International students



We are pleased to learn of your interest in Porterville College and of your desire for further education in the United States.


Please Contact Janice Halopoff, International Students Coordinator, at for additional information.

Your investment in time and money to study here warrants our examination of all factors leading to successful study. With this in mind, we have established several admission requirements which all international applicants must meet.

To determine whether you are eligible for admission to Porterville College, it is necessary that several documents be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Checklist of Required Documents

  • Please take the TOEFL exam before applying to the college.
  • I-20 Application Page
  • English Assessment / PC Placement
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (If Applicable)
  • Sponsor Form
  • Bank Statement
  • Copy of Previous I-20 (if applicable)
  • Passport & Visa Pages
  • Original I-94
  • One Page Essay (explaining your major and goals)
  • One Passport Size Photo
  • Processing Fee $50 (Money Order or U.S. Check)
  • Transfer Eligibility (Transfer-In form) (If applicable)
  • Proof of Health / Medical Insurance (Translated in English) with an explanation of coverage

Download the International Student Application Packet

All documents not in English must be translated prior to submission.

"This is why we can get opportunities to contact with American cultures and people, easily. This college also has good events that allows us to have such opportunities, too. Moreover, staff in this college are very kind to international students and they sincerely take care of us. You will be welcomed by the staff in Admissions Office when you come to this college for the first time."
-Hiro, Japanese student

Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two segments called "semesters". International students are required to be on campus approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of a semester. Orientation, advising and registration for classes precedes the beginning of each semester. The Fall semester usually begins the middle of August and is completed the end of December. The Spring semester usually begins the middle of January and is completed the end of May. A summer session if offered from early June through late July.

Deadline for International Students:

Fall Semester (August-December)

Deadline out of the country: June 15

Deadline in the USA: July 15

Spring Semester (January-May)

Deadline out of country: November 1

Deadline in the USA: December 10




The applicant must be able to read, speak, and write English sufficiently well to pursue a full-time program of study. Because it is necessary for you to have the ability to use and understand English as well as native American students, you must verify your proficiency through examination. An International Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL is administered in most countries by the Educational Testing Service. Please have your official TOEFL results sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Porterville College.
(School Code 4608)

For admission purposes, Porterville College requires the following TOEFL scores:

  • Paper Based Test (PBT) minimum is 450
  • Internet Based Test (IBT) minimum is 45

Applicants may inquire about the TOEFL test at

Applicants may call or write for paper-based testing at:

Test of English as a Foreign Language
Box 899
Princeton, NJ 08541