Frequently Asked Questions
What is the next step after I have been admitted?
Once you have been admitted, the International Student Program will issue you an I-20 Form along with an acceptance letter which provides instructions about the use of the I-20.
How can I get my student Visa?
The student visa (F-1) application process must be completed through the U.S. Embassy/Consulate located in your country. Before you apply, contact the Consulate to verify the requirements for processing your student visa. Usually the requirements for a student visa are the following:
- Current Passport
- I-20 Form/Acceptance Letter
- Affidavit of Financial Support
- SEVIS and Visa Application Fee
Note: Other documents such as prior U.S. transcripts and I-20s may be requested.
When do classes begin and how long do they last?
GWC operates year-round. Full-semester courses are usually 16 weeks long, with Fall semesters beginning in late-August and Spring semesters in late-January. Summer classes are offered in sessions lasting from 4 to 8 weeks. There are also short-term courses that begin at different times within the year.
Once I arrive in Huntington Beach, what do I need to do?
Report to the International Student Program to complete the processing of your documents and for assistance in scheduling appointments on campus.
- Take the assessment test
- See your appointed academic counselor
- Register for classes and pay your tuition
- Attend the new international student orientation
- Purchase your book
- Attend class
What is the assessment test and why do I have to take it?
Prior to enrollment, assessment in English, Mathematics, reading and study skills is required for all new students. Non-native English speakers should take the ESL (English As A Second Language) placement test. The results of these tests are used by counselors to assist students in making appropriate course selection.