Group of diverse students


Winter 2018 International

Admission Deadline

is October 31




  Check out our online brochure!             


Apply EARLY!

Applications from overseas received too close to the due date may not be processed in time for the Winter quarter.




Here are the Application Steps:
  1. Download the International Student Application FormIMPORTANT: International students seeking full time admission on an F1 visa cannot apply online.
  2. Prepare the application form along with all of the supporting documents listed below and on the front page of the application. 
  3. Declare your major on the application form by using our List of Majors.              
  4. Complete the Admission/Express Mail Fee Credit Card Payment Form.
  5. Mail or submit the application along with all documents to the International Student Programs Office address:
    De Anza College
    International Student Programs
    21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
  6. Cupertino CA 95014, USA


Please READ the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE as it will answer many of your questions!


 students at orientation

Admission Deadlines

De Anza College is on a quarter academic calendar. New international students are admitted three times per year.


Application Deadline

Orientation Program - Mandatory

Classes Begin


June 30

Late August/Early September

Late September


October 31

Early December

Early January


January 31

Early March

Early April

When To Apply

It is strongly recommended that students apply six months before the quarter they wish to start studying. Do not wait until the application deadline! Once the ISP office receives the application form with all of the supporting documents, we will begin evaluation of your application and an admission decision will be made within 3-5 weeks.

Admission Requirements

  1. International Student Application Form- Completed & Signed
  2. English proficiency requirement- A minimum score or higher on one the following examinations is required for direct admission (exam must have been taken within the last two years):
  • TOEFL- 61iBT (Foothill ETS code is 4315, De Anza ETS colde is 4286)
  • IELTS- 6.0
  • iTEP Academic- Level 4
  • Pearson PTE Academic- 45
  • Cambridge- 175+ on advanced or proficiency exam
  • STEP EIKEN (Japan)*- 2A

    Click here for more information on each of the above mentioned tests.

*The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency is Japan’s English language assessment test. Using EIKEN to fulfill De Anza’s English proficiency admissions requirement is accepted from Japanese students only. A minimum grade of 2A on the EIKEN is required. More information can be found at Please note that EIKEN score results that are more than 2 years old will not be accepted.      

Do you have a low TOEFL Score?


If your TOEFL score is below the minimum required for admission to De Anza, you can:

  • attend De Anza Summer Program. See Intensive Summer ESL Course
  • take the TOEFL again until you pass it or
  • if you do not have a TOEFL score, you could attend a local language school: ESL language schools. De Anza has a guaranteed admission agreement with many local languages schools.

3. Bank Letter. Submit an original bank letter from your account or sponsor's dated within the last 6 months with an official signature on bank letterhead that shows available amount as stated on the application for admission in US dollars.

4. Transcripts. Submit original or certified English translations of your secondary and post-secondary transcripts.

5. Photograph (passport size)

6. $75 Application Fee. Submit a non-refundable 75.00 USD application fee by money order, bank draft (payable through a U.S. branch), or credit card. NO CASH

7. Dependent(s) Form for spouse/child (if they plan to reside with you in the U.S.)


Mail all of the above to:
De Anza College
International Student Programs
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

Important: All documents submitted to De Anza College as part of the application becomes the property of the college. This is a common practice among schools in the U.S. Students should always request more than one set of their transcripts for other future needs.


Admission Forms

Complete and return the following forms to the International Student Programs office at De Anza College along with your application for admission as they apply to you:

PDF Application/Express Mail Fee by Credit Card Form
  • Complete this form if you wish to pay the $75 non-refundable application fee with a Credit Card.
PDF Dependent Form (F-2 Visa)
  • Complete this form if you wish to add dependents (spouse/children) to your admission document I-20.

PDF Parent or Guardian Authorization for Minor Students

  • Complete this form if you are not 18 years of age at the time you are applying to De Anza College.
PDF Transfer Release Form
  • Complete this form if you are transferring to De Anza College from another U.S. school.

Complete, print and return the forms to our office

  • via email:
  • via fax: (408) 864-5638
  • in person: Registration & Student Services Building, 2nd floor (above the Bookstore)
  • by mail to:
De Anza College
International Student Programs
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

For more information contact us.

Students who wish to change their current immigration status to F-1 can find information from the following U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website:

The ISP Office at De Anza College will be able to issue a change of status I-20 to eligible applicants only. Students holding visitor’s visa B2, will only be issued initial I-20 and they must return to their home country to obtain the F-1 Visa.

ISP DOES NOT provide any advice on Change of Status. Students should consult with an immigration attorney.

Intensive Summer ESL Course

If your TOEFL score is between 475 and 499 (CBT: between 151 & 172, iBT between 52 & 60, IELTS 5.0) and you would like to apply to De Anza for the fall quarter, you can attend our Intensive Summer ESL Course, an eight-week language study course which guarantees you admission to De Anza in the following fall quarter upon successful completion. Check out the link for more information and application procedures.

Cost International students on the F-1 visa pay $187.00 per unit. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 units (full time) each quarter. Please see the International Student Application Form for an outline of all fees and estimated expenses.

Note: Tuition & fees are subject to change without notice.

transferring from another U.S. school

If you are transferring to De Anza College from another U.S. school, it is required that both you and the school you are currently enrolled at, complete the Transfer Release Form and submit it to the ISP office.

Minor Students

Applicants who are less than 18 years of age must complete and return to the ISP office the Parent/Guardian Authorization form before they can be allowed to register for classes.

Health Insurance

All F-1 international students enrolled in Foothill and De Anza colleges are required to purchase and subscribe to the health insurance selected by the FHDA district. Please read more about it here.

International Student Programs
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek BLVD
Cupertino, CA 95014
Tel. (408) 864-8826
Fax. (408) 864-5638

Last Updated: 8/16/17