Cochise College welcomes all non-residents of the United States. By attending school here, you will be immersed in the English language and have the chance to experience the natural, historic and cultural attractions of the Old West and nearby Mexico.
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 on a part-time basis as a border commuter student. Government regulations require that you pursue a degree program. All you have to do is submit the following:
Once you have been admitted, your I-20 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 go online to pay your I-901 SEVIS fee of $200, a one-time fee, with a credit card online or with help from the International Student Office. Take receipt of this payment 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. Bring an I-901 receipt, and a Banamex receipt for the visa cost of $140, and two passport-size pictures of yourself to attach to the application form. Also bring a valid passport in which to put the visa and proof of your ability to pay for classes.
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.
Tuition waivers are available to students from Sonora through an agreement between the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the Comisión Sonora-Arizona. Qualifying students from Sonora who are studying in Arizona may pay in-state tuition for a maximum of two years. Students from Arizona who wish to study in Sonora have a series of educational and living options available. For more information visit our Sonora website.
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.
International Student Office
(520) 417-4038 or (520) 417-4738
Fax: (520) 417-4192