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Prospective Students

Admission Dates

International students can apply to Foothill College three times a year (Fall, Winter and Spring) as F-1 applicants and four times a year (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) as online-only from abroad applicants.

Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter (Online Only)
Application opens November 1 (year prior) February 1 (year prior) May 1 (year prior) March 1
Deadline for F-1 applicants August 15 November 15 February 15 N/A
Deadline for F-1 transfers & online-only applicants* September 5 December 5 March 5 June 15 (Online only; no transfer admission)
Mandatory orientation** Late August Early December Early March N/A
Classes start Late September Early January Early April Late June/Early July

*F-1 transfers are students who are attending another institution inside the U.S. and eligible to transfer their I-20; Online-only applicants are students who intend to take online classes from abroad and do not require an F-1 visa.
**Orientation schedule may vary and will be communicated to admitted students once confirmed.


If applying more than 6 months in advance, please allow up to 3 weeks for review. You will receive an email notification when an update to your admission status becomes available. You may also login to the admission portal anytime to view updates or submit additional items to complete your application. All application materials must be received by the deadline listed in the chart above to be eligible for admission.

Applicants from Overseas

Please note that visa processing times may vary quite a bit from country to country.  After you are accepted by Foothill and receive the Form I-20, you should plan carefully to have sufficient time for an F-1 visa interview.

Applicants from the U.S.

If you are already in the United States studying with an F-1 visa at another college, university, or language school, make sure you follow the transfer procedures when transferring to Foothill College from another US college, university or language school.

Deferral Policy

Applicants or admitted students to Foothill 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.



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International Student Programs Office


Administration Building 1900 Room 1933

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