International Students

Advanced College is authorized by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) to issue I-20 (F-1 or M-1) to Non-Immigrant for English as Secondary Language (ESL), Certificate Programs or Associate Degrees.

The founders of Advanced College have more than 40 years of experience in teaching at the college and university levels and working with international students. The instructors are highly qualified, holding Bachelors, Masters, and/or Doctorate degrees, & Multilingual (Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Tagalog) and minimum of 5-10 years teaching experience.

Advanced College is located in the heart of beautiful Southern California, a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Disneyland, Beverly Hills and Magic Mountain.

Local Travel

Destination Distance Long Beach 13 miles Los Angeles 19 miles Disneyland 19 miles Hollywood 24 miles Beverly Hills 26 miles

The Climate

Enjoy the famous Southern California climate, with warm winters averaging maximum temperatures of 17-28 C.

International Student Office

Advanced College's International Student Office provides personal help with immigration procedures, housing information, orientation to college life and adjusting to educational practices and life in the United States. Many of Advanced College's international representatives’ travel abroad to meet prospective students.

“ There is a lot of hands-on training at Advanced College and the academic activities are structured in such a way that I was able to manage my time and complete my program. The people at Advanced College have the success of their students foremost in their minds. ”

Myra M.

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Programs of Study

International students may enroll in any of the programs (ESL, Certificate or Associate Degree) of study at Advanced College. Associate degree programs consist of 63-66 semester hours (almost 2 year program). almost half of the program can be taken on-line while for the rest of the program, the international student will be given the opportunity to apply for I-20 and travel to the United States. Many of the courses can be taken at convenient times via the internet. Please see Advanced College On-line Courses for more information.

Admissions Procedures & Immigration

Graduation from secondary school or its equivalent and proof of English knowledge are basic requirements for admission to an Advanced College program (except ESL). Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Committee on International Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been received. International students applying for admission should submit theInternational Student Application Form; a non-refundable $100 application fee; $300 tuition deposit; a certified official transcript (in English) of previously completed education; and Certification of Support and Finances. The student should likewise pass the English proficiency requirements.

Download the International Student Application Form.

Student Visa Requirements

To apply for a SEVIS I-20 (which is needed to obtain an F-1 or M-1 Student Visa), students must satisfy to the College, based on visa regulations, that sufficient financial support are available to pay for tuition and living expenses. This can be verified by a certified bank statement showing $28,000-$30,000 account balance of your sponsor. Once accepted to College, the SEVIS I-20 is sent with the Acceptance Package.

English as a Second Language

Advanced College offers an English as a Second Language (ESL). Students who wish to enter one of Advanced College programs and do not have the required TOEFL score can apply for both ESL classes and admission to Advanced College at the same time using the International Student Application Form. If all requirements are met, conditional acceptance into the academic program is granted based on successful completion of the ESL program. Students without a TOEFL score may be accepted to Advanced College if they have successfully completed ESL program.


For information on residence facilities for Advanced College international students, please see International Student’s Handbook.