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Arapahoe Community College

International Students

Why Study at ACC?

Studying as an international student at ACC can be a wonderful and exciting cultural experience. ACC is located in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, which allows our student to enjoy natural beauty while studying in a safe, supportive environment. There are a wide variety of degrees and certificate programs offered at ACC and many of our international students transfer to 4-year universities after completing their studies here.

international [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (Request more information)

Getting and Maintaining F-1 Status

We provide an inclusive environment and will do everything possible to ensure international students inside and outside the U.S. are able to become an F-1 student at ACC.

Detailed information can be found on our Getting and Maintaining F-1 Status page.

How to Apply

ACC supports all prospective international students by providing directions for how to apply for enrollment. Deadlines, application guidelines, and specific instructions for transfer, visiting, and English language students are all available. Detailed information can be found on our How to Apply page.

Arriving at ACC

If you have been accepted to ACC, received your Form I-20, and been approved for an F-1 Visa, you may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20. When you arrive at ACC, you must schedule an appointment before classes begin to meet with ACC’s PDSO, Sara Squires.

sara [dot] squires [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (Schedule an Appointment)

Forms and Handouts

In order to make your experience as seamless as possible, we have provided a number of helpful forms and informational handouts below:

Attaining F-1 Status:

Health Insurance Options

International students are required to have health insurance coverage while enrolled at ACC. We do not currently offer a group plan nor do we endorse any specific company. Students are responsible for finding their own coverage and renewing as needed.

Here are some options to assist in your search:

Maintaining F-1 Status:

Employer Resources:

Optional Practical Training (OPT):

Transcript Evaluations

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665 
Culver City, CA 9451

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

International Consultants of Delaware
3600 Market St, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651

For Nursing Credentials
CGFNS International

For pricing information, please visit the website of the organization of choice.

"Maybe it was the royal purple that evokes sentiments of virtue, or perhaps the encouraging motto: 'Move Mountains', that initially attracted me to ACC. Ultimately, I am pleased to be enrolled here at ACC, where students from all walks of life can truly appreciate a wonderful array of courses taught by highly qualified instructors who have a keen passion to teach."

- Rashid Mohamed, Austria

“ACC is a great environment for international students because it truly feels like they care about your success. With great professors and many resources available for students you can definitely achieve your academic goals. Also, the help of the international students' advisor makes the experience much easier and pleasant; I know I can always get answers and guidance for any of my concerns."

- Tal Lachish, Israel

"Being a student of ACC challenges me to strive for higher goals by developing responsibilities and professionalism at an excellent, academic environment."

- Moises Fermin, Venezuela