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.
- Log into Online Application Portal
- Upload required documents (Submit each document separately.)
If accepted, the I-20 documents and admission letter will be sent to you via email. When you receive your documents, please make an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.
Please note that SEVIS number will not be emailed or given to the student in advance.
Step 2: To Do List for Accepted Students
Complete the two-part application to Long Beach City College which will provide you with a “Viking ID Number”. (New Students: Please complete Step 2 ONLY after your visa has been approved.
Transfer students inside the U.S.- must be officially admitted by the International Student Department to complete this step.)
- Complete the CCC application
- LBCC Application
After completion of the LBCC application, your Viking ID number will be emailed to you WITHIN 24 – 72 hours. You will use it to enter your Viking Student Portal.
Create your Viking Student Portal Login
Step 3: Complete the Guided Placement Tool
The online Guided Placement Tool will determine your course placement in English, Reading and Math. These results will assist your international academic counselor in preparation of your LBCC Educational Plan and the selection of classes that you will enroll in at orientation. You can check your course placements under My Placement Results in your Viking Student System.
Step 4: Complete an International Student Orientation
Mandatory orientation is required to register for classes. The orientation day and time will be provided via email after your F-1/M-1 visa has been approved. Please register for the orientation.
- Immigration Regulation and Policies as F1/M1 Visa Students
- Academic Planning as F-1/M-1 Visa Students
- Health Insurance Information
Step 5: Meet with a Counselor to make a plan to achieve your goal
New International Students will attend an academic planning session with an International Academic Counselor during the International Student Orientation.
Through your studies at LBCC, you will be able to schedule a counseling appointment 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.
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.