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Congratulations on being accepted to Bakersfield College! The information below will guide incoming students on the next steps they need to take after they have received their International Student visa and are preparing to attend Bakersfield College. We're excited to welcome you to our campus!

Steps for Newly Admitted Students

After your International Student visa has been approved, please email and complete the following steps.

Step 1

Apply to Bakersfield College Online!

Use the student number provide on your acceptance letter (B00-00-XXXX) as your Social Security Number (SSN).

ATTENTION!!! You may have difficulties accessing Bakersfield College server from overseas. If so, you may use to access our services through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) with a US-based IP address. Any VPN with a US-based IP address will do.

Step 2

Academic Advising and Counseling

You will meet virtually with your International Educational Advisor to create a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) on Starfish. During this time you will also register for classes.

PLEASE NOTE: All international students on an International Student Visa must enroll in a minimum of 12 units. International students are only allowed to take (1) online class per semester.

Step 3

Attend Mandatory Orientation

All new international students must complete an In-Person Orientation, which typically takes place 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Please check your BC student email for more details.

Pre-Departure Helpful Information