or high school and then list any additional schools you have attended. Make sure to include any English language institutes or ESL programs you have attended in the United States or in your home country.
    High School/Secondary School
    School 2
    School 3
    If your schooling has not been continuous, please explain.
  24. English Proficiency: *
    Note: Proof of English proficiency is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Certain exceptions apply. (See Other below.) Please have your official test results sent directly to the International Student Program at San Mateo Colleges. Please note: If you have attended an ESL school be sure to list it in Academic History (#23).


    I am attending

    See a detailed list of criteria for applicants to demonstrate proof of English Proficiency, and enter the number of the option that best describes your situation. If you have attended an English language school, be sure to list it in the academic history section.
  25. If you are now living in the United States, what is your current U.S. visa classification?
    (For example, B-2, F-1, J-2)

    If you are in the United States on a visa, submit a copy of the visa page in your passport.
    If you are an F-1 visa student at another institution, submit a copy of your current SEVIS Certificate of Eligibility.

Part 2 - Financial Data

U.S. Government Regulations on Financial Ability

Under U.S. Government regulations, any foreign national coming to the United States for full-time study, or transferring from one academic institution to another for the purpose of study, must have sufficient funds to meet all anticipated expenses for each year enrolled.

Financial Information

It is the student’s responsibility to present acceptable proof of adequate financial support before requesting the SEVIS Certifi cate of Eligibility required for issuance of a student visa. Documentary proof of this support must be presented to the U.S. Consulate overseas when applying for an entry visa. It may also be requested by USCIS officials at the United States port of entry.

Required Minimum Support

The College’s required minimum is considered sufficient to support a basic student lifestyle. It does not include expenses for travel, vacations, or luxury items such as automobiles or computers. A higher standard of living, inflation, and emergencies may require that you bring with you more personal funds than the minimum stated by San Mateo Colleges. Additional funds will be required to support dependents.

  • Identify the source from which you will receive the required minimum of US $23,000 per year to attend San Mateo Colleges. If you are receiving funds from more than one source, please mark each appropriate line and write in how much, in U.S. dollars, you will receive from each source. *
    Specify source
  • If you have a sponsor, please have them complete the following information:

    This section is to be completed by your sponsor

    • Sponsor's Name
      Last (Family) First (Given) Middle
    • Sponsor's relationship to student
    • Sponsor's Address
    • Sponsor's Average Annual Income: US $
    • I hereby certify that the above information is true and accurate, and that I am willing and able to provide at least US $23,000 per year to support the above-named student while studying at San Mateo Colleges.
  • Certification by Student Applicant
    I hereby certify that the total amount of money I have available for my first academic year of study at San Mateo Colleges is at least US $23,000. All information I have given in this form is correct and complete. I understand that a bank verification of funds is required (a formal letter from a bank which states the current balance of the student's or sponsor’s personal savings or available financial resources). *

Part 3 - Personal Essay and Agreement

  • Personal Essay - Optional

    Submit a personal essay as a separate document. Your essay can be an important part of your application and must be an authentic and original composition. Spend sufficient time drafting and writing your essay. About 300 words is an appropriate length. In your essay discuss your educational and career goals. Include why you have selected your major.
    Be certain your name is on your essay and include your signature and the date. Email or print a copy of your essay and mail it with other supporting documents.
  • International Student Agreement

    If admitted as a student at San Mateo Colleges, I agree that I will: *
    • Participate in a mandatory orientation program as a new student
    • Enroll in courses recommended to me by the International Student Advisor
    • Complete at least 12 semester units of classes each semester to maintain F-1 status
    • Change classes only with the approval of the International Student Advisor
    • Accept employment only with the written approval of both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and San Mateo Colleges
    • Take any test required by San Mateo Colleges to determine my ability in English and mathematics
    • Enroll in all English classes advised by San Mateo Colleges to improve my ability in English
    • Pay the required tuition and fees each semester at the time of registration in classes
    • Report immediately any changes in name, address, telephone number, and major field of study to the International Student Program Service Coordinator or International Student Advisor
    • Maintain at least a "C" (2.00 GPA) scholarship average
    I understand that if I fail to meet any of the conditions in this agreement, I may be dismissed by San Mateo Colleges, and that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be notified. *
  • Please tell us how you heard about San Mateo Colleges. Check all that apply:
    San Mateo Colleges website or other website:
    English Language School staff:
    Learned about San Mateo Colleges (Cañada, College of San Mateo, Skyline) at:
    My friend or family member attended/attends San Mateo Colleges.
    I have family members living near San Mateo Colleges
    A government agency:
    A private college advising agency:

Agent Information

    If this application is submitted by an advising agency, complete the following section. This section is to be completed by the counseling/advising agency only.

Release of Information

If an agent, family member, or friend is assisting you with this application, download this Release of Information Form. Please print out, complete and submit the signed form with your supporting documents.
This certification must be accepted by checking this box. Accepting means you understand and agree with the following terms: I understand that withholding information requested on this application or giving false information may make me ineligible for admission to the college or subject to dismissal. I certify the statements I have made on this online application are correct and complete. Further, I agree to maintain an accurate address to which my statement of account can be mailed and to make payment of all due amounts by published deadlines.