International Students

Since its inception in 1970, San Diego Christian (SDC) has been home to a diverse student population with many of our students coming from numerous countries around the world. Currently, we have 14 countries represented on our campus. The Admissions department is here to help international students through the application process, with experienced staff committed to helping international students take the necessary steps to reaching their educational goals at SDC.

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:


  • Complete application deadline: June 1
  • Deposit Deadline: June 15
  • Payment Deadline: July 1



  • Completed Application Deadline: November 1
  • Deposit Deadline: November 15
  • Payment Deadline: December 1

Admission Requirements

Once the following documents have been submitted, your file will be complete and ready for an admission decision within two weeks.

1. Application with Essays

Complete and submit your official application for admission.

2. High School and College Transcripts

Transcripts must be translated to English by a member of (if school was not in the U.S.) to show name of institution, dates of attendance, credentials received, individual courses taken and US equivalent credit/unit value and grade. Transcripts are considered official only when sent by an institution in a sealed envelope directly to:

Office of Admissions
San Diego Christian College
200 Riverview Parkway
Santee, California, 92071

3. SAT or ACT Scores

Submit SAT or ACT scores requested through or Test score requirement is waived for students that have completed 24 or more units of college credit.

4. English Requirements

Applicants from countries whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways to ensure a successful experience at SDC.

    • TOEFL Scores: A recent official test score report with a minimum of 61 on the internet based test, or 500 on the paper based test.
    • IELTS Score: A recent official test score report with a minimum of 6.
    • Completion of 30 transferable academic units from an accredited institution in the U.S. with a GPA of 2.5 or above.


5. Bank Statement

Official bank statement in English showing a student has the financial means to pay for one year of attendance ($48,741) at SDC. The cost of attendance for one year at SDC is as follows.

Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $30,438
Room & Board $11,300
Books, supplies & personal expense $5,159
Insurance $1,844
Total $48,741


6. Affidavit of Financial Support

Form is available as a PDF here

7. Copy of Passport


8. Transfer Students

  • Copy of VISA
  • Request release of record in SEVIS from previous U.S. institution in order for your record to be released from SEVIS
  • Notify your current school’s international department that you will be transferring to San Diego Christian College.
  • Email with your current school’s international department’s contact information. A copy of your acceptance letter will be sent to your current school’s international department so your record can be released in SEVIS.


I-20 Requirements

The I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status) is issued by the Admissions Department of San Diego Christian to international students who have been accepted into SDC’s degree program.

Evidence of financial support from a financial institution is required in the amount stated on the I-20 Form before the I-20 Form can be prepared for the international student. This proof of financial support must be submitted in the pre-application stage of the admissions process.


Once a student receives notice of acceptance to San Diego Christian College, the next step is to pay a $500 tuition deposit before the I-20 will be processed. If the student does not have a U.S. bank, payment can be made by calling the Student Accounts Office to make payment over the phone. Students who are paying with a U.S. debit/credit card can make payment here .

Please note: There are no payment plans available to international students. Therefore, students must have all remaining balances paid in full for the year by the deadline listed above.

Once the student has submitted his/her tuition deposit, an I-20 will be generated for the student and mailed to their home address. The student must then make an appointment with the embassy in his/her home country in order to apply for an F-1 student Visa. The student must bring their valid I-20 (along with the documentation listed below) to the appointment.


SEVIS Database

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet database system designed to track International students while they are in the United States.
While in the United States, F-1 International students must report correct and up to date information regarding their personal information, U.S. address, enrollment status, and academic progress to the Admissions Office. The PDSO will then enter this information into the SEVIS database.


PLEASE NOTE: It is very important for a nonimmigrant student to maintain his or her immigrant status while in the United States. It is the responsibility of the International student to keep all immigrant documents current. If an International student fails to maintain the conditions of their nonimmigrant status, it could jeopardize their status, and could possibly be grounds for deportation from the United States under the U.S. immigration law.