Merced College welcomes
your application as an international student. Our staff will make every
effort to assist you.
Our admission requirements conform to the regulations
of the U.S. Government for issuing F-1 student visas. If you have any
questions regarding enrollment and/or completing the form, please contact
our International Student Services Office at (209) 384-6229, or e-mail us at
To be accepted for
admission as an international student at Merced College, you must be
able to speak, read, write and understand English at a level that will
allow you to successfully complete college work.
To verify your level,
we ask that you pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
with a minimum score of
450 Paper-Based Test, or 45-46 on the Internet-Based Test, or IELTS (International
English Language Testing System) score 5.
requirement may be waived if you come from a country that uses English
as the primary language in its educational
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Note: If your TOEFL score is less than 450(PBT)/45-46(iBT) you
may register in
College English Language Institute (MCELI)
Fall Semester: June 15
Spring Semester: November 15
Summer: April 15
- Complete Merced College
International Student Application form
with your passport size photo.
- A processing fee of $100.00
U.S. Currency , or
card is required with
the filing of your application.
- An official affidavit of financial support
to show proof (such as a
recent bank statement referencing your parents or sponsor) that you have
sufficient finances to pay for your tuition and living expenses for one
year, $14,000 minimum. The minimum enrollment of 12 units, books,
insurance and living expenses plus tuition and fees bring the typical
studentís total costs to approximately $13,000 - $15,000 per calendar
- A health examination from a physician is required and must include
current immunization dates and verified tuberculosis (TB) clearance.
- An autobiographical essay (approximately one page) that describes your
education, special interests, reason for applying to Merced College, and
your educational goals after completing your studies at Merced College.
- A letter of recommendation (academic) which supports your educational
achievements and goals.
- Graduation from a secondary school that is equivalent to an American
high school. Official records and transcripts, translated into English,
must accompany your application. A transfer clearance form is required
if you are presently attending another educational institution in
- Official college transcripts from all U.S. colleges or universities if
you have previously attended.
- Coverage for health
insurance. In the United States health care is expensive, and there are
no free medical facilities. Merced College requires all International
Students to have health insurance. Students must provide
proof, in English, of existing health insurance which is equivalent to
the Merced College supported International Student health and accident
policy or purchase insurance through our office upon arrival. Proof of
any existing health insurance must be provided prior to the time of
registration. Insurance coverage for the year through our office is
$1,360. For more information please go to