Admission Procedures

In order to allow time to arrange for your F-1 visa, it is recommended that you apply by the following dates:

For Spring 2021 semester (classes begin January 11, 2021): November 1 for new students, December 1 for transfer students.

For Fall 2021 semester (classes begin August 23, 2021): June 1 for new students, August 1 for transfer students.

An Application for Admission includes the following. Due to COVID-19, all documents must be submitted electronically to MJC_InternationalStudents@yosemite.edu. E-mailed documents must be scanned. Pictures taken with a mobile device will not be accepted.

Please include this list in your application packet.

These forms must be completed in full and signed by you, the applicant.

  • Official Records of Study

You must submit official or certified copies of your academic records for all secondary and post-secondary study. Records should list the subjects studied and the grade or make received. The College expects official copies of the original document in the official language of the educational system. If that language is not English, an official translation should be attached.

  • English Proficiency

A minimum score of 60 on the TOEFL is preferred. The MJC TOEFL Institutional Code is 4486. Information about TOEFL can be obtained here.

A minimum score of 6 on the IELTS is preferred. Information about IELTS can be obtained here.

  • Certification of Finances

Complete the information, as requested, in the “Statement of Financial Responsibility” on the application form. You must complete the Financial Guarantee Form  and include a copy of a recent bank statement (within the past 6 months). If your study will be sponsored by a government agency, the letter of sponsorship must show the term for which you are applying for admission, the academic major to be sponsored and the length of sponsorship. If someone in the Modesto area will be providing room and board as part of the overall cost, that person must submit a form I-134, Affadavit of Support.

Student visa holders in the US will not be authorized for employment except under very unusual circumstances; therefore, you should not plan a local employment to provide you with additional financial support.

The College estimates the cost of one academic year’s expenses to be approximately $25,550. You must show an additional $2,500 in support for each dependent who will accompany you. An academic year represents two semesters (fall and spring). Summer expenses are additional to those listed. Expenses include, but are not limited to: tuition and registration fees, books and supplies, health insurance, and room and board. These estimates are subject to change. You may find an explanation of tuition and fees charged by the college here. Please note that international students are charged at the out-of-state tuition rate and may not be classified as California residents.


  • Autobiographical Essay

Please write an autobiographical essay in English. It should include information relevant to your study in the US and at Modesto Junior College, your study plans, your family background and anything else that you would like to tell.

  • Copy of Passport

Include a copy of your passport and copies of passports for any dependents who will accompany you to the U.S. 

  • Medical Insurance

All non-immigrant students are required to purchase medical insurance through Modesto Junior College each year of attendance at the College. If you have comparable medical insurance, you must provide a copy of the policy and insurance card when you check-in with the International Student Program. If your insurance is deemed comparable, you will receive an insurance waiver. It is recommended that you wait and purchase the MJC policy upon your arrival. For information about our preferred insurance policies go to ISOA.