Program Overview

F-1 Academic
Program

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Global Online Learning Program (GOL)

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University Access Program (UAP)

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Steps to Apply


F-1 Academic Program (Fall/Spring)

Students with sufficient English language proficiency and financial documents are eligible for our F-1 Academic Program. Upon completion, students can transfer to a 4-year university of their choice, obtain an associate degree, and/or earn a certificate program. Students who earned an associate degree/certificate are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

  • Age Requirement: Students must be at least 16 years old. Students under the age of 18 will need to show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: A minimum score or higher on any of the following examinations is required for admission:
  • Financial Document(s):
    Requirements:
    • Financial document(s) must show funds of at least $26,000 dated no earlier than 3 months before the date students apply.
    • The document must be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    • The name(s) on your financial document(s) must match the sponsor name(s) listed on your online application.
    • If dependents (spouse or child) will be accompanying the student, the bank letter/statement must include an additional $5,000 for the first dependent and an additional $2,500 for each additional dependent.
    • Acceptable Documents:
      • Bank letters (individual and/or company sponsors)
      • Bank Statements (from Saving or Checking Accounts)
      • Fixed/Term/Time Deposits Statement (must indicate by the bank that the funds can be withdrawn prior to arrival in the U.S.)
      • Scholarship Letters (Government, Private or School)
  • Copy of Official Academic Transcript (either from High School or University)
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of I-20 & F-1 Visa (Transfer Students Only)
  • Fall 2022
    • out-of-country students: July 1, 2022
    • in-country students: August 18, 2022
  • Spring 2023
    • TBA


Global Online Learning Program (Fall/Spring/Summer)

The Global Online Learning (GOL) program provides students an opportunity to take our courses online without leaving home! GOL students have access to virtual one-on-one academic advising and college online resources.

  • Age Requirement: Students must be at least 16 years old. Students under the age of 18 will need to show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: A minimum score or higher on any of the following examinations is required for admission:
  • Copy of Official Academic Transcript (either from High School or University)
  • Copy of Identification Card (e.g. Passport, Driver's License)
  • Access to the Internet including Google, Gmail, YouTube, and online news sites such as the nytimes.com
  • Summer 2022: 
    • June 1, 2022
  • Fall 2022
    • August 18, 2022


University Access Program (Summer 6 weeks/Fall 9 weeks)

The University Access Program (UAP) is a 6-week program (Summer)/ 9-week program (Fall) designed for international students to strengthen their English and prepare for their higher education studies at American Universities. Upon successful completion, students will be matriculated into the following academic semester at Skyline College.

  • Age Requirement: Students must be at least 16 years old. Students under the age of 18 will need to show proof of high school graduation or the equivalent.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: A minimum score or higher on any of the following examinations is required for admission:
  • Financial Document(s):
    Requirements:
    • Financial document(s) must show funds of at least $26,000 dated no earlier than 3 months before the date students apply.
    • The document must be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    • The name(s) on your financial document(s) must match the sponsor name(s) listed on your online application.
    • If dependents (spouse or child) will be accompanying the student, the bank letter/statement must include an additional $5,000 for the first dependent and an additional $2,500 for each additional dependent.
    • Acceptable Documents:
      • Bank letters (individual and/or company sponsors)
      • Bank Statements (from Saving or Checking Accounts)
      • Fixed/Term/Time Deposits Statement (must indicate by the bank that the funds can be withdrawn prior to arrival in the U.S.)
      • Scholarship Letters (Government, Private or School)
  • Copy of Official Academic Transcript (either from High School or University)
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of I-20 & F-1 Visa (Transfer Students Only)
  • Summer UAP 2022: 
    • out-of-country students: May 2, 2022
    • in-country students: June 6, 2022
  • Fall UAP 2022:
    • TBA

Additional Information

Students who are under 18 years old, who have not completed or will not complete the last year of their high school prior to their enrollment at Skyline College must submit an approved high school equivalency in order to enroll at Skyline College. Skyline College accepts the following options as an equivalent of a high school diploma:

  • Certification of High School Course Completion Students in China who complete grade 11 may be eligible for admission under our high school equivalency option. The student applicant would need to submit a High School Equivalency Form   which requires the signature of the high school administrator or a government authority. Students must be at least 16 years old.
  • Joint Exam of High School Completion in Mainland China. Applicants from Mainland China are eligible for applying for San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley if they have successfully completed the Joint Exam of High School Completion (gao-zhong-jie-ye-shui-ping-kao-shi, AKA., HuiKao) which is given at the end of the 11th grade and signifies high school course completion. We will only accept an English translation of the High School Completion Certificate (gao-zhong-jie-ye-shui-ping-kao-shi-cheng-ji-dan) which clearly lists the student’s name and school name and is issued by China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC), along with a copy of the High School Completion Certificate in Chinese.
  • Students who wish to enter Skyline College by completing the Cambridge O Levels or the IGCSE must successfully complete at least 5 courses in the O level with an IGCSE certificate. We will not accept students who take these as independent or private candidates. We must see the examination results before we can admit students but we will accept preliminary results. Once the official results are available the student must submit those to the International Students Program office.

If you are planning to transfer to Skyline College from another institution in the U.S., please follow the steps below:

  1. Apply to Skyline College (see the above instructions).
  2. Print out or forward a copy of your Skyline College acceptance letter to the appropriate school official at your current school and request them to transfer your SEVIS record to Skyline College (SFR214F00591000). Your SEVIS record must be transferred by the first day of classes. You must have an active SEVIS status to transfer to Skyline College.
  3. The International Student Program at Skyline College will contact you when the I-20 is transferred and ready for pick up.

If you plan to transfer units from another institution to Skyline College, please work with an International Student Counselor during your first semester at Skyline College.

International students interested in taking classes at Skyline College as a guest should follow these steps:

  1. Submit an Online Application through Open CCC.
  2. Submit a permission letter from the Designated School Official at the current school, allowing the student to take a course at Skyline College. Please email the scanned letter to skyinternational@smccd.edu.