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Instruction for Completion of F-1 Admission

Visa Information



The following documents must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records by
May 15 for the Fall semester and by November 1 for the following Spring semester.

  • Bakersfield College Foreign Student Application for I-20

  • Application Fee: $50 -U.S. money order in U.S. dollars payable to Bakersfield College. The application fee is non-refundable and is only valid for the semester applied for.

  • Letter on bank letterhead from your sponsorís bank indicating the amount in U.S. dollars in an account which will cover educational expenses for at least one year.

  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You should request that the TOEFL report be sent directly to Bakersfield College, Institutional Code: 4015.

  • Official transcripts of academic records together with an English translation certified by the educational institution in which you were enrolled or by a notary public, and a transcript of courses in progress.

  • Composition (100-200 words) in English in your own handwriting explaining your educational goals and why you have chosen Bakersfield College.

  • One photograph, passport-size

When all documents have been received and you have been approved for admission, a Form I-20 A/B (Certificate of eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status) will be mailed to you. When you receive the Form I-20 A/B, it must be present to the American Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for the F-1 student visa.

If you are presently an F-1 Visa student at another school in the United States:

A TOEFL score
or a qualifying score on the Bakersfield College ESL Assessment may be used to determine English proficiency for admission.

The following documents are also required:

  • Copy of passport page which contains photograph
  • Copy of visa page
  • Copy of I-94 (front and back)
  • Copy of I-20 (front and back) from your present school
  • A Transfer Eligibility Verification form completed by your present school

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