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Criteria for acceptance of international students

Admission Information


Please be advised that Classes are conducted in English, so it is necessary for the prospective F-1 visa student to be reasonably proficient in reading, writing and speaking English. New students must demonstrate proficiency before being issued the I-20 by having official TOEFL scores, which are not more than two years old, sent to the International Student Program office. A minimum TOEFL score of 133 (Computer Based Test) 450 (Paper Based Test), or 45 (Internet Based Test) is required.

The TOEFL test is not required if a student:

1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score of 4.5 or higher (recognized as an entrance requirement by U.S., Canadian, British, Irish, Australian, and New Zealand universities) (

2. TOEIC score of 620 or higher (

3. iTEP score of 3-3.5 (

4. EIKEN (STEP) test score of 2a or higher (test offered by Japanese high schools and universities) (

5. Level 109 or higher at ELS centers in the US or overseas (

6. Level 5 or higher at ASPECT schools (

7. Level 5 or higher at LSI schools (

8. Is a resident and studied in an English speaking country.

9. Completed "O" or "A" levels in a former British colony (e.g. Singapore).

10. Studied English language as an exchange student for at least two semesters in one of the US schools and achieved grade "C" or higher.

11. Is transferring directly from an academic program at a U.S. college or university.

* Foreign students who have attended a college in the United States must show satisfactory academic progress with no grade less than "C".

* All visa students must participate in the Assessment and Orientation program before enrolling in classes.

As soon as the above documents are received, it will be reviewed and an admission decision will be reached. Admitted students will receive notification of their acceptance from the admissions office. With this admission notification students can meet with the American Embassy to apply for a student visa. Students who are accepted and admitted should plan to arrive in Bakersfield about 30 days prior to start of the semester in order to complete assessment and Orientation and to find a suitable place to live. Students must make their own housing arrangements. There are no dormitories or on-campus housing available at BC. However, many apartment buildings are located in a walking distance from BC.

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