International Students: How to Apply

Sierra is dedicated to helping you with the entire international admissions process every step of the way.

To become a Sierra College student, start with the international student application.

International Students Application

Optional form: Transfer Clearance Form

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1
  • Summer session: May 1

Late applications will not be accepted.

Payment Form

Required for International Student Admissions*

If you have any questions or need further information please contact us: or + 1 916 660 7330.

Submit your TOEFL score or IELTS score Minimum 133 CBT, 450 PBT, or 45 iBT
Submit an original bank statement Balance at a minimum of $17,000 US dollars
Provide official transcripts Indicating completion of secondary school (if appropriate translated into English)
Submit a copy of your passport Photo page of a valid passport
*Our international admission requirements conform to the regulations of the United States government for issuing F-1 visas.

Paying the Application Fee

You can send the application fee by the following methods

  1. Bank draft or cashiers check.
  2. Master card or Visa. Complete this credit card authorization form.

Health Requirements

Health Insurance

In the United States health care can be expensive. All international students are required to purchase medical insurance from the Sierra College recommended provider.

Tuberculosis Testing

You must provide evidence of freedom from tuberculosis before the start of classes. If you are unable to receive the skin test at home, we will offer it at Sierra College. However, to make your transition easier it is best you do the screening while in your home country.

All documentation must be translated into English and dated within three months before the start of class and must be complete.

Student Visa Process

  1. Apply to Sierra College. Once you are accepted, you will receive from Sierra College your Form I-20 and acceptance packet.
  2. Once you receive your I-20 make an appointment at your embassy. Read our helpful Visa Tips and Student Coming to USA information sheets.
  3. Pay the SEVIS requirement fee on line – remember to take a copy of the receipt to your appointment at the embassy. For more info visit
  4. Go to your appointment and remember to take all your documents with you, (I-20, acceptance letter, financial documents, etc.)
  5. Make your travel plans to come to Sierra approximately 2 weeks before classes begin to attend testing and orientation