Welcome to San Diego Christian!

Since its inception in 1970, San Diego Christian College (SDC) has had a diverse student population with many of our students coming from numerous countries around the world! The Admissions Department is here to help International students become acclimated to life not only on SDC’s campus, but also to life in Southern California. We are here to assist you, the student, with issues regarding immigration, the paperwork involved in obtaining a student visa, as well as any questions or concerns that you may have as they pertain to the application process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

To download a printable copy of our International Student Application Checklist click here.

International Student Application Checklist

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:

  Completed Application Due Deposit Due Payment Due
Fall June 1st June 15th July 1st
Spring October 1st October 15th December 1st

Application Requirements

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

  1. Application with Essays
    • Application available online here!
  2. Spiritual Life Recommendation
  3. High School Transcript
    • Must be translated to English by a member of NACES.org
    • Must have GPA translated into U.S. 4-point grading scale
    • Minimum GPA: 2.75
    • NOTE: Transcripts must be translated by an APPROVED company (see NACES.org) and sent to San Diego Christian College.
  4. SAT or ACT Scores
    • Minimum SAT: 1350
    • Minimum ACT: 19
    • Test scores are not required if you have completed 15 or more college units.
  5. ALL College Transcripts (Even if not planning to transfer credits.)
    • Must be translated to English by a member of NACES.org (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
    • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  6. 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.
    • Completion of 30 transferable academic units from an accredited institution in the U.S. with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  7. Bank Statement
    • Official bank statement in English showing a student has the financial means to pay for one year of attendance ($44,112) at SDC. The cost of attendance for one year at SDC is as follows:
    • Tuition & Fees (2015-2016 amount)* $30,182
      Room & Board $10,500
      Books, supplies and personal expense $3,430
      Total $44,112
  8. Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Form is available here.
  9. Copy of Passport
  10. Transfer Students
    • Copy of VISA
    • Request release of record in SEVIS from previous U.S. institution
    1. Notify your current school’s international department that you will be transferring to San Diego Christian College.
    1. Email Lauren Lee 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

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

The F-1 Student Visa

The F-1 student visa is a nonimmigrant visa. In order for this visa to be issued, the applicant must provide proof that:

  • He or she has a permanent residence outside of the U.S. which they have no intention of abandoning;
  • He or she is desirous to obtain temporary nonimmigrant status into the United States for the sole purpose of engaging in a full-time course of study at San Diego Christian College, who issued them the I-20 Form.
  • Applicants for an F-1 student visa will need to apply at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of their permanent residence. The U.S. Consular will require an interview with the applicant, and it is required for the applicant to present a valid passport and the I-20 Form as well as the proof of financial support. Each applicant for an F-1 student visa must also submit the following information:
    • Forms DS-156, DS-157, and DS-158.
    • A valid passport for travel to the U.S.
    • One or more photographs, based on the requirements specified.
    • I-20 Form from San Diego Christian College.
    • Proof of financial support from a financial institution.
    • Pay the one time $120.00 SEVIS fee on line before consular interview.

Mexican or Canadian citizens admitted to the United States either as an F-1 or F-3 status as “border commuter students” are admitted for a fixed period of time that coincides with the term of session end-date on their I-20 Form. They are not admitted for “duration of status” like regular F-1 students. A new I-20 Form is required for each new semester.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a Canadian or Mexican citizen.
  • Be registered as a border commuter student.
  • Attend a U.S. College located within 75 miles of the boarder.
  • Be enrolled in a degree program, pursuing it part-time.
  • Maintain actual residence and place of abode in their country of citizenship, and commute through a land border port-of -entry to the U.S. for study.

SEVIS Database

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet database system designed to track International students. It is important that International students come to SDCC’s Admissions Office during the first week of school so that the Designated School Official (DSO) may activate their file in SEVIS. In addition, the Admissions Office will examine the immigration paperwork to look for any errors or inconsistencies.
While in the United States, F-1 International students must report correct and up to date information regarding their personal information, enrollment status, and academic progress to the Admissions Office. The DSO 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.


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.


International students may qualify for:

  • Academic Scholarship
  • Athletic Scholarship (at Coach’s discretion)

More information on scholarships can be found at http://sdcc.edu/student-accounts/sdc-grants-and-scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions