Applying as an International Student
Become a part of our diverse community
Studying in the United States is a great way to build the future you desire, and studying at a community college like Long Beach City College is a smart and affordable way to reach your education goals. We offer many degrees, programs, and resources to help you navigate through the educational system here int he US.
LBCC is located in sunny Southern California in the city of Long Beach, a modern urban center on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with easy access to Los Angeles County. The International Student Programs (ISP) offers specialized support and immigration advising to F-1 and M-1 status students on campus, as well as assistance to prospective students during the application process.
PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND U.S. CITIZENS MAY APPLY FOR ADMISSION DIRECTLY TO THE ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS OFFICE. OTHER TYPES OF VISAS MUST CHANGE THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS TO EITHER F-1 OR M-1 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS ADMISSION.
STEP 1: Complete the International Student Application
Fill out and submit the International Student Application. After applying, you will receive a confirmation number by email and can pay the application fee online. This fee is nonrefundable and mandatory for all international students.
All international students should review the program-specific requirements and submit all the required documents to the International Student Office. If accepted, the I-20 documents and admission letter will be sent to the student. When you receive your documents, please make an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.
Please note that the I-20 or SEVIS number will not be emailed or given to the student in advance.
Step 2: Complete the Online Orientation
Log into the Viking Student System to complete the online orientation and all the necessary steps to officially become an LBCC student.
Step 3: Check Your Course Placement Information
When you complete your application you will be asked to provide information from your high school transcripts such as your last English and Math courses. This information is used to determine your course placements in English, Reading, Math or ESL. You can check your course placements under My Placement Results in your Viking Student System. If you have additional questions regarding Assessment & Placement, please visit the Matriculation Office.
Step 4: Attend an Educational Planning Session
New International Students will attend an educational planning session with an International Academic Counselor the week of orientation. Through your studies at LBCC, you will be able to schedule a counseling appointment with the International Student Office or the Counseling Office to discuss your academic progress and keep up with the changing requirements with your counselor. You must have your LBCC Student ID number and request to see the International Student Counselor when scheduling your appointment.
Step 5: Meet with a Counselor to make a plan to achieve your goal
Meet with a Counselor to discuss your desired educational goal and create a Student Educational Plan (SEP) to reach it. During your meeting with a Counselor, you can select the classes needed to graduate or transfer to a university.
Step 6: Enroll in Classes
You can enroll in classes through the Viking Student System. When you log in, check for your registration appointment window (located on the right-hand side of your Viking Student System). If you need assistance with registration, stop by the Welcome Center on either campus.
Step 7: Pay Your Fees
Step 8: Pick up your College Services Card
After paying your fee for the College Services Card Sticker, you can take your validation sticker to the Student Affairs Office (LAC, E Bldg. or PCC, EE Bldg.) to take your picture for your LBCC Student ID card.
Step 9: Purchase books & class materials
You can view and purchase your books through the Viking Student System under LBCC Online Services or by going directly to the LBCC College Bookstore website. Books can also be purchased in the bookstores at the LAC and PCC campuses.
Step 10: Attend the first day of class
Once enrolled, it is imperative that you the first meeting of each or your classes. Students who do not attend the first day of class are subject to being dropped without notice. If you have an emergency that may prevent you from attending the first day of class, you must notify the instructor ahead of time. Contacting the instructor about the missed attendance does not guarantee your placement on the class roster and is at the discretion of the instructor.
If you are on a waitlist, you will need to attend the first day of class and request a permission number from the instructor to complete registration. Students on the waitlist are not guaranteed placement on the class roster and are based on availability.