Foothill + De Anza Colleges | Silicon Valley, CA

Admission Requirements

We are happy that you are considering applying to Foothill College or De Anza College. Applying is simple.

**COVID-19 FLEXIBILITIES HAVE ENDED impacting online course enrollment**  please click here for full details and other updates for summer and fall 2023 applicants and admitted students.

Application Dates and Deadlines* 

  Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter 
Application opens November 1 (year prior) February 1 (year prior) May 1 (year prior)  November 1 (year prior)
Deadline for F-1 applicants August 15 November 15  February 15 April 15
Deadline for F-1 transfers, conditional admits, and online-only applicants** September 5  December 5  March 5 June 1
Mandatory Orientation Late August  Early December  Early March  TBD
Classes start Late September Early January Early April July 3

* If you have missed the application deadline for a particular quarter and still wish to apply, please contact the international admissions office at either Foothill College  or De Anza College and the team will review your request. We highly encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible to ensure the highest availability of courses and services.

**F-1 transfers are students who are attending another institution inside the U.S and eligible to transfer their I-20 (includes conditionally-admitted students enrolled at partner language schools); Online-only applicants are those who intend to take online classes from abroad and do not require an F-1 visa.

Admission Requirements 

All documents should be uploaded directly to the application. No physical documents accepted. 

  1. Completed online application form
  2. Copy of the biographical (photo) page in your passport
  3. Proof of English proficiency (see below)
  4. High School/Secondary School Transcripts*
  5. College or University Transcripts (if applicable only) *
  6. Copy of I-20 from current institution, current visa, and I-94 card (for F-1 students transferring in from another U.S. institution only)
  7. Confidential Financial Statement (for F-1 applicants only; this item can be submitted post admission, please see below)
  8. $75 application fee

    * An English translation of your documents may be required

Please note: Students must be 16 years of age or older before the first day of classes to be eligible for admission to the colleges. Applicants under age 18 must submit proof of high school/secondary school completion. 

Attention Chinese students studying in the Chinese national curriculum: If you do not plan to complete the third year of high school or receive your high school diploma and if you are under 18, please upload the following documents our online application (instructions in our application):

Proof of English Proficiency 

Test of English Proficiency Full Admission
TOEFL 61 iBT or 46 PBT
TOEFL Essentials 6.5
IELTS/ IELTS Indicator 5.5
Duolingo 95
LanguageCert Academic 60
iTEP Level 4
Step Eiken 2A
Pearsons PTE Academic 45
Cambridge English 175 Advance Exam

English Proficiency Test Waivers (Must be verified by a transcript or other documentation)

English Proficiency Waivers Score/Documentation Required
High school/secondary school completion in countries where English is the primary language of instruction (view complete list of eligible countries here) Transcript
Completion of 3+ years at an international high school/secondary school where the primary language of instruction is in English Transcript
IB (International Baccalaureate) English A HL or SL 4 or better
Completed English A and B courses in Sweden or Norway Sweden: C or better
Norway: 4 or better
Completed college level English classes at a U.S. College or University C or better

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Conditional Admission 

If you’d like to apply for conditional admission through a partner English language school, please review the full list of ur partners and level requirements. You can also visit the Foothill College or De Anza College International website for more details about conditional admission.

Confidential Financial Statement

You can complete this step either during the application process or after you have already been admitted. In your application portal, upload a letter from the bank verifying that you or your sponsor are in “good standing” and have at least $30,448.00 U.S. dollars available for the first year of your education expenses. The letter/documentation must not be more than six months old. All I-20 documents will be sent electronically. 

Deferral Policy 

Applicants or admitted students to Foothill or De Anza College may request to defer their application up to one calendar year from their original application term (up to three deferral requests within one year). After this period, students still wishing to defer will be required to submit a new application and will be subject to the $75 application fee again.

Note that this policy does not apply for conditionally admitted students. Students holding conditional admission may be deferred beyond one calendar year if necessary to complete their English language studies and receive full admission.  

Policy on Switching Campuses

Applicants can select only one campus on the application and should review this selection carefully before submitting the application. Applicants to either Foothill or De Anza College who wish to change their application or admission to the other campus should contact the original campus to withdraw their application. They must then submit a new application to the desired campus and may be subject to the $75 application fee again.  

Concurrent Enrollment Policy 

Please note: Students seeking concurrent enrollment in order take classes with Foothill or De Anza College as a guest student while maintaining F-1 status at another institution, may NOT use the application on this website. Concurrent enrollment applicants must submit an application through CCCApply 

Transfer Out Policy 

If you are admitted and enter the U.S. on a Foothill or De Anza College I-20, you are required to enroll in and complete at least 1 term of study (full time - 12 units minimum) before requesting a transfer of your I-20 to a new institution.