Once you receive your Letter of acceptance, there are still many steps and information you need to be aware of before entering the U.S. and starting your education at Bakersfield College. Please read the following topics:
Once you are admitted to Bakersfield College, complete the following steps. Find detailed steps in the Post Administration Procedures.
Use the student number provide on your acceptance letter (B00-00-XXXX) as your Social Security Number (SSN).
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Note: The TOEFL/IELTS scores are for admissions purposes only. All students must complete an on-campus placement test.
You are required to complete two orientations. One before arrival to the U.S. and one on campus before classes begin.
You will complete a Student Education Plan after the second week of classes to set your goals and major with the ISA Counselor.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system for maintaining information on international students in the United States. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative unit in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), administers SEVIS.
The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires the collection of a one-time SEVIS fee of $200 from international students on F-1 visa. The following information may be of help to you:
All new international students must complete both of the following orientations:
Students must arrive to Bakersfield at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester to arrange for housing, assessment and class registration.
There are two shuttle services from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Bakersfield.
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Saturday – Sunday 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
At the time of this posting costs are
Once you arrive at LAX, wait under the passenger green sign that says (Fly Away Buses). Give them your phone number and they will contact you when the bus arrives.
Time is very flexible, be sure to schedule in advance and they will work with your schedule.
At the time of this posting, a one-way ticket is $40.00.
Bakersfield College does not offer on-campus accommodations. However, there are many apartments near BC’s Panorama Campus. Rent charges vary according to location, size, and amenities in the complex. Upon request, we will mail you a list of apartments in the area. You can contact them directly to inquire about availability and charges.
You can also visit Off-Campus Housing for housing information.
When you acquire housing, you must update your information with Bakersfield College AND International Student Affairs.
Banner, also known as MyBanWeb, is the system BC uses to keep student information and registration. Once you have arrived, you have applied to Admissions and you have housing, you must update Banner with your new address. Anytime you change your address or phone number, notify the International Student Affairs office within 10 days and follow these steps:
Complete the Address Update form for F-1 students and submit it to the International Student Affairs Office.