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Welcome to the International Student Program!

American River College (ARC) is a premier learning institution in California's capitol, Sacramento, dedicated to providing and ensuring collegiate excellence. Serving over 30,000 students, American River is one of the largest community colleges in California and is proud to welcome students from all over the world.

We offer many exciting programs of study at our beautiful campuses located around the Sacramento area. The community atmosphere evoked by our immense diversity is just one reason several hundred international students choose to start or continue their college experience at American River College.

In-Person Unit Disclaimer:

Students must complete a majority of their units in-person during the Fall and Spring semesters. Only three units of online classes are allowed per semester. This can be a challenge for international students because American River College has a large percentage of classes offered remotely.

International Student Admission Steps

Learn how to apply if you're an international student who wants to attend American River College on an F-1 visa.

Application and Enrollment Steps

International Student Program Forms

Submit these forms to the International Student Program Staff for processing.

International Student Program Forms

Maintaining International Student Status

As an F-1 student, you were admitted to the U.S for "duration of status (D/S: F-1)". This means you are permitted to stay in the U.S. as long as you maintain your status by fulfilling the requirements of being an F-1 student.

Maintaining International Student Status


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