International Student Center
If you’ve decided to experience college life in America, Chaffey College can provide
you with a quality, affordable education and a diverse community that includes hundreds
of international students like you.
Chaffey College serves international students from across the globe every year. They
come from Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Mexico, the Middle East,
Africa and more. They thrive here, with more than 97 percent continuing their education
more than one semester in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Chaffey awards both associate’s degrees and certificates, including 28 degree programs
that you can use to transfer to a four-year university in the U.S. You can also apply
your degree to colleges or programs back at home or elsewhere in the world. Being
a college student in Southern California gives you the benefits of being close to
countless destinations including Los Angeles, the San Bernardino Mountains, the Pacific
Ocean and Disneyland.
Current Reality of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
Jul 17, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about
joining the webinar.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Location: Rancho Cucamonga campus, Campus Center East, Room 123
1. You qualify for admission to Chaffey College if:
- You completed high school or are in the final year of high school. For general guidance
on this academic requirement, please refer to the UCSD US high school diploma equivalency chart.
- You’re 18-years-old by the time you begin classes. If you are younger, please use
the additional form
- You satisfy English proficiency requirement by meeting 1 of the below:
- TOEFL iBT: 60
- IELTS: 5.0
- PTE Academic: 45
- Duolingo English Test: 50
- iTEP: 3.5
- GTEC CBT: 1000
- EIKEN: 2A
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 480
- ACT English: 18
- IGCSE English: C
- Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-level English: C
By ESL or Intensive English Program
- ELS: level 109
- UC Riverside IEP: level 600
- Cal Poly English Language Institute: level 5
- UCLA Extension: level 105
- USC International Academy: level 4
- Other approved programs (email us for verification)
- By college-level English class
- Completion of English composition class at another college or university.
By Secondary Education
- Completion of high school where medium of instruction in majority of classes is in
English. This includes American curriculum schools, International Baccalaureate (IB)
schools, and UK curriculum schools.
- Completion of high school (minimum 2 years) in the U.S.
By Native Language
- Your native language is English. This applies to native English speakers from countries
such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada (except Quebec),
where English is both the official language of the country and the language of instruction.
- Complete the Chaffey College Application
- Complete the international student application.
Note: Applicants must complete BOTH the online and PDF applications.
Questions about our application and admissions process? Please contact:
International Student Center staff
Arrival and Orientation
Once you’ve chosen to pursue an education at Chaffey College, you’ll need to take
the following steps to begin your journey:
- Attend the international student orientation. This event usually takes place the week
before the first day of classes, but you will receive a notice about the date and
time. Attendance is mandatory.
- Arrange for placement in English and math courses. You can do this in person, online
or by other methods. Learn more about this through our counseling department. We recommend you make arrangements for placement in these courses as soon as possible.
- Create an educational plan with a counselor. After receiving placement, develop an
educational plan to guide you through your journey at Chaffey College. This will keep
you on track for taking the appropriate classes for your educational goal. Contact
the counseling department to schedule an appointment. Phone: +1 909-652-6200.
- Receive your class registration date. This will be available through the MyChaffey
web portal approximately two weeks before the start of registration for the term.
To register for classes, log on to MyChaffey, where you can search and register for classes on or after your registration date.
Waiting can affect your chances of enrolling in the classes you need to complete your
goal. Information: +1 909-652-6600 or the admissions page.
- Pay enrollment fees and health insurance. You can pay your enrollment online through
the MyChaffey portal. Once you have registered, you will have 10 days to pay prior
to the start of the semester. If you register less than 10 days before the first day
of instruction, your payment is due the day before classes begin. Enrollment fees
can be paid online using your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or by wire
transfer. Information: +1 909-652-6600 or at the cashier’s page. Health insurance can be paid directly to ISO Insurance. Failure to purchase medical insurance will result in a block on class registration
and release of official records. You can find more information at the Relation insurance coverage website.
- Submit proof of tuberculosis (TB) test result or take the TB test at Chaffey. If you
have not taken your TB test prior to arrival, please have this done at our Student
Health Services. Chaffey requires proof that you’ve received a TB test within the
past six months. Information: +1 909-652-6331 or at the health services page.
- Attend first class meeting. It is important to attend your first class meeting because
students who do not attend may be dropped from classes. It is your responsibility
to drop any classes you no longer wish to take. You will be responsible for all fees
due for any class that is not dropped before the published refund.
We offer a number of resources to help you secure housing. As we are a 2-year community
college, we do not have on-campus dormitories or residence halls. Please utilize the
helpful list below as you begin your search.
*Chaffey College does not operate as a real estate or rental agency and is not responsible
for placing students. Chaffey College does not assume or accept any responsibility
for inspecting, supervising, or resolving any issues that may arise in the landlord-tenant
relationship. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment
when evaluating a prospective rental unit, landlord or roommate.
Option 1: Homestay
It’s a great way to immerse yourself in U.S. culture by becoming part of an American
family. Students live inside the host’s home in a private bedroom and meals can be
provided. For students younger than 18, homestay is the recommended choice.
* Both organizations can also provide pick-up service from the airport.
Option 2: Apartments & Rooms for Rent
Rancho Cucamonga is well known for its planned living communities and there are many
wonderful apartments in the area. Please note each apartment community will have different
rental requirements. All will require a bank statement with significant funds and
additional steps for international students. Also, neighborhood homeowners with extra
bedrooms frequently rent out rooms to our students.
Lewis Apartment Communities (3.5 miles south)
* Click "Our Communities" and scroll down to apartments in Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Sierra Heights Apartment (1.5 miles south)
Creekside Alta Loma Apartment (1.5 miles south)
Apartments.com is a useful site for look for additional apartment options.
In addition to the popular apartments above, JumpOffCampus provides a listing of rooms or apartments near the college. The site also provides
a page for local apartment owners to post listings for students.
Chaffey College and the furniture rental company CORT have partnered to provide rental
packages for students living off campus.
Furniture Rental for Students Studying in the U.S.A.
Omnitrans provides public bus service in the area surrounding Chaffey College. The small transportation
fee all students pay allows students to get unlimited rides on any routes using their
student ID. The college has its own transit center and the following bus routes come
directly into the college: Routes 67, 80, 81, and 85. When looking for housing, it’s
a good idea to check how close the accommodation will be to a bus route serving Chaffey.
Chaffey’s GoSmart page [NOTE: need hyperlink to new URL] to learn more about bus services.
If you’re interested in transferring to a 4-year college or university, Chaffey College
can get you ready with the same lower division courses offered by universities, but
at a more affordable rate. Because requirements vary among these institutions, we
encourage you to choose a college or university for transfer early in your college
career. Concentrate on meeting admission requirements for your major and general education
courses while attending Chaffey College.
Although we offer English language support classes, we do not offer short-term English
as a Second Language or the Intensive English Program.
Most students will complete:
- IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) = Transfer to UC (University
of California) institutions
- CSUGE (California State University General Education) = Transfer to CSU (California
State University) institutions
- General Education requirements at other 4-year universities in California and out-of-state
- Combination of pathways above
Other students will complete:
Associate degrees and certificates [NOTE: need hyperlink to new URL]
The transfer center can provide you with the guidance and support to transition from
Chaffey to a 4-year university. The center provides students with access to representatives
from universities, seminars and workshops, free transportation to visit different
University of California and California State University schools, as well as private
universities, each semester. We also have numerous Transfer Admission Guarantees with
UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, Arizona
State University, California Baptist University, University of La Verne, University
of Redlands and more.
Are you a motivated student looking for an extra challenge? The honors program provides
you with advanced academic activities and research opportunities that will help you
achieve your educational goals. Honors program students have access to advanced curriculum,
small classes that encourage creative interaction and transfer agreements with designated
universities such as UCLA, University of San Francisco, Loyola Marymount University
For Current Students
All F-1 international students must follow immigration regulations as outlined by
the U.S. government in order to maintain international student status. Students can
use information on the website below to learn about the process and rules for studying
as an international student.
Questions about your F-1 student status? Please contact our designated school official
Coordinator of international student services
Although F-1 students have on-campus employment privilege, on-campus jobs are usually
limited for international students. Check the career center website for possible opportunities.
- You must maintain valid F-1 status
- You can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session
- International students are not eligible for "Federal Work-Study" jobs. These are only
available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
- Please note working without proper authorization is a serious violation of F-1 student
status, and all students should consult with the international student center with
Tuition and Fees
Estimated Cost for one academic year
- Tuition cost is $331 per unit. International students must be enrolled in minimum
of 12 units per semester (fall and spring).
- Tuition (24 units) $7944
- Health Insurance (required) $700
- Health Services Fee (required) $34
- Transportation Fee (required) $18
- Books and Supplies (estimated) $1,000
- Housing and Personal Expenses (estimated) $15,000
*This is an estimated yearly cost for attendance based on 12 units per semester
for fall and spring (24 units total). All fees are subject to change.
For detailed figures, visit the cashier’s office page.
I have been working in higher education since 1997 and have been a member of the Association
of International Educators (NAFSA) since 1999. I have extensive experience with immigration
rules and regulations and currently serve as our designated school official (DSO)
to help our international students with their F-1 status questions. My passion is
to assist students with their educational and occupational goals, and I cherish the
many great relationships established with students from all over the globe. I'm bilingual
in English and Urdu, and I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from the University
of La Verne.
We're a top 10 community college in the nation, and you can transfer to a 4-year
university with ease.
International student advice:
Make sure to plan early and follow through. Think carefully about various majors
but don't be too quick to change often as it will cost time and money.
Food: Thai, Chinese and Indian
Hobbies: Daily walk and gym, watching a good movie or favorite program and traveling
around the world
Carolina Escobar Palacio
Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
Major: Biotechnology / Psychobiology
I am the oldest of three sisters and all of us are in the U.S. as international students.
My academic goal is to transfer to UCLA for my undergraduate studies, attend medical
school and complete my residency in the field of neuroscience. I came to Chaffey after
completing high school in America.
To save some time, money and then transfer to a 4-year university. I chose Chaffey
because most of the classes I will take here will count towards lower division credits
at other universities.
International student advice:
Don't let English be a barrier in your education! When I was learning English, I
felt discouraged many times because my skills didn't seem to improve, and I didn't
understand some things or had trouble expressing my thoughts. However, with time and
practice, my English is now great and I can understand the language 100%. So if you're
still somewhat new to the language, please keep going no matter how difficult it looks
Spot in Rancho Cucamonga: I like views so Etiwanda hiking trail or Mount Baldy (not
exactly in Rancho but close)
Class at Chaffey College: STAT-10 Elementary Statistics and BIO-61 Intro to Cell
and Molecular Biology.
Musical Performer: Anderson Paak
Book: The Name of the Rose
Hometown: Kisumu, Kenya
Major: Nursing / Physiotherapy
After already developing an interest to study in Southern California, I was recommended
by one of my brother's friends who was already studying at Chaffey. Our main campus
is located in Rancho Cucamonga - a beautiful, quiet and, most importantly, a safe
city in California.
International student advice:
Make friends, talk to other students in your class and help each other out!
It's a completely different world here, and you're not expected to know everything.
The international student center is here to help you through obstacles you face, be
it educational or personal.
Class at Chaffey: BIOL-22 Human Anatomy and BIOL-23 Human Physiology
Food: Burgers, seafood, and Indian
Website: National Geographic
Movie: Fight Club
Musical Performer: Kodaline
Book: The Silence of the Lambs
Quote: "Let them hate. Just make sure they spell your name right."
Hometown: Pomona, CA and Dubai, UAE
Major: Nursing / PA (Physician Assistant)
I was having a tough time finding my academic goals and by the time I graduated high
school, I had no idea what to study. My brother was attending Chaffey and when he
brought me along to events, I became attracted to the college. Not long after enrolling,
I figured out what I wanted to study and the faculty were a big influence in helping
me choose my major.
International student advice:
Enjoy the time in California because there is no other place like it. Even though
you are studying, take moments to enjoy movie theaters, sign up for gyms, leagues
and clubs. You should really utilize the opportunity of studying at Chaffey and being
in America because not everyone is given these chances.
Class at Chaffey: Math-425 Intermediate Algebra, ENGL-495 College Reading and Writing,
and NF-5 Nutrition for Life
Food: Burgers, Sushi, Chinese and Syrian
Website: Chaffey’s international student center page or sometimes Netflix
Movie: Transformers series, Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Marvel
Role Model: Kobe Bryant
Quote: The Qur'an: "God is with the patient" and "After every hardship comes ease"