Bakersfield College

Continuing International Students

International Student Affairs (ISA)

As a main resource for international students, the counselor in the International Student Affairs Office, will advise individuals and the institution on visa regulations, academic support services, social, and cultural adjustment process; and facilitate intercultural learning across the campus.

We focus on:

  • Admissions:  F-1 visa admission to Bakersfield College
  • Immigration: Guidance on the visa process and F-1 immigration regulations
  • Academic counseling/advising, course recommendations
  • Cultural adjustment: Assist with social security number, driver's license, housing, and other resources for families
  • Cross- Cultural Skills adjustment: International Student Organization (ISO) and other educational programs to facilitate across global learning

Need Assistance?

Consult with the ISA counselor:

Walk-In Advising (no appointment needed)

ISA Office #37
Mondays/Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m.-noon and 2:00pm -4:00 pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 am & 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Schedule 30 minutes appointment with the counselor at least one day in advance.

Phone: 661-395-4652


SEVIS Regulations Regarding F-1 Students

  1. Full Time Status (D/S):  A student who drops below 12 credits without prior approval from the International Student Services Official will be out of status and will be reported to the SEVIS accordingly.
  2. Online Enrollment: Only one Distance Learning/Online course may be counted toward the 12-credit requirement.
  3. Dropping Out: If you withdrawal from courses, you must depart US immediately.
  4. Travel and Visa Renewal: If you plan to travel during the summer or winter recess, bring your I-20 to the ISA office for travel endorsement..
  5. Employment: You may not engage in an employment without the permission of International Student Affairs Office.
  6. Optional Practical training (OPT): Upon graduation from BC, you may be authorized for 12 months of practical training (OPT). Please check with ISA Office for details.
  7. Change of Address report: report any change of address within 10 days of change.


Transferring out

If you wish to transfer to another U.S. campus, you must complete and submit the F-1 Transfer-Out Request.

Transfer Eligibility

  • You are in a legal F-1 status
  • You are a full time student at BC  (minimum 12 units)
  • Acceptance letter from the school has your name and the term of your admittance on school letterhead
  • All fees owed to BC are paid in full and cleared
  • You are not enrolled, or have dropped before form is submitted, in the upcoming term

Instructions for International Students

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