International students must complete and submit each of the forms and documents listed below. College entrance exams like the ACT, SAT or TOEFL are not required for admission. Tuition and housing must be paid when you register for classes.
If you are a student living near the U.S.-Mexico border, you can study in the United States and attend Cochise College as a border commuter student on a part-time or full-time basis. Government regulations require that you pursue a degree program or enroll for English as a Second Language classes. All you have to do is submit the following:
Once you have been admitted, your I-20 (SEVIS) form will be mailed to you, or you can pick it up at the Douglas Campus or Sierra Vista Campus. Prior to visiting a U.S. consulate to obtain your visa, you will need to pay your I-901 SEVIS one-time fee of $200 with a credit card either online or with help from the International Student Office. Take your payment receipt to your appointment at the consulate.
If you reside in Sonora, Mexico, visit the U.S. Consulate in Nogales any Monday morning without an appointment, or call +52-(631) 311-8150 for an appointment. Also, bring your bank guarantee and valid passport in which to put the visa. After obtaining your visa, you will need to spend about a half a day on campus completing English placement testing, being advised, and getting registered for classes.
Your I-20 form will be sent to you by mail as soon as your admissions file is complete, or you can pick it up at the Douglas Campus International Student Office. You must fill out the I-20 form to obtain an F-1 visa. Visit www.state.gov/countries or call the U.S. Consulate nearest you to explain what documents you need to bring with you and how to make an appointment. International students must maintain full-time student status. International students should file all paperwork with Cochise College at least three months in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. Those interested in studying aviation or nursing should contact those departments for more specific admissions requirements.
Special tuition rates are available to students, including those from Sonora who want to study at Cochise College. Students from Arizona who wish to study in Sonora also have educational and living options available.
International students should be financially prepared to pay tuition and other personal expenses while they are at Cochise College. F-1 full-time international students are permitted to work part time on campus; however, student employment is not guaranteed.
Getting to campus – Our Douglas Campus is located eight miles west of Douglas in the southeast corner of Arizona near the border with Mexico. You cannot be admitted into the U.S. more than 30 days before your classes begin.
English Placement Test – Upon arrival, you will be given a test to determine your English proficiency. If your English is very good, you may then take the native speaker tests in reading, writing and mathematics. After testing you will be ready to register for classes with the help of an advisor. All classes at Cochise College are given in English. If you need more language training in English, you will be required to participate in our English Immersion Program.
Medical Insurance/Health Records – It is required that all F-1 visa students, living in the United States have health insurance. Upon arrival to Cochise College, it is mandatory you go to the International Student Services Office and purchase an insurance policy. Cochise College will not accept international health insurance.
U.S. federal regulations require J-1 students and dependents to buy health insurance. (It is strongly recommended that F-1 students and dependents also buy health insurance.) They must provide the following:
In order to participate in a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, students and dependent family members must continue this healthcare coverage throughout their stay in the U.S.
Visit or contact our International Student Services Office, located in the 1000 Bldg., Douglas Campus.
You will have several choices of health insurance plans.
You will have the option to pay in full or choose monthly payments. Credit Card Payments Only. Bring your F1 visa with you. If you do not provide Cochise College a current health insurance card, within 5 days from the start of classes, Cochise College will automatically enroll you for a more expensive health insurance and you will be charged for health insurance until your termination date.
Dormitories/Residence Halls – Single students attending the Douglas Campus live in “quads:” two bedrooms with an adjoining bath. Apartments are available for families. Each residence hall lobby has new computers with Internet access. Every room has a phone line, but telephones are not provided. Students use calling cards for long-distance calls. Residence assistants provide weekend activities.
Financial Aid – There are no American government funds available for students of other countries. Students who are from U.S. territories are eligible for financial assistance.
Orientation – In the second week of class, you will attend the International Student Orientation. This mandatory meeting covers academic and social life at college, understanding what is expected from F-1 students, and American ways.
International Student Office
(520) 417-4758 or (520) 417-4050
Fax: (520) 417-4192
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.