Academic Catalogs

International Students

Coastline is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enroll international students in F-1 visa status.

The faculty, students and staff of Coastline believe that our international students provide an ethnic and cultural diversity to the college and help increase the awareness and understanding of students from other countries and cultures. Conversely, we provide an opportunity for our international students to study in the United States and learn about us and our diverse cultures. Coastline uses multiple instructional sites in the community as classroom locations. Based on this, foreign students are reminded to make appropriate arrangements for transportation to and from classes.

Interested applicants should request application information by emailing the International Student Program at Application and accompanying information can be also found online by visiting

Application inquiries can also be requested by mail:

Coastline College
Attn: International Student Program
11460 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The following are entrance procedures for international students requesting F-1 status:

  • Our rolling admissions process allows for acceptance to Coastline during the Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants outside the U.S. should apply at least two months prior to the start of the term. Approximate start dates: fall, in late August and spring, in late January. We recommend early application for the best selection of classes.
  • International applicants must complete an international student admission packet including:
  1. International student application
  2. A $55 non-refundable application fee, in U.S. dollars (check, money order, cash, or credit card) must be submitted with the application.
  3. International Student Financial Support Information Form
  4. Bank Certification Form
  5. All evidence of high school graduation or higher must be submitted. The “official” transcripts of the original records must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
  6. TOEFL score: A minimum score of 500 (paper based) or 61 (Internet-based test) in order to be accepted into the regular college program. Students who plan to enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) are not required to take the TOEFL test. However, students are strongly encouraged to provide TOEFL or equivalent scores for appropriate placement purposes. To make arrangements to take the TOEFL, please visit International students must designate Coastline (Institution Code 004086) as the recipient of the test results.
  7. Notice of Intent to Transfer if transferring from a SEVIS-approved school in the U.S.
  8. International students are required to purchase medical insurance approved by Coastline College during their entire course of study.
  9. International students must complete 12.0 or more units each semester with at least a 2.0 GPA while pursuing their selected academic goal.
  10. International students pay nonresident tuition during their attendance at Coastline.

Admission materials received from international applicants remain active for 12 months after their submission. If the international applicant does not register during that 12-month period, the materials are destroyed.

Students Holding Visas Other Than Student (F-1) Visas: Aliens holding valid visas that are otherwise eligible for admission may enroll in classes provided that they are proficient in English and their visas do not expire before the end of the term for which they are enrolling. Contact the Admissions & Records Office for information concerning specific enrollment restrictions.

Students with B1 or B2 visa status are not eligible to take courses. They must contact the International Student Program to inquire about changing their visa status.

An alien who is precluded from establishing domicile in the United States shall not be classified as a resident unless and until he or she has been granted a change in status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to a classification which permits establishing domicile and has met all other applicable residency requirements. Aliens considered to be nonresidents are required to pay the nonresident tuition charge and are not eligible for tuition exemption (Education Code 68130.5).

Coast Community College District Residence: In order to attend Coastline, an applicant must meet the California residence requirements.

This notice has been prepared in accordance with Education Code Section 25505.5 and shall remain in effect until further written notice.

International Part-Time Concurrent Enrollment

If you are currently in the U.S. attending another school on an F-1, J-1 or M-1 visa, you may be able to take one or two classes at Coastline as a concurrent student. You must submit the following documents to request concurrent enrollment at Coastline:

  1. Complete the online application at:
  2. A copy of your current I-20 valid until the end of the term in which you are enrolling in.1
  3. A letter from the DSO at your current school authorizing you to take the specific Coastline course(s).1

The above documents can be emailed to We do not accept photographs of documents; all documents must be scanned and emailed. You will need to submit a new letter for each term you wish to enroll in.

Pre-requisite Clearance

If you are trying to register for a class at Coastline that has a pre-requisite, you must meet one of the following:

  • Your CCC, OCC, or GWC placement test results or multiple measure assessment must recommend you for the class, or
  • You must have completed the prerequisite course at CCC, OCC, or GWC after 1989 with a grade of C or better or be currently enrolled in it at the time or registration and subsequently earn a grade of C or better, or
  • You must have completed the prerequisite course at another college with a grade C or better. To show proof of the prerequisite completion, bring a copy of your transcript or grade report to the Admission Office prior to enrolling, or
  • Your Early Assessment Program, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination, or International Baccalaureate scores must clear you for the class. To show proof of the prerequisite completion, bring a copy of your results to the Admission Office prior to enrolling, or
  • As of January 1, 2018, due to the state mandated AB 705 bill, you may bypass developmental-level prerequisites and place yourselves into college-level math and English. You may wish to receive guidance to maximize your likelihood of succeeding in college-level (non-development) classes in the shortest time possible.

Coastline is not able to guarantee access to classes. Students on concurrent enrollment are limited to six (6) units during the semester.