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Application Information
International Student Program

 Available in different languages
Arabic Chinese
Chinese Traditional
Japanese Korean Spanish Vietnamese

 Application Requirements

1. Preliminary Application: International Student Application , New and Transfer students must complete the international student application for F-1/M-1 visa admission. (Form in English, only)  

2. Application Fee : US$40.00 non-refundable (Must be submitted with each application)

After submitting your online application, you will receive an email with confirmation number.  Please use this confirmation number when you make your online payment. 

  Check Application Status

Pay application fee by credit card via secure portal.When submitting your payment, click the submit button ONLY ONCE.If you press the button more than once you will be over charged. If you are not sure if your payment went through the first time, CONTACT OUR OFFICE FIRST BEFORE TRYING AGAIN. A confirmation receipt will be delivered to your email upon processing your payment.

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*Each required document must be emailed individually in PDF form with Certified English Translation to                                                                            ( *Photo images and paper documents may not be accepted ).

***Transfer Students: For additional admission requirements click here: 

1. English Proficiency: Required for students applying to the Regular program and whose first language is not English.

Applicants to the regular academic college programs must provide proof of English proficiency through ONE of the following tests or language programs. Please send official transcript or score report from any one of the following (NO OTHER TEST SCORES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  TEST SCORE MUST BE WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS)


Test/Language Program Minimum Score/Level
Level 104

Level 106

Level 109

Level 5.5

LSI Language Systems International

Level 6

Level 2A

iTEP International English Test Level 3.5

PTE Pearson Test of English Academic

Score 44 or Higher

57 (iBT) or 490(PBT)/163 (CBT)
minimum score
LBCC Code:  4388

550 minimum score


If you fall below the required level/ score, you may apply to the college's intensive English program designed for international students: The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI).Student can start at ALCI to improve English Skills with no language proficiency requirements.Long Beach City College will issue an I-20 for the ALCI – Language Program. Once you successfully complete and assess out of the ALCI program, you may enter the regular academic college program without taking any of the above tests. (Students who have the proper English skills may not be admitted to our intensive language program.)

2. Financial Requirement: Student or family sponsor's official Bank Statement from a liquid account (Saving/Checking). In compliance with immigration requirements, applicants must be able to show that they have the funds needed to pay their academic and living expenses for the duration of their studies. 

NOTE: An Affidavit of Sponsor form is required if sponsored by U.S. Citizen or permanent resident family member.  The sponsor must be related to the student or the student may be self- sponsor. Students sponsored by their government must provide statement from the agency that is granting the support showing the student’s name, and amount being granted per year. Students sponsored by UA Embassy must provide a financial guarantee.

3. Academic Preparation: To be admitted for study at Long Beach City College, you must be over 18 years of age at the time of class enrollment or have earned the equivalent of an American High School diploma if you are under 18 years old. Under 18 years old must provide a copy of official High School Diploma as evidence of your graduation.

NOTE: Medical treatment authorization letter from student's parent(s) must be submitted with this application until the student has reached 18 years of age. School transcript or certificate of class completions are NOT accepted in lieu of the high school diploma. 

4. Tuberculosis Test (within the last year): The Tuberculosis results should be printed on hospital letterhead, and must include student’s full name, date test given, date test reading, test result in mm, the doctor's signature and official seal. Students should request the Mantoux test; the tine test is NOT accepted. All students who test positive are required to submit the results of a chest x-ray. The United States does not accept the BCG vaccine. Students who test positive because they have had the BCG vaccine will need to submit the results of a chest x-ray.

NOTE: Please do NOT mail the x-ray film. Email only the doctor's report. 

5. Personal Essay: Please email an essay explaining why you want to study at Long Beach City College and discussing your future goals. If you plan to transfer to a university, you may wish to talk about that in your essay as well. Your essay should be at least one page long, but may be longer.

NOTE: ALCI applicants do NOT need to provide an essay.

6. Copy of Passport: Email a copy of the information page from your passport and any dependents that will come to the U.S. with you under an F2 Visa, if applicable. Passport must show the full legal names. Per immigration, we must use the same name to issue your I-20.

NOTE: If you have a dependent that will come with you to the U.S. under an F2 Visa, you must email a copy of each of their passport information page. Dependents may only be the F1 student's wife/husband and children. Parents and siblings can NOT be the student's dependents.

7. U.S. College & University Transcripts: Bring "Official" transcripts in person to orientation. 

NOTE: A transcript is an official document from your school showing all of your classes and grades received. If you wish to submit foreign transcripts they must be accompanied by certified English translations.

**Change of Status applicants inside the U.S.: If your current visa qualifies for change of status inside the U.S. email all of the above documents and a copy of your current visa, and I-94 admission/travel information page web print out. 

NOTE: Make sure that your current visa qualifies to process your change of status in the U.S. before starting the application process. If you are not sure call our office to schedule an appointment with the immigration adviser and bring all of your current immigration documents to your appointment. 

Students Outside the U.S.
Application Deadlines & Program Start Dates
Academic Regular College Program:
Program Start Dates:
Fall Semester (August) May 15
August 1, 2017
Spring Semester (January) October 15
January 9, 2018
American Language & Culture Institute (ALCI):
Program Start Dates:
Spring A (February-March) October 15
February 2, 2018
Spring B (March-June) January 1
March 20, 2018
Summer (June-July) March 15
June 1, 2018
Fall A (August- October) May 15
August 24, 2017
Fall B (October-December) July 15
October 20, 2017

(Deadlines for Transfer students inside the U.S. click here: )

Additional Information

Acceptance to Long Beach City College: Upon acceptance your I-20 and admission materials will be sent to you by regular postal mail. Before an I-20 can be issue to transfer students, you must receive our official acceptance letter and request the transfer of your active SEVIS record to LBCC.

NOTE: New students outside the U.S., per immigration regulations can NOT enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date. All new and transfer students must report to school on your scheduled program start date indicated on your I-20 and admission letter.

Receiving your Documents: If you would like to receive your I-20 and admission documents by Express Mail to track your package and assure delivery, please create an account and pre-paid for shipping through EshipGlobal at   If you are asked to enter a Student ID number, please enter 99905, student's full name and personal mailing information where required. Once your payment is complete, we will receive notification of your purchase and we will print out the shipping label and schedule the pick up of your package.

NOTE: We can NOT send documents from express mail service purchase "outside" of EshipGlobal. We are not responsible for any delay and refunds from outside service scheduled by you. If you have any questions, contact our office for assistance before purchase. Regular postal mailing is not express mail service and may take 2-4 weeks with not tracking number.

Medical Health Insurance: All students are required to purchase the group medical health insurance policy provided by the college after they arrive on campus. For additional information about this insurance policy, please visit:

Housing and Transportation: Students may select either local apartments or a homestay with an American host family. The cost of housing varies with the type and location, and ranges from economical to luxurious. For more information, refer to the Site Navigation left column in the Housing section under Services.

Contact Us: For general questions on the admission process please contact us via e-mail at or by telephone at (562) 938-4745. If you have a specific question about your F1 status requiring advice, please ask to speak or schedule an appointment with the international admission advisor directly. You may also visit our web site at

Long Beach City College, International Student Programs, 4901 E. Carson Street (B9), Long Beach, CA 90808, USA