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English Proficiency Requirement

All Programs offered in English

San José City College requires F-1 international students to be proficient in English to be fully admitted.

Students must demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following:

A) Examination

B) Completion of Prerequisite Course for college-level English at a U.S. institution.

C) Participation in Partner English Language Program. See below.

Accepted Exams:

Duolingo Minimum Overall Score: 90

TOEFL Minimum Score: 61 iBT /500 Paper
  • School Code: 4686  Dept Code: 00

IELTS  Academic Minimum Score: 5.5

STEP-EIKEN Minimum Score: Step 2A

PTE  Academic Test Minimum Score:  42 

Scores must be sent directly by the testing agency to SJCC -

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Partner English Language  Schools

Learn English then Transfer to SJCC!

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Partner english Language Programs

SJCC does not have an ESL program that is eligible for the F-1 visa. International students who need to study English can start at our of local language school partners where they will receive intensive English language instruction and are eligible for the F-1 visa.

Please let us know if you wish to start at a language school and we can offer you "Conditional Admission" to SJCC which may helpful when applying for the F-1 student visa.

List of Language schools

ESL Program Information

If you do not need a F-1 visa to study in the U.S.  and you are interested in learning English at SJCC, please contact the SJCC ESL Program.