Welcome! The International Student Center staff would like to ensure our support and guidance throughout your academic journey at PCC.  

The first step is to receive your I-20, the document that you will use to apply for a student visa. After you are admitted to PCC, within 7 business days, you will receive your PCC I-20 via email. This is sent to the email that you used in your application.  

Check your I-20 carefully for any errors! Please notify us immediately if you notice errors so we can correct it immediately. 

Remember to sign your I-20 in blue ink once you have verified that it is correct. 

If you prefer a physical copy of your I-20, please email international@pasadena.edu for instructions on how to purchase an express shipping label.

If you are a new student coming from outside of the United States, please follow the steps below:

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) of $350 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at www.fmjfee.com.  
  2. Sign the enclosed Form I-20 in BLUE INK on page 1
  3. Review all the instructions on the Form I-20 on page 3  
  4. Complete the online Non-immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac. Print the application and bring it to your visa interview 
  5. Schedule your visa interview at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please remember to check with the Embassy or Consulate for what additional documents you will need to bring or prepare for your interview by visiting www.usembassy.gov. Documents you may need to bring may include bank statements, letter of admission, English test scores, etc. 
    • Note: You may be able to schedule an Emergency Appointment with the consulate to expedite your appointment due to COVID-19 and long visa backlogs. Contact your local consulate for more information.
  6. Bring your signed and original Form I-20 with you, along with any required documents stated by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, to your visa interview

If you are a student changing status from other visa type, please follow the following steps:

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) of $350 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at www.fmjfee.com.  
  2. Sign the enclosed Form I-20 in BLUE INK on page 1
  3. Review all the instructions on the Form I-20 on page 3  
  4. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for detailed instructions and application (use Form I-539) on how to apply for a Change of Status. Search for “Change my Nonimmigrant Status” in the search bar
  5. After you have submitted your application to USCIS and as soon as you receive your Receipt Notice, properly scan and email the confirmation to the International Student Center at iso@pasadena.edu. 
  6. If your Change of Status application is not approved by the first day of classes, please contact the International Student Center at iso@pasadena.edu or (626) 585-7808 to discuss your options

Important Information about Change of Status

  • You must maintain your current non-immigrant status until your Change of Status application is approved by USCIS. If you are not sure, consult with the International Student Center
  • Do not travel outside of the United States while your Change of Status application is pending with USCIS. Your Change of Status application will be cancelled by USCIS if you leave the U.S. 
  • If you are changing from a B1/B2 visitor’s visa, do not enroll or begin your studies until USCIS has approved your change of status. If USCIS has not adjudicated, or decided on your change of status at least 15 days before the first day of the semester (program start date listed on your Form I-20), please contact us at iso@pasadena.edu 
  • If you are changing from F2 to F1 status, you can enroll only up to 11.9 units (part-time) at PCC

If you are a continuing student transferring from another college or university, please follow the following steps:

Please request your current school to release your SEVIS (immigration) record to Pasadena City College so we can issue your PCC Transfer-Pending I-20. 


  1. Please talk to the international student office at your current school to ask about what you need to do to transfer your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC.
  2. If you are still taking classes at your current school, do not release your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC until you have completed all your classes at your current school.
  3. If you are going to travel outside the United States before attending PCC, please plan ahead and figure out which school’s I-20 you will use to travel.
    • If you are using your current school’s I-20 to travel, DO NOT ask your current school to release your I-20 to PCC until you return to the United States. 
    • If you are using PCC’s transfer-pending I-20 to travel, please plan ahead and request your current school to release your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC so that we issue you a PCC transfer-pending I-20 before you leave the U.S. 
    • We recommend that you avoid all unessential travel outside the U.S. until you are fully transferred and registered as a PCC student. 

1. Activate LancerPoint

After you apply to PCC, you will receive an email with your LancerPoint ID number and link to set up your LancerPoint portal account.

- You may need to wait up to 72 hours to receive your welcome email. 
- Set up your LancerPoint immediately to be able to continue with the rest of the steps.
- Take a picture of your username and security questions.
- Your LancerPoint Student ID # is listed in your admission letter, admission email, as well as in your I-20.

Go to LancerPoint to Activate your Account

2. Activate your PCC Email

Activate for your @go.pasadena.edu email by logging into www.gmail.com. Use your LancerPoint username and @go.pasadena.edu and password to create and sign in to your account. For example: larrylancer@go.pasadena.edu

Go to Gmail to Set-Up your PCC Email


Learn more about how to activate your LancerPoint and set up your PCC Email.

Setting Up Your Tools

You must complete Part 1 of 2 of Orientation - Online Orientation. During Online Orientation, you will also complete your Math and ESL/English Self-Guided Placement. 

  • To start the Orientation, login with your LancerPoint User Name and Password.
  • The Online Orientation takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and includes YouTube videos.
  • You can complete the orientation on your smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

Complete your Online Orientation

New International Students with No University or College Experience

You are highly recommended to join a live (synchronous) International Student Group Counseling session online and before the registration period starts to learn about the registration system and recommended classes for which to register you.

Register for a Synchronous Group Counseling Session

If you cannot attend an International Student Group Counseling session online or would like to review the information again, view the pre-recorded video for guidance on recommended classes for your first year. You can also follow the Register for Classes page for a step-by-step guide.

International Student Group Counseling Video

Returning Students & Students with University/College Credits 

Speak with a counselor to plan your classes, make a semester education plan, or get your college or university transcripts reviewed.

Make an Appointment


Learn how to book an appointment on PCC Connect.

How to Book on PCC Connect

Meet other new students by joining PCC's Community! Community allows you to connect with other students and ask each other questions, such as housing tips, what to do in Pasadena, and more! You also get to interact with PCC's International Student Ambassadors. 

All new students are invited to join PCC Community. If you did not receive an invitation, email international@pasadena.edu

Connect with PCC Community   

Complete Part 2 of 2 of Orientation - New International Student Welcome. This event is mandatory and specifically designed for international students to learn about their visa benefits and complete required check-in of immigration documents.

Plan to arrive at least one day before your assigned orientation date. 

Spring 2024 Admitted Students

February 7, 2024 | 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Summer 2024 Admitted Students

June 12, 2024 | 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Fall 2024 Admitted Students 

August 14, 2024 | 8:00AM to 4:00PM 

Details about International Welcome

International students receive priority registration after completing all two parts of Orientation and view/attend Group Counseling or meet with an Academic Counselor.

If you want an earlier priority registration date, attend JAM. JAM is an optional orientation to college and a requirement for students who want one of the earliest priority registration dates.

Students who participate in JAM must choose dates after New International Student Welcome. Take advantage of this great opportunity to register for the classes you want and get the classes you need!

Register for a JAM that occurs after New International Student Welcome. 

Register for JAM

To prepare you for registration, we offer Pre-Registration support for you to learn how to select and register for your classes correctly. While not required, this pre-registration online workshop is strongly encouraged to help you to understand the registration process and ensure you are prepared to register when your date comes.

Asynchronous Pre-Registration Support

Note for New International Students with No College/University Experience: Please have your First Year Plan, which an Academic Counselor created for you during a live New Student Counseling session, to help guide your selection of classes.

To find out your registration date and time, go to your LancerPoint Account.

  • If you have not yet activated your LancerPoint account, you need to do so immediately to be able to register on time. Learn How
  • If you need help registering on your assigned day and time, please visit one of our help centers if you are on the PCC campus. If you are outside of the U.S., visit our Virtual Support Center during business hours. 

Go to LancerPoint to Register

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