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Admissions Requirements & Procedures

Golden West College admits international students for the Fall and Spring semesters, and Summer session. The Fall semester begins in late-August and the Spring semester begins in late-January. Summer term begins in early June.

Applicants for admission to Golden West College must be high school graduates, be pursuing the final semester of high school, or equivalent or be 18 years of age or older. Students under age 18 require legal guardianship.

Please note that students are required to purchase the GWC-approved medical insurance when registering for classes. Policy information will be provided at the time of registration. Private insurance is not accepted.

International Student Application Form & Photo

The International Student Application Form must be completed and returned with a $55.00 application fee ( U.S. currency, money order, check, VISA or Mastercard are acceptable forms of payment by mail) and 2 passport-size photographs.

Affidavit of Support

An Affidavit of Support must be completed and signed by the student and his/her sponsor/s (self, parent, relative, or significant other) to present evidence that the student has sufficient financial resources to meet all expenses during his/her period of attendance at GWC. Please refer to the enclosed Estimated Expenses for minimum annual sponsorship requirement.

English Proficiency

International students must have sufficient knowledge of English to benefit from instruction at the college level. Therefore, all international student applicants, for whom English is not a native language, must submit proof of English proficiency at the time of application. The most common form of English demonstration is the TOEFL test. GWC requires scores of 61 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test), or 500 on the TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Test).

There are several other forms of English demonstration that are accepted by the college, including successful completion of the requisite English class level at one of our partner English language schools.

For a complete list of options for meeting the English proficiency requirement for admission, click here:

Options for Demonstrating English Proficiency


Arrangements should be made to have complete, official transcripts of all high school, college, and ESL work sent directly to the International Student Program. Transcripts must be officially translated into English. Sealed transcripts can be mailed by the student or sent by the institution. All prior academic history must be provided (From home country and the United States).

School Transfers within the United States

Students transferring from another U.S. college or high school must also send a Transfer Eligibility form and copies of I-94, I-20, visa and passport pages. If you are supporting a spouse or child in the U.S. , please provide copies of their travel documents as well.