International Students

The goal of the International Student Program is to provide educational opportunities for international students and to promote international understanding on campus and in the community.

F-1 Student Program

The following regulations govern the admission of F-1 Visa students to Skyline College:

  1. Have the ability to pay international student tuition, application, enrollment and health insurance fees. The Cost of Attendance provides the current list of fees.
  2. Complete a full course of study (a minimum of 12 units each Fall and Spring semester). In accordance with SEVIS regulations, failure to do so will cause a student to be reported as out of status.
  3. Meet criteria for admission:
    1. Submit a completed International Student Application.
    2. Demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum TOEFL score of 56 internet based, IELTS of 5.5, or Duolingo English Test of 85. Students interested in Intensive English Program can apply for the Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP).
    3. Must have earned the equivalent of an American high school diploma. The student must submit official academic records. Foreign language documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Student must be at least 16 years old.
    4. Must offer evidence of financial responsibility. Certification of Parent, Self, or Sponsor support is required. Official bank statements must be translated into English. Submit original or  certified  copies  of  transcripts of any college coursework completed. Foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
    5. Applicants who have attended other American schools or colleges may be considered for admission provided the applicant meets Skyline College admission requirements and is in status with U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.
  4. Enroll in a medical health insurance plan provided by a private carrier through the San Mateo County Community College District.
  5. Comply with U.S. Federal Code, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) regulations that pertain to F-1 Visa students.
  6. Please refer to for more information.

Global Online Learning (GOL) Program

The Global Online Learning (GOL) program is a distance education program for students outside the U.S.  GOL allows current high school students (Cohort Learning), students over 18, and high school graduates to obtain course credits that are accepted by 150+ universities in our College University Partnership (CUP). GOL courses are offered through San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley and will be taught by American professors. Please refer to for more information.

University Access Program (UAP) Program

The University Access Program (UAP) is a 6-week program (June-July)/ 9-week program (October-December) designed for international students to strengthen their English and prepare for their higher education studies at American Universities. Please refer to for more information.

F-1 Visa Concurrent Enrollment

Students enrolled full time at another institution from which they have a valid I-20 are permitted to enroll at Skyline College on a part-time basis. Enrollment may not exceed two classes or total more than six units. F-1 Visa students must pay all appropriate fees. A permission letter from the home school is required for every semester of attendance.

The International Student Program faculty and staff have identified the following Student Learning Outcomes for the various services provided by the International Student Program:

  1. International students at Skyline College will demonstrate their understanding of the SEVIS/immigration regulation for maintaining their legal status.
  2. International students at Skyline College will utilize academic advising services as well as other support services by ISP staff members.